I’m Leaving Instagram, Here’s Why

I'm leaving instagram! Shown here is an artist-rendered selfie gesturing to a balloon. The balloon reads "find me instead on YouTube, youtube.com/@kelcidcomics." Below are the words "thank you for your support! You. Are. Awesome."

I’m making it official. I am leaving Instagram, and here are my reasons why.

I know. Shocker. It’s yet another declarative blog post, YouTube video, or what have you declaring that yet another person is leaving Instagram. How original.

But I want to list my reasons. I feel that these are different enough from the reasons other folks have cited.

Does this mean I’m encouraging you to leave Instagram? I’m going to leave that up to you. These are just the reasons and arguments that I have for leaving. What you do with this information is up to you.

Reason One: Instagram is designed to keep you on the platform. It does not encourage sales or outward links to other work. There are no hyperlinks unless you make Stories, and Stories only last for 24 hours. There is also the dreaded, “Link in bio,” but doing that adds so many steps that it is not audience- or user-friendly.

Reason Two: my old Instagram account already got stolen. I was able to make a new account and recover a lot of my old followers. But Instagram is still a hotbed for scammers and bad actors.

Are scammers and bad actors exclusive to Instagram? No. But there’s an awful lot more of them lately. It’s gotten so bad that I had to leave a message in my Instagram bio saying, “Do not DM me.” And I know that strangers who send DM’s my direction are more than likely scammers.

Reason Three: I keep in touch with all of my work opportunities, colleagues, and friends outside of Instagram. All of my connections are either on outside platforms or directly with the people that I need to talk to.

Reason Four: I did a social media experiment back in October. In it, I realized that Instagram was the worst-performing platform that I posted to regularly. So if I leave Instagram, I won’t suffer for it.

Reason Five: I’m finding artistic inspiration in places outside of Instagram. To be honest, I’m finding inspiration on YouTube and through indie creator’s email newsletters.

Reason Six: nobody makes money on Instagram. Anybody who says they are is either already rich by other means or is trying to sell you something. And frankly, it is wild to me that some people still use Instagram saying that “it gets them work.” I have never found this to be the case, even since 2018.

And you might ask, “But what if somebody rejects me because I don’t have an Instagram account? Or don’t have enough Instagram followers?”

  1. Any work opportunity that demands you have X amount of Instagram followers is not going to pay you well. It is more than likely a scam. Do not engage.
  2. Every opportunity I applied for an art opportunity asks for your portfolio website first, then any social media handles after. It is more important for you to have a portfolio site than to have a social media account.

Reason Seven: Instagram operates on Skinner box logic. If you are unfamiliar, here’s a link to the Wikipedia article about Skinner boxes. But the short version is that Skinner boxes are designed to randomize results every time you push a button. The endgame is that users who push the buttons try to find reasons why the Skinner box rewards them. The fact that these platforms are randomized and act like slot machines is peak gambling behavior. It WILL warp your brain in bad ways. 

I wrote an entire anti-attention economy manifesto calling this out. Here’s a link where you can read that manifesto.

Reason Eight: I am not paying Instagram in the form of my attention and labor anymore. This ties into my anti-attention economy manifesto, but it also ties into an argument from Yanis Varoufakis. He argues that platforms like Meta, Google, and Amazon have turned into techno-fiefdoms, extracting rent from their users. And that includes attention and data. Honestly, just give this interview from Adam Conover a watch. It completely changed my outlook on how I interact with the internet at large.

So what’s next?

I will let folks know on Instagram with official announcements. I will still maintain my email newsletter, this blog, and my YouTube and TikTok accounts. That said, TikTok will not see as much activity from me.

Any art that would have gone up on Instagram will instead go up on this website. Having said that though, I don’t have to update it as frequently as Instagram would demand that I do.

That’s another reason that I’m leaving: Instagram demands that you post multiple times a day or multiple times a week. With no breaks. Again, the platform is trying to extract rent from you as much as possible. It’s what it’s designed to do, no matter how much it advertises its timer feature or its “wellness” features.

In short, I am leaving Instagram to engage with other platforms in healthier ways. With boundaries that I set for myself. 

I hope you stay tuned, and that you stick around to check out my art and other updates.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

You. Are. Awesome.

How I Got Into Drawing – A Video

This is how I got into drawing. What do you think of this style of video? Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more like this!

Here are the links mentioned in the video:

Did you like that Buu art I drew? Well, it’s a FREE phone wallpaper on Ko-fi!

Here’s that article I mentioned about Rurouni Kenshin’s creator (CW: mentions of ch!ld abuse/p*rn). 

The Janemba sketches I mentioned are somewhere during this archived live stream if you want to watch (there are tons of other sketches, as well, if you like sketchbook tours).

💜 Get exclusive phone wallpapers and behind-the-scenes peaks at The Legend of Jamie Roberts by supporting the comic on Ko-fi.

⭐ To get free phone wallpapers and other goodies, join my email newsletter.

🖌️ I’m available for commissions!

To get started, go to this Trello board

🎨 TOOLS USED:

  • Music – Kevin MacLeod
  • (Tracks used: Late Night Radio, Newer Wave, Angel Share, Airship Serenity, Odyssey)
  • Video Editing – Olive Video Editor
  • Recording – OBS
  • Mic – Blue Snowball
  • Drawing Program – Clip Studio Paint
  • SFX – Pixabay

👏 THANK YOU TO MY CLUB SUBSCRIBERS! 👏

To get your name added to this list, join one of my clubs.

  • Eileen M.
  • magicalgirlkyra
  • All Unka
  • Raiden
  • Ella Q
  • Andrew Balch
  • Adam Vazquez
  • Maya Smith
  • Pat Jade
  • JessicaMcIntosh
  • RPZ
  • Bryce Bargar

And thank YOU for watching!

You. Are. Awesome.

Time for Love Mart Prep

On Feb 8, 2024 at 6 pm EST, feel free to lurk while I work on prepping for Love Mart, a one-day event at Handmade Toledo!

Don’t forget about the Zine Club Pledge Drive still running on Kickstarter! You have until Feb 14 to join and get exclusive rewards.

To get free phone wallpapers and other goodies, join my email newsletter

I’m available for commissions!

If you want something for personal use, start on the public Commission board

🎨 Tools Used:

  • Streaming – StreamYard
  • Mic – Blue Snowball
  • Drawing – Clip Studio Paint

👏 THANK YOU TO MY CLUB SUBSCRIBERS! 👏

To get your name added to this list, join the Fan Club.

  • Eileen M.
  • magicalgirlkyra
  • All Unka
  • Raiden
  • Ella Q
  • Andrew Balch
  • Adam Vazquez
  • Maya Smith
  • Pat Jade
  • JessicaMcIntosh
  • RPZ
  • Bryce Bargar

And thank YOU for watching!

You. Are. Awesome.

NOW LIVE On KickStarter – Zine Club Pledge Drive!

Now live on KickStarter, it’s the Zine Club Pledge Drive!

I love making zines! 

For the first half of my webcomics-making career, I offered zines as rewards for patrons on Patreon…back when I was on the platform. After I left Patreon, I moved to Ko-Fi and offered the Zine Club as a membership tier. 

And for this latest KickStarter campaign, I’m opening up for new pledges to my Zine Club!

Right now, our membership is small – less than 13 people. We are a pretty cozy community of creative folks. I love them! AND I would love to grow the club to more members. To get more zines out into the world AND to make more webcomics happen!

Growing the Zine Club would also mean less of a need to hustle so much for income. Less hustling means more time for making rewards, too.

With your help, I would LOVE to grow the Zine club to make these goals happen. KEEP IN MIND, These are set intentionally low so we can hit goals and spread the word faster:

(This is already unlocked!) If we raise our Base Goal of $72, all backers and Zine Club members will get the Deluxe version of my tabletop roleplaying game, Toe Beans & Broomsticks! This game was originally designed for Free RPG Day last year. In it, you play as magic-casting cats, crows, dogs, and owls on a Saturday Morning adventure. The Deluxe edition of the game will have updated character tokens, NPCs, and a homebrewed game setting, The Lost Scroll of Madam Jellybean!

(ALSO UNLOCKED!) If we raise $143, all backers and Zine Club members will get the remastered PDF of Thoughtful Dinosaur!

If we raise $220, all backers and Zine Club members will get the PDF of New Punk Signal (The Signal So Far), the spin-off/sequel to Validation featuring everyone’s favorite himbos, Mike & Steve.

At $385, all backers and Zine Club members will get The Lore of Jamie Roberts, the zine containing SO MUCH RESEARCH that went into The Legend of Jamie Roberts. The zine will also contain concept art and a recipe for the pepper soup that appears in Chapter 3 of The Legend.

We also have stretch goals if we go BEYOND $385! But we’ll unlock those when we get there.

Can you pledge and become a member – even for just a month?

Then back this campaign! There are base rewards on the main page, and whichever one you click, you have your choice of add-ons to pick with your bundle!

Broke? Share this campaign far and wide! Sharing is caring and it helps more than you know. The link is tinyurl.com/kzineclub

That’s all for now. Thank you so much for your support!

You. Are. Awesome.

Lurking and Working on LGBTQ Pirate Comics

Today at 6 pm EST, feel free to lurk while I work on The Legend of Jamie Roberts and other art for this LGBTQ pirate comic.

Don’t forget about the Zine Club Pledge Drive still running on Kickstarter! You have until Feb 14 to join and get exclusive rewards.

To get free phone wallpapers and other goodies, join my email newsletter

I’m available for commissions! If you want something for personal use, start on the public Commission board

🎨 Tools Used:

  • Streaming – StreamYard
  • Mic – Blue Snowball
  • Drawing – Clip Studio Paint

👏 THANK YOU TO MY CLUB SUBSCRIBERS! 👏

To get your name added to this list, join the Fan Club.

  • Eileen M.
  • magicalgirlkyra
  • All Unka
  • Raiden
  • Ella Q
  • Andrew Balch
  • Adam Vazquez
  • Maya Smith
  • Pat Jade
  • JessicaMcIntosh
  • RPZ
  • Bryce Bargar

And thank YOU for watching!

You. Are. Awesome.