Comments on: Martha Stewart Likes Bloggers. I Have Proof. http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:35:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Well, Martha, Most Bloggers Really ARE Experts | My Blog http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-776779 Well, Martha, Most Bloggers Really ARE Experts | My Blog Sun, 10 Nov 2013 08:39:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-776779 [...] “Martha Stewart Likes Bloggers. I Have Proof.” by Gabrielle Blair, DesignMom.com [...]

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By: Mobile Technology News, November 10, 2013 | DigitalWorkshed http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-776775 Mobile Technology News, November 10, 2013 | DigitalWorkshed Sun, 10 Nov 2013 07:38:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-776775 [...] “Martha Stewart Likes Bloggers. I Have Proof.” by Gabrielle Blair, DesignMom.com [...]

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By: Today in Technology November 9, 2013 | Tech Fann.com http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-776544 Today in Technology November 9, 2013 | Tech Fann.com Sat, 09 Nov 2013 20:14:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-776544 [...] “Martha Stewart Likes Bloggers. I Have Proof.” by Gabrielle Blair, DesignMom.com [...]

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By: Well, Martha, Most Bloggers Really ARE Experts | InfoCnxn.com http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-776390 Well, Martha, Most Bloggers Really ARE Experts | InfoCnxn.com Sat, 09 Nov 2013 12:47:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-776390 [...] “Martha Stewart Likes Bloggers. I Have Proof.” by Gabrielle Blair, DesignMom.com [...]

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By: Pinterest drives way more traffic to Martha Stewart than Facebook | WhatsWeb http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-775932 Pinterest drives way more traffic to Martha Stewart than Facebook | WhatsWeb Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:58:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-775932 [...] Martha Stewart Likes Bloggers. I Have Proof. (designmom.com) [...]

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By: Real People Everywhere. But are they Experts? | The Midlife Second Wife ™ http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-766960 Real People Everywhere. But are they Experts? | The Midlife Second Wife ™ Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:13:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-766960 [...] “Martha Stewart Likes Bloggers. I Have Proof.” by Gabrielle Blair, DesignMom.com [...]

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By: Laura Gaskill http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-766643 Laura Gaskill Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:50:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-766643 Thanks for the perspective! I did watch the interview, and as a blogger, I was not offended by it. The fact is, it’s true that we bloggers, as a group, do not need any special qualifications or “expert” status to start our blogs and gain a following…nor do many of us claim to be experts, and I don’t think most blog readers follow their favorite blogs for “expert” advice! Isn’t that the whole appeal of blogging? That so many of us with so many diverse experiences can contribute to the wider conversation about the topics we are passionate about?

But the proof is in the pudding — there are bloggers out there creating amazing original content, developing delicious recipes, making art, and so on, and build careers from it because it’s GOOD. Sort of how Martha created her own career from scratch, in the pre-blogging days. And I think that, if pressed, Martha would probably agree that some bloggers certainly deserve accolades, magazine features, book deals, and all the rest, because they have worked really, really hard, and are very good at what they do.

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By: Things Worth Talking About - October 2013, Martha Stewart, Stitch FixSpoonful of Flavor http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-766384 Things Worth Talking About - October 2013, Martha Stewart, Stitch FixSpoonful of Flavor Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:03:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-766384 [...] image from here [...]

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By: Miggy http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765422 Miggy Tue, 22 Oct 2013 03:07:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765422 You make some good points–we have all said things in the moment we didn’t mean and I am grateful when other people don’t hold me to something terrible I said in a bad moment. In this case I guess it depends on which voice you choose to believe. Personally I don’t put it past Martha to do whatever is in her best interest financially–she’s a businesswoman. Shoot the woman went to jail for lying when it was in her best financial interest to do so.

Of course you could be right–she loves bloggers and has nothing but love and support for them. Or it could be more complicated–she knows the blogging community is pretty much the MSLO target audience and therefore knows it’s in her best interest to show support for them (especially the more professional and polished bloggers) but since the ever growing blogging community also cuts into her media market, she sorta hates that these ‘amateurs’ are taking over the internet. No one really knows…

My main point is that when I say something stupid in the moment that I don’t really mean, then I make sure that I’m the one to apologize and/or clarify what I said. If other people are doing it for me, it doesn’t seem sincere. Since you said she sent a follow up email the next day, perhaps that was her apology… but since it seems like people can’t really tell if it was an actual apology, it still seems a little fuzzy. Just my two cents…

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By: Dana @ House*Tweaking http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765340 Dana @ House*Tweaking Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:56:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765340 NPR actually just aired an interview with Brad Stone, the author of The Everything Store, and it discusses in detail the brains and workings behind the online powerhouse store. I found it very interesting. Up until hearing the interview, I hadn’t thought much about the employees behind the scenes at Amazon. Definitely worth the listen.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765243 Design Mom Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:37:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765243 So you’re sure her words on camera were genuine in this one instance, but all her previous words and actions were not genuine? Based on what?

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765241 Design Mom Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:36:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765241 I think your assessment is fair, Karen. I think Martha’s follow up email demonstrates she could have chosen other words. And I’m saddened to know people were hurt by her comments, but I hope they can toughen up (as you say) and move on.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765238 Design Mom Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:32:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765238 I’ve read your last paragraph 3 times. I really like it.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765235 Design Mom Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:30:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765235 Hi June. I like your take on this. I’m now thinking about the idea of a “preoccupation with expertise”. I’m not sure if I think of it as a “preoccupation with” or an “expectation of”. Still thinking…

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765230 Design Mom Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:27:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765230 I’m feeling some of that too. I tend to come to the defense of trail-blazing women.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765225 Design Mom Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:23:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765225 Hmmm. So which words should I believe? When she said she loves bloggers at Alt Summit in January? When she spoke negatively about bloggers in her interview? Or when she sent a follow up email the next day talking about how much she likes the blogging community?

I believe all of them. But since she has consistently shown and voiced support for blogging over many years, and has only this one negative interview, I believe she truly likes bloggers.

Goodness, when I lose my temper with my kids and let out some crazy threat (You’re grounded for life!), I absolutely mean it in the moment. And an hour later I’m back to liking the world again and I no longer mean it.

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By: Miggy http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765199 Miggy Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:52:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765199 Late to the comment party here…

I once remember hearing Maya Angelou say, “When people show you who they are, believe them.” Yes perhaps it was a bad day, etc… but I have to admit I’m curious why you’re not just defending something she said, but why you’re trying to actually prove that she didn’t mean what she said? My guess is that you feel there is a contradiction of her actions vs. her words…but like so many people have pointed out needing bloggers and utilizing them from a smart business standpoint is a lot different from liking/respecting bloggers and the work they do.

I haven’t listened to the interview but my sense is if she said it, believe her.

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By: Anita http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765170 Anita Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:02:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765170 Interesting controversy. I am not a blogger, but do hold a BS in Speech Communications and had to watch the video for myself.
Martha’s tone was candid about all the topics she discussed, and (as many of your readers pointed out) did genuinely ooze disgust and disrespect when the topic turned to “those bloggers”, most likely because she was already in the candid mood.

No one can disregard this woman’s talent, drive and dedication to her very successful work, but I can see why bloggers who work very hard at their own craft were offended.

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By: Cynthia http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765159 Cynthia Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:40:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765159 Thanks to Damask Love for introducing me to your blog reference of Martha Stewart and bloggers. Thank you, for a wonderfully written article providing a different perspective then I have seen thus far.

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By: Carla http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/martha-stewart-likes-bloggers-i-have-proof/comment-page-1/#comment-765143 Carla Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:13:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41972#comment-765143 Hmm, so many thoughts swirling in my head right now, the video clip has certainly stirred up some controversy. I have been a consumer of MS products for 25 years. I am not always a fan of her opinions and she does sometimes seem patronizing. However, I believe she has fought hard to create her empire at a time when women were not encouraged to be CEOs. I always wonder why people are so quick to criticize her and I always come back to the same thought – is it because she is a woman? Any woman today has benefited from the trails blazed by women like Martha Stewart, Hilary Clinton et al (whether they choose to acknowledge it or not). Regardless of what you might think of MS and her opinions, she has created an entire market segment. I am not a blogger. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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