I’m feeling like a bit of a fuddy duddy old person here, trying to figure out the cool new way to sewcialize. (Like when I decided not to learn how to use Periscope, because my life doesn’t need more distractions.) I figure, if I feel confused about new communities, maybe other do too – or maybe you’ve figured it all out and can explain it to me!
So, The Fold Line.
It’s the latest of many attempts to make a “Ravelry for Sewists”. Other have tried, but all have fizzled (and now I can’t even remember the website names… I know I’ve signed up for at least 3 in the past!). In truth, we’d dreamed up something similar when we started the Sewcialists, but then realised how massive a job it is. I’m really excited that it seems like The Fold Line might actually work!
According to their “About Me” section, The Fold Line is “We hope the site will be the central hub to socialise, review patterns and keep up-to-date with the latest news and pattern releases.” It’s run by Kate and Rachel, who met while working at Sew Over It but are also both involved in the business side of sewing patterns: pattern cutting, marketing, etc.
Here are the great things:
- I’ve seen lots of buzz about The Fold Line online
- They had a party in the UK and lots of familiar bloggers went
- The organisers seem really friendly and excited
- The site has already been responsive to requests for other features and improvements
- The site has lots of capabilities: searching patterns, groups, pattern reviews, etc
- It has clean, modern graphic design
The thing is: I log in, and then I don’t know what to do! Checking notifications, look through and add some new friends… most of the groups I joined have a bit of activity but not much. I log in, excited, but then it’s a bit dull compared to IG, FB, or Twitter. Is that because it’s only just getting going? What am I missing?
If you care to find me, I’m GillianCrafts on The Fold Line, just like I am on Twitter and Instagram. Let’s be friends! And you can help me figure this out. Pretty please? (Also, what is the difference between “following” and “adding a friend”?)
Are you on The Fold Line? What do you like about it? Please, fill me in!