Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Storm in a podcast

As you may know, I love listening to podcasts and at the moment my favourite one is Cast-On with Brenda Dayne. I am at present off work with a dodgy knee and am re-listening to all her podcasts whilst trying to get this damn sweater finished that I should have completed for the Knitting Olympics. I think I was just being carried away with the challenge and didn't really look at what needed to be done. I did manage to finish one sweater, but not the one I wanted to finish.

Anyhoo, back to the podcast. I regularly check the comments on Brenda's site to see if there are any new podcasters out there and have found a couple that I have listened to and quite like. However, one comment that was left today was so rude and obnoxious that it really got my goat. Of course the person who left it didn't have the guts to leave a name, they just left this long ranting post that was full of vitriol and down right nastiness.

There are a few comments that I would like to make about this, and feel that I want to speak here where it is in the public domain and where I have the right to hit the delete button.
  1. By all means point out any and all flaws that you might find in a podcast or blog, but do it constructively.
  2. If you feel the need to vent in public there are better ways to go about it.
  3. Leave your name and that way the person who is at the receiving end of the abuse can contact you and tell you what a nasty b@st@rd you are
  4. Learn how to spell
  5. If it were an open forum and there were mediators or assistants, then the delete button would have been pressed and you would have been blocked and reported as a troll.
  6. No one insists that you have to listen to anything that you dislike, so why abuse someone who has no say on what or how you do something.
  7. Don't piss off knitters, for we are a formidable bunch and we will retaliate.
I'm not someone who simpers and panders to anyone, but I do like listening to Brenda, and she seems a nice person. I emailed her about another post recently and true to her word, she replied with a lovely email. Long may she want to podcast and let us see in to a little bit of her world.

At the end of the day podcasts are free to listeners and even if something is a pile of shit, it hasn't cost anything to listen to it and you don't have to listen to it again.

I think that I've said enough for today.


Anonymous said...

Wanted to say hi to you. I just found your blog again. I lost all my bookmarks recently.

Christina said...

Hi Theresa! I apologize that this comment is off topic, my name is Christina and I found your old blog that had info about the Hunca Munca christening gown. I was thinking about making it, but wanted to know if the pattern was written well. I am a beginner/intermediate knitter in NYC and was thinking about rewriting the pattern for circulars, as I think it would be less daunting once I figured it out. I have a little lace knitting experience; a feather and fan shawl and a class on Orenburg lace patterns. Pat Menchini did not include much information about working up her patterns, so I'm not sure what kind of increases or decreases to use. The book isn't very beginner friendly. I also spin, but rarely since I went back to school. My first and only wheel is and Ashford Traveller. I know that two years is a long time ago when trying to remember details about things you have made, but any information regarding this pattern would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time. I'm at msn and my screen name is miukat.

knitsnspins said...

Hello Susanna, lovley to hear from you. I lost your email address when we moved from aol and don't go to delphi since I stopped paying for my membership. Hope you are well and that the family are fine.

knitsnspins said...

Christina, I'll try and find you on MSN. You are right I don't remember much about the pattern, but I still have the book somewhere.