13 January, 2012

A sheep following the flock

Last week Angry Chicken had a review of the Sunki tunic and leggings pattern and I thought it was kind of appealing so ordered a copy for myself - which arrived today - which just made me realise how super-fast it was coming!



Anyways, I don't have much to say about the pattern yet except I won't be making the top in ikat since I don't actually like it much (am I allowed to admit that seeing as it's so in at the moment?), but I'm about to sit down with a cup of tea and read the instructions and expect to enjoy myself very much in the way I often enjoy reading recipe books because the dish always turns out perfectly in my imagination!

Are you a sheep when it comes to this kind of thing? Do you read a recommendation by a popular blogger and rush out and buy the item? Do you ever feel like maybe the review is positive because the person is reluctant to be rude about a product they've agreed to trial? The whole Go! Baby issue springs to mind with relentless positive reviews and only one balanced one. I freely admit I'm a sheep in the worst way, but I like to think I pick my reviewers (yes I know I'm totally delusional but let me retain some vestiges of dignity). Of course another way of thinking about it is that the rise of social networking in shopping is a hot topic and that people like to have personal recommendations before they buy or visit. I felt a little hoist by my own petard when I pulled this pattern out of mailbox this morning because yesterday an Instagram big-wig featured one of my photos in his 'best of the year' round up and I got about 15 new followers and a heap of likes and it was all very thrilling - until it stopped dead and my feed went back to normal. It was pretty much like when my mug cosy was featured on How About Orange. So I was being all cynical last night and mocking the whole process on Instagram to a degree and then in the mailbox was physical proof that I'm no better or worse than the next sheep.

Baaa.

I'll let you know how I go with the pattern (for real).

(the famous photo - raindrops on the washing line)

4 comments:

  1. www.bubbachic.typepad.comJanuary 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Gosh yeah! I am like that, usually with quilt patterns that I impulse buy and they then sit in my to-do pile forever....I look forward to seeing how it turns out! ;o)

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  2. I add them to my faves or pinterest & wait a while, you should see my amazon wishlist! I am more like a baa baa black sheep ;)

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  3. I'll admit that there's definitely influence to give a positive review because you're thankful for getting a free product. However, I've gotten at least 3 products that I did NOT review because the review would not have been positive. Gosh, if I go on my blog and say "I didn't like this book" people are likely to bash me for "attacking" the author. Seriously. It's all so tricky.

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  4. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has that pile of recommendations sitting there not being used!

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