Friends, Countrymen…Fashionistas…lend me your ears…
What? Too much?
Shakespearian delusions of grandeur aside, the Great CHS Intern search has finally come to an end. I was deeply touched by the outpouring of support for this project both during the application phase and then, in the comments during intern week. It was great to see everyone turn out to help select the new contributor because while you’re stuck with me, I wanted you to have at least some say in who I bring into the fold.
I enjoyed the different ideas and perspectives that each candidate brought to the table. I made my final decision based on three factors. Age: I wanted someone old enough to attend events, and with a more developed sense of style. The post: I wanted to see a good writing voice and a strong perspective. Fit: Did the Candidate fit the CHS brand?
CJ’s post was probably the most similar to the content that you already see on CHS, and the commenters loved her, so I decided that she would be a good fit. Alison had a slightly trendier perspective than I do, but an enjoyable writing style that complimented the tone of the blog. I really look forward to reading their posts in the weeks to come, and I hope you do as well.
Lastly, you should know that the most difficult decision made during this process was whether to include Jamie. Blending in a perspective on men’s fashion is something that I’ve tried in the past with mixed results. But given that my last polling numbers suggested that the blog was more than 95-percent female, I’m not sure that a male voice would be a valuable addition. Also, I’ve always considered the men’s style blog District Cut to be like CHS’s slightly more fashionable brother, and I didn’t want to create competing content.
To all those who entered the Great CHS Intern Search and to everyone who commented, thank you. It was really great to hear everyone’s perspective and I can’t wait to get some fresh (non-Belle) written content.