I am cutting down my membership of online knitting groups and subscriptions, I find they draw me in too much and I end up wasting far too much time wasting my creativity time looking at endless pairs of socks. Marvellous though they are, and I am often inspired or awed by what other people make it stops you from following your own path. I get so caught up in admiring other people’s work I’m not honing my own skills. Plus a trend I’ve noticed in some Facebook groups is that once they get popular more admins are needed and sometimes they become over-moderated. I personally think moderation of a group needs a light touch, people don’t need slapping down every five minutes, if someone posts something that infringes a copyright for example its best to delete it and send them a private message, no need to gloat all over the group about your take-down policies and how you won’t suffer any sort of appeal or dissent. Its ok for people to disagree with you or offer an opinion you don’t agree with, you don’t need to constantly slap them down.
I think the ones I will stick with are the ones that tie in to a podcast. My absolute favourite knitting podcast is Louise Scollay’s Knit British, there is something absolutely fascinating in every episode, actually that’s wrong, the whole podcast is fascinating and I think I might be the only person in the world who is glad she has had to reduce the amount of episodes she produces because now I stand a chance of keeping up to date and looking up all the scrumptious yarn, projects, patterns and producers she finds for us. I’ve not even touched the surface of her Ravelry group but I went along to one of the 100 episodes celebrations in last weekend. I had been aiming for the Bath one but there was industrial action on that train line so I went to the London one instead and it was absolutely fantastic. I met so many lovely people working on gorgeous things and I really hope I can meet them again. Fingers crossed I’ll bump into some of them at Unravel next month.
I think Ravelry is a much nicer place to hang out than Facebook, I don’t know what it is about FB but it seems to make people come over all opinionated and strident and I’ve just not seen that sort of thing on Ravelry.
So I’m still a bit conflicted about online groups, on the one hand its lovely to see what other people make and be inspired, but on the other its often quite a negative experience in that it drains time to no purpose or you encounter negativity.
I’m also going to unsubscribe from a lot of the major yarn suppliers’ email newsletters. Its just so much clag isn’t’ it? When I want some yarn I go looking for it, I don’t need to be emailed several times a day to remind me. Lord knows I don’t need any prompts to buy yarn.