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What Blogging Means To Me

I have a very special blog in which I visit each day authored by Kathryn in England. Her blog, Secrets of a Butterfly, is not only a beautiful space, but one that fills me back up again whenever I’m feeling a bit tired or lonely because let’s face it, working from home nearly full-time can be a bit lonely! It’s easy to run low on fuel but I think if you’re also a small business owner working mostly alone you can relate. We really need our friends whether they are virtual or sitting across from us, and I think Kathryn nicely explains why on her blog and I’ll direct you to a post that I particularly enjoyed in just a moment…

Kathryn is a caring soul, someone who may be young but is filled with wisdom, hope, strength. Her genuine spirit illuminates through her blog right into the reader. At least this reader: me. Kat recently wrote a beautiful post on Secrets of a Butterfly called What Blogging Means To Me that touched my heart. I hope that if you have time you will read it because I would like to see some of you commenting over there on her blog to tell her what blogging means to you if you’re interested… I think Kathryn, who has reached out with such honestly, deserves some in return so maybe you can visit her today and share your blogging experience there.

One quote she mentioned on her blog is one I’d not heard before, but so very nice, “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” — George Eliot, English novelist.

(image designed by secrets of a butterfly using flickr toys. To see who the owner is of each photo shown, click here please.)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on October 30, 2008

Thanks, Domino!

I just found out over the weekend that decor8 was mentioned in the November 2008 issue of Domino magazine on page 40! Thanks, Domino!

What an honor to be highlighted as a “So Right Now” blog alongside many others, they did a nice job matching blogs by group and what a great moment to have the #1 shelter magazine in America highlight blogs as being a go-to source for inspiration and decorating tips and ideas. Fantastic. It’s what I’ve been hoping to see since early 2006 when I pitched a similar article idea to some of the big shelter mags and their editors turned me down flat. One even told me that, “blogs are written by inexperienced housewives who have no say in the design world”. Another told me, “blogs won’t stick” (this was in ’06), and finally I heard “blogs are of no interest to *this* magazine {click}” (funny because that magazine now has a blog two years later).

I can’t tell you how many times I cried after talking on the phone to such editors. Tears of frustration mixed mostly with anger. I didn’t feel deflated, I felt empowered… “We bloggers will SHOW THEM” was how I viewed every single snub I faced. And I was snubbed by many, trust me. “decor8 who?”, “You author a design blAg, oh um blOg, get to the point I have to take a call…”, “What is a blog, is that MySpace?”… But I had faith that the “little guy” and our voices would someday matter to the big guys. To say that I am excited to see Domino write about blogs is an understatement. I am OVER.THE.MOON. They have been supportive of blogging since day one, same goes for Elle Decor, never once did they snub blogs or make us feel unloved. They are smart, they see the value in both blog and magazine living together. Their mention of blogs as “So Right Now” is a tremendous vote not only for those mentioned (like me) but to many bloggers not mentioned since this will no doubt draw non-blog readers into the circle to see what ‘this blogging thing is all about’ and they’ll eventually find others by linking around.

Of course the magazine could not include all of the equally important and inspirational decorating/craft/design blogs out there (they number into the thousands)… So if you’re new to decor8 please know that the design blog community is made up of many great blogs which is why I have a visual blogroll — so readers can use that as a portal to finding the greatness that truly exists out there. Click here to be introduced to more great blogs.

And so more Domino readers who stop by can find YOU, please leave a comment here with a direct link to YOUR blog – shameless plugs welcome! The goal is to list as many blogs here as possible so that you can be part of this feature alongside of the blogs featured in the article. United we stand!

Thank you Domino, so much for recognizing us!

(images from domino magazine and scanned image from Sara on Flickr)

Posted in blogs, press on October 27, 2008

Record The Day

Need a Monday morning pick-me-up today? Looking for a creative outlet that is inexpensive, easy, fun, and a way for you to connect with others or to simply inspire yourself? Many of you know the creative Jess as the lady behind the lovely Lobster and Swan blog and from her etsy shop… but did you know that she maintains another blog as well? Oh yes, it is called Record The Day and it’s very, VERY inspirational. {Warning: Jess may inspire you to start recording your day as well.} Her blog contains little text and lots of gorgeous collages that she pulls together to give you a glimpse of her day translated into papers of all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors.

This is a brilliant idea, a very visual journal, a great way to record your life if you don’t always feel like writing. I’d like to experiment with something like this as a personal project or as a way to share my day with my Flickr contacts. I already have a large empty journal that would be the perfect place for something like this. Would you like to share your day visually too? Why not give this idea a try.

Paste, tape, staple… receipts, photos, torn pages from magazines, a train ticket, a mood board recording the thoughts and experiences had during the day… I really love this as a form of blogging as well and think that Record The Day is absolutely lovely. Thank you Jess for putting your wonderful self out into the world, we are all so inspired by you!

(images from jess from record the day)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, inspiration on October 13, 2008

Dream Smile Design

I’ve selected a new blog of the week, Dream Smile Design, and hope that you’ll visit it because the content is just so pretty and inspiring. A mix between decorating and films, you’d never guess that it is authored by a 19-year-old college student! I love that she is so young and already has the design eye of someone much older, her future is indeed very bright with such talent. This lovely blogger is Sarathira Sukiman and she lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I found Sarathira because she visits decor8 and leaves comments here and with a blog name like Dream Smile Design I had to click on her link to see what she writes about. Here is just a sampling of the beauty on her blog, all of these images and their sources can be found here and here at Absolutely Beautiful Things. These two images below are of Rita Konig’s apartment… Swoon!

Lovely blog, Sarathira!

(images from Dream Smile Design)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on October 06, 2008

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