Where you at?

Tanit & Oona Meetup

As  most of you know, I recently relocated from a major (for Canada) city to a fairly minor (even for Canada) city. In terms of family life, this is awesomesauce. In terms of feeling part of the wider world, maybe not so much. I mean, in Cow Town I managed to meet up with such sewing blog luminaries as the Selfish Seamstress and Oonaballoona (not to mention Funnygrrl). I don’t really see those opportunities presenting in Saskabush. Meanwhile, it seems like those New York bloggers are meeting up every other week, and even the GTO crew are getting their act together. /sigh. Jealous.

So now I’m kicking myself for never, while I WAS in a larger centre, trying to get the local bloggers together. I know there were at least a couple of others I never even met, and probably more readers that I don’t even know about. The odds of a sewing blogger meetup out here seem, well, slim, unless Zena dropping by for coffee that one morning counts.

Which is a long, rambly way of saying that, when there ARE other bloggers around, well, wouldn’t it be cool if we linked up more? And how to do that, hmm?

Well, Vicki the Sewing Scientist had a nifty notion the other day and set up a Google Map for anyone who likes to put up your (general!) location, in the hopes of facilitating future in-person networking. Because awesome as a blog is, there’s nothing quite like getting together in person to shop, swap, and squee. So far there’s lots of Canadian bloggers I hadn’t even known about.

I’m going to copy Vicki’s directions, just in case:

Here’s how to participate:

  • Open this link to get to Map the Sewintists
  • Click on the red Edit button on the left
  • Click on the blue pin on the upper left of the map
  • Click on your location to drop the pin
  • A box will open that will allow you to add your name or blog URL in rich text 
  • Save et voilà!  

I would strongly advise people to only pin their general location or closest city, since we don`t want creepers peeping in our windows while we sew in our unders, do we?

So, if you’re not in witness protection or otherwise hiding your location, I think it’s a totally fun way to get a sense of where we’re at—and how many of us there are out there! :)

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21 responses to “Where you at?

  1. Is this only for Sewing Scientists? I work with earth scientists, as you know, but I’m not a scientist. Except by proxy! :)
    This is a great idea. Can you imagine when everyone sewed? You could cross the road if you needed help. Of course there were no youtubes for zipper insertion so…

  2. FUN! I added mine. :) I’ll see if we can get Australia filled up, it’s all empty so far.

  3. Excellent! I blogged about this yesterday, and got my wee corner of New Zealand well populated on the map!

  4. I saw this as well! Great Idea! We will miss you at the meet-up in Toronto. You could always fly over for the blogging meet-up!

  5. anothersewingscientist

    Thank you thank you thank you for getting the word out! I can’t believe that it’s gotten >3000 views in less than two days. I guess this really was a niche that needed filling!

    Yeah, we really need to get more Aussie bloggers on there – I’ll message some that I know. Africa, South America and Central Asia is looking bare, but I can’t think of anyone in those regions. Hopefully the word will spread and we’ll find some soon.

  6. Done – turns out I’m pretty close to you!

  7. Done! Hopefully, there will be more from Kansas soon….I feel so lonely on the map all by myself. :(

  8. kattheengineer

    Oh man, all on my own in Auckland! Thanks for sharing this, never know what excitement may come from it :-)

  9. Done… but there are not many in Sydney yet!

  10. Just added myself – I’m in London, but I couldn’t resist pinning/mapping myself under the Olympic Park in homage to the 2012 Olympics LOL!

    P.S. After the 1st step in your instructions people need to log-in to Google before they can view the red EDIT button ;)… I couldn’t see it until I’d signed-in :)

  11. Done! Would love to meet other London-based sewists.

  12. Woah! There are two others in Atl? That’s kinda awesome. Added mine!

  13. This is a fabulous idea. I’m always jealous of the new york and london sets and their constant meetups.

    btw, didn’t comment (phone based) but loved the leggings. Also, the fit look great in the pictures, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

  14. ooh what a great idea! i’ll have to add myself!

  15. What a great idea! I travel for work and always like to meet other sewists wherever I go.

  16. it won’t work for me on my gadget! GRRRRRRRRRRRRR. will have to click tonight, over cocktails.

    ah. i feel better already!

  17. I understand what you mean about feeling cut off in your new (old) home. Not that Winnipeg was that major of a city, but there were fabric options and other sewists around. I’m feeling pretty cut off from everything up here, and am starting to consider online fabric shopping since the pickings are so lame here. But I love the map idea, good on you to reblog it to get more word out. Maybe I’ll do the same!

  18. What a great idea. I signed up and tweeted your post!

  19. Houseofpinheiro

    Blogging meet up are amazing.

  20. I think we live blocks away from each other. The possibility of having another blogger in such close vicinity makes me giddy with delight.

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