More Big Brother In Our Social Media

Social media should be fun. I use Instagram mostly to market and interface with Knitters and Crocheters. This doesn’t mean that they are the only posts I want to see, or that I want to spend time scrolling endlessly to see tattoo or gardening posts. Even more, I don’t want to have to spend endless hours turning on notifications for everyone that I do want to see – who the hell wants a chorus of the Angelicus coming from their phone once our notifications are blown up?

Instagram announced they will be moving to the same algorithm-based method that Facebook uses. Essentially ‘they’ choose what posts you see – it’s not that great aunt Hilda is ignoring your posts. It’s that FB has ‘big brothered’ them, right down to the email function of FB.

If you’re an Instagram user, please consider signing the petition to keep it interference free. It’s already well over 300,000 and growing. #KeepInstagramChronological

Link to petition: https://www.change.org/p/keep-instagram-chronological

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Feedback, Reviews, Common Courtesy

… and all that stuff!

So I just posted this in the PSPRP Ravelry group:

I’ve just read the first negative review of one of my patterns.

Ugghh… My first response was shock – I have thirty designs out now, many completed projects and this was the first time I’ve heard such negativity. My second response was hurt. Who wouldn’t?

When you put yourself out in the public forum, you have to understand that not everyone will like what you do. The crafting world is no exception. As a crafter, I understand that good instructions are important. I’ve come across a few patterns that definitely could have used improvement!

I truly believe in constructive criticism and in the concept of you can only improve if you’re made aware of pitfalls. For this reason, I include my personal email on every pattern that I print. I include an invitation for feedback on my Designer page, here in our Ravelry group, on my blog and my Facebook page.

My intention by making myself available, is to be as helpful and responsive as I can be and to make changes that are well-thought out and positive, when brought to my attention.

It didn’t happen that way in this instance and it does make me a little sad that someone would choose public negativity (bordering on insult) rather than bring their suggestions or concerns to me through the many avenues that they could have.

How do you handle these situations? It could be from any interchange, not knitting specific. I’m choosing to ignore it but it’s hard to know what the best approach is.

Any thoughts?

I’m asking the same question here, as I know some of you are also designers. It’s fair to say that I’m concerned about the effect the comment that this knitter made will have a negative effect on sales and it’s a hard enough to get those as it is!I haven’t responded to this person and don’t know if I will. It’s hard to know what the courteous response should be when you’ve been treated discourteously!

So, any thoughts you may have are very appreciated – jump on in!

 

All Of The Posts!

How to adequately post, cross-post and promote without driving followers crazy?

I personally don’t mind seeing the same or similar posts across social media from the people I follow or am friends with – if it’s relevant and good content. IE: not what you’ve had for lunch showing up in my feeds six times!

I’ll be experimenting a little with the various ways to get the word out and for those of you who follow me in more than one spot (thank you! 🙂 ), I hope you’ll bear with the repetition.

Testing out reposts from the new Facebook page today:

Make It MondayI hope all the Mum’s that follow here had a lovely Mother’s Day yesterday! t’s dull and rainy day where…

Posted by Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl on Monday, 11 May 2015

It’s A Brand New Shiny Year

I’m looking forward to another year of fibre, friends and fun on Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl and happy to see all the talented new followers and old. You keep me inspired… if not out of the yarn shops! 😉

My 2014 projects in review can be seen on this page: Finished Knits 2014 and there’s a link on it to the project specifics for the patterns and yarns used.

I have a tradition of beginning a new project on New Years Eve and this one was no exception. Serendipitously and very appropriately, I had all the materials to start “Phoenix Rising”, a shawl by Sivia Harding Design. I’m a fan of Sivia’s patterns and the name and it’s associated story seem a metaphor for my life in general and how I’d like to see it continue this year. I don’t have a progress photo yet, I’ve been utterly engrossed in the making of it but here is a peak at the yarn – Unique Sheep’s Marici lace, the beads – 8/0 SL crystal AB’s and the pattern. The project page is on my Ravelry here.

#nextproject #uniquesheep #silk #lace #shawl #beads #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #siviaharding

 

The “Snow Glint” colourway is exclusive to Earthfaire, one of my favourite yarn store temptations.

To start the year off right, my friend Yvonne of Yvieknits Yarns is running a contest over on her blog. Yvie is the talented dyer behind the Mawata silk hankies that were used in one of the classes held this year at Needler’s Retreat 2014, taught by my lovely and talented BFF, Francine Hebert of “Fancy That”, yarn embellishments and jewellery.
You could win a skein of Yvie’s silk merino dk, so pop over for a visit 🙂

As it’s the beginning of a new year, I’ll take a moment to invite you to find me on Ravelry as “KarinB” and to join the Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl group there if you wish. I hope to be spending more time there and with publishing my “KB Designs” knitting and crochet patterns.

You can find my patterns on Craftsy, Etsy, Ravelry and on my Blogger home “So Many Vices, So Little Time“. I’ll get them here eventually… there really is “so little time”! I sell finished handmade items and some crafting supplies on Etsy as well.

If you’re a Social Media type, I can be found with the motley lot that hangs around on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Goodreads, Pinterest and others. The green buttons on the top right hand side of the page will take you to my little corner of those spots. Feel free to leave a comment below about your own other internet spaces and to join me at mine.

Sheesh! You’d wonder how any of us have time to craft, right?! 😉

And with that – I’m back to the needles.

Cheers all!

 

Aside

I will preface this by saying that I am as thin skinned as Fiona Apple.

Get it? Current events reference. I’m feeling very looped in.

What I don’t feel hip to is mean-spiritedness and so… Is there a point to the “Disagree” button on Ravely?

To disagree indicates that there might be a thought process behind an action. Disagreeing should engender discourse, the why of, countering points, constructive suggestion even. An opinion should be something that requires the conviction of it and not anonymity. For the record, preferring your colours of puce, chartreuse and shitbrickle brown and to disagree with a new knitter’s first proudly-shared finished knit is more indicative of one’s lack of manners. Opinion and personal taste should not be insulted – this is creativity, artistic expression. If we were all the same, the world would be a bloody boring place. Not to mention we’d all be fighting over the same skeins of yarn! It certainly is a shock to see so much cowardly ill-will displayed by fellow knitters.

Why doesn’t Ravelry rename it what it really is?

A “Vent your spleen” button”,  “I’m A Disagreeable Cow button”, I Didn’t Get Laid Last Night button”, I’m PMS’ing button” or most accurately; “Bully Button”.

There are enough ways that people can be unkind, rude and thoughtless in the world, especially in the online venue. I think Ravelry should consider removing this feature. It serves no useful purpose and only encourages cowards and boors.

If you have an opinion, state it – kindly and courteously. If you’re too afraid to type those words out, then you need to rethink your desire to click that button.

Just my opinion.

Educational… Interesting… Funny… Agree… Disagree… Love…

ETA: This vent prompted by the response to several lovely projects, in some cases there were many disagrees on one. I expected disagrees on mine – it is, unfortunately, a given with forum posts on Ravelry. My heart hurt for those who might be new or newly returned to the craft. They deserve nothing less than thumbs up and encouragement.

What Do YOU think?

Some of you who come here and read regularly may have differing views about what I post. I am grateful that we have many things in common and this is a fun place for me to post my work and thoughts and that for the most part, we have fun and nurture the creative spirit. This woman and her ugly negativity, have left me unable to not pose the question:

What are your thoughts on this person’s remarks on my last Friday post?

https://pointeshoespunkrockandpurl.com/2013/06/14/yarn-bomb-friday-11/

Personally, I would never dream of going to a complete stranger, or anyone for that matter blog and making this kind of pronouncement about something they had posted.

Quite frankly, I think it shows poor taste and lack of manners. Like going to their blog and saying you think their home furnishings are ugly or that their children look abused.

If you don’t like what you see, move along. You don’t know me and have no right to judge. Just because this is the internet does NOT give you the right to impose your OPINION – which, for the record does not make it common sense. The world is not your soapbox.

Sincerely, Mother of two + two others, responsible pet owner and pet foster home for decades