Full stop. You may (or may not) have noticed that I’ve withdrawn from Twitter and Facebook. If you’ve read my blog fairly regularly, you’ll be aware that I’ve always been a bit, er….’conflicted’… about using social media. It’s a weird modern phenomenon; a means of communicating that’s neither real, nor artificial. Where people share the most mundane of things and the most intimate. And, particularly on Twitter, people advertise their creative wares ad infinitum. This last point is something I’ve never been particularly good at, or comfortable with. It runs against my better instincts. Before I joined the Twitter hivemind, I managed to get my music ‘out there’ without having to shout about it too much. After joining, I realised that self-promotion became something different. I appreciate the connections I made on there, but those connections had nothing to do with my music…. more my interest in movies and art. So, my attitude to Twitter and Facebook has been more to do with connecting with people, not ‘customers’. These are two things which are totally different from each other, to me. Musicians, like Matt Stevens for instance, have been been very adept at merging the two; but I, alas, am not. I tend to compartmentalise everything; it helps me organise and differentiate.
All this and I’ve made a (pre-emptive) New Year’s resolution to spend less time faffing with the internet and more time being creative; to break the routine. So, I’ve removed the temptation to constantly post crap about funny videos, Hammer movies and what I’m cooking for dinner.
So, goodbye social media. I’m probably shooting myself in the foot regarding musical self-promotion. It’s not very modern, I know. But I’m going to concentrate on the stuff that really matters….the music. My main portals will be: Dementio13.com, Soundcloud and Last.fm.
I’ll miss the Twitter and Facebook people, but I’ll be in touch via email and blogs anyway; so no change there particularly. I do feel quite liberated from the Socnet hegemony though. No more routine….