Thursday, March 20, 2008

Decorno mentioned in Washington Post.



Ah, yes. Blog Watch. Terri Sapienza does a fun weekly round-up of interesting home and design blogs each week. Decorno's Domino posts resulted in today's mention.

The post would not have been even remotely newsworthy without the really excellent comments from all of you. Thanks again for making Decorno more than Ikat and "Pretty!" Your comments are always hugely entertaining and thoughtful.


Click HERE to read Bloglines on washingtonpost.com.

I also enjoyed Linda's comments on her Cameleon Interiors blog, wondering if we're all becoming shills for the magazines. Then again, I offer up thrilling content like THIS commentary on fish-shaped laundry hampers to balance out magazine related posts, so I do feel like I am a little bit off the hook when it comes to posting things from magazines. :)

And lastly, everyone gets spanked HERE by one of my very favorite blogs, Isuwanee, for ruining Domino by posting things in advance. I invoke a Sinead-like "Fight the real enemy!" response in her comments section.

26 comments:

SGM said...

Congratulations Decorno! It's about time.

jamie meares said...

yeahhhh! fame. fortune. anger!

Kwana said...

Congrats Decorno!

Rachel James said...

Always so nice to see your name in print!Keep up the witty commentary!~

Richie Designs said...

wow! congrats that's amazingly cool

Anonymous said...

Ha! It cracks me up how The Post columnist framed this whole situation:

You are the only blogger brave enough to bring up the possibility that Domino is less than perfect,

and then all the conventional decor-bloggers scamper around trying to compensate for your blasphemy by posting dozens of ass-kissing previews of the April issue ("Ruthie Sommers! I would kiss the gravel in her driveway!!!" etc.)

decorno said...

Well, you know, I certainly do my share of face-licking when it comes to Domino. I mean, the point of my original "open letter" was that I love that magazine (overall).

But, yeah, I think the mention in WP does hint at Decorno being the spitball-hurling kid in the back of the class... or something.

I am not sure if that's good or bad for me!

Leah said...

Posted this over on Chameleon Interiors as well:

I got the same email about the Drew Barrymore issue from Domino's PR gal that probably half of the other English-language design blogs on the planet did. (Definitely a sign that some savvy magazines and PR people are hip to the increasing power that blogs weild.) I didn't post anything on it because I figured everybody else would -- and they did.

I love Domino, and I do cover things in the magazine or the website from time to time. But I think we bloggers need to be careful about just posting things that we get press releases on -- especially press releases that are mass-mailed to a bunch of us. I does dilute our individual voices, and does indeed turn us into shills for these corporate entities.

If we have something to say to add to the conversation, fine -- and even better if we come to the subject organically and have some thoughts about it vs. just regurgitating an email PR blitz. But let's all be a little more discerning about these things, OK?

And please, for the love of god, can we all stop just scanning photos from this month's shelter magazines and posting them with little or no analysis or commentary? I'm at the point where I don't even bother reading most of my home magazines, because I've already seen all the best bits on blogs. Again, we're not adding to the conversation when we're doing this -- we're just giving the magazines a bunch of free PR. (And, I might add, boring our readers.)

I'm certainly as guilty of this as the next blogger, but the ubiquitousness of the "Drew in Domino" posts popping up across the blogosphere the last few days should be a reminder to everyone to make a better effort to keep our blogs personal, and original.

All the best,

Leah

LondonCalling said...

Cheers to you. Very interesting to see the Post take on what must have been on many bloggers/readers minds.

my little apartment said...

amen, Leah!!

i applaud you for not posting the Domino photos. i thought it was so weird that Kim (Desire To Inspire) put up the Drew Barrymore photos saying that she "...had to post about it as well because...someone from Domino asked us to." i'm not judging Kim, they're fab photos, but i think it's really bizarre that Domino is ASKING to be posted on design blogs. um, we don't have to buy your magazine if we can see all the pretty pictures online!

anyway, that said, i still totally heart Domino and i squealed with delight when i came home yesterday to find the new issue on my porch. have to say its a HUGE improvement over the last issue...

although, i totally breezed through the DB spread because i'd already seen it a BAZILLION TIMES.

e. love said...

sweet *ASS* sweet.... I covet freedom of speech- the whole idea of opening up a discussion, actually stating what needs to be said, what everyone else wants to but won't, and then sitting back, clicking on comments and letting the shit fly...Fucking Brilliant. Yet another reason why I love Decorno.

Anonymous said...

I give props to the Post reporter for putting it all together and finding a storyline.

Another reporter covering blogs might have just gone for a quick-and-dirty summary like "Sure seems that all the decor blogs are anxiously awaiting the April issue Domino" and left it at that. Impressive that this reporter connected those posts to the previous issue, and that issue to your posts. She really connected the dots.

visualvamp.blogspot.com/ said...

C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!*!*!*!

Linda Merrill said...

I think it's great to see all this conversation spike up over this issue. And I agree with Anon, interesting spin Terri put on the little piece. I was also disappointed that I was in such a big crowd who did this post - excellent blogger tho they all be.

Ultimately, we're a growing industry and we're still trying to find our way. The fact is that pop culture draws readers. Some of the blogs who do nothing but post pics with little original content are actually very popular. So, it's a tough balancing act.

Am posting this over on my blog too.

visualvamp.blogspot.com/ said...

"Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! We are all little sheep with our noses pressed up against the glass. Always hungry for something to look at, to get, to play with. Always with our noses up against a pretty store window, or in a magazine, or pretty book. If we were dogs our noses would be up each other's ass". This is an excerpt from a longer article. If you'd like to please read more, please go to my blog. I'm the new girl with no cred (unless you know me), learning & making errors, and hungry for your attention :-)

Anonymous said...

You're right, Linda, some of those "Look and drool" blogs are fun, but I can't subsist on just that, and you probably can't either. We need to exercise other kinds of brain activity: critical, analytical, whatever you call it.

I was trained that it wasn't enough to say, for example: "Henry James was a great writer" and stop there. That to be a first-rate critic and scholar (and reader), you had to be able to say things like " 'The Golden Bowl' is better than 'The Turn of the Screw' " and then argue your point as precisely and logically as possible. I want to see the same rigor brought to design/decor commentary, whether in blogs or magazines. Like "This Ruthie Sommers room is good because of X and Y, but her other project was more successful because of A, B, and C."

Drooling AND thinking. We need both.

visualvamp.blogspot.com/ said...

Drooling AND thinking - awwwww, do we we have to? Most of us can drool and think for ourselves. How many real people READ magazines (and not just the captions and shopping guide), decor books, or blogs? Most of us like to go to our happy place and look at the pretty pictures and have a good drool, and MAYBE think about how we can get that pretty thing in the picture into our life.

Anonymous said...

Confession: I'm a loyal Decorno fan. Love the clever combination of style, wit and humor. Decorno, you had me at: "Country Living Makes Me Feel Dirty On the Inside."

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Anonymous said...

Decorno is a dirty, dirty lady, but her knife is clean. And sharp.

Brilliant Asylum said...

First of all, congrats on your mention. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in your Domino discussion (a close second to Scented Glossy Magazine's Real Housewives of NYC forum).

Secondly, does anyone have this Domino yet? I am curious if this blogtastic promotional push will help break some sort of shelter mag newsstand record. Is this Domino's version of releasing the hit single a month before the album drops?

Anonymous said...

More likely it's Conde Nast's way of trying to make us forget the universally despised March eco-issue as quickly as possible.

Anonymous said...

VisualVamp:

You should stick with the blog "Desire to Inspire." It's perfect for you.

blogazar said...

Congrats!

maison21 said...

congrats, decorno! your recognition is well deserved! your domino posts and the resultant conversations really were some of most interesting posts in our little corner of the net.

on the sad side, moiself did not receive a promo email from domino, announcing the drew issue. i feel like it's like junior high all over again, and i'm not one of the cool kids. poor lil moi. i hope you'll still say hi to me when you pass me in the halls...

again, congratulations! yay decorno!

Leah said...

Maison, you're the cool new kid who will soon have all the popular girls vying for BFF status ...

decorno said...

M21 - Domino didn't send their promo advance thingy to me either. Just FYI.

No worries though. I know they read me now.