Being Social

This post has taken me a number of edits to write.  It was really rough at first, but then I found exactly what I wanted to say.  I hope you leave motivated to Roar, be yourself, engage with others, and ask for help or support.

I love being able to connect with others on Instagram, Facebook, Blogs, Twitter, Pinterest and social media in general.  While using social media I strive to present my authentic self, minus politics.  That is one area I try to keep somewhat personal.

What do I mean by authentic?  Being myself.  Letting my real self show.  I’m quirky, loveable, and generally all over the place.  Like Porter below, I’m not afraid to roar when I need to.  This kid is ridiculous, he will roar at anyone.

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For sewing and quilting I need to help stay on track.  If not, I will never get anything done and have an EVEN bigger pile of works in progress.  Well, I have mentioned that I plan posts and social media out in advance.  My blog schedule is made about a week in advance and I try to plan pictures for that.  This helps me keep my sanity and pushes me to finish.  I love sharing what I create.  Pictures are done usually when I have the best light or time.  They are not always perfect or the best, but that is it’s own work in progress.

However there are others that really stage their photos or take multiples to get the right look.  Getting the right look is important, but one Instagram-ers admission is frightening.  “revealing that a beach bikini photo actually took more than 100 attempts“.  That seems insane to me.

This has encouraged to look more intrinsically at what I’m doing as a quilt/sewing/general awesomeness blogger.  Am I being authentic with readers and myself?  What am I promoting?  Am I creating to just get more hearts and likes?  The general answer is no.  I tend to not make what’s on trend and follow my own creative path.

 

Someone has linked over to the CraftyPlanner’s podcast with Lizzy House in a blog post I read earlier this month.  It’s from a couple of months ago, but her honesty has really resonated with me over the month.  This podcast was an eye opener.  I suggest taking the full hour and listening to Lizzy House and her thoughts.

Here are my notes and thoughts:

  • No work you do on your own.  Well maybe, but probably not. 
  • Society has moved away from collaboration. 
  • What are the benefits of collaborating? 
  • Too busy focusing on likes, hearts and being a “celebrity”.

After listening to the podcast, I found a blog post that I think really ties into what Lizzy House was saying about likes and hearts.  Helene in Between asks if Is Blogging DeadFor sewing and quilting blogs I don’t think it’s dead, but another avenue to connect and share.  As someone mentioned in the comments it’s a way to have a home for everything.  Other social media outlets have made it too easy to not engage past a heart or like.  Unless you follow hashtags on IG you can’t go back to something you liked.  On the other hand, increasing hearts and like can really drive a business.  I don’t think there is a definite answer to the question.  However, it’s up to me to engage with my readers or try to encourage something other than a heart or like.  Don’t hide, engage with others.  

By commenting on blogs over the years I have developed some crafty friendships with people I adore.  I can’t wait to ever meet them in person.

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I don’t want to just grow my audience, hearts, tweets, or followers.  I want to inspire their own creativeness by sharing my journey.  Maybe it’s the health educator in me, but there is a desire to help others.  Here’s what you can expect from me going forward:

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  • Transparency and honesty on posts.
  • Inspiration from various places, not just sewing or quilting related.
  • Collaboration with others.
  • Supporting and commenting on others work.  Be an example.

I’m not sure how all of this will look in the future but I have some ideas in the works.  I’d love your feedback on what you want to see from bloggers, Instagram, Facebook, and/or any social media.  What would help you the most?  What really bothers you or turns you away from engaging with someone?  If you don’t want to publicly comment you can email me quiltytherapy @ gmail .com

 

**Photos from this post are from the talented Amy Garro.  She has launched a photography business, Indy Family Photo.**

9 Comment

  1. You do beautiful work and the things I read sound like they are coming from your voice. I think blogging is a lot like journalling, but a much more edited version. I really enjoy Instagram because I can see the things I’ve liked easily and keep that in mind when I do like things. Or I just take a screen shot with my phone. There is so much information it is really hard for me to process it, remember it, and use it in an effective matter. Overall it stresses me out less than it used to and I try to keep the important things in life at the forefront. But sometimes that escape from reality is really important.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! Haven’t thought of it like journalling, but I have to agree. I try to walk people through my process and usually write bits and pieces as I go along. This helps me remember how I was feeling while working on a particular thing. I use Pinterest and Pocket to help me organize everything. Most things get put on a board or copy a link to Pocket and later, in my down time, I can process.

      Ahh that escape is nice sometimes. Mine is typically around 9pm after the toddler tornado has gone to bed.

  2. “I want to inspire their creativeness by sharing my own journey.” – I love how you said this! It shines to a beauty within, and a desire to help others as opposed to needing to be “liked”. For me, I share my faith through fabric – it’s my way to share something that intrinsically makes me who I am, and a way to bring faith into the home in a creative way. Thank you for your beautiful post! Looking forward to checking out that podcast.

  3. Thanks for this thought provoking post – I picked it up from the Quilty Bloggers Facebook group. I’ve been blogging just over a year, mixing in a bit of Facebook, using Pinterest as a ‘storage tool’ rather than a communication platform. My aim too is to share what I hope is helpful information with the quilty blogging community through the projects I’m working on. I intend my personality to come through my writing and include occasional bits of history etc connected with days out (unrelated to quilting but part of what interests me). Over the year I’ve signed up to follow quite a few quilty bloggers and followed links to others. I’ve kept up with bloggers who share their experiences of working through a project rather than those who tend to use posts to show a catalogue of finishes. I like getting to know them through the personal bits that get thrown in around the quilting and appreciate having replies to comments I leave.
    As for the likes and hearts – I do leave a like if I’ve read a post but don’t have anything specific to add. I do check my stats but haven’t analysed them to try and figure out what does and doesn’t make for a popular read. I do like to know my posts are being read especially by the handful of people who regularly leave likes and comments and that encourages me to stay true to myself in what I write.
    No to politics but I do share my Christian perspective sometimes because faith colours who I am and how I understand things. If I didn’t I wouldn’t be being honest. How do you see collaboration working via blogs? Do you mean more than link ups and answering direct questions about fabric choices for a project?
    Whew! Thank you if got through this long reply! Time to get up and get decorating!

    1. “I’ve kept up with bloggers who share their experiences of working through a project rather than those who tend to use posts to show a catalogue of finishes. I like getting to know them through the personal bits that get thrown in around the quilting and appreciate having replies to comments I leave.” – Exactly Allison. I do enjoy posts where bloggers talk about their faith. It’s just one area in general I don’t share in an open forum. Face to face that’s different.

      As for collaboration, I’m not sure what that works like just yet. My friend and I are doing another scrap quilt together. Another friend and are considering a collaboration for a project. I just want to interact with others more and I’m surrounded by some amazingly talented people in my life.

      1. I’ll be interested to see how the collaboration develops. I’m at a stage in life where children no longer require babysitting so getting out of an evening is less of a struggle now. We live in a fairly large town with two active quilt groups – both organise the making of charity quilts, hold sewing days and workshops – which all makes for opportunities to share work and ideas. I know these are blessings many quilters don’t have on their doorsteps and I can see how much the quilty blogging community has to offer as an alternative to regular face-to-face contact.

        1. I’m working with some of the quilters from IMQG on some projects. Just met with one last night, more details coming soon. I’ve enjoyed growing who I follow and connect with via the Quilty Bloggers group. Interested to see how that changes with more crafters. Who knows what new ideas may come?

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