It seems like the urge to reduce the ‘noise’ in my life has won out over the urge to share my photographs and thoughts on Instagram and Twitter. Both accounts got deleted today. I didn’t delete my Flickr account as I have never found Flickr to be addictive in the same way. In fact I know very few of the people I follow on Flickr IRF and that may be the reason why it isn’t so important to me – I just post my best work and spend relatively little time browsing the work of others. The fact that the app is fairly rubbish also means it has less attractive force, and this is a good thing. I pay for my Flickr account, so I don’t see adverts, there is no algorithm determining what I see, and I don’t get any spam followers. It all seems rather civilised.
Having said all that I want to plan for the day when I exit Flickr too and start using this blog for all my photography. But I want it to look good and am unsure whether a one-picture-a-day blog post approach is better than using the WordPress gallery functionality. Selling my photographs doesn’t interest me at this point (I’m not sure they would find any buyers anyway!), and amassing lots of followers has never been a motivation. I just want to take better photographs and spend less time looking at my smart-phone.
I feel positive about this move and am looking forward to feeling less stressed.
Here’s a favourite image from the springtime.
I think it is traditional to start a new blog with a declaration of intent. The trouble is I have been here before, with many blogs and Web sites began with the best of intentions and then allowed to languish owing to lack of inspiration or deleted in frustration. So if I say that this blog may touch on many things but principally photography then you can take that with a large pinch of salt, but I hope this time it will be different.
Recently I deleted my Facebook account, not so much because of disgust at the selling of my data (which no-one could be surprised was happening), but rather my disgust at myself for spending so much time looking at other people’s curated lives. That was followed by a re-setting of my Twitter account, although I keep it active I no longer follow anyone. That may change if I find I have something to say here.
That leaves the two social media accounts I feel most reluctant to delete, and to which I do in fact post regularly – Flickr and Instagram. This blog could in theory act as a central hub where I can syndicate the content to other platforms. I have been reading a bit about the principles of the IndieWeb, in particular through the lens of Chris Aldrich, and the benefits of doing it yourself through the experience of Dan Cohen. I don’t aim to emulate them just yet (I’m not terribly technically minded), but I get the importance of owning my own data, and I like the idea of having my own little space on the Web.