Admittedly, I’ve been discouraged lately. The ebb and flow of followers on social media often influences the decisions I make as a creator, which I believe, dilutes the work I produce. This year, I am redefining my purpose as a creator. The video below contains my personal Declaration of Independence from the authority of the myriad social media algorithms. Full text of said declaration can be found below the embed, for those who prefer reading over viewing.
When I began my website, and when I began producing video content, I was far along my journey of religious deconstruction. I’d begun studying philosophy and psychoanalysis and I wanted a medium through which I could process new insights–to analyze my past experience and to reconstruct the narrative of my existence.
Writing–creating–became a rite of exorcism as I purged my psyche and the demons writhed across the lines.
My website, in particular, and the act of creating, generally, has always been primarily for me–for catharsis and for healing.
Benjamin Bloom identified evaluation as the highest level of intellectual behavior for learning. When we evaluate, we appraise, we judge, we assess, we defend, but it isn’t enough to do these within the confines of the mind. The production of something tangible–the act of producing, itself–deepens understanding and certifies absorption by the psyche of all we’ve dismantled, analyzed, critiqued, and reconstructed. The act of creating anchors insight. Anchored insight emboldens resolve, and bold resolve affirms conviction, which is absolutely necessary for the birth of authentic ethics.
Authentic ethics is my ultimate goal.
This year, I endeavor to honor my roots–by producing content with this sublime goal in mind.
I intend to shift my focus away from social media and onto my website–not to abandon social media altogether–but to produce content for my internet home that aligns with my original intent.
Last year, I lost sight of my true purpose. Platforms and algorithms have a way of diluting content by imposing artificial standards on creators. I’ve allowed “the algorithm,” in all its varied manifestations, to shape the arc of my creation, and it is my aim to abandon that error.
Going forward, I will focus my efforts on producing what I want to produce for my website (my platform), and when it is appropriate, I will share what I can to social media. I am permitting myself to be the author of my own destiny, and it is my hope that you’ll visit from time to time and find respite and refreshment when you do.