Though I’ve written in the past about my Super Secret Sewing Social, and I’ve mentioned my Twitter sewing friends from time to time, I feel it’s important to take a moment and blog about something really important to a sewist: your sewing buddies.
First and foremost, I want to honor the most loyal and faithful of all my sewing buddies: Mushu. He is with me through thick and thin! He patiently waits (sleeps) while I cut pattern pieces, quilt endlessly, and curse at mistakes. I think a lot of us have little critters who support us, and we’re pretty lucky!
Of course the most important sewing buddies are your human friends, real and virtual. Jill, who started the Denver Sewing Collective, recently blogged about how to start a sewing group over at Sew It All magazine’s blog “Sew News.” I met Jill and the Sew It All ladies at Fabric Bliss, my friend Aurora’s shop, which has been a great connector many of our sewing careers. At Fabric Bliss and our Sewing social, we learn from each other, share the enjoyment of making things together, and have formed true friendships by sewing together in person!
And then there is the amazing group of bloggers and Tweeters who help me day and night. A few of us started chatting on Google Plus, and the benefits of talking via video chat have been priceless:
I recently learned about an award — the Liebster — roaming around the blogosphere, that honors virtual sewing buddies. I won the award twice from Spoolhardy Girl and Sally’s Quilting Corner, both terrific Twitter friends and bloggers! Thank you both so much! Now I get to pass the Liebster along to my own set of inspirational ladies. Here are the guidelines:
Liebster means Dearest in German and the award is a ‘share the love arrangement’ that is given to inspirational bloggers with less than 200 followers. There is a list of things that recipients are required to do upon receiving the award.
Thank the person who presented you with the award on your blog.
Link back to the blogger who gave you the award.
Copy and paste the award on your blog
Present the Liebster Award to 5 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
Let them know you’ve chosen them by leaving a comment on their blog.
Now, I can’t tell how many followers these ladies have, and I am guessing several have more than 200. I hate to break the rules, but ah well. I’ve been called a Rogue Embroiderer, now I’ll just be a Rogue Liebster too. I’m giving out 10 awards; since I won twice, I figure I can nominate twice as many Liebsters. So, in no particular order:
1) Three Dresses Project by Leila, the goofiest, geekiest, most fantastic Doctor Who buddy on Twitter.
2) Stacy Sews by Stacy, with great creative flair inspires sewing confidence across the blogosphere.
3) Wandering Threads by Beth, who is traveling with me on what I’ll call “The Great Garment Experiment of 2012,” for those of us who are a little bit afraid of trying garment sewing.
4) Dog Under My Desk by Erin, another fellow sci fi nerd who loves to sew gorgeous goodies.
6) Sew Fearless by Jodi, who I know has many more than 200 followers, but she’s fantastic and I can’t NOT mention her here.
7) Bird and Bicycle by Malora Ann, who has the cutest baby and is making adorable clothes for him!
8) A Prairie Sunrise by Sharon, who is my Rocky Mountain Twitter buddy, carpool companion for Sewing Summit, and all around a terrific bloggy lady.
9) The Magical Effects of Thinking by Jill, who as I mentioned above started the Denver Sewing Collective and is committed to garment sewing and connecting sewists.
10) Last but certainly not least, Fabric Bliss by Aurora, my fabric store owner friend who’s opened up this whole world of sewing to me with her endless support, opportunities to teach, and gorgeous fabrics.
It is near impossible to thank the 500+ crafty design sewist-types I follow on Twitter, and not everyone has a blog, but if I could, I would.
Sewing buddies are the BEST!
To celebrate the New Year, I’ve uploaded my blog’s new look! Many thanks to the artistry of Yellow Heart Art’s Leonora! I wanted the blog to have a whimsical, nerdy style, and I think she nailed it.
And along with the new look, a vision for a new year with The Nerdy Sewist.
Of course, I’ll continue to write about learning to sew and the “Beginner’s Mind.” Besides sewing, expect a lot about embroidery – because I’m going to teach an embroidery class at Fabric Bliss and hope to encourage more enthusiasm for contemporary embroidery. There will be a new, regular feature on the blog, a review of my new sewing machine, the Brother CS6000i.
And, last but not least, I plan to take the “nerdy” theme to the limit – and define for you all what it really means to be a “nerdy sewist.”
I hope you’ll join me for the ride — read, share, chime in!
So maybe you’re already well aware of the stereotypes and are ready to take action now. If so, just scroll to the bottom of this post. If you want to know the reasoning behind this post, read on.
At a lunch meeting earlier this week, a group of journalists who’ve gone online talked about getting people to take them seriously. Unfortunately journalism that’s solely online has to prove it is professional and credible. I say “unfortunately” because I believe very strongly in the power of online journalism and the future of the medium on the Internet (speaking as a former journalist).
But, while talking about barriers to online journalism professionalism, one of these panelists wanted to point out that these reporters are not the stereotypical blogger, who sits in his underwear, writing from his parents’ basement. How did this become the image of a blogger?! He’s certainly not alone in thinking this.
What an irritating stereotype. If you’re reading this, I have no doubt that you don’t fit this picture and neither do I. The people I’ve met through the blogging world are creative, inspiring, kind and caring.
Full disclosure: I’ve been blogging for years now. I had a featured blog on Friendster (remember Friendster!?!); I blogged about TV shows for awhile; I still maintain a blog about reading; and then there is this blog, about sewing. So needless to say, I’m a believer in blogging.
But that nagging stereotype got me onto Google, trying to find the root of it. Instead, I found all kinds of other ugly stereotypes.
Take this post: What Kind of Blogger Are You? which includes the “pro blogger,” “blind blogger,” and “comment blogger.” Fairly benign, but stereotypes all the same.
Then there’s this post, which offers some good blogging advice, but assumes the stereotypical blogger is a know-it-all. I don’t like that stereotype; it’s one step away from the assumption that bloggers are narcissists.
Which leads me to the Urban Dictionary, where the definitions are really very cruel to bloggers. “Narcissist” is probably the kindest word here; don’t read this if you’re easily offended, there is some nasty language and imagery on this site.
Stereotypes are just mean, no matter what you’re talking about. That’s basically what the word “stereotype” means.
(Quick aside – I just want to point out that a stereotype is quite different than a prejudice. It’s an important distinction, and as a word nerd, I needed to mention it.)
This blogger stereotype, like most others, is hard to crack. It’s based on assumptions that are likely erroneous. People are going to think what they want to think. But still, I wish I could do something about it.
So, in a very small attempt at taking action, I encourage you to leave a comment here. Fill in the blank: I don’t fit the blogger stereotype because ___________.
Ok, I’ll start. I don’t fit the blogger stereotype because I blog as a creative outlet to share with friends, present and future. To me, blogging is an art form.
Does it look like I’m blogging from my parents’ basement? in my underwear? Nope. Stereotypes are stupid. The end.