This relationship right here…
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I say at least once a week that I’m done with social media, done. It’s usually some dumb comment or post that has put my thinking here. Then I realize and acknowledge that it has some wonderful benefits, reconnection with old friends, connecting with people that have the same interests as you and keeping you connected to people via the internet.
Old friends and some lost family members.
I have reconnected with people I haven’t seen or spoken to in over 40 years. Yes, 40 plus years. It’s been wonderful too, catching up with the last 40-45 years with people. Most people my age are grandparents, that is amazing to me. We have grandchildren but they are from my husband’s previous marriages and we don’t get to see them. I love this part of social media.
I have 4 brothers, one deceased. We were able to reconnect with one of my brothers on Facebook when my brother Steve passed away in 2010. He is not a people person and we probably won’t see him unless we travel to the state of Washington. He has a daughter I’ve never met, which is sad, but I still love him.
Facebook was great when it comes to connections like these. Then businesses, politics and everything else decided social media was the way to go, and I understand that because I use it for my small crafting business. Then came other social media accounts, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn. These are the ones I use on a regular, and it’s a lot. You get consumed and it can take over your life if you allow it.
This is when the relationship becomes complicated…
Recently, within the last 6 months, I’ve joined groups relating to crafting, crocheting, jewelry making and all around crafting. I’ve never had problems until I joined these groups.
You can make or do whatever you want, but please, please hone your craft. I learned to crochet when I was 10 and I took a jewelry making class about 12 years ago. I’ve practiced, practiced and practiced. I create, fail and repeat the process. It doesn’t happen overnight folks. It just doesn’t work this way. I wish I still had pictures of my first pieces of jewelry and my granny square vest I made. They were awful, but I kept practicing and worked my skills to what they are today. When you put pieces of jewelry up and we can see the ends tied together and you didn’t hide them, that’s bad. Crocheted clothing items made with the hardest yarn out there. If you want to crochet clothing to sell, you have to step up the game with yarn.
When I want to make something and want a pattern or picture, I research the item I’m looking for. I don’t depend on anyone to help me. If I’m unable to find what I’m looking for, I then ask and when I ask I let folks know what I’ve done to locate what I’m looking for. Then I don’t get mad if people are unable to help me, I keep pushing until I find what I need. That’s how you do it.
Time to trim the groups down…
I love the creativity of people and that’s one of the reason I’ve joined these groups. It’s the other mess I can’t deal with, plus I want to incorporate real life relationships with people again. Remember that? I have some wonderful online friends and have developed some great relationships with, but I want to develop relationships with people who are currently in my life and new ones. Maybe start a local crafting group and actually meet with other local crafters. The possibilities are endless. Plus I talk to my daughters about beign on social media
Talk to me, how do you handle your social media accounts and are they starting to kill your time and creativity?
Enjoy your week.