What ideas do you have that make you
different from everyone else?
|Adam Japko of Design Sherpa and blog, Wine Zag|
photograph courtesy from Wine Zag
|Anne Maine of Traditional Home has worked many years on this successful magazine, and told us of an exciting collaboration between Traditional Home and Lonny Magazine -- TradHome -- I'm sure you'll hear lots about it in the coming weeks.|
|Suzanne Rheinstein showed us slides of her amazing, detailed work and it is obvious she is a very well educated and trained designer...I was in awe!|
|Loren Ruch of HGTV gave us a different perspective and it |
appears television uses myriad ways to work with bloggers
|Stacy Kunstel designer, stylist and author of StacyStyle was our moderator during the editor panel and she did a fabulous job of interviewing the titans of the Shelter magazine industry, keeping them focused on the blogging industry and how we can collaborate together|
talk about innovation, Stacy Kunstel has her hands in many creative projects. I visited her at the recent NY Gift Show -- these candlebras are gorgeous and you can learn more about them on her other blog, DunesandDuchess
So you ask, what is the common thread here?
|back together again -- a small group of us had bonded when sponsored a few weeks back by faucet company Brizo and Jason Wu during Fashion Week, and it was fun to be together again at Design Blog Conference.|
It was when Ronda Carmen spoke that it started to click for me. She took all the rhetoric, wove it together and it started to make sense. She spoke about how it is important to toot your own horn and be honest and clear about what you can provide that is different from other design bloggers. Basically, what is your niche? How are you different? In order to be a successful interior design blogger one must be innovative. So, the word of the week is INNOVATION! Ronda stressed the importance of articulating your brand and audience, as well as setting goals. Will you get more clients? Sponsors? What is it that you hope to gain? Who is your audience? Thank you, Ronda, because if you hadn't stopped me in my tracks I may have kept on blogging, photographing, interviewing and all the other ways that inspire me to capture all these beautiful images and experiences to bring to my audience but as a left brain gal (and not always a right brain gal) I may not have focused my energies on thinking long and hard about what I wanted at the end of the day.
|Ronda Carmen of All the Best was recently given the title of Brand Ambassador for the upscale linen company Sferra -- now that's Thinking Outside the Box!|
and I start taking photos and writing essays in my head. I write all my stories using original content, often taking a page out of my life, but not featuring my life as the main focus of the story because I enjoy profiling others who are craftsman and who honor history and artistry. Many times over the years I have been awed by someone or thing and now as the author of Nest I get to bring that to my viewers (and 35,000 of you stopped over at Nest in the past few months). I think many of us who are passionate about design find this approach interesting, which is why many of my readers are other interior designers.
photograph thanks to Pinterest and KristinLawlor's fun blog
|Another fabulous Pinterest photograph|