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Great debate

2011 June 3
by elizabeth_admin

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Wow!  I am really impressed with the many varied and respectful responses to my post yesterday in which I mentioned that I am wearying of all the Me-Made-Month posts that seem to happen every month now.  After I hit publish on that post, I did worry a teensy bit that I might offend people with that comment.  As a matter of fact, there are some of my very own friends participating in MMJ this month. 

I learned that every person who participates has their own reasons for doing it and has their own personal goals to meet or to learn.  Karen, in particular, mentioned that her participation was a significant milestone in [her] sewing career that [she] had enough self-made items to join [in].”  Several people mentioned that bloggers should be able to write what they feel like, with which I agree wholeheartedly.  As I mentioned in my initial post, I thought the challenge was interesting the first time around, and, yes, I followed closely along that time.  But as the Me-made phenomenon has proliferated, my interest has definitely waned.  It was an observation. 

As a blogger and a blog reader I have equal rights.  As a writer, I have the right to determine the content of my blog.  As a reader, I have the right to scroll on by those posts that don’t interest me.  I am glad I brought up the topic though.  It taught me a lot of the personal reasons/goals behind the concept of the Me-Made-Months. 

Thank you all for the great debate!

8 Responses leave one →
  1. June 3, 2011

    I wondered how that conversation was going to unfold! 🙂 I have to agree that the me-made concept doesn’t really work for me. I wouldn’t want to do it (though I wear my own clothes practically every day) and I don’t really read those posts very carefully. It is fun to look at some nice photos though…

  2. June 3, 2011

    Hurrah for debate and enabling it to happen, Elizabeth!

  3. Auntie Allyn permalink
    June 3, 2011

    I’ve never followed a blog that did the “me made month” thing, so I had nothing to contribute. Like you, I suppose it would be fun to follow once . . . then I’d probably lose interest. On another topic, I’m quite interested to see what you do with that lovely bold orange and white fabric; I bought some also and it’s languishing in my stash.

  4. June 3, 2011

    The MM/SS debate was interesting. Of course people can post what they want on their blogs – it is their space! I am fairly new to the internet sewing crowd, but the first time I heard about “Me-Made-March” and “Self-Stitched-September” I thought it was a cool idea, especially as someone who was new to the sewing thing. I thought it was something like NaNoWriMo – a once (or in this case twice) a year sort of a thing, but now it seems like it happens almost every 1-2 months. I think that maybe lessens the appeal? If it was once during March (you can wear winter and spring clothes as it is something of a “transition” month) and once in September (summer and fall clothes) that would make sense because you could evaluate an entire year’s wardrobe and make goals for the next year/upcoming season. And, since those are not typically “busy” months (like November/December with the holidays) people might have more time to participate and make new clothes for the project. With NaNoWriMo, since “everyone” participates, it creates a larger sense of community. But with MM/SS happening nearly every month, well, the novelty of it wears off and the interest and desire to participate lessens. On one hand, it might be interesting on a personal level to see which clothes you wear a lot, and which ones you don’t like to wear as much to maybe find some TNTs, but on the other hand, it’s not necessarily the most exciting thing to read or post about. I don’t have nearly enough items to participate anytime soon, but I think I might when I do, as a “milestone” sort of thing, as mentioned by Karen. That seems like fun. Also, I did like the idea about the once a week MM recap post, in order to participate and prevent the monotony.

  5. June 3, 2011

    Sometimes I think about participating in one of the “me-mades” and then I think, why have a me made month when you have a me made life? I always wear my own clothes, and now that I have to cook all my food from scratch, I really do feel like I have a me made life!

    “Blogger fatigue” – is a well known phenomenon. Many of the occasional articles giving advice to people wishing to start a blog is to not post too often, so the audience does not become weary and jaded. This is dangeer of the “me made” challenge because it requires overload.

    Those who do a composite once a week photo have the ideal solution – they rise to the challenge but avoid the overload.

  6. June 4, 2011

    I wondered what kind of responses you were going to get to that post. It doesn’t work for me. Any group thing. I’ve stopped signing up because as soon as I do there’s something else I need to do. I tend to go my own way. If you sew a lot, you end up wearing what you sew most every day anyway and if you’re not wearing what you sewed, there’s a reason.

    I’ve always enoyed reading Handmade by Carolyn. Her garment postings are beautiful and she wears what she sews. It’s done in such a way that you can tell that fashion and sewing are a huge part of her life and have been for a long time. It’s inspirational.

  7. visitor permalink
    June 6, 2011

    Funny that the image of the debaters is two guys, considering the probable readership of this blog. There probably aren’t that many free images of two women arguing from behind lecterns on the web.

    I haven’t followed this particular issue — I’m working on my first real garment — but I think it’s ridiculous when bloggers explicitly or implicitly invite opinion and then shut down intelligent dissent. If everyone agreed all the time, why even bother communicating?

  8. June 7, 2011

    Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we all agreed on everything?! I’m glad you said what you said as it prodded me to think a bit harder about what it is I like about Me-Made-months and to articulate it (here).

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