Wow. Thanks for quite a lively discussion last week everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed following the discussion in the comments, and I got the feeling that many of you enjoyed it as well.
My take home was that most of us are blog people through and through. Even if we don’t have time to actually blog ourselves, we enjoy reading and keeping up with others through their blogs. Blogs give us a visual and textual story in a way that many of the other outlets just can’t capture. And, for me, I have to say I’m very thankful for blog readers since they allow me to easily keep up with way more blogs than should really be possible. But, perhaps one thing I wish they did better was allow me to comment more easily. Imagine if logging into your blog reader meant you were automatically logged into a communal commenting platform that would make commenting from your device of choice as easy as sending a tweet? Is there something like that out there already that I just don’t know about?! I know reading blogs through my blog reader on my phone is one of the biggest reasons my level of commenting has dropped (and, in turn, one of the biggest reasons I’ve tried to turn to Twitter and now Instagram to let people know I’m still excited about being a part of this community). Anyway, regardless, the point is that most of us agree that blogs are awesome.
As for Twitter and Instagram, it seems that some use them, some don’t. And, importantly, those that use them, enjoy them, and those that don’t use them, don’t miss them. But, the most important take home from the discussion – to me at least! – was learning all the different uses for hashtags on these sites. Had I realized hashtags had their own wiki page, I could have saved everyone the trouble. But, then again, I just loved reading all of your interpretations. There is the official use, such as tagging a tweet with #FabricChat to have it connected with the Friday Fabric Chats. There is the post summary use, such as tagging a post about a late night sewing mishap with #shouldhavegonetobed. There is the overuse, such as tagging every other word in a post with a hashtag so that the post becomes very easily searchable and findable. And, of course, as with all of this social media stuff, there are likely many, many more unofficial official uses for hashtags, but I think I’ll stick with these three for now!
Also, most of us wish that there was only one social sewing site that everyone used to share and connect. I learned that there’s actually been a hearty discussion about just such a thing earlier this year over on Amy Glassenberg’s site While She Naps. And, from the discussion over there I learned about another social sewing site – Threadbias. Anyone active over there? I just signed up as ahearta. Also, since one of my big questions had been how to connect with others through Pattern Review, I wanted to link to today’s post from Sunni of A Fashionable Stitch on searching Pattern Review for information on specific patterns. I still don’t know how you use the site to connect with others, but maybe after you get in the habit of using the site, you start to notice people who’s reviews you trust and who’s choices in patterns seem to match yours?
Finally, my last major take home was that we all really value our time and want to make sure we’re striking the right balance between our offline and online lives. Feeling pressure to be a part of too many sites is just no fun. Many suggested they’d welcome an app that would sync their posts between all of the different social media sites. Though I do know how to push my blog posts to Twitter when they’re published, I don’t know of an easy way to link to many of the other social media sites, particularly the sewing focused ones. Until there is such an app, hopefully we can all find the balance that’s right for us that keeps us feeling connected.
Anyway, thank you all again for the lively discussion! Now back to our regular programming…