Can you be a successful designer and a successful blogger?
Or must we choose?
This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately.
First, I read this post by Julie, on sponsored posts.
If I'm honest about my end goal, I want to be a major designer when I grow up. Forget that I'm 34 and technically grown up. I still have time to grow my career and build trust with potential clients. Do you take a designer less seriously if they're doing sponsored posts for Nordstrom or Home Depot? Or has this become so normal that it doesn't phase you? It seems like we need to choose between the two.
I've made a conscious decision not to do sponsored posts on this blog.
I've said to no to brands like Kleenex and Sherry's Berries, because although I personally love their products, do I think Mary McDonald, Celerie Kemble would blog about that?
No. In fact, they may not even have a blog.
I want to be a designer who shares my work through my blog,
not a blogger who writes about design.
Are you with me?
That being said, there are times I need to break my own rules. Like when a long term opportunity arises with a store I have already talked about, shop regularly, and believe my clients would benefit from seeing. My goal through my blog is not only to showcase my work as a designer, but to educate my readers. That's also why it made perfect sense when I partnered with Tonic Living. And it's why I've started my new series with Retro Knox.
I'm trying to keep the end goal in mind.
Design incredible rooms. Get published. Work my butt off. Build a brand.
Designer friends: have you debated this yourself? Potential clients: does this effect your choice in designer?
I'd love to hear your honest thoughts on this and keep the conversation going.