we bloggers are a funny group- willing to broadcast bits and pieces of our lives anonymously over the internets for any and all to see, but we can be sometimes surprisingly shy in person, even reticent to publicize ourselves. funny that, when you consider that's basically what we do every time we hit the publish button.
such was the case today, when at noon, m21 saw the following message on his facebook page, posted by fellow blogger, megan of beach bungalow 8:
"going to the PDC to speak on blogging and design......"
um, excuse me? and why was this not publicized on your blog?
m21 lives 5 minutes from the pacific design center, so he was on their website in a flash to find out when and where this secret blog lecture was taking place! he was already pissed at himself for missing stephen salny's lecture about his tremendous new book on michael taylor on wednseday, so he wasn't going to miss meeting megan in person on thursday! (we've never met face to face, but we've emailed a bunch & we crack each other up on the FB).
turns out this mystery event was a blog panel co-hosted by schumacher and decorati, presented as part of west week and titled "the influence of the design blogger" (we did not know we had influence but we like it. makes m21 feel important- "we have influence and we're gonna use it!" yeah, right...). the panel featured andrew puschel from schumacher, timothy corrigan, AD100 designer and decorati guest blogger (who knew that a designer of his stature had time to blog, right?), mark cutler of mark cutler design, shane reilly of decorati access blog & shane’s studio, and finally our own shy little megan arquette of beach bungalow 8- who didn't publicize her appearance for fear she "might say something embarrassing" (she didn't- she was funny and articulate, and as beautiful in person, as in her photos).
even without megan's publicizing the event, the lecture was was packed- standing room only (bonus of the event, standing next to m21 was coleen of coleen & company, another email only friend- until today, of course! fun!). they even had to cut the question and answer portion off at the end because of too much interest.
the discussion was lively, and full of interesting stuff- everything from the trivial (megan does not want el pollo loco ads on her blog) to pretty significant stuff- if a designer of timothy corrigan's status says every designer should be online and blogging to "build their brand", well, then maison21 is verrrrry glad he started awhile back...
megan also believes that we should be using facebook, myspace and twitter for promotion (really, do i hafta tweet?), and mark cutler spoke of how he has met overseas clients he otherwise might not have, solely because of his blog (note: maison21 will accept commissions in any world class city, preferably london or paris- 'cuz, you know- there is a such a lack of design talent in those spots, and all).
the panel was split on publicist's soliciting press for their clients- shane from decorati was all for it, and megan, while she didn't mind receiving press releases from publicists, preferred a more personal approach, with emails directly from the artist or designer as much more likely be noticed. maison21 couldn't agree more on that one- if you can't at least bother to address your email with maison21's name, then it's nothing more than spam ("m21" will do, if you are too lazy to do a little research to find out my christian name). m21 also thinks it's a good idea to know the blog you are soliciting to see if your product is a good fit- a hip local dress designer might not be a good fit here at maison21, but would totally work at megan's, and if you are an up and coming los angeles interior designer, you would be TOTALLY barking up the wrong tree to solicit m21 for press (there was lots of discussion about that too- how we designers are competitors, but for the first time via the blogs, have a friendly forum in which to exchange ideas and resources, and so true that- the best part of this whole blogging deal is being a part of our community. i love you guys). ;-)
there were also lots of "how do i start a blog" and "how do you think of stuff to blog about?" questions too- if that room was any indication, you'll be seeing lots and lots more design blogs in your future- not a bad thing, in m21's humble opinion- after all, isn't decorating everyone's favorite subject to talk about?
thanks megan, for your great work today! (read megan's own recap here). m21 had a blast, and is thrilled to have finally met you (and coleen) in person. we look forward to seeing both of you again this saturday! oops- did we just say that? watch this space for the announcement of a *very* special weekend event...