How Crowdsourcing Took My Technique From meh to muahahaha
My favorite thing about the Internet is that you can find information on everything. Unfortunately, since everything with a pulse can post, you can find misinformation on everything.
For example, even this cat has Facebooked (on my behalf)… albeit poorly.
But while sorting through the mess can be a headache, my favorite resource, believe it or not, is Facebook. And more specifically, Facebook groups. I use them for everything.
If you’ve been following my blog at all, you’ll know that I discovered Ryder Carroll’s bullet journal system last year. I came to some pretty interesting conclusions the first week of using it, and more after a month. Unfortunately, after those early weeks I haven’t been nearly as dedicated… I’ve kept up with it but sometimes several times a week and others only once a month or so. When I’m less active I find that I miss the organization, and that I miss the few minutes a day of mindfulness.
There’s a lot going on in my life these days, and I’ve tried to resurrect my bujo practice, so I’ve been spending lots of time in the planner Facebook groups. Looking at ideas, looking for for techniques, etc. One idea was to use stamps for some of the layouts to make things simple and pretty. Sold. Bingo. I hate drawing calendars so I only do it monthly. What if there were a stamp. After hours (yes, plural) wandering through Target, Michael’s, Fred Meyer, and Joann’s, I learned that 3 minutes on Amazon would have done the trick.
But in those hours I found some stamps I NEEDED. Naturally. So I started playing immediately. And I was so disappointed.
I don’t remember stamping being so difficult in elementary school.
So after hours with this being my best effort, instead of throwing in the towel, I turned to Facebook.
“I need stamping 101 lessons,” I wrote. (whine, whine, blah blah blah)
But you know what my new best Facebook friends came through. Within an hour I had a bunch of helpful recommendations…and a diagnosis… All my Washi tape made the pages uneven and the stamp didn’t take. Miraculously, the cheapest one (a towel under the page), worked.
So Crowdsourcing on Facebook literally took my technique from meh to muahahaha. Sure there are a number of people who are less than helpful in lots of public forums, but the reality is when you use groups devoted to enthusiasts for anything (in my experience, hiking, fitness, Journaling, even nursing a child… and I’d imagine any other hobby), you’ll find a group of people who want to aid in your success. They’re so passionate about their craft that they want you to enjoy it too!
So join a group. Learn from it… You don’t need to be an expert or even become one. But it will help you solve whatever problems 6ou encounter!