Being Part of a Community
Time and time again, fan after fan who come to see me at the live shows have a common statement. “The Crochet Crowd is one of the best online communities that exists today!” My response is, “We try our very best to make it enjoyable and inclusive to all.”
I realized in 2012, when speaking to another insider because I was thinking about becoming a designer and moving myself up into more exclusive yarns and so on, that my gift is within motivation and getting people excited about crochet. “You are the get started teacher! The teacher to excite, encourage and inspire others at the same time. It’s a gift that you don’t take lightly and you are truly passionate about it.” From this very moment, this life changing conversation put me on the right track and to realize the potential in front of me.
In speaking to fans whether seeing email coming in and more noticeably is the live show connections between myself and the fellow members of The Crochet Crowd, it’s undeniable what our community has accomplished.
Over the past two days, I have been schooled from members telling me about drama or cross fighting going on in typical crochet groups that exist online. I am so beyond grateful we don’t get that type of situations within our page. Occasionally, we hit a bump in the road, but we iron out the bump and keep our positive thinking on track. I can tell you, it’s really easy to allow the negativity to take over and to be a part of our community. Though life isn’t all happy sunshiny days, I trust within our community that people can encourage, support and help each other in ways that can dramatically change our perspectives in life. For many of us, including ourselves, The Crochet Crowd is a positive page that lures us back to the positivity and community spirit we have. This is our vision.
For me, it’s a pleasure to run the community with Cathy and Diva Dan. In a personal philosophy I have, ‘Garbage In… Garbage Out’. If The Crochet Crowd was run on the basis where many of the comments or ideas we post have a negative perspective, it festers negative responses to come about and be part of our community. We need to act in a way that encourages people so that becomes a part of our community culture. I have to say… when the train runs off the track, because of our encouragement and the vision we have, others quickly step up to set the path right as they know what our community is.
Occasionally, we have to walk someone to the stage door exit as they don’t understand our community. Hate doing it but it’s a part of being online. I love how our community quickly steps in to set the path right because they see the value in the atmosphere we have created. In a sense, we take ownership of the space we love to hang out in. It’s easier to run a massive community when many of the active participants share our culture and realize the need to be positive as the world is negative enough.
I’m amazed how much The Crochet Crowd means to people. The reactions of people when I have featured them on a project that were so very proud of. It gives me joy beyond measure to share in the accomplishments of others. Though I cannot possibly comment or feature every crocheter we have participating, knowing others ‘Like’ and/or share comments means the world to me. It’s personal and touches my heart.
In looking at the photos and videos I take with the fans, you can see I truly love being who I am today. I wasn’t always like that and lived many years feeling like I was a waste to society.
I learned in life that it’s not all about money, yes it’s nice to have, but the true joy I have found is through connection and sharing a common ‘thread’ with others. A sense of belonging and participation. Giving a part of ourselves to others.
I do know, but it’s re-assuring to know as well from others that our community has a value in the sense of what it means to people. The Crochet Crowd community element is better than I ever envisioned and much larger that I ever it anticipated it could be… but that’s because of our members participate and are equally, if not more, passionate about what we are. Yes… we are all about crochet, but the joy we feel usually spills over from just simply enjoying patterns, yarn and sharing of ideas to being a part of allowing us to feel special at the same time.