I'm still using my Photo Journal site to log the links to outfit information, as well as a mini-journal of the day, so if you want those, just click on the 'DAY' link under each photo to click on through from there. And by the way, these are truly what I 'wanted' to wear each day..... not what I wanted to 'show'. This month represents my 'life' well methinks.
The biggest surprise of this month was twofold.... one: that my handmade closet supplies me with enough clothes to get through almost an entire month with very few repeats wearing a variety of outfits..... and two: that the photography and keeping up with everybody did not overwhelm me.
As 2018 was my 5th year participating in this annual event, felt both my handmade wardrobe and quality of photography improved this year. And speed in photography was kept manageable. Most photos took anywhere from 5-15 minutes of actual photography time, with maybe another 15-30 minutes to crop, edit if needed and upload to social media accounts. Not bad considering how it was such a struggle on all accounts in years past. Also I was afraid IG would sort of 'overwhelm me', as it sometimes does with these daily challenges, but felt I was able to hang in there well. Of course you can see everything, and then some!, at my Instagram account, even if you do not have an IG account.
Me-Made-May..... the first thought that comes to mind is 'wow'. It has exploded, as I mentioned from the first post. As of this morning the official IG hashtag mmmay18 shows 43,166 posts. If you divide that number by 31 days of May.... that equals roughly 1,392. So one could assume we had 1,392 participants this year, as opposed to 342 participants on Flickr in 2014, 243 in 2015, and 136 in 2016. (2016 was the first year also using IG) Me-Made-May officially moved to IG in 2017 and the hashtag mmmay17 shows 33,997 posts. See what I mean!!! An explosion!!! This is great though, as that means more folks are sewing their clothes and creating their own unique handmade wardrobes.
But maybe because of the volume of numbers now, the community that Zoe created on the Flickr platform is a very different experience on IG. Keep in mind these are but my humble opinions, as others may differ, but feel IG is harder to get to know the other sewists who may be 'new' to me, or even to be able to encourage newcomers along. It may be because IG has already sort of brought the sewing community together in a way that blogs cannot do, and only Flickr was able to do during the month of May during pre-IG years. I don't know, but I do know how much it meant to me when Carolyn and Yoshimi, two women who still today, are my biggest icons in the sewing world, took the time to make the rounds to encourage all in the early Flickr platform years. For this new-to-the-sewing-world lady, creating simple, basic repeats, it meant the world to me and helped motivate me to continue past the awkward newcomer stage to learn higher levels of skillsets. As I recall, it was also encouraged to sort of 'make the rounds' on Flickr..... to not simply stay put with one's already established friendset..... i.e. feed.
It's hard to do this on IG. For instance, in the beginning of this month on IG, I was trying to 'make the rounds' and like or comment on others' posts under the established hashtag mmmay18, when evidently I overstepped IG's rules and they put the dreaded 'shadow ban' on me. The 'shadow ban' means your hashtagged posts will not show up anywhere, only able to be seen by your 'followers' in their feed..... but will absolutely not appear under any hashtags you used. Well that knocks one out of the whole idea of 'participating' when your posts don't show up under the 'official' tags! Luckily it only lasted a couple of days for me, as I stayed off IG, posting to the Photo Journal account instead to keep up with my photos. For the rest of the month I limited my 'likes' and 'comments' to those I followed but no one outside that circle.
Did I enjoy this month? Yes I did!!! Very much!!! Going into the month with less than optimum enthusiasm, I really did have a good month. Most ladies on IG were also sort of journaling their days, along with their outfits, and it was such a pleasure to see a glimpse into their lives..... be a part of their lives...... during this month and I will miss that as we return to our normal feeds.
And I also want to take this moment to Thank You! to all of you, who read these posts. It is my hope to maybe inspire you in some way, to learn new skills, to enjoy creating your own handmades and to always love learning.
Me-Made the Month of May 2018 Days 1-15