The Girl Who Cried Blog

Blog Quote Bubbles

Life Happens

Let’s face it, putting into practice things that you know that you should do, need to do, or even want to do as a working professional or entrepreneur is a lot easier said than done. Having said that, I have experienced all too well what many of my clients regularly face as small business owners—knowing how to do something and why you should is often times light-years apart from actually doing it!

In medias res (in the middle of things) is where I find myself. Several months ago I decided to start a blog and here we are in April of 2009 and still nary a post in sight.

For those of you who have been “standing by”, I appreciate your patience and hope that the success of this blog does not become an innocent by-stander as a result of my silence. For those that are new or who have decided to give me another chance to win your favor, I have decided to employ the ever faithful KISS method (Keep It Simple Silly) to get the ball rolling and get posting.

Basic Journalism 101

I will begin with the fundamentals of journalism: the 5 Ws and the H. (That’s right...kickin’ it old school).

 Principles of Journalism: 5 Ws and an HPrinciples of Journalism: 5 Ws and an H

What the Dezign Maven Blog Is

I will begin with the What, since my readership deservers to know:

“What’s in it for me?”

This blog is designed to be a unique blend of real-world experience, information, and analytical research synthesized from different disciplines and distilled down into practical, proven, and task-based knowledge.

This blog offers the unique perspective of a bi-hemispheric (right-and-left brained) creative professional and represents my very own digital mash-up…bag of tricks…knowledge-base [enter your term of choice here].

As an advocate for change, I hope that my passions and observations will assist others in their efforts to devise innovative solutions. My target audience is made of individuals like me…the people who love to learn, tinker, and pass on what they have learned just because…because the idea, tip, trick, fact is so cool that everyone should want to know about it. Isn’t this at the core of social media? Sharing is caring.

In the age of Google, it is a little arrogant to think that a novice blogger can be this yet discovered fountain of knowledge. While there are “no new ideas” there are different ways of presenting, combining, juxtaposing, contradicting, and validating these same ideas. Perhaps my particular position is the perfect vantage point from which to view a concept and gain new insight?


What the DeZign Maven Blog is Not

  • A pulpit for political opinion
  • A tool to obtain status or celebrity (followers/hits/ranking/subscribers)
  • A money-making thing (buy my stuff, give me business)


Who is DeZign Maven

C’est Moi...Xanthé Horste. If you want to peer behind the curtain...

pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

jump over to About Me.


I will post as often as I can.



The Dezign Maven Blog, of course!

 The Dezign Maven Blog


Very good question, my dear friend. The decision to blog was not made quickly or without a great deal of thought (some might argue too much thought and not enough action).

The one thing that my research into the art of blogging has shown is that it is important to have an opinion…which is a bit challenging. Any one that knows me can tell you, I certainly have my opinions and express them regularly. But…and it is a big but, when it comes to creating one’s digital persona (which is one of my motivations for this blog) I think it is important to consider how you present yourself, and perhaps more importantly, why anyone else should care what you have to say.

With the desire to be an advocate of change in the creative work-place, I started this blog for it to serve as what Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, refers to as a “connector.”

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference


Gladwell suggests that

“mavens may act most effectively when in collaboration with connectors—those people who have wide network of casual acquaintances by whom they are trusted, often a network that crosses many social boundaries and groups.” 1

In this case, the Dezign Maven Blog is the core of my network.

In The Tipping Point 2, Gladwell describes mavens as

"information specialists", or "people we rely upon to connect us with new information" (Gladwell, p. 19).

As Gladwell states,

"Mavens are really information brokers, sharing and trading what they know” (Gladwell, p. 69).

What makes me a “maven” you ask? I am a creative professional with over 11 years of hands-on experience, a thirst for technical knowledge, and a passion for process engineering. I am thrilled to share things I have learned with others who are interested.



Guiding Principals for The DeZign Maven Blog

  • Post with purpose
  • Create task-based and relevant posts as often as possible
  • Offer practical, easy to implement solutions
  • Listen to what others have to say or think about the topic
  • Be an advocate for change

So how am I going to deliver what I promise? Through learning from the success of others and sharing my experience as an example to others. This is my opportunity to “walk-the walk” and do what I encourage my clients to do…engage with your audience.

My inspiration to blog comes from sites like The Rapid eLearning Blog, Coppyblogger, Marketing 2.0, BNet, SitePoint, and the Bacon Today Blog (props for sticking to a theme…all things bacon…how can you not love it?).  

And Now?

Tell me what you think. Feedback is welcomed and encouraged. I can’t promise to love or agree with everything everyone has to say, but welcome individuals committed to fostering creativity and innovation. What you give you get people…remember that. 

Until next time.

 Xanthé Horste (DeZignMaven)

~ Xanthé Horste (DeZign Maven)