We must interrupt the regularly scheduled broadcast to bring you breaking news and, of course, my obligatory comment.
I’m a little behind on my blog reading *coughkindlecough* so this isn’t exactly hot off the press fresh. But today I learned that one of my all time favorite bloggers is calling it quits. Decorno is one of the very few honest decorating blogs among the thousands. The writer can illicit hundreds of comments with a title-less single photo. She (I don’t even know her name) is snarky and crass, and intelligent and insightful. And as inspiring as the posts are the comments.
I’m going to call this straight. The decorating blogsphere is dominated by fragile egos. Go out there, and try commenting honestly. Tell the blogger you are a little tired of their increasingly dishonest product endorsements, or tell them what they are currently swooning over is f-ing ugly. Or that perhaps the paint color they chose should be a tad warmer. They FREAK. I have seen bloggers cry over the tiniest hint of disagreement, only to have loyal sycophants jump all over the commenter for making their idol upset. “Oh, people are so MEAN! My delicate composition cannot handle this! Why is the world so rude?” Just recently, three bloggers did a podcast on “dealing with negativity”. Because you know, anyone who doesn’t agree with you is simply using negativity to get attention …
Not at Decorno. Oh no. Vulgarity and disagreement abound. The discussion is (was) honest. Decorno “got” that decorating is the most subjective discipline in the world. Decorno loved to call out stupid. Decorno wasn’t about ego. Decorno is going to be horribly missed.
Since most of you, my readers, know me personally, you won’t be surprised to hear that I received a valentine on Sunday that praised me for being blatantly honest. Integrity is my most valued character trait, and individuals with true integrity can state their opinion, and Receive Others’ Opinions without collapsing into a heap of thin skin. I find this to be a character trait that many decorator/writers lack.