Monday, August 28, 2017

Two Months without High-Interaction Social Media (and Other Distractions)

I started this blog after departing a lot of HI (high-interaction, a term I just made up as far as I know) social media—a move not recommended by a lot of artists, business coaches, art business advisers, etc.

I'm early on in my career, and I need to concentrate on seriously building up my portfolio. During this time I've found it extremely useful to not be on social media at all, where I often end up spending all my precious few healthy-ish hours. Instagram thus far is safe for me because I just use it as inspiration for less than an hour every few days, and I use Pinterest even less.

But Twitter, Mastodon, Facebook, anything involving forums, comment threads anywhere—those all get in my way. I explicitly block these sites on my browser and my smart phone, and I use various browser extensions to remove comment areas from most sites, with the highest priority being YouTube. I can override that extension from time to time, but life has been so much better since installing it that I rarely do so.

Lately I also block news sites. I use an emergency notification app on my phone, and filter my ACLU messages into a separate folder, so I don't rely on Twitter trends or news sites to find out what's going on, and I can set aside a healthy time to engage with recent news.

I've even ended up blocking google search in favor of Duck Duck Go, because I found out there's no easy way to remove recent news and twitter results from all of my google searches.

Every day I meditate for about 3 minutes.

Life has been much, much better ever since.

So yeah—no regrets, and interaction with other artists, if it happens at all, happens only on my own terms.

Ava Jarvis is an ink and watercolor artist with a portfolio site at If you found this post useful, consider a one-time tip or supporting Ava on Patreon.