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!