Two things have been occupying my mind this week: the first is very Desk-appropriate. Since last week’s Link Love andthe predominance of planner posts plus my Monday post about Plotter inserts, I’ve been in full planner mode. Specifically, ring bound planners and the ability to build and design a planner specific to my needs. I can choose (or make) weekly and monthly pages in any configuration and I’m not beholden to a specific notebook layout or format. So I’ve been giving real thought to what I want to track and organize in a way I haven’t done in some time (probably since before the pandemic). I’ve been listening to lots of episodes of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Plannerverse Podcast and watching YouTube videos of planner set-ups. The reason I like the Plannerverse podcast is they dive deep into the whys of planning. The YOuTube set-up videos spend too much time on the hows and the pretties. I don’t care which fancy tab you used, I want to know why you chose to divide out a section just for habit tracking instead of including that on your weekly or monthly pages.
The second thing is social media. Social media, specifically Instagram, is no longer something I enjoy. It’s work. And it’s fruitless work — whether I’m posting or consuming content. I am feeling obligated to post regularly to try to stay ahead of Instagram’s ever-changing algorithms only to discover that it’s a losing battle. Unless I’m willing to dedicate hours everyday to building Reels, Stories and posts, the posts I create will continue to be seen by fewer and fewer people. I’m not rewarded for not bombarding Followers with endless posts. Nope, the few posts I do make will continue to be seen by fewer people.
Scrolling through other people’s posts is a seige of moving images, ads and recommendations to switch to Instagram’s Reels or Stories platforms to view other content. I know the whole point of the app is to suck people into the endless cycle of posting and liking other posts but it’s starting to feel like a hamster wheel I no longer want to be on.
Platforms like Instagram and Facebook are designed to make it difficult if not impossible to find previously posted content. Whether it’s something I posted or something someone else posted and I want to refer back to, accessing the archive of previously “liked” posts is frustrating and there’s no way to fine tune searches to a specific timeframe, only users I follow, etc. It makes me miss the days of Flickr.
To find not one but two different posts about getting off social media this week felt like kismet.
What’s your current feeling towards social media?
Links of the Week:
- Quitting Instagram (for Good) and Why I Adore Blogs and Blogging (via My Giant Strawberry)
- A year off social media: some thoughts! (via Kelly Rae Roberts)
- What I’ve been using this week! 11-13-2021 Edition (via Inkdependence!)
- 8 fresh designs to get you excited about fountain pens again (via UK fountain pens)
- Fountain Pen Review: Tianzi Sky Blue Piston-Fill Fountain Pen (via Rants of The Archer)
- WAHL Eversharp Decoband Oversize Gatsby Unboxing and Review (via Penultimate Dave)
- Featuring A Fude Nib (via An Inkophile’s Blog)
- Ink Overview: Esterbrook Inks Part 2 (Aqua, Shimmer Aqua, Shimmer Lilac, Tangerine and Shimmer Tangerine) (via Macchiato Man)
- Can You Identify This Ink? (via An Inkophile’s Blog)
- Papier Plume Pecan (via Fountain Pen Pharmacist)
- Landing this currently inked in the comfort zone (via mnmlscholar)
- Ink Review: How About A Super Sheener? A Look at Birmingham Pen Company “Angelfish” (via The Gentleman Stationer)
- PenBBS 158 Cherry Blossom (via Mountain of Ink)
- Ink Review: Anderillium Inks “Cuttlefish Brown” (Cephalopod Series) (via The Gentleman Stationer)
Notebooks & Paper:
- The Go-To Notebook Review (via The Poor Penman)
- Pen and Notepad Review: Midori MD Fountain Pen, MD A5 Notebook, and MD Paper Notebook Cover (via Macchiato Man)
- A5 vs B5 vs A6 vs B6 vs midori vs Personal Visual Comparison Tables (via SocialCompare)
- The Best Planner Stickers, Pens, Stamps, and More (via JetPens Blog)
- Pentagram partner Giorgia Lupi stitches her life in data into the pages of a Moleskine notebook (via It’s Nice That)
- Roterunner Purpose Planner review (vertical hourly weekly spread + goal planning) (via All About Planners)
- Art & Creativity:
- Festive! Caran d’Ache Wonder Forest Prismalo Bicolors (via Fueled by Clouds & Coffee)
- Sketching with scissors again! (via Apple-Pine)
Other Interesting Things:
- Great Pen Stores: A Quick Trip to Anderson Pens Chicago and Atlas Stationers (via The Gentleman Stationer)
- “Book Darts” Metallic Line Book Markers (via Tools and Toys)
- Purchase Art from 100 Famous Photographers for a Good Cause (via My Modern Met)
- A New Archive Shows Where to Stream Hundreds of Classic Black Films (via Hyperallergic)
- The History Of the Pink Doughnut Box, AKA, the ‘994’ (via Dieline )
- How to Make a Bespoke Savile Row Suit (via Kottke.org)
- USPS Operation Santa Registration Opens Today (via USPS Newsroom)
- PENcilPALLING. (via PENCIL REVOLUTION!)
- In defense of the peculiarly particular stationery database (via mnmlscholar)
- Galen Leathers – an incredible story of an indomitable spirit (via Inked Happiness)
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