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Social Media is Stifling Your Creativity

It’s time for you to get out from the masses of inspiration + ideas your creativity is buried under and identify how you are creative.

Inspiration + tutorials are great, but your creativity can’t be wrapped up in someone else's creativity. It’s time for you to get out from the masses of inspiration + ideas your creativity is buried under and identify how you are creative.

 

Here’s the story.

I love craft blogs. LOVE THEM. Obsessed with them. But, they can also be my creative downfall. I went through a period of a year (give or take a couple of months) where I read/skimmed through about 15 – 20 of them daily. Everyone was DIY’ing or crafting such cool shit and I planned on making it all. I also was so in love with craft blogs that I wanted to start one of my own. I have no good reason for why I didn’t except that deep down I probably knew it wasn’t exactly right for me.

So despite the fact that I love love craft/DIY blogs dearly, why do I think they are also holding many people back?

For awhile, I made myself stop reading DIY/craft blogs all together. I even unfollowed most of them on social media. I stopped reading them because every single day I would discover some new amazing project that someone share and that I just “had” to make. I would plan on making it, but before I could ever get around to executing, I would discover some other project that was absolutely amazing and I just “had” to make. This cycle would continue and although I was constantly inspired, I never actually made anything and therefore wasn’t practicing my creativity at all.

The problem is not with the blogs, Pinterest, or even social media in general, but with how audiences react to them. There are so many craft, DIY, and lifestyle blogs out there that are ridiculously gorgeous. They are so pretty to look at, and even better, they share such creative ideas that we can constantly turn to for inspiration. And the best part, they often include detailed tutorials so that we can copy them!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ragging on these, because I love them. I also love Pinterest and love Instagram. Daily, I am inspired by something I see/read on one of these outlets. But, other people’s ideas and tutorials can’t be the sole focus of YOUR CREATIVITY. If it is, you really don’t know yourself as a creative person.

The problem lies in people pinning every tutorial or project they see on Pinterest, but never actually making any of it. Making all kinds of plans, but not executing anything. Or, ONLY copying the work. Making stuff you see online is great (recipes, decorating your house, holiday cards, etc.), but at some point you have to learn what makes YOU creative.

Inspiration + tutorials are awesome, but your creativity can’t be wrapped up in someone else’s creativity.

It’s time for you to get out from the masses of inspiration + ideas your creativity is buried under and identify how you are creative.

To summarize, don’t quit going on Pinterest or other social media and reading blogs (unless of course you want to), but take some time to learn how YOU are creative and start practicing it today.

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Inspiration + tutorials are great, but your creativity can’t be wrapped up in someone else's creativity. It’s time for you to get out from the masses of inspiration + ideas your creativity is buried under and identify how you are creative.

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