I thought I should check in regarding Sewing Indie Month.
Today I had planned on announcing the winner of the Dressed to the Nines category. Instead, I received an email from Mari on Friday afternoon that one of the entries believed that someone was fraudulently inflating votes.
The voting for this category is therefore going to get a do-over. It would seem, although we cannot prove, that there has been some tampering with the polldaddy results, and Mari has posted the re-vote on her blog along with some very thoughtful words on this issue.
For me, this feels like a violation of trust. Perhaps that is an overreaction, but I have had so many lovely and truly wonderful experiences with the sewing community (both online and in person) that this situation is extremely hurtful to me.
I am going to choose to believe that some random person is responsible.
I would personally like to apologize to every one of you who put all of that time and love into your beautiful garments - I am so very sorry that this amazing community event has been sullied by one mean-spirited individual. I am also angry on behalf of Mari who spent goodness know how many hours and put a massive amount of energy into this project.
This morning, I am determined not to let one troll spoil my lovely experience with an incredible group of people that I feel privileged to know. So I am going to cuddle with Tino, cut into some cheery oversized polka dotted fabric, and read some of my favorite blogs to reaffirm my love for the sewing community. Because I simply cannot and will not believe that this was one of us.