Also linking up with 17 in '17
I have had a good WIPocalypse month again. I worked on a total of 7 of my 17 projects. You will have seen photos of most of these on the Theme-tas-stitch post.
I follow a large amount of blogs, you can see most of them in my sidebar. Blogs are my preferred way of connecting with other stitchers. You learn more about a person from their blog than from other social media and you can easily search for projects they have featured in the past. You leave a comment, they reply and you start a dialogue together. Of course we have our SALs, Blog Hops and Linky parties too.
I belong to a few FB groups. I prefer the designer-specific groups where you will only see work from one particular designer and also comments from the designer themselves. I do belong to a couple of general stitching groups which I joined for the themed SALs, something I love.
I do subscribe to some FlossTube channels too. I love having someone chatting away while I stitch and I do feel that you really get to know a person when you watch their videos regularly. The main difference between FlossTube and a blog is that there is more of a "them and us" feel about it. "They" make the videos and "We" watch them. The watchers seem to regard the vloggers as "experts" and ask them all sorts of questions about stitching regardless of whether the vlogger does that kind of stitching or has more than a year's experience! Many vloggers seem to be either new to the craft or older stitchers who have recently taken it up again. On the plus side, I love seeing what people's houses are like! I also love watching FlossTube channels made by my blogging friends, when I read their blogs I can do it in their voice now!
FlossTube and FB definitely promote FOMO (Fear of missing out), Whether it's joining every SAL released, buying every chart you see, joining every Fabric of the Month club or having 90,000 needle minders there does seem to be a more manic approach to the hobby than I've seen on blogs or forums.
There is a mood change just lately though, with the financial realities hitting people and Stitch From Stash taking off again. Crazes go in cycles in stitching as with everything else.