I am really discouraged in reading comments and my inbox for people who don’t participate in our challenges because they make statements like, “I never win anything so I am not going to bother!” That’s a really pessimistic view and the point of the challenges is definitely being missed.
I was going through comments and I believe I have failed in relaying the purpose of the challenges.
In real crochet and knitting groups, they tend to do projects together as a challenge. Why?
- They do this to build skills.
- Encourage each other during the process and provide advice when required.
- Have a common project where creativity is being unleashed to see what your final project will be.
- Have fun and feel connected to community.
- In the end, they might run a draw for a random prize.
The Crochet Crowd is one of the largest crochet communities in the world. We are essentially a crochet group that is cyber. Our group allows you to connect with us at any time of the day. We encourage and celebrate your finished projects. During the process of making, people post their work in progress. This is no different than showing up to a group each week showing your progress.
When I read comments that someone isn’t participating because they never win, I think the point of the challenge is being missed. The rewards of working together as a community outweigh the prize at the end. YES… it’s great to win the final prize and people do keep their eyes on the prize.
In 1000’s of comments I have received, people love these challenges as it makes them build their own skills. The skills they learn today help them in reading patterns, tackle projects they might not have considered in the past and much more. They love being inspired by other crocheters who are posting their WIP so they consider other alternatives. Many love to encourage each other too. True community connection which is happening.
Do you see? The challenges have a prize but the real prize is within yourself and all who participate and finished will have a trophy at the end, which is your finished project.