I am pretty much always thinking about how people interact since in my life outside of knitting I’m a researcher who focuses on how people converse (specifically, how people change what they are saying to match what they know about who they are speaking to). So, when I saw the Love Your Blog challenge on Crafts from the Cwtch and that the first prompt was “community and interaction”, I was stoked.
And, then I was terrified. I was terrified for a number of reasons: this blog was originally started a thousand years ago as a place to post music reviews and showcase my photography and over the years I’ve grown and now I use this space for neither of those things. For awhile I used this space to review books, but I know review books over at Stacks Exceed Life Expectancy with my sister. Mostly now I talk about knitting, food, and language. ( Sometimes, I review products. Especially if I have been given products to review.) Since the space has undergone an evolution as I’ve grown as a person, I’ve been a pretty inconsistent blogger. Sometimes you just don’t put a lot of thought into what something is for, especially if it is something that you have done for awhile. This means I’ve never really found a consistent audience. (I’ve also probably not done the best job of engaging readers.)
But, when I started thinking about community, it occurred to me that part of the problem is that I engage a lot on social media with a number of different blogs but that I don’t post a lot about my blog to social media. Now, that just seems silly. If I’m an avid instagrammer and a user of tumblr and pinterest, shouldn’t I be connecting all of these experiences up? If I’m actively engaging with other bloggers who inspire me on twitter and facebook, isn’t it possible that they would also enjoy engaging with me? That seems completely reasonable.
I love the little communities of knitters, readers, eaters, and crafters I have found online. I’ve found so many patterns through cftc and Expression Fiber Arts. Sometimes, nothing is as inspiring as seeing what other people are working on! And, I would like to contribute more to the discussion of these topics that I find so fascinating. So, I’m looking into hooking up this blog to social media.by