When I first started blogging in 2002, way back when unloading all of your teenage angst onto LiveJournal was all the rage, I don’t think I, let alone anybody, could have predicted the way that this medium would transform. Even as I went through high school, uploading photographs, videos, artwork, and musings to my TypePad site, I saw it more as a hobby — something that could be used as a creative outlet and a way to connect with people around the world — but never as an actual career or way of living. Flash forward over 10 years, and I find myself in the bizarre and brilliantly wonderful position of being able to put all of the random skills I had accumulated throughout my awkward teen years to use (who knew that futzing around with Blogger templates could have been so useful?), and in a way that lets me engage with some of the things I love most — art, food, design, and decor.
When I first started at Design*Sponge as an intern, I was thrilled to just be able to meet and talk to people who shared this strange conglomeration of nerdy interests, people who saw the internet and that oh so divisive vocation — Blogging — as something wonderful; a way to share personal opinions, beautiful findings, and creative projects. Throughout my time as an editor at this fabulous corner of the web, I have grown more than I ever thought possible, met some of the most awe-inspiringly talented people I could ever hope to meet, and had the opportunity to do something that is a rarity in this world: to do what I absolutely love and support myself doing it.
There is a moment in every situation, however, when it is time to move on. It is with a deep sadness, but a hopeful optimism that I let you all know that, for me, that time is today. Next week, I will be starting at a new job, as Creative Director at an interior design startup called Décor Aid. While I am so excited for what the future holds, there are no words to express how I am feeling right now; how grateful I am for all of the kindness, generosity, and support that I have received not just from my wonderful coworkers at Design*Sponge, but the entire Design*Sponge reader community as a whole. All I can say is that I see amazing, bright things on the horizon and have all the best thoughts for the future.
To Grace, our extraordinary, visionary Editor-In-Chief; to Caitlin, our tireless, passionate Brand Director; to Kelli, our wonderful Team Manager; to Kristina, Shannon, Sabrina, Garrett, Lauren, Francesca, Stephanie, Amy, Silka, Kate, and any of the other incredible individuals I have had the honor and pleasure of working with during my time here — thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You are all ROCK STARS and I am so happy to have met you.
This is, I hope, not the end of my relationship with Design*Sponge and its readers, but the start of something new. This will be my last post as a full-time member of the D*S team, but I have plans to pop-in to say hi and contribute on a freelance basis whenever possible. I would like to end my time here the way that I started: on a high note. I’ve put together a slideshow of some of my favorite projects that I have worked on while at Design*Sponge, from entertaining stories to home tours. Enjoy! xoxoxoxo —Max
[Editor’s Note: I’ve had the honor of working alongside over 40 writers during the past 10 years of running Design*Sponge. Each and every one of them has been a joy to work with and while we are all so sad to say goodbye to Max, we are so proud of him and wish him the best of luck at his new job. He is a bright and talented writer, designer and photographer and I can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings. xo, grace]