Disabling the “LIKE” button: It’s all about motivation

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In a creative slump and it is all the fault of that nasty “LIKE” button.

Feeling obliged to hit it every time someone posts;

Waiting and counting the number of “hits” I get.

What’s my motivation anyway?
Creating for the love of creating or to get more LIKEs?

That durn LIKE button permeates my life:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Zentangle Mosaic app
  • Eat Right Now app
  • Ravelry app
  • Even my blog.

Always at the back of my mind:   Where to post my creation?
Who will see it?

How many LIKES will I get?

I think about it when I

  • Tangle
  • Weave
  • Bead
  • Knit
  • Sew
  • Write
  • Even when I am doing the dishes.

It has taken the creative joy out of my day.

Yes, even as I put these thoughts to paper,

I wonder:

Will you LIKE it—

Thumbs up or thumbs down?

So trying to disable the LIKE button in my head and

Create for the joy of creating.

Let the rest of it be.

Acknowledgement: Venerable Thubten Chodron’s guided meditation Generating Beneficial Motivation on the Insight Timer app.

2 thoughts on “Disabling the “LIKE” button: It’s all about motivation

  1. Ok, now this is strange indeed. I have been writing blog posts about being demotivated. Then today I suddenly got an email from a friend (who doesn’t read my blog) to say how demotivated she’s been feeling. And I’ve heard the same thing from another person who’s currently on vacation and not online at all so I know she hasn’t been reading anything I’ve been writing on the topic nor does she know you or my other demotivated friend.

    That’s 4 of us feeling this way. Very odd. What is going on, I wonder?

    I don’t think mine is related to the Like button but I’ve seen sooooooo many artists refer to it for being a giant creativity-killer, for all the reasons you cite above. Finally, I did indeed disable the Comments on my blog because I was paying altogether too much attention to them. Since my blog isn’t on WordPress, I don’t know but I bet you can disable comments if you want…you ought to be able to get rid of the Like button on here too, I bet. Do a bit of research. [Come to think of it, I’ve never researched whether it’s possible to get rid of the Like button on FB or Instagram, etc….I wonder…???}

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  2. Yes, I did see your blog on motivation–do not know if that was at the back of my mind or not. But Venerable Thubten Chodron’s guided meditation certainly got me thinking about it!

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