The 100-day-project experience
I often ponder why I chose to do this challenge. Doing it for others is not enough of a motivation, at least for me. If you followed my previous challenges (Inktober 2021 and Inktober 2022), perhaps you remember how I used to consider myself unreliable and inconsistent. Completing these challenges helped me change the way I see myself. It all starts with setting an intention. And I guess that taking on the 100-day project was my attempt to take it a step further. And I sure did!
I didn’t count all the views that these videos got across social media, but there were millions of views on each platform. And let me tell you – it’s a double-edged sword.
Living inside the Zentangle community bubble is truly such a blessing. Being connected to like-minded people that are bound by the same interest has been a wonderful experience, ever since I started joining the groups in 2016. Everyone is supportive and positive. You like something you see – you give it likes and love. If you don’t, you scroll away and find something to admire. Well, unfortunately, it’s not how the random online person functions.
Nobody knows which algorithms or keys are used by different platforms to distribute content or suggest it to people who are not followers. So, my videos get pitched to people who are not interested in the Zentangle method, drawing, or creative process at all, and those random people leave all kinds of random comments. People are strange species. I know that their triggers and frustrations have nothing to do with my content. That’s why I decided a long time ago to never take these comments personally. However, it still uses my energy to go through those comments, delete them, answer them, block people, etc. So, that was the negative side of it. However, all the positives always outweigh it.
I am really thankful to many of you who followed along, drew along, and sent encouraging messages and comments. You have helped to strengthen my inner feeling of satisfaction and ability to give back to the community that I’ve always felt so welcome to be a part of.