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The following was compiled in my IG stories with the help of many others who shared with me and Isabel Osgood-Roach for finding links!
I felt it important to separate it into categories. I also did not include people who just take breaks and talk about the importance of detoxing. (Those people are great but we're diving into a different category here)
Please feel free to add in the comments and I will continue to edit this as new information comes in.
PATREON UPDATE : I will be shifting / returning to a regular posting schedule with TWO POSTS A MONTH - each post will be a condensed but jam packed offering with monday meeting LINKS, an essay + reflection questions + pooling funds + radio show updates + more. As I have been reviewing exit surveys many people left because it felt like TOO MANY separate posts - I HEAR YOU! LET'S BE LESS DIGITAL
NEXT UPDATE is this Monday December 14 with my PART ONE : HOW I MADE A PLAN TO LEAVE IG <3
ANYWAYS THE DAMN LIST :
Limited time on IG and/or took a hiatus:
Solee Darrel : just announced a Jan-May 2021 logging out hiatus
Yarrow Magdalena : deactivated and made podcast episodes about leaving IG and being ok
A Well Traveled Woman : was off IG for years
Lee from America : logged out for 5 months and returned with a different quality in her business, now on a break / going to school
The Woman Who Married a Bear : logged off for at least a year
Currently on break/inactive but page still up:
EXISTING BUT NOT THERE
This essay from Tavi Gevinson about not having her own password but still creating content sparked a whole MOVEMENT. Katie Crutchfield also runs her IG this way as do others. Katie and Tavi, although IG certainly impacts their careers in a positive way, did not "build a business" per se where IG content creation and interaction are necessary
DING DING DING
Talia Migliaccio : currently deactivated + takes looooong deactivation breaks
Elizabeth Suzann : did a complete 360 with her business - still creating beautiful clothes and textiles but at a MUCH smaller scale and with no social media : FUCK YES!
Molly-Margaret Johnson : sex educator who “IG was their job” so my research would tell me without it at least part of their job description shifted! - This IG account is connected to her as well and is still active
IN SUMMARY : Talia and Elizabeth feel like the CLOSEST to what I was looking for in an answer. Artists whose careers were deeply impacted and supported by large followings on social media who managed to pivot and deactivate. Not log off, not take a break, not have a separate account, not find interesting ways to talk about it. They left.
I will never say social media is evil. In fact : follow Gabi Abrão (Sigh Swoon) on IG - I love how she talks about it being a FUN VORTEX! Or Clementine Morrigan - another amazing writer and critic of how we interface with apps (they both have patreons I am a part of that are AMAZING)
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