Fishing, but not with a worm.
The past few weeks have been a wild ride.
My son was hospitalized in Denver so I went there and spent time with him and his girlfriend, and that was delightful. It is always difficult to see him hit a rough patch but I have the best friends and family and they always support me well.
When I got home from Colorado, I was behind on many things so I scrambled and on Sunday, was beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
And then, it turned out to be a freight train, as they say.
To make a long story short, my Instagram account was hacked with something called phishing. It’s not as much fun as the kind with a worm on a hook. It’s not fun at all.
Before I knew what was happening, they’d taken control of my account and demanded $500 in bitcoin (do I even know what bitcoin is?) for its return. I resisted the urge to answer profanely. I had quite a few messages that day, taunting me and making demands. I don’t know if they were generated by real people or by a bot (do I even know what a bot is?).
But here is the interesting part. This has made me do some real soul searching. Let me try and explain what I mean. These are the some of the questions I’ve had to consider.
- Why do I care about Instagram? Why does it matter?
- What does it mean if I have a lot of followers? What does it mean if I have none?
- Does Instagram generate dollars for my business or is it just an ego thing?
- Why do I spend nearly four hours daily on my phone?
- How many more quilts could I make if I used those hours differently?
- Should I try and get my business account back? Or just forget about it?
- Is all the effort to grow my following (14.4K) over the past five years now pointless? Was it wasted?
- How should I go forward?
It’s pretty interesting to think about social media and its impact on my life and my business. Platforms like Instagram and Facebook are useful ways to reach customers. They are also a curse, in my opinion.
Do you notice, as i do, how people don’t spend as much time talking with each other because of their phones? My husband and I sometimes find ourselves on our phones after a meal instead of chatting with each other. I know my adult children who are raising children also work hard not to be focused on a device when their kids want to engage. I had enough challenges raising children and there were no cell phones to contend with. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for my kids.
In the days of anguish over the Instagram debacle, I tried to sew. I made good progress on this Halloween version of a new pattern I’m going to publish. It felt good to do something useful though I did at one point realize there was no place to post my progress, as Instagram was gone. In the next moment I asked myself what purpose did sewing have if nobody could see it.
I think that’s when I realized that social media had warped my sense of what matters.
I don’t sew just to show it to others. I don’t make quilts to impress anybody. I’d be fine if quilting remained a solitary activity with no interaction at all. I am by nature a loner.
I’ve always made things for the enjoyment and I won’t let social media rob me of that.
Does any of this ring true? How do you feel about social media? I’d love to know and I hope you’ll tell me in the comments.
I have yet to decide how hard I’ll fight to recover my account or how much time I’m willing to spend on that fight. I wonder if I should just let go of it all and focus my efforts elsewhere. Still debating in my head. Time will tell.