Yesterday, I had a candid conversation with our Crochet Crowd Intern, Ian. Ian has now worked with me for four weeks now. He’s with me for the summer only.
With the Crowd growing as much as it has, I am constantly overwhelmed by communications and keeping on top of everything. Cathy is our front line support as you see on The Crochet Crowd. She doesn’t get involved in anything programming related as it’s all done from my studio here at my home studio.
With Cathy and I, we were both coming into The Crochet Crochet prior to the boom of what we know today as The Crowd. We grew this together on a casual basis and learned to adapt as we grew. She’s really like a sister to me as she came to me as a complete stranger in 2009. Her strength is front line and as much help as she can give while raising two boys and taking care of her hubby. I love the way she encourages people.
Ian was brought on as a contracted position to help me this summer make changes and get programming updated behind the scenes. I realized during his interview that he had such amazing talent with programming and community building relationships. Though I wasn’t intentionally looking for a programmer, this was an added bonus.
Ian has taught me a ton of new stuff. His young brain fires off ideas and knows how to implement them. I have to say, though he was an intern where I am supposed to teach him things, this working relationship has flipped over to the point where he is sharing his skills with me. I’ve never heard of the fad called duck face! I’m probably too old or as I would like to say to him, “I’m not old, just not informed… there’s a difference!” 😀
In our Candid one month evaluation, I asked him to tell me what he believes I have taught him as I am self doubting that I am teaching him much of anything. He said something so profound to me. “Job satisfaction isn’t a myth!”
I was really taken back by that comment as I am a workaholic thriving off the output I do for others. He’s never believed that anyone can be happy and work at the same time. He feels his effort is for the greater good making a positive difference in others without ever having met them face to face. I have to say from my point of view, he smiles as he works, reads viewers comments and when he’s talking to me about a viewer, he’s able to identify their photograph without having to look them up on Facebook. I know exactly who he talking about by visualizing their photo on Facebook in my brain. Seems to me, he sees The Crochet Crowd from my point of view and the meaning I have put into developing this community.
I have to say, personally speaking, Ian has reminded me that the younger generation has a lot to offer. I wouldn’t have seen this in Ian without an opportunity to prove himself and become a valuable asset. Though he will never work with me forever and ever amen, he will go far. The development of the Forum was completely his idea and programming implementation. He’s done an incredible job. We had a couple hiccups of the signing up but we are doing our best.