For a live musician, acoustic feedback can derail a performance. If anything, feedback can break focus or concentration. By it’s very nature, it distorts one’s sound to the point where it’s almost unrecognizable to the player.
The web’s greatest strength is that it grants everyone a voice, to be shared and opined. Everyone gets a say and has the right to publish it and be heard. But that doesn’t mean you have to listen to the feedback, whether negative or positive. In fact, my philosophy is that you probably shouldn’t.
As a brand runner and creative, reading or listening to the feedback will undoubtedly affect your work. Every time you accept and absorb the commentary, your process becomes vulnerable and susceptible to detour. It’s a problem I find with Twitter and Instagram and any social media, for that matter, where you share your personal creations. The audience chimes in and includes a little bit of themselves in your project, and future works; and by repetition over time, you may find it hard to hear yourself amongst all the noise.
Turn off the @ replies, sign off of Instagram, log off Facebook. Now you know why my blog on thehundreds.com has always been closed to comments. It’s not that I don’t appreciate or respect our readers’ opinion, it’s just that I have to stay true and pure to our path - even if what we make is not the most popular or Liked thing to do.
And remember this. Scoring “Likes” and hearts and thumbs-up emojis doesn’t mean that what you’re doing is what’s best for you. It’s what’s best for them. And getting negative comments or hate or thumbs-down emojis doesn’t mean that what you’ve done is wrong. It’s just wrong for them.
Back away from the speakers, turn away from the noise, eliminate the feedback. The only thing you should be hearing is yourself.