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How to Sew Outside the Algorithm

Tips to trick your algorithm to show you the things that inspire you the most.

Posted in: Seamwork Radio Podcast, Creativity & Mindset • May 6, 2024 • Episode 191

Is your social media algorithm showing you the same thing over and over again?

We use social media and Pinterest for mindless entertainment, but it can be easy to go down a scroll-hole. If that's the only input your brain is receiving for inspiration, you can get stuck.

In this week’s episode, Haley and Sarai chat about how social media algorithms are creating cultural uniformity and how you can find ways to discover your own unique taste when there is this culture of sameness.

They share three tips to train your algorithm so that you discover new, refreshing things that speak to who you really are.

Below are the show notes for this podcast episode, a brief summary of what's covered, and a full transcript.

3 Ways to Trick Your Algorithm

Before trying any of these tips, you need to get in the right mindset. What does that feel like?

Switch to active seeking rather than passive scrolling when it comes to gathering inspiration.

When you are relying on the algorithm to serve you content based on your demographic, you’re getting a very flattened perspective. However, if you seek out things that inspire you as an individual, your world can become more three-dimensional.

Actively training your algorithm will help you see things that truly inspire you.

Tip 1. Go down rabbit holes

Going down rabbit holes is one of the best ways to show your algorithm what you like. To make this active rather than passive, revisit the things you’ve always loved, and then go down those rabbit holes about them.

For example, if you’ve always loved a punk-inspired look, that’s a rabbit hole you should explore.

Look for movies, periods in history, style icons, that relate to that punk aesthetic.

Do some research or ask some questions to prompt you to investigate more. What were the influences that inspired this movement? What things came afterward?

Tip 2. Get offline and explore different inputs, outside of the things you’ve always loved.

Here are some ideas:

  • Go to the library

  • Look at some magazines, archived or new (and don’t forget international magazines)

  • Visit an art gallery or museum

  • Watch some movies

  • Listen to music or go see live shows

  • Sketch and play with watercolors

  • Take a creative class

Tip 3: Take these creative inputs and put them back online.

To switch from passive scrolling to active searching, search for content related to your rabbit hole findings.

Do a Google search, look on Pinterest, or find forums online. Make an exaggerated effort to engage with the kinds of content you want to see so the algorithm shows you more. You know the algorithm learns quickly.

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