How Many Social Media Platforms Should You Be On?

In this article, you will find three chapters that contradict each other. And yet they are all true.

The Case For Being On MANY Social Media Platforms

Recently, Instagram started ‘pivoting to video,’ as they say. Instagram used to be a photo-sharing platform, and photographers were thriving there. But now, they were leaving in droves and trying other platforms, and they had to start from scratch.

At one point, Tumblr stopped allowing certain content on its platform, and it died.

Facebook is trying to pivot to 3D worlds. The things that work now on that platform probably won’t in ten years.

You need to make sure you do not depend on one single platform. It is best if you have your website or newsletter to direct people to, and then use the social media platforms as places where people can discover you, your website, and your newsletter.

The Case For Being On ONE Social Media Platforms

With social media platforms, you have to spend a lot of time on them to figure out what works best. Only then will you be able to create content that an audience engages with.

And that is why you should only be on one social media platform. If you are on too many platforms, you spread yourself too thin, and you will do poorly on all of them.

Platforms change, and you might miss that a strategy that used to work doesn’t anymore.

The Case For Being On NO Social Media Platform AT ALL

Many of my favorite European comics artists do not have a social media presence. At all. They live out in the real world. They make art. Their books sell, and they have large fan bases. Their work will be read and admired ten years from now when all the social media platforms have evolved into entirely different things.

People who peruse social media platforms today may see something you posted, but no one will see it a week from now, and it just disappears.

Meanwhile, these European comics artists are living in the real world. They are well-known because they sell so many books and have so much time to draw because they are not wasting time on social media.

You see their work in bookstores, on your bookshelves.

All the time you spend drawing today goes to your legacy, the work you leave behind. All the time you donate to social media platforms is eventually for naught.

Conclusion

You should take from this article that you should be on as few social media platforms as possible, so you have more time to draw.

And even that is debatable because, as I argue here, do not follow advice from someone who does not know what your life goals are.

But, if you do want to draw, then draw, and stay away from addictive digital media.

My Favorite Drawing Exercises

If you feel like drawing, then check out my favorite drawing exercises!

Do these exercises

form studies to warm up, slow down, get into the right meditative state, and improve your draftsmanship skills.

Do these form studies

form studies to help you improve creating underdrawings, place things in space, practice doing perspective by sight.

Practice drawing from memory to fill your visual bank, ability to memorize, ability to visualize, ability to draw what you see in your imagination and your ability to see what is wrong with your drawings.

If you find it hard to create or maintain a creative habit, you can find some habit-related tips here.

Check out these pleasing, calm, art-related (mostly) podcasts to listen to while drawing. They have been automatically prepared for you to automatically binge-listen to so that you can start drawing.

Lastly, also make sure you have fun in your sketchbook after the hard practice! Here is one guide that can help you jog your creativity.

creativity exercise

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