OK. So this isn't a poem. I don't really feel up to composing poetry today. But the word "elegy" certainly reflects the intent of this post.
I really love swapping. Making something for someone else - especially someone I've never met - really pushes me out of my comfort zone and makes me try things I might not always feel confident about. Maybe I would have tried the face on the Girl On A Swing that I mentioned in my last post if one of my quilt partners had requested it. Who knows?
|One of my first-ever swap projects|
I have to say that I am more than a little disappointed that the Flickr platform has become so difficult and unpleasant to use since they made the changes this summer. I have noticed that the participation on Flickr just isn't what it used to be. There are fewer swaps and fewer participants in the swaps that do happen. Discussions and conversations that used to go on just don't happen.
|A Swap Package - Craft Apron, FQs, and an embroidered hoop|
|My "Ugly Quilt" has become one of my favorite quilts - Totally inspired by a Flickr challenge|
And while I love Instagram, it just can't take the place of Flickr. Because IG is so linear, unless you're looking for something in particular (and you know what people have used as the hashtag), you're likely to miss the good stuff. It's not like you can just spend an hour on IG looking at pictures and adding things you like to your favorites like you could on Flickr. Or make a mosaic or gallery of the ones you want to try.
|And I love that the "Ugly Quilt" has blocks on the back - the challenge was to use ALL of the ugly fabric|
The personal result of this is that I don't seem to feel nearly as creative as I did just a few months ago. I have trouble getting excited about projects, and I don't seem as likely to say, "I love that! I'm going to try it!" And actually do it.
|The challenge here was words that start with "M"|
And the people on Flickr were so helpful. If you had a question or were having difficulty with a project, there were kind folks there who would offer help and advice. And have you noticed that they're not "contacts" any more? As of yesterday, they are "followers" now. What's in a name? I kind of liked that we were more like friends and equals than hangers-on and gawkers (although maybe we were those as well).
|Hexies? NEVER thought I would love hexies until I found Flickr.|
|Wonky? I never thought wonky was my style - until I saw all the fun wonky quilting on Flickr|
So, alas! Goodbye, Flickr. I would gladly exchange the sharp, clear photos for the ease of use and community spirit Flickr used to have.
So, as much as I hate to say this... Flickr,
How have the Flickr changes impacted you?