I feel like I blinked and this summer flew by before I even knew it. As spring came to a close we started on the very beginning of a new book project that happily consumed every hour of our summer (and not just mine, but Kelli’s and Sasha’s, too). As we flew from city to city meeting amazing women and talking to them about their careers, we found ourselves changing. And that change has inspired some big changes that are about to take place here at D*S, too. What I’ve learned from working on just two and a half months of our book project is that we have a lot more work to do here at D*S. We have to research harder, write with more purpose and passion, dig deeper into the community we love and celebrate here and step confidently toward our next track, which is all about creating an online community that reflects the full range of creative people we respect and admire.
Starting in September, we’re introducing new writers and new columns, and we’re coming back with a fresh look on the way we approach the idea of home and creativity. I want to know more about the people who create the things we love, what makes them tick, what makes their houses turn into homes — and I want to hear a wider range of people’s stories. I want to hear from people just starting out, people celebrating their 20th year of running their own business, and I want to hear from people who haven’t had the chance — or the platform — to share their stories yet.
Today Design*Sponge turns 11. It feels like a slightly uneventful birthday after making it a full decade last year, but something about being in the first year of a new decade feels 100% right. I feel like we’re just starting to understand and become clear about what our purpose is NOW. Not since the early years of writing here have I felt so focused and clear about what I want to achieve here. I understand what is missing from not only our site, but the community as a whole, and how we can work together here to solve that problem and better reflect the creative world we celebrate here every day. Working on our new book (which I could not be prouder of. I cannot wait to show you all what we’ve been working on) has completely changed the way I view this site and has given me the renewed passion, excitement, energy and purpose I needed to take Design*Sponge into our second decade.
Next week our team is taking a much needed week off to relax and prepare for the new posting we’ll be doing here, starting September 1st. But don’t worry — there will be EXCELLENT new content here all next week. And the best part — it’s all been written by YOU.
Starting next week I’m going to be posting our D*S Essay Contest Finalists. You’ll get to read incredible essays about HOME, written by members of our online community, and on Friday you’ll get to vote for your favorite. The winner will receive $500 and hopefully we’ll get to hear more from them (maybe here in post form, too!) online.
Whether you’re new to the site for the first time today or have been reading since the beginning, thank you for supporting Design*Sponge over the past 11 years. We cannot wait to get back to work and show you what we have in store. I have a feeling 2015 is going to be our best year yet. We’ll see you next week with our essay finalists and back here on Tuesday, September 1st for our first week of regular blogging! Until then, have a wonderful end of your summer! xo, grace and everyone at D*S!
*image above via My Little Day