12 January 2012

New Year's Blog-olutions

Normally I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but there have been some things I want to do with this blog that I haven’t gotten around to doing yet, so why not set some resolutions for myself as a blogger.

1.  Give open studio a face-lift.

This is something that doesn’t have to happen right away, but at some point between now and 2013 I would like to revamp the look of the blog.  I had a lot of fun putting the overall design together before launching open studio last March, and I would like to take some time to update the look of it all.  This will probably include a new header, a new sidebar, and a much-needed revision to the About section (you know, since we no longer live in St. Louis).

2.  Comment on other blogs.

Comments from One Pearl Button

I’m what the blogging community refers to as a Lurker.  I scan through all of the blogs in my Google Reader, never commenting on any of the posts.  One of the reasons I started open studio in the first place was out of frustration for the lack of transparency in design.  There is so much amazing architecture and design in the world, but it seems that only architects and designers are aware of it.  I wanted to create a blog that could appeal to more than just architects, while simultaneously exposing these non-architects to all types of design.  I wanted to create a place where readers could share their thoughts and observations on design and living.  The problem is that I, myself, am not contributing to the larger conversation.  What good is it that I talk about modern living and design in my own little corner of the internet without commenting on what other people are saying on their blogs?  I intend to change this attitude.  That is not to say that I will start commenting senselessly on every post I come across.  It is not in my nature to comment frequently, so I will gather up the courage to start with a simple comment on blog posts that I feel I can add to positively and respectfully.

3.  Add more DIY projects.

Images from Wit & Whistle, Wit & Whistle, and Daily Danny (respectively)

In architecture school, we spend so much time making things - models, installation pieces, furniture, etc. - that upon graduating, it’s a nice change of pace to not be building.  However, I have reached that point where I find myself longing to be making things again.  My Pinterest is filled with ideas, and now I must dedicate a portion of my time to actually making them.  This also includes sketching.  I miss sketching.  It’s time to create some Art.

What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions?


  1. You don't live in St Louis? Since when???

    1. Shocking, I know! When are you going to visit us?

  2. Saw JR last night here in Austin. Hope you are well! I have a blog too: katiesblogblob.blogspot.com.

    1. Thanks for sharing your blog, it's great! I love the photos of the girls :) Glad you got to see JR while he was in Austin. He comes up our way next week. Hope all is well!


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