Quit Instagram or not

Updated on February 22, 2018 in Photography
16 on November 22, 2017

Well, about a few months ago I’m thinking about to stop sharing my work on Instagram because is very superficial platform where likes have most values than real appreciation. In other way, it can be a very popular tool to show artwork and knowing other peers. Because that, I’m thinking to combine the use of WordPress and besides sharing content on Instagram. 

 

Would be an effective way to share work? Or you would share some tips for this?

 
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1 on November 22, 2017

I guess it depends on your goals.  If you’re trying to expose your work to the world, then hosting your photos on your own site may not be the best way to go – unless you’re going to find ways to market yourself and drive traffic to your site.  If you are looking for a convenient way to host your photos and point friends/family to them then a WordPress site is a good idea.  It’s easy and inexpensive to build an attractive WordPress site and you have control of your content.  Instagram has a wide reach but it tends to drive the wrong behaviors (like-chasing) and your work can easily be drowned in a sea of mediocrity.  

on November 22, 2017

Good point. Instagram would be an useful for us, but it needs to be used in a smart way to avoid “wrong behaviors”. Thank you!

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0 on November 22, 2017

At this moment I use Instagram to share my street photos among other funny photos to everyone. But I gonna create Flikr or 500px account to storing the best street photos and my photo projects.

One service for entertainment and another for serious things (I gonna share all my Flikr content to Instagram too though but as it was told earlier all serious work might be easily sinking in daily Instagram flow).

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0 on November 24, 2017

You might consider making your own zine through blurb or mag cloud.

 

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2 on December 24, 2017

Honestly quit. I have quit a few times. I have a blog post about it! 

Deleting Instagram… Again

 

on December 25, 2017

Really like your post Thomas and excited for you to on do more work on your website!

 

on February 1, 2018

I’m agree with your post. Deleting Instragram could be an effective detox method for our artistic (and mental) health. Live better is about to quit superfluous things. 

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0 on December 26, 2017

I quit.  Now I’m not on Facebook (haven’t been for years) or Instagram (for about 6 months now?).  I’ve got a pretty bare-bones website together.  The focus it affords me is very nice.  It’s a little less nice not knowing what everyone has got going on in an easily digestible format.  I think the keyword is quality.  I need more quality in my outlet and less noise, so I have the website.  I need more quality in my personal relationships, so I’m trying to maintain them in a more intimate an personable fashion (without large amounts of social media).  This comes, of course, at the cost of quantity.  Fewer people see my photos, but I don’t care (if I want more visibility I can always hustle harder in other ways to get them out there!).  I know less about what my friends and friends of friends of celebrity friends dogs are doing, which is sometimes a little bit of a bummer, but I don’t care all that much in the long run.  If I have a strong relationship with someone, I’ll know what’s going on with them.  We know how to get in touch and get together.  I miss lil bub.  But I also have a pretty great cat and dog.  I like going to my favorite websites, and finding new ones.  Old-fashioned techonology’ing.  In the long run, it doesn’t matter.  Do what you think will make you happy.  You can always change your mind to some degree.

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1 on January 3, 2018

Don’t quit. Just take it for what it is. Combine it with a WordPress site and other platforms. Instagram is helpful sometimes to get your work seen by people who don’t know you or your work. And yes it’s often a superficial platform.

 

on February 1, 2018

Nice though. I like WordPress because is less complicated and more focused for certain things (as you wish, of course). Instagram works for get some attention, but its  algorithms doesn’t help so much.

 

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2 on January 5, 2018

Hey DOSC; my personal take: yeah go ahead and delete it. You can always re-start if you want to.

I think having a website/blog is a better way of sharing your work, and will help you innovate more (other ideas, like printing your work, making PDF ebooks of your work, zines, etc).

Of course, I still sometimes feel FOMO (fear of missing out on Instagram), but overall ; I think my photography has benefited

on February 1, 2018

I’m thinking about it. I made a portfolio using Wix and I love it: www.doscphoto.wixsite.com/doscphoto (In spanish only, soon in english and portuguese)

Thanks for the advice Eric! 

on February 1, 2018

I’m thinking about it. I made a portfolio using Wix and I love it: www.doscphoto.wixsite.com/doscphoto (In spanish only, soon in english and portuguese)

Thanks for the advice Eric! 

From doscphoto

Great job DOSC! The site looks great, keep building up your own platform!

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0 on February 1, 2018

So, deleting Instagram or Facebook would be the Samurai way to be more focused in our art? Or they can be powerful tools to get more attention and fans?

What do you think?

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0 on February 22, 2018

Hi Carlos, i’m not on Instagram  – and i do know what you mean. But i think there is some great photogs in there amongst the mediocrity.  For example (a recent find for me on the web): http://robhornstra.com/about  ..and click the Instagram link.

 

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