- Hi I’m fifteen and I’m interested in joining the project but I don’t understand how to make the blog for it. I do have experience sewing. My parents are nervous about me having a blog, because they feel I may end up having too much information on it. I would really appreciate help, because I would really love to participate. Thank You
Hi Future 1912 Titanic Sewing Project Participant!
I can’t tell you how thrilled we all were to receive your inquiry! We are committed to doing everything in our power to help the next generation sew!
However, we also would like to put your parents at ease with our welcome, and that is more the purpose of this letter. I’d like you to show this letter to your parents and let them know what is set up for all minors who would like to join us.
If you have a blog of your own, please comply with your parents requirements for internet safety. But if you don’t, we would invite you to be like several hundred other people and use ours! However, I would like to add you as a Contributor, instead of an Author. A Contributor can’t publish any posts on the internet by themselves or post any pictures. They must have a Blog Editor review and approve every post they make. It would reassure your parents that you won’t be able to put personal things on the internet.
IF your parents are ok with you taking pictures of garments or techniques and emailing them to the drop box, we can at least upload them and let you link to them in your posts. I’m sorry, but we would need your parents’ permission before we let you have your face posted. (A lot of us purposely cut off our heads when we are taking pictures of garments anyway <EG>!)
While everyone else can choose to have their blogs and names posted in the participating blog list, they can also choose the option of Privacy. Unfortunately, we take your privacy needs seriously and will not allow your name or information to be posted in the participating blogs. While we would LIKE to be able to link and star your posts, I would like your parents permission to do this. You can create a User Name and picture Gravatar that will link nothing back to you. We have many adults doing this as well.
As far as WordPress goes, nothing needs to be downloaded. It runs right off your browser, so nothing goes on the computer.
When we originally started this, addresses were obtained for mailing purposes. (We had no idea how large it would become!) And people were put into groups by geographic area so they could get together if they wanted to. We’ve pretty much dropped all but the last part. IF you would like to belong to a group, we can take your STATE only! You are welcome to download the patterns in either a PDF or a PatternMaker format as that is free, quickest and allows you the most privacy. But I think that you must be an adult to have a PayPal account, so a parent would need to handle ordering mailed patterns.
I’d like to reassure your parents that my staff is fantastic – we have younger people, mothers of younger children, mothers of older children and grandmothers. But we are ALL passionate about sewing historical garments! So you will have a lot of resources and we have a lot to share and can’t wait for you to join us!
Please let me know what else we need to do for you to play! I can be contacted privately by clicking on the contact Kim link or you can contact any of my staff email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you and your parents!
1912 Titanic Sewing Project