After two classes with Clara Parkes a few weeks ago I decided to go back and re-read through the archives on her personal blog: [claraswindow.blogspot.com]. At one point she discusses how blog readers have made a shift from sitting down to read long posts to seeking out ‘snippets’; which begs the question- do people even read blogs anymore?
This led me to ‘Google’ adult attention spans, and this is what I found:
· In May 2015 TIME magazine published an article saying ‘people generally lose concentration after eight seconds.” Hey, don’t gold fish have an attention span of 9 seconds?
You can read the whole thing here.
I am guilty of enjoying little bites of information, just as I enjoy mindlessly eating popcorn, scrolling through Instagram or flipping through Netflix. It has even translated into my knitting where I want to browse new patterns aimlessly in hopes of seeing one I want to cast on, instead of thinking about what I need and doing a detailed search in order to find it.
My point in saying all this is that yes the way our minds work may be changing; however, as women and men who spend countless hours working on one knitting project, we aren’t totally goldfish. When we do seek out something we deem to be worthy of our time we throw ourselves into it.
My challenge to you is this: to go beyond the Instagram ‘feed’. Look past the pretty pictures, to take the time to make a recipe by an Instagram chef, read the book written by your favourite TV personality, and yes read the 3,000 word blog post by that artisan who makes the really beautiful bags. It is worth it!
Here are a few of our recommendations for going beyond the ‘feed’ this month.
- The Craft Sessions: This might sound familiar as I talk about it in Episode 2… it is where I first heard about Big Magic.
Wovember: Read about why our wool should be labeled as such and not grossly misrepresented in today's textile industry.
- Woolful: Don’t just look at all the gorgeous pictures that Ashley posts; go and have a listen. You won’t regret it.
- Oh She Glows, Angela Liddon. My husband and I are flexitarians who make an effort to eat vegan a couple of times each week, and Angela’s blog and Instagram account are a HUGE inspiration to us! Check out some of her recipes online or her cookbook!