Stitchcraft Marketing has put me in touch with a lot of awesome bloggers, designers and other industry folks, it seemed like a natural progression to spotlight these folks on my own knitting blog.
Then I dreamed up the perfect twist: invite each person to share a Top 5 List which somehow relates to the fiber arts. Here's the catch: every Take 5 list will be totally different than the next! Each person who agrees to participate in the series is given a list of 20+ topics to choose from; once they select from the list, that option goes away for any future participant.
It seemed appropriate to kick off this series with my friend and colleague Mari Chiba, since she helped me brainstorm many of the topics for this project when I Skyped her one Friday afternoon to tell her my idea. Mari and I have worked together at Stitchcraft for several years now, and outside of that she is a prolific designer whose work has appeared in Twist Collective, Knitscene, Clotheshorse, and Knitty (among others), plus she also self-publishes patterns such as the Laurelai Cardigan, shown at right.
She's a fun and funny person to hang out with, in person as well as via Skype, and I'm so glad she agreed to be the first person to take part in my little experiment.
Without further ado, I present to you....
Mari Chiba's Top 5 Instagram Pet Peeves!
1. Screenshots. Any and all of them, but this winter has really seen an unfortunate increase in weather app screenshots which have essentially turned Instagram into the Weather Channel. Note from Stefanie: our shared frustration resulted in my creating this meme to commemorate the occasion:
3. Photos of your food. Trust me, it only looks good to the person who's about to eat it - to the rest of us, it's not very appetizing. AT. ALL.
4. Any photo taken with the flash.
5. When you invade my feed with the same photo over and over. Either get one good shot, or learn how to sort through the many photos you took to post only the best one.
We both have a shared experience of spending WAY too much time on social media channels (as in, at least 8 hours each day), and that has caused us to commiserate about some of our biggest pet peeves via Skype many times over, but perhaps Grumpy Cat says it best (or at least, most succinctly):