We have each made the choice to sign up for Facebook, Instagram, Google, Ravelry etc. We have all made the choice to share our information, our talents, our opinions, our businesses with these companies. We have handed over control. And now what?
I’m not sure the answer lies in a new platform apart from the big companies. Though, I know how important community is. (If you would like to join a new knitting community of truly inclusive and warm-hearted knitters, come on over to ourunraveled.com. It was just set up and is still a work in progress, but I'm thankful someone has made the effort to do this!)
I think each of us needs to step away from social media somewhat. It feeds off hate and disagreement and controversy. I know it’s hard to look away. Hard to think how our businesses can survive without it. But I truly believe if we all stepped away, we’d make it somehow. We’d support each other. We’d find other avenues for gaining customers and support. And it wouldn’t be driven by algorithms. It wouldn’t be controlled or censored. Remember blogs?
We need to fill our hearts, minds, and souls with nature, music, laughter, literature, love.
Listen to Vivaldi or Handel and close your eyes and picture whatever it is that the music makes you think of. There are endless stories in their sounds.
Go to the library and fill your arms with books. Spend the day flipping through them and deciding which to read first.
Sit outside and look as far in the distance as you can. Stretch your eyes.
Edit: and then JP Sears put out this video, and made me laugh at myself a bit. Always a good thing!
I have never used Instagram or Twitter, use Facebook in a limited way and have been away from Ravelry forums for a long while, recently joining in again only for what I ever used it for: KALs and sharing pretty pictures. So I was completely oblivious to what has been happening to you and others. To say I am shocked and horrified is an understatement. I stumbled across a Quillete article by complete accident just two days ago, and since then have been following the trail to find out what happened to you and others. I’ve been reading your posts backward and stopped at this one to comment for two reasons:
1. After all I was reading, I just had to stop and tell you how much I admire you for taking a stance against bullies and the mob mentality. It has come at great cost to you and I cannot begin to imagine the emotional and mental trauma all this must have caused you.
2. For me knitting is about relaxing, de-stressing and feeding my soul. I love colour, the feel of beautiful yarn sliding through my fingers and the visual and tactile texture of the finished item. The photo at the top of this post jumped out at me. I love this colourway. It definitely feeds my soul. Is it a repeatable one by any chance? I’d love to buy some :)
October 18, 2019
So grateful for a community of people who see through this viscous behavior and want to be able to honor our differences without calling people out for every thing.
July 01, 2019
Thank you. You’ve gained a new subscriber.
I’ve stepped away from IG, where I feel most of the nastiness strikes. Agree with you, Maria, it is good to step back from social media, but I did drift over to sign up for Unraveled. It sounds promising for a place to commune in harmony with other crafters even if our political views don’t always align.
Hope your wedding is everything you’ve always dreamed of!! Congratulations!
June 29, 2019
Just bought myself some of your beautiful yarn!!
I wish to support reasonable people like you who speak out against this ridiculous over-reaction to the intolerance that is at the root of all the “-ism”s. Fighting intolerance with intolerance just seems wrong to me… I have read all the thoughtful comments on this post and I feel less alone. Thanks everyone.
I do not watch, read, listen to, participate in anything that offends me and find it hard to understand why Ravelry can not be a “safe space” for everyone. Why do some people feel the need to be cruel to other people for ANY reason is beyond me. Whatever happened to treat others as you would wish to be treated?
Back to knitting :)