It’s been a busy ten months since the Sewcialists relaunched!
- June: Relaunched after an 18 month hiatus
- August: Hosted Tribute Month, and hit our first 1000 Instagram subscribers
- September: Started the Who We Are series, and invited you to vote on upcoming themes
- November: Hosted TNT Month, and hit 3000 IG subscribers
- February: Hosted #SewStripes month, and hit 7000 IG subscribers
Basically, we’re growing fast and it’s all thanks to you! We (the volunteer team behind the Sewcialists) are incredibly grateful that you’ve enjoyed our theme months and discussions, and we’re proud that the comments section is active and engaged!
On the other hand, maintaining this community takes a lot of work. We’ve published 120 blog posts in the last ten months, which means planning, coordinating with authors, editing, scheduling, publicising, and monitoring comments on every single post — plus 350 Instagram posts as well!
As our community grows, we are going to make some changes to streamline the behind-the-scenes process:
- Now that it is possible to follow hashtags on Instagram, we won’t try to re-gram every single photo that is tagged. We don’t want to overwhelm your feed or ourselves! We’ll still share some highlights through the @sewcialists Instagram account.
- As the participation in each challenge increases, we are ending the Round-Up blog posts. Instead, we are going to keep the community involvement going by hosting monthly discussion posts, where we hope you’ll chat with each other in the comments about various topics! We’ll share more when it is time for our first chat.
- We’ve be getting more spam lately, so we’ve shifted our comment settings. Now your first-ever comment will be held for moderation, but all subsequent comments will be posted automatically without waiting for approval.
- The Facebook directions team continues to be open to anyone who wants to join! We do ask (as always) that applicants answer a few questions to demonstrate that they know the purpose of the group before they join — sometimes we have people ask to join who think it’s just a typical sewing group, and that gets a bit confusing. If you try to join and aren’t prompted to answer the questions, try contacting us via firstname.lastname@example.org or Instagram.
We hope to keep the Sewcialists community going for many years, and making our process more sustainable will be a huge help!
Now for the fun part — we will be announce May’s theme month next week! Any guesses what it might be?
Dear Reader: Our goal is to build community and make everyone feel welcome. We support crafting as an inclusive and welcoming space for people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, genders, orientations and sizes. Regarding sewing challenge themes, we ask that you take each challenge as you see it fitting in your life, and express your involvement how you like, at the given time. Our challenges are for the pure enjoyment of participation and the love of community. Extended Mission Page Here.