I've been thinking a lot about what makes scrapbooking different from other hobbies. It comes down to the fact that scrapbookers have an important and deeply personal connection to their projects. It is one that is simply not as profound in other creative activities.
This is also exactly what makes our online community so strong. When we share our scrapbooking online, we share a piece of ourselves.
There's something else I have noticed - something that may reveal a simple strategy for a common problem. I hear more than ever about scrapbookers who aren't scrapbooking, who have lost their mojo and just can't find the motivation they need.
I also know that forum threads, gallery uploads, and personal blog posts are at an all-time low compared with years past. There are also fewer forum replies as well as thoughtful gallery and blog comments.
How can this be if we're online more than ever? And does this impact our scrapbooking? I believe it does.
As we spend more time on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest in lieu of these older platforms, voraciously consuming information and using a button-clicked as a surrogate for a reply, I believe we're slowly disconnecting ourselves from the community. These sites are the next generation of online interaction, but perhaps we have an important opportunity to be far more mindful of how they are serving our lives.
The online spaces of before fostered longer form comments that were meaningful and led to real support for our scrapbooking. While that certainly still happens, it's now all too easy for us to click and scroll without pausing to engage and connect. Thus, there's less giving and receiving of encouragement directly related to our hobby.
What makes our community so strong is still there, but we must grab hold and actively seek what we most need. It turns out that social networking does not negate the need for an online home, but instead makes it all the more necessary.
Conclusion: If you want to stay really motivated to scrapbook, slow down and seek connection over consumption when you're online.
What do you think? Am I on to something or totally off-base? Leave a comment and let me know.
Furthermore, if you'd like to feel more connected to your fellow simple scrapbookers (and reap the motivation benefits), come introduce yourself on our Facebook page.