While I've always tried to embrace technology and internet innovations – I've had a Macbook and an iPhone, plus a Facebook account for years – I won't deny that I have shied away from other social networking sites and putting myself out there on the internet.
However, deciding that I would like my knitwear design to progress from a gentle hobby to more of a full-time career I knew that I would need to do a little more self-promotion. So along came this blog, a bigger presence on Ravelry (where I'm known as Yarnylou), HobbyBuddies, The Making Spot and a Twitter account.
The blog, I'm discovering is going to be a great way to let the random thoughts of my yarn-filled brain flow into some sort of organised chaos. Ravelry, The Making Spot and HobbyBuddies are fabulous places to showcase and sell my designs, past and present. And finally Twitter has turned into the bane of my life, while at the same time I've discovered it's an amazing place to discover facts, meet lots of like-minded people, find things quickly and easily, and be one of the first to learn world news.
Why do I hate Twitter so? Because I enjoy checking what's going on in the world of yarn and current affairs so much that I find myself glued to the screen, and all other aspects of my life get neglected as I'm easily distracted when I see the number of unread Tweets. For instance in the time it's taken me to write this entry I may have checked the Timeline eight or so times. With two kids, a husband and a part time job, I didn't really have enough time before. Now, I don't seem to have any time.
However, what I've spent in time on Twitter, I've saved in time searching for things. Just last week I was in the mood to make some biscuits, and one of my followers happened to Tweet about a simple but yumsome recipe that I just had to bake. This evening I was thinking about a new design for some super chunky yarn I couldn't resist. I needed some 10mm dpns in order to turn the yarn into some socks. I could have spent a while trawling the internet shops for some, but one little Tweet to ask where I could find some resulted in several replies in a matter of seconds and within minutes I had purchased some needles from Yarnsville.
This evening I've also discovered that my favourite fabric maker, Echino, has released a new range that's being stocked by The Eternal Maker, been kept up to date about iPhone 4S and laughed out loud at some of the comedians I follow.
So Twitter I forgive you for eating my time, as I love you so much for offering me the world I want to know and discover on one screen, one 140-character soundbite at at time.