Before I’m completely useless due to the meds again, I decided to check out my 2017’s best nine. My best nine (second photo—swipe to see) I didn’t feel were an accurate representation of just how much I’ve practiced and grown within this year. First, the exposure on instagram hit an all time low and became suffocating to accounts like mine when the algorithm changed. After that change: it seems only a few of my posts were and now are able to reach a decent amount of exposure, but the ones that do reach exposure aren’t typically ones I feel truly represent my hard work and determination. And secondly, I think it’s important to choose your own “bests” because the amount of “likes” something receives is not always indicative of how much effort, heart or thought went in to an art piece or photograph.
I chose these particular nine for a couple of different reasons, but all that are equally important to me. Some were art pieces that took a lot of mental strength and baring pieces of my soul that I’ve never wanted to or thought I would share. It took courage for me to paint about these traumas and to reveal them as well. Others are more health related battles, while even a few others were gifts or a newly created OC. Either way, I’m actually really proud of my art this year. Instagram’s biased and messed up algorithm can often make you feel like the progress has been nonexistent or minimal, in the least. And if I based my progress off of the amount of likes I’ve received this year compared to last year, then surely I would feel nothing, but disappointment. However, I’ve chosen not to base my work off of that; I’ve made a lot of strides forward and I can see that when I simply take a look at my work from this year compared to last year (very last photo in line up is 2016’s best nine if you’re curious).
Two years of art on Instagram has had its fair share of trials and setbacks, but overall it’s probably had more positives, for me, than negatives.
Thank you, loves; who have come, stuck around and supported me during my most trying times when I’m largely unable to post or reply. Thank you, for being such a valuable, supportive and uplifting part of my days! 🖤