Hello My Quilting Friends! This week I'm changing things up a bit and sharing an episode that's all about Facebook and my decision today to archive my groups and greatly minimize my time on this social media platform. Please understand that this does not mean I will stop making videos or podcasts - in fact I'm going to be greatly increasing the number of videos I share each week!
Listen to this episode to learn more:
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Quick links to things mentioned in this podcast:
What archiving a group means
As of today, my Machine Quilting Block Party and Leah Day Quilting Friends Facebook Groups will be archived. This means if you are a member you will be able to search the group and see older posts, but the group will be frozen in time and new posts will not be allowed.
Social Media Addiction
I'm targeting Facebook specifically because this platform more than any others has become really nasty. People are horrible to one another and the algorithm that makes Facebook work encourages that behavior. It's also very, very, VERY addictive and I don't think most people understand how or why.
I've been reading and watching videos on this for awhile, and I found the following video very helpful for understanding the addictive nature of these social media platforms:
Affiliate link: I highly recommend Cal Newport's book Deep Work. This book was very inspiring to me to dig in, put my phone on airplane mode and stop allowing notifications to distract me constantly while I was writing and quilting.
I honestly don't think I would have ever finished my book Explore Walking Foot Quilting if I hadn't listened to that audiobook last summer.
This isn't who I want to be or what I want to be doing
I realized more than a year ago that Facebook was driving my husband Josh a bit crazy. He'd become obsessed with keeping our groups clean - free of spammers, porn, crazy people, and bullies. It wasn't an easy job and stuff would still slip through and get posted in the middle of the night so the first thing every morning he'd check his phone to see if the groups were okay.
This began hurting my feelings because hey - don't I get a good morning at least? And was this really good for us or our business? I didn't think so and I was starting to worry that it was causing Josh a lot of stress and anxiety that he didn't need to feel.
Ultimately I've had to tap into WHO I want to be and WHAT I want to be doing most - I want to be quilting. I want to be teaching you how to make beautiful quilts.
I don't need Facebook groups which require tons of time and effort every week to do that. I think maintaining these groups has been taking me away being the best quilting teacher I can be.
What I'm Teaching Now
Please, please understand that archiving these Facebook groups has nothing to do with my teaching online. With the time I'm saving from managing these groups, I'm going to be sharing even more videos every week!
Please come check out the tutorials shared almost daily starting next Monday, August 13th:
Monday - Leaf Peepers Quilt Along with Sheri - Learn how to piece and machine quilt a beautiful fall themed quilt in just 9 weeks!
Tuesday - New free motion quilting design on a home machine. How about another set of 365? We're almost to design #500 so we're not that far off!
Wednesday - Hello My Quilting Friends Podcast - I love sharing this podcast each week!
Thursday - More free motion quilting designs on a home machine or an embroidery or general quilting tutorial. There is always something new to explore and play with in quilting!
Friday - Frame Quilting Friday - I really want to dig into quilting on my Grace Qnique longarm. I'm still very much a beginner so we'll learn together as we quilt pretty quilts on the longarm!
I began the first video in this series with How to Load a Quilt on a Longarm Frame which you can find here.
So as you can see, I'm doubling down on what I love most and I hope you're excited to be learning along with me.
I'm also following my newest passion - writing - and have a new book coming out this fall. Mally the Maker is a book about a little girl and her adventures inside a quilt. I hope to inspire a new generation of kids to get into quilting and sewing and making beautiful things.
I believe we live in an incredible world. We can learn how to do anything with just a simple search. We are more connected to tools and materials than ever before.
But we're also inundated with addictive software on a daily basis. If you've been feeling bummed out, angry, and frustrated please take a second to check out much time you're spending on your phone, computer, or tablet. Consider every minute spent posting, commenting, liking, and scrolling.
Because all that time is not quilting.
Let's go quilt,