How to Create a Community (a final tutorial)comments (16) June 1st, 2009
After nearly a year of being a contributing writer here at CraftStylish.com, my contract has come to an end. The editors of CraftStylish have explained the reasons for this and other changes in their post to readers earlier this week. Suffice it to say, that the web is not immune to the effects of a faltering economy.
I will miss greatly the work I did for this site. I will miss the talented and passionate people with whom I shared the masthead, and I will miss the regular interaction with readers who were so generous in their comments, their support, their encouragement, their loyalty, and the deep sense of community that arose between us around the work we produced. I consider you all an audience of mentors, compatriots, and my brothers-, and sisters-in-arms when it comes to crafting and creativity. Whatever successes I had online are due solely to my engagement with you. (My failures, alas, have all been of my own making.)
All of my posts will remain on view here and I hope you find some pleasure and guidance in them. However, though some of the regular faces will be disappearing from this site, the site itself will still be here. This presents you, the readers, with an incredible opportunity to begin taking a more active role in creating content to share with your peers. The audience at CraftStylish is comprised of some of the best and brightest crafters working today. They want (and need) to see your work, hear your comments, and engage with you in making the craft community a stronger and more supportive place for all.
So, as I say goodbye, I'd like to be the first to say "Hello" to the next group of crafters who will soon rise on this site to speak about paper and crochet and sewing and embroidery and jewelry-making and felting and all the other disciplines that we collectively refer to as "craft." Now, more than ever, it falls to all of us to help keep CraftStylish going, and growing, and getting better. I will be eagerly awaiting your arrival here, ready to follow your tutorials and happy to leave a comment on your posts. Though I don't yet know who you are, I know you will be great. In the last year you, YOU, have built CraftStylish into a valuable and exiting place for crafts. This site belongs to you and I cannot wait to see what you decide to do with it. I encourage you to be bold, to leap in, to share and discuss and extend the bounds of what this site can be.
As for me, I have a few books to write, a long list of clients (who will be thankful for the few extra hours of time I will be able to offer them each month), and a roster of new and exciting projects that will be launching in the next ten weeks. I have not yet settled on a new online home but I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, I hope you will consider staying in contact with me through whatever social media application you prefer. I'll continue to monitor comments on posts at CraftStylish.com (and will be back to post an occasional project every now and then if I think I have something you'll enjoy). If you like, you can always reach me by email or Facebook, or Twitter. I'm always eager to follow what you're doing, and help out wherever possible.
Thank you all for an incredible year of crafting and conversation. Thank you for letting me be a part of the discussion. It has been my pleasure (and a great honor) to craft with you all. I can't wait for our next adventure together.
With best regards,