Block out the noise...

As a photographer I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook.

It's been a huge life-line in growing my business - connecting with clients is just a small part really. The biggest benefit has come through the ability to connect with so many other photographers, who are a constant source of advice and inspiration. But these connections became a double edged sword...
I reached a point where I was no longer seeing posts from my friends and family in my news feed. Everything was wedding photography related, and rather than inspiring me, I felt like it was sucking the life out of me!
Too many great photographers to compare myself to... too much paying attention to others rather than focusing on my own journey. It was time to block out the noise. I considered going through and 'un-liking' all photography/wedding related pages. But I didn't want to be completely cut off. I just wanted to control how and when I looked at what everyone else was up to...

How to block out the noise in 3 easy steps


Step 1: Locate your 'Friends Lists'
First of all I recommend doing this from your computer rather than your phone, just to make things easier.
On the left hand side of your news feed you'll have your Pages, Groups, Friends and Interests.
Click on 'Friends'

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Step 2: Create a list

Here you'll see a list of groups. Facebook provides some for you already set up, such as 'Family'. But you can create your own by clicking '+ Create List' at the top.

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You'll then get a box pop up asking you to name your list... mine has the imaginative title 'Photographer pages'.

Next you need to start adding people and/or pages to your list. If you try to add via the pop up box, you'll only be able to add profiles NOT pages... so we need to do an extra step. Click 'Create' and your list will open. On the right hand side there's a box asking you to add friends to list. If you click in here and start typing you'll now be able to add pages and personal profiles!
I found the best way to find all the pages I'd liked was to start typing 'Photog' and go from there.

Once you've added everyone, give your Facebook a refresh and your list should be populated with all the posts of the people/pages you've added! This means you've now got everything all in one place, all that's left to do now is to stop it all appearing in your news feed...

Step 3: Unfollow the pages
Now you've got all the photography pages/profiles in one place you can click through to each of them to 'Unfollow' them. On each page/profile there will be a 'Following' button under the cover photo.

Just click on the following button so the tick disappears and it looks like this:

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...and hey presto, your news feed will now be photography free!
You can create as many lists as you like to help organise how you see posts. I've found that by putting all the photography pages in one place it means I can now set aside time to look at what everyone is up to. It makes showing support to fellow photographers less demanding and much more time efficient... and I've got my news feed back :)

I hope you found this helpful. Do you have any tips on how to manage social media to share?

Photo credit: cc licensed flickr photo shared by jack dorsey