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 knew where this was headed, so I wasn’t completely surprised by Ravelry’s bigoted action. I am trapped, a prisoner of my own making. No Facebook account, I’ve suspended my IG account (which was hard at first like quitting a drug) but I’m so much happier and focused on ‘real life’ again.
But stumped and trapped on Ravelry. I spent TEN years building my data base of every ounce of yarn in my stash, all my favorite patterns, a library of over 1000 patterns purchased through Ravelry….my heart completely sank under the weight of the enormity of what I’d give up if I left. I cannot believe that I let myself get lured into being in this position. I never made any political comment, but truly who is next?
-First they came for the Craft business owners but I did not speak out because I wasn’t a business owner. Then they came for Trump supporters but I did not speak out because I was not a Trump supporter. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out.
June 29, 2019
Thank you for being the true meaning of inclusive. Very refreshing. Someone gave you a shout out in one of the Ravelry exit fb groups. You will have my business! Hugs
Thank you for a thoughtful post and for that link to JP’s video!
I’m not one for suppressing speech; if something offends, ask yourself why it offends and think of a way to counter it in a smart manner that doesn’t include hatred (Admittedly, that way of thinking is unpopular right now.).
Unfortunately, Ravelry has taken the position that any dissent is not welcome and anyone who espouses a different POV is to be excised. That’s beyond offensive; that is oppression.
Please continue to speak up!
Hi Maria! You’ve voiced so much of what’s been floating around in my mind over this week. I’ve left Ravelry and have thought a bit about blogging again myself. But at the moment social media has become a bit consuming, as you said, and I want to dial it back. Anyway, thank you again for being a voice of resolve and reason in the midst of chaos. And thank you for being and example to so many of us when you took the stand you did a few months ago and endured the backlash with amazing grace and thoughtfulness. Hope you have a great day!
Sonja Loyd says...
I agree with you .Im still on Instagram and other social media’s, I don’t comment on how I see the issue or comment. Because it’s not acceptable in their eyes. The thing is it’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it . It’s all about do this or, do that or? No more too much resistance . I haven’t unfollowed a lot of people. I want positive everything as possible in my life. I have zero room for negativity.