This is the point where I own up to one of the major reasons I started this blog – a Uni project.
Yep. DGA3008, to be exact – something about social media and digital literacy.
Instead of typing it all out, here I am making my first vlog (!) and explaining what’s happened so far. You might notice I’m super nervous in it, but I’m actually quite happy that I managed to speak to a camera for at least 4 minutes.
But now, to the real reason I’m writing this post.
In presenting our project, we were asked to speak of an ‘aha-moment’ that we experienced whilst we were working and losing ourselves online. And here’s mine: If you want to make it, especially through social media, then you need to give your audience what they want. Sell out, really.
Unless you get lucky. But that’s another thing.
Some would say (and have, in fact, said) that it’s brutal – well, yeah. But if you really do want to be famous or, as they say, ‘go viral’, then that’s the way to go. The fact of the matter is that no one cares about what you’re doing, unless it impacts them directly or has something to do with a very popular thing at that moment. And if what you want is fame and glory, then you need to adapt to your audience.
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t support it one bit. I’m just aware of it as a reality, and accept that my competition will most likely be using this method to get ahead of me.
I don’t think I’d ever conform to the notion of doing something that goes against my own principles just to attract attention. I love what I do and somewhere deep, deep down, I still hold firm in my belief that if you do what you love and you are genuine in doing it, then good things will happen to you.
Unfortunately, when I’m in a rut and it feels like none of my work is going anywhere, it’s rather hard to remember this. But it’s there. I just need to remind myself that I’m doing the right thing – I’m doing everything that I can with the limited resources I’ve got and I’m trying really fucking hard to not miss out on any opportunities, all whilst being the best person I can be.
Here’s some links to other media I’ve used for this project, namely Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. I’m also on SoundCloud, and this is the art blog I mention in the video – you can find it somewhere on my Behance page, too.
One last thing. I may just be in shock here .. but I’m actually considering vlogging again at some point. Say what?!