*photo from an awesome new-to-me blog, Paige Arminta
For almost five years now, Design Darling has been my digital happy place — a reason to share my favorite people, places, and things with a community of (mostly) women who have similar interests and taste. This little sliver of the internet has grown up with me: I’ve shared everything from my study abroad semester at 20 and moving to San Francisco at 21 to launching my online store at 22, weathering a tough break-up at 23, and sharing my first New York apartment at 24.
Along the way I’ve gotten more comfortable sharing glimpses of my personal style, professional milestones, and goals I’ve tackled as part of my 101 in 1001 list. I’ve also struggled with where to draw the line on sharing pieces of my personal life… Travel pictures, yes; dating advice, no. I’ve consistently tried to make this blog a home for the kind of content I want to read, particularly with the recent additions of career spotlights on some of my favorite women in business and shopping finds under $100.
In my continual quest for self-improvement, I’d love to hear your feedback on what you like, what you want more of, and what you could do without. This blog would be nothing without the awesome people who read it and I want to make Design Darling better for all of you. (Especially as I get ready to launch my site redesign — more on that soon!) I’m often surprised by which posts perform best (in terms of comments, social engagement, traffic from Pinterest, etc.) and I’d be lying if I said I don’t get discouraged when a career spotlight, DIY project, or more personal post don’t seem to resonate the way I thought they would.
So please don’t be afraid to speak up and let me know: what’s your favorite feature? anything from the past you wish I’d bring back? any features you skip over? something you’ve seen elsewhere that you’d like to see a Design Darling spin on? what makes you come to this blog day in and day out? what would make you check in more often? what do you wish I’d do differently? Please keep it constructive but don’t be afraid to be honest with me. I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say!