ETA: This is not a farewell post - it's a thank you post and it's to YOU - so read on! LK
I was very excited to watch the first season of Project Runway, but honestly I didn't know one other person who watched it. I'd be all worked up over something that had happened on the show and I had no one to talk to. I checked the Bravo boards but I had to wade through 90 pages of "I hate Wendy." "Yeah me too." "Kara Saun Rocks." "I know." to find maybe 4 or 5 nuggets of wisdom. I visited other boards too, and they are ALL Great fun, but I just never felt like I knew those folks or that we were really having a conversation.
I LOVE to sew and I'm pretty much obsessed with design and fashion magazines and the entire design process. I teach sewing classes out of my home. This show was like a dream come true for me. Surely there were others out there who wanted to hold an intelligent discussion. But I never read any reviews about the show, I never heard it mentioned anywhere. I would ask my friends if they were watching it - and no one even heard of it. Then when it was nominated for an Emmy I was like, "See! I KNEW it! Project Runway is a great show. I'm not the only one who realizes this." I tried to express my glee to my dear husband, but he just didn't get it. He would encourage me to "Try out for the show. You could get on." Which was really sweet, but he still never actually watched the show with me. (Well, not until this season - he really enjoyed Santino's Timpressions...)
Well, I decided to start this blog in anticipation of Season Two. It was slow at first. I wanted to be the "clearinghouse" for Project Runway information. I would google the designer's names just hoping to come up with something. When the season began I had one or two readers (thanks Barb and Leopardrose) so I just had fun and posted what I felt. I wrote about my reactions to the episodes. I made up little games. I invented "Professor Gunn's Vocabulary Lesson" and the "Quote Quiz." I had lots of time to do this. I had about two comments on each post.
Then after a mention by Manolo the Shoeblogger and as the show gained in popularity I began to see more and more traffic. I began to get more and more comments. I didn't have to google anything anymore because YOU were sending me links to the articles, websites, and blogs. Eventually I saw myself become more reluctant to express my personal opinions and just offered a forum for you to express yours. I reasoned that if I was going to ask a designer a question or request an interview, I had better not be criticizing his or her work on my blog. I no longer had to write up a recap - I just linked to everyone else's. I listened to your suggestions and offered live-posting. I also eventually decided to try to remain spoiler-free and to only present the show and the designers in a positive light. Any articles critical of the show or or a particular designer or anything that doesn't make our readers feel happy about Project Runway is almost never included. I'm here to promote the show, not drag it down. Thanks for understanding.
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