So a few days ago I promoted Martha Stewart products because, well let’s be honest…I love them. Martha Stewart is a name I learned at a young age, introduced to me by my momma (a national fabric designer) who was inspired not only by Martha’s creativity, but by her entrepreneurship and drive. She always encouraged me that like Martha, I could be anything I wanted to be. I could be a strong woman, build a business, creative a brand and have a voice.
I’ve followed Martha’s empire, subscribed to each of her magazines, visited her offices & show. I have been inspired. I’ve purchased her crafts, promoted her supplies and forever been an advocate, knowing that if I worked hard enough I too could create something of myself.
Yet Martha’s ‘voice,’ as of late, has been nothing but disappointing and honestly, really hurtful. As many know, Queen Martha came out with this video a few days ago:
Whoa! I’ve taken a few days to collect my thoughts, but I wanted to comment on a few of Martha’s beefs with bloggers.
Now Martha, we (the bloggers) may not be editors of Vogue Magazine, but I can tell you that everything that is me goes into my blog: my time, my creativity, my style and my editorials. While my blog may not have perfect recipes, flawless photos or artificially constructed photo-shoots, everything you see is original, creative and to be honest, something I am quite proud of. I started blogging three years ago and have since built a loyal and supportive following. I have made some of the world’s best friends and have been inspired in ways I could have never imagined.
I have begun building my brand just like you did years ago, steps at a time, learning as I go and growing steadily. In the meantime, I have given myself the greatest of gifts…I have let my voice be heard. I share what I’ve always known I’ve had, my ability to create, my unique eye for design and my strong voice that deserves to be heard.
While I am sorry you are upset by the blogging community, I can promise you we are not going anywhere. We are a creative group of women whose ideas are valid, inspirational and cannot be contained within your empire – and maybe that’s what scares you.
So thank you Martha for your years of inspiration, but I think we can take it from here.