Hello, loyal readers (read: followers)!
Last time, we talked about how art and business are entangled. Now, let’s try to dig a bit deeper and look at it through a different filter.
Oscar Wilde said, “art for art’s sake”. As much as I’ve been inspired by that quote, I let the man down. I let him down every time I refresh my screen to keep a check on the number of likes. Every time I check my engagements on my blog posts, every time I try looking for the perfect hashtags, every time I check insights. Every time I put up a story asking people to check out what I wrote, I feel like I’m compromising with my integrity. These words, these words like engagements, insights, content, reach, they scare me.
You see ever since we were little, we’ve been taught that our ideas are only worthy if you can make money out of it. I’m sure all of us have come across that quote by Joker, “If you’re good at something, don’t do it for free.” Of course, a generation who grew up on this belief will never believe in themselves until they turn every idea into a monetary opportunity.
I’m not saying that don’t turn ideas into profit. Where would we be without great ideas? But don’t pit numbers and art against each other. You cannot take something so abstract and put it on a weighing scale against something so concrete as numbers. Don’t call your writing content. It diminishes its value. If you’re good at something, do it because it makes you happy. Because it fills your heart with joy every time you read what you write, every time you see people appreciating your art. Because art is for you and your ideas are your own. Don’t let society taint it, least of all a society that measures your worth in trivial numbers.
What is your take on all of this? Let us know in the comments section.
Wait and watch what new turn we’ll take in our next post.
Happy reading : )