It feels really strange to post about Interior Design things at a time like this. To say that things have been a little crazy in our country since the inauguration would be an understatement. "Terrifying" might be a better word. My heart is weeping for my Muslim, Black, Latino, and LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Posting about V-Ray feels really frivolous when there are real people's lives and civil rights on the line.
Yet here we are. I have gone back and forth about how I want to address these issues, and have new empathy for the bloggers I watched struggle through 2016. For a lot of lifestyle blogs that focus on beauty in life, it feels morally wrong to act like everything is perfect when it is clearly not for so many in our country. Some bloggers spoke out about it, and received a mixed bag of praise and abuse in the comment section. I respect them for that.
Yet I do not intend to do the same on this blog. Don't get me wrong, I have opinions. Oh I have opinions. But somehow it doesn't feel right for this space. For a couple of different reasons.
1) The mission statement of this blog is clear and narrow. Finding Design Blog covers Interior Design Software, Design School, and Young Professional's interests. I have never really veered from that and I don't intend to now. Some blogs dabble into a wide variety of topics, but that just isn't, and has never been, what this blog is about
2) After working to build a brand identity, I think it's important to deliver on those promises and stay consistent. Just as you would never go to McDonald's for a salad, no one is coming to an interior design blog to read about politics. To be honest, I find it a little disappointing when I go to a food blog and find a post about a completely unrelated and polarizing issue. I just think "UGH that's not why I came here. If I wanted to read about this topic I would have gone to the Washington Post."
3) Frankly, there are better places to read about these hard topics and more qualified people to learn from. I'm a designer, not a journalist or political analyst. If you actually want to learn about these issues, you would be much better off subscribing to the New York Times, following podcasts, or listening on NPR.
4) I believe in safe spaces on the internet. The news is all around us: on Facebook, on TV at Starbucks, on the radio when you get into your car. It's inescapable. It does no good to go through life with the weight of the world on your shoulders all the time. You have to take breaks from it, and knowing where the safe places on the internet are to unplug and read about something other than the news is important.
Now don't get me wrong, I have strong political opinions and will gladly discuss them with you, but I also believe that there is a time and place for those discussions, and this blog is simply not it. This post is my way of addressing the elephant in the room and giving you, my readers, an idea of what to expect from my moving forward.
That being said, if you are interested in my perspective, hit me up on Twitter at @ce_shoemaker although you certainly don't have to. If you are interested in an uncomfortable mix of politics, pop culture, design, and useless ideas then by all means, go for it:
Hope you have an amazing week!