Social networking vs. community

PeterMark's picture

Anyone else getting burnt out on facebook, ravelry, etc.? I kinda miss the MWK of the old days.

Peter

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rc_in_sd's picture

I like ravelry for its

I like ravelry for its utilities - patterns, searching by yarn/yardage/etc, organizing and planning. But MWK is where I come for a sense of community. And I treasure that.

I had been away from

I had been away from knitting for many months this year, but with the coming fall season and a project I just HAD to finish, I came back to MWK as well. Facebook is ok but got old very quickly for me. Ravelry is just too damn big and sprawling to make me feel comfortable. This site seems a just right Goldilocks fit for me and obviously many, many others. Friendly faces I feel I somehow know, even though we've never met-gives me a warm feeling.

potterdc's picture

Clearly I've been on FB too

Clearly I've been on FB too much - I kept looking for the "like" button to press after reading your post! Nice to see you - it's been a while!

Jonathan

Think less, enjoy it more.

potterdc's picture

Interesting to find this

Interesting to find this thread here. I logged onto MWK for the first time in ages this morning. I'm sitting outside with my laptop watching my two dogs chase each other around while workers plaster, sand, and paint the living room ceiling (that came a-tumbling down a couple of weeks ago!) inside. It's my day off so it's just me and the dogs (and the workers!) all day and I get a little lonely, and what came to mind is MWK - it's like comfort food for me!

MWK is definitely home. I'm on both Ravelry and FB, but there are times with the simplicity and straight-forwardedness of MWK is just what I want to settle down to with a cup of coffee and chill out, and I'm always so grateful for the work others have put in to it to keep it up and running.

Jonathan

Think less, enjoy it more.

rjcb3's picture

Oh, I communicate through

Oh, I communicate through Facebook and post to Ravelry unashamedly, but when I need to stand among my own, I come here.

It's that simple.

I look forward to meeting any of the guys here in person and know that I would be in good company.

...and so much the diversity of company we keep!

...and it can get personal and emotional and you get to honestly feel for people SO much more than just plain words typed into a text box on the screen.

Yeah, I like my networking, but, I won't go without MWK. It's on my browser's speed dial (I use Opera). This is community, no doubt about it.

)O(
Robert

MMario's picture

MWK is still here. Which

MWK is still here.

Which says a lot - given how frquently various boards/fora/websites fail; are abandoned or just fall into such disrepair that no one "attends" them.

This is the comfort zone that many of us will come back to after visiting the bright lights and glitter of the latest and greatest craze sites.

rjcb3's picture

...the feeling remains even

...the feeling remains even after the glitter fades...
- Stevie Nicks

Sorry...had to... :)

)O(
Robert

michaelpthompson's picture

I don't think I've been a

I don't think I've been a member of MWK long enough to comment on the "old days" but I do love the sense of community here. I've found everyone very helpful and friendly, with lots of advice and support. I love the way we share each other's lives, not just our projects.

I love Ravelry too, but for different reasons. I actually found Ravelry because someone here mentioned it. Most of my friends on Ravelry are people I met here first, but I've also run into some really interesting people there. I find you have to manage what you do on Ravelry. It's a very handy place to keep your projects organized and such. I've set up my page with the forums I visit (there's a Men Who Knit forum, and I'm on Mile Guy Knitters, though that one doesn't get a lot of traffic. I'm on some specialized ones about ganseys because that's one of my interests, and I like the diversion of the Cuppa Tea board.) so I can look at the whole lot in a couple of minutes to see if there's anything I want to pursue further. Ravelry is way too big to try to digest whole, you have to pick the bits you like.

I'm on Facebook too and I use a similar tactic. I have lists of my friends divided by interest, so I can communicate on a particular subject with only those people who are interested. I don't often friend anybody I haven't already met in real life, or at least with whom I have some sort of online relationship. I've never been interested in trolling for new friends.

Speaking of which, I found it interesting that John said, "MWK is also a comfortable place where we (meaning gay men) can also talking openly about our lives (I'm will never say lifestyle as it's who I'm am) and relationships." Once in a while I feel like the token straight guy here, but I always snap out of it when we discuss knitting. I'm glad you guys are comfortable discussing other aspects of your lives than just knitting, and I hope you don't mind if I do the same, even if mine aren't about gay relationships. :-)

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is one of the really

That is one of the really beautiful things about MWK...every single one of us are welcome to a non-judgemental space where we can all connect through our love of knitting regardless of gender, how we pursue life (or with whom we pursue it) and level of skills. Plus, we are all grand resources for each other. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Spicemanknit's picture

I love and enjoy MWK not

I love and enjoy MWK not only for a spot where men can discuss yarns, knitting, knitting patterns without anyone looking at us strangely. I just wished I knew this site sooner. MWK is also a comfortable place where we (meaning gay men) can also talking openly about our lives (I'm will never say lifestyle as it's who I'm am) and relationships.
John

Tallguy's picture

Well, you know, we've been

Well, you know, we've been here a long time, just waiting for you. It took awhile, but you finally found us... and we are glad you did. I guess we are not doing a good job at putting the word out there so that all the other all-alone male knitters out there can find us too, and join all the joviality. You know, you tell 2 people, and they tell 2 people, and so forth, and so forth....

YarnGuy716's picture

MWK is my community of male

MWK is my community of male knitters. I may not post as often as I used to, but I do check it every day. Ravelry is more of tracking my projects, stash and assorted interests of jack-assery. For me Facebook is a connection to friends, family etc. My Facebook "friends" are made up of a collection of family, co-workers, friends, knitters, Harry Potter fans, drag queens and various and sundry gay boys. That mix became obvious with the varied collection of birthday wishes that were posted to my "wall" this past May.

Mnjack's picture

I belong to Ravelry but

I belong to Ravelry but seldom use it. I may use it to search for a pattern but never as a social network. I am getting tired of Facebook. I just eliminated half of my "friends". I like MWK because people seem more willing to help one another and more sincere. It was also my first finding of other men who knit.

Buzzboy's picture

I love this community of Men

I love this community of Men Who Knit. I have learned so much and everyone is very helpful. You can find out anything at anytime. I'm only on facebook to keep up with family and I have a couple of games I play. When i'm on the computer my first visit is Men Who Knit and second visit is Ravelry.

Dennis

Iacobvs's picture

I still return to MWK

I still return to MWK because I believe the people here "get me" or at least I believe I get them. I knit because it brings me serenity, fulfillment and the wonder of combining color and pattern to produce beautiful useful objects. Knitting makes me feel worthwhile in a world of couch potatoes and over achievers. And MWK makes me feel like I have a home.
Facebook on the other hand seems overly stuffed with the self-absorbed who assume I would care about every speck of minutia that makes up their lives.

vsidart's picture

I don't post as much as I

I don't post as much as I used to, but given the happiness in my life that this site has brought me, I'll ALWAYS call this site my first home, and I suspect Bradley (ksmarguy) will agree wholeheartedly.
LOVE YOU GUYS! (AND GIRLS!)

QueerJoe's picture

This was the first place I

This was the first place I ever experienced the men's knitting community and feel as though the men's knitting retreats extend the sense of what it's like out here.

Ravelry and Facebook for me are useful of other things, like staying in touch and tracking projects, but MWK is much more about community for me.

purlyman's picture

I burnt out on Facebook a

I burnt out on Facebook a while back. I still check it every now and then and people will message me there and I'll comment on pics and such. I like to use Ravelry to check for patterns or yarns. And it was a really great space for keeping up with everything leading up to the Mens Fall Knitting Retreat. But... with all that said, MWK has been my personal homepage for years and I'm not ready to give that up. :-) It's much calmer here at MWK and that's a blessing.

steve kadel's picture

i prefer the direct and

i prefer the direct and simple mwk site to the overwhelmingly busy ravelry

we won't just get a cat, nubby nu nu, will manifest a kitten from our love and lint from our hemp socks

Stephouche's picture

I'm new to MWK, so I don't

I'm new to MWK, so I don't have a frame of reference of the "old days." It certainly seems to be a work of love.
I use Facebook to keep up with family and friends, and limit it to that. I don't "network" too well, online or in "real life."
I'm on Ravelry and noticed that MWK have a presence on that. As I'm getting back into knitting years of pursuing other things, I like the site. I like looking at the projects that pop up above the Shout Box.

WillyG's picture

Anymore, community seems a

Anymore, community seems a bit of a mystery. You meet someone in person, but then you talk about meeting them online...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I only do MWK for my

I only do MWK for my knitting social networking on the internet. I also belong to Knitting Daily but they are turning into one big shill for Interweave Publications, which is a pity. I looked at Ravelry when a friend and I were researching a project but decided MWK seemed a better fit for me. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.