I was on a Facebook group that I follow for cross-stitching. When I need a little break from it all, I like to go and look to check out what others are making.
I saw a post from a member of the group that was asking the owners of the group if they were going to start posting on Mewe. There was an image that showed all of the “new” social media outlets some people were moving to as they are frustrated with Facebook and other popular social media outlets.
The writer was apparently disenchanted with Facebook and wanted to move on but she wanted all of her favorite people, things, groups to move with her to this newer site called MeWe.
Maybe I was in a bad mood. Maybe I was having a bad day but the request bugged me. I think mostly because I don’t think the writer knew exactly what she was asking.
Let me explain…
I consider myself a very small fish in a very large ocean when it coming to the quilting/craft world. Yes, we design a few patterns. Yes, I write a fairly popular blog….but I don’t make my living doing this. Many quilter/crafter people are making a living at it.
When people are trying to make it in this world, it’s hard, Kelli and I got a tiny taste of it, and there are demands and deadlines everywhere. There are so many things people in the industry need to try to see if they might work. There are so many things that are tried and don’t work. People in the business have to try things without making any money with the hope that maybe, just maybe, whatever it is, might catch…and then months down the road, they might make a little money at it.
That is pretty much what happened when we tried to sell patterns online. First, we had an idea. Then we had to figure out if it was do-able. Then we had to make the content. Then the content needed to be formatted. Many of these steps were completely new and untried for us. It took a lot of time and research to figure out how to do this. Then we try. It seems to be working but then we figure out we are having to pay someone a commission on the sales. Then we figure out how to cut that middle person out. Then the whole operation has to be reformated and moved. As I said, there is a lot of work behind the scenes here that is always happening and as I said, we are only a tiny fish in a very large ocean.
The other hard thing about this all is this. Few people who design also love bookwork and organization and computer stuff. I’m sure there is that rare fish out there that can do both, but if you ask any designer what is their weakness, most would likely say the emails, bookwork, social media, paperwork, billing type stuff. The hard part isn’t thinking of the design. The hard part isn’t making the quilt. The hard part isn’t taking the pictures, it’s everything after that. It’s the marketing. It’s the pattern writing. It’s the social media. It’s the hype to get everyone excited about what you are doing. It’s all the email that goes with getting a project out of my house and into your hands.
Right now one of the things I’m trying to do is to improve my Instagram account. Right now it’s okay. I don’t post enough. I don’t link my blog posts to it. I currently don’t know how or if there is a widget to help with that. I need to talk to Kayla. I need to talk to her when she’s not busy with Jasper. I need to talk with her when I don’t have extra people here. Then whatever we come up with, I need to do it. That will be more minutes out of my day. It might only be 10 minutes but that is 10 minutes that I have to give up elsewhere. I think it might be worth it…but I don’t know.
When I give up that 10 minutes, it’s 10 minutes that I’m not quilting. It’s 10 minutes that I’m not answering emails. It’s 10 minutes that I’m not cross-stitching. It’s 10 minutes I’m not writing blog posts. When I commit to something for 10 minutes every day, that is one more thing that is cluttering my brain. It’s one more thing that takes up space on the to-do list that keeps me away from designing or writing.
The problem is, so many projects want and/or need 10 minutes. All of the 10-minute items in my day add up to hours. Lots of hours.
So this person was asking if posts that were currently on the Facebook page, and the group that is currently on Facebook, would be going to the new social media platform MeWe.
I don’t think the person has any idea what that would involve. First, an account would have to be set up. Passwords would have to be recorded. Then rather than load information to one group, the owner of the group now has to load it to two places. Now rather than read through and monitor all of the comments on one group, the owner has to read through and monitor the comments of two groups. Being the new group has a claim to not censor, it worries me. I get a lot of emails, from Nigeria princes, porn requests, paid for sex, and all sorts of similar comments that I have to take care of and remove all the time so you don’t have to see that. I have no idea what that will be like in an outlet that claims no censorship.
All of that computer and social media time takes away from the creating and the doing. That’s what designers love. That’s what keeps them doing all of this.
So I say, let the designers design. Let them create content. Let them shoot a video. Let them be working on EQ rather than monitoring comments from an “alternate Facebook”. Let them enjoy the part of their job that they love.
Right now, I’ve heard at the “new place” there are glitches and stalling. All of that will equal even more time and frustration to the designers.
If this person wants something different in their life than Facebook, that’s their choice but I think it’s pretty demanding of them to expect designers to jump where they are jumping and do what they are doing, just because they are disenchanted. If you truly love a designer, you will go where they are.
So…if you are looking for Jo’s Country Junction, you can find me here at www.joscountryjunction.com. You can find our Facebook group HERE and you can find me on Instagram at jo_joscountryjunction. You can find me on Youtube HERE. For now, that’s enough. I have no intention at this point of going anywhere else. I don’t want to give up 10 more minutes of my day sitting behind a computer and not living life. Might it change? Maybe…maybe not. For now, this is enough.