Visual Idiot retires from the industry(visualidiot.com)

2 years ago from Mick N, Freelancer

  • Andy StoneAndy Stone, 2 years ago

    I really do need to do this—for the long term. It's just tough knowing how much of our careers is tied up in clients/competitors/collaborators seeing your work through social channels. In the last 4 years, we've gotten 5+ decent projects through Instagram and Twitter was responsible for me starting the agency in the first place.

    I just have terrible self control when it comes to opening news apps, scrolling down a little further, or just visiting dumb-shit pages on the web. So far, the best thing that has helped is the greyscale mode on iOS to make the whole experience feel a lot more dull.

    2 points
    • Account deleted 2 years ago

      Yeah man take it in baby steps. Just ween yourself off one first, after a few months, stop visiting another. It'll be weird for a coiuple of weeks and you'll get fomo but after a while you'll get used to it.

      2 points
    • Michael FMichael F, 2 years ago

      I distanced myself from social and found first deleting the apps helped tons, Facebook, in particular, was really draining my time,... I would still visit social sites but was forced to type the web address in a browser, the experience is shitty, slow and eventually, I would start forgetting to check... I'm now at a stage where I don't check at all unless I actually want to or need to for work.

      I use a browser extension called Social Fixer which limits the amount of facebook you can see, amongst other things... So even if I do log in to FB I'll see like 50 posts and that's it...

      Side note: I still keep Messenger installed for communicating with friends, family and some clients.

      Twitter and Insta I only ever use for business, no personal accounts.

      Unfortunately, I recently uncovered the beauty Reddit so I am now hooked on that. It's not all bad as there is a ton of valuable content on there, I can pretty much decide what I want to see... the downside is the time I got back from social media is now consumed in Reddit so I'll likely be deleting this app soon also.

      0 points