Facebook in particular. I am a big fan of facebook but I totally get why some people are not and I can respect that. But here are my thoughts on Facebook with an example from this morning to elaborate.
First off I heard yesterday “but I don’t CARE what you ate for dinner”. Yep, I get that, but I actually do care about what you ate. I love to see what other folks are eating and cooking. By sharing what you had and a link to the recipe I might have found my new favorite weekday meal. When you check in at a local restaurant and snap a photo of your meal, I might be inspired to go there too. And pets, I know some people who probably could give a hoot about my pets or your pets but I LOVE to see pictures of people’s pets and read about their shenanigans. I find it amusing and entertaining.
I am basically an introverted homebody but I love to travel vicariously with my FB friends. I like to see what is going on around town, maybe a new band is coming and although I might not go to the show I could pick up their CD to enjoy at home. I can see all kinds of stuff going around town, all in one place from art, music, food and farmers markets. Then I can make a decision on what would be the most fun for me to participate.
Facebook also gives you the option to follow, not follow, get notifications or not on all people and pages. I hate political and overly religious posts and sites so I block most of them from my newsfeeds. It doesn’t mean I have to unfriend the person with particular views and stances I just block all the stuff they share. You can have friends and not agree on everything, it is ok, but it doesn’t mean you have to see it either.
I know social media can be a major time suck but I find it relaxing and a good way to unwind rather than watching tv. Sometimes I am just lazy and it is just fun to look through my newsfeed for something interesting to read about. Like this morning. I went to the Y but have been pretty lazy since then before work. But I saw an article about Alabama Chanin that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and really got my creative juices flowing for the day.
Actually the gal, Deborah Flack aka ChiChi Rose, is a virtual friend. I love how we can have virtual friendships with those we may or may not have ever met. Because sometimes all of “your people” don’t live in your community. How did I “meet” Deborah? Well, we were in DC last year at a The American Made Show and met Martha and Steve of 3 Sisters Design Co.. We knew instantly that they were our kind of people. So of course we became Facebook friends. By seeing their posts I saw that they had a friend in Georgia that made really cool stuff and her husband was an artist too. The name was familiar and I realized that I had bought a piece of Paul Flack‘s art at the Boardwalk art show years ago! I had actually spent quite a bit of time talking with them. So this Deborah is my kind of people also. She shares the best stuff on her newsfeeds. She loves a lot of the same obscure kind of art and craft that I do and is not prevalent in our area. I am grateful to have “met” her, not only is she herself inspiring but she shares tons of other inspiring things on her page.
Like the article I read this morning, which had my mind a wandering. Here is how my thoughts ran away with me this morning….
No, I cannot now or ever afford a $4000 dress but I do really admire the grow to sew process. I think it is awesome that they are creating unique, sustainable, amazing, beautiful work, for real jobs, in a rural area of the country. I think it is genius and I admire that. But then I get uncomfortable because I think they are a bit elitist and it is unrealistic and unobtainable by so many. And then I step away from that notion and realize that it is art. And it is art that is creating jobs and someone can obviously afford it so more power to them for making it work! Who am I to judge. I was judgy yesterday about a local business that I think is an unrealistic business model and cater to the elitists. But why, that’s not fair. I have never read their business plan, I don’t know what is in store for them in the future, they may really make it and maybe one day be active supporting members in our community doing lot of good stuff for others. Who knooooooows what their future is. I need not be so judgy all the time.
In having this judgy discussion with Barbara yesterday we had to admit that some folks may view US as elitists. They may, they DO, judge us for our business decisions. Because we choose one artist over another, that our store looks a certain way and is in a certain geographical location. And I get defensive and blog about it, like in my last post because I want people to know why we do the things we do. Other folks don’t feel the necessity in openly defending themselves like I do and because of that I need to accept the fact they they are doing what THEY have to do to live a fulfilling and hopefully profitable life just like I am!
Ok back to the positive side of the social media, I know this is a crazy post that is seemingly all over the place but I just wanted to illustrate how things I see on line can stimulate my thought processes, expanding and opening my mind. Alright so back to the article on the garments, the excitement, the uncomfortableness and then my solution…because I always have to satisfy myself with a “solution” whether I intend to pursue it or not! Yes, I adore these designs, the concept, the whole process but even though it is unattainable for me to own such a work of wearable art who is to say I can’t make something myself! No I am not in a position to go from grow to sew, hell I don’t even like to sew. BUT I coooould go to a thrift store, find something that may end up in the landfill sooner than later and repurpose it with stitchwork and embellishment. I have the power within me to create a new, sustainable, artful garment of my very own!
On that note, I am off to shower and get to work because I am already going to be really late. I am glad Barbara knows I get wrapped up in stuff early in the morning. Bye Bye