What I'd like to really address is the immense outpouring of support of bloggers and nail addicts on this topic. I'm so glad so many people rose to the occasion, and took a stand against negativity in our nail polish community. If you've followed my blog for awhile you know that it has always been in my best interest to be supportive, empowering, and positive as a blogger and as a friend to my readers. I never want anyone to feel diminished, insecure, or inferior as a person based on what some peoples standards are. As a blogger myself I especially do not want any other bloggers, new bloggers, or potential bloggers to feel that way.
In effort to show that perfection is not mandatory in this blogger world I'm going to show you a mani swatch from one of my first blog posts, and a mani swatch from my most recent blog post.
The picture on the left was from a post on April 28th 2010 and on the post on the right was from this past Friday's post.
Honestly, it took me a heck of a lot of time in these past 2 years to get decent at painting my nails. I'd safely say it took me longer than the average person to start getting better at painting my nails.
You know what helped me improve?
I guarantee you, if I had stopped blogging in April of 2010, I'd still be painting my nails the same way I did back then. I'd say the same if I never blogged. It's through my blogging experience I've learned better painting techniques and better camera skills. I did not stop to learn how to do these things before I made a post. I did not let my lack of skills going into it discourage me from continuing to be a blogger. I learned along the way, and I thank you for sticking with me! Everyone starts somewhere. If you need any inspiration you can look back in my archive at my older posts and do the same of some of your favorite bloggers. You will see none of us were pros at polishing!
There are people who are going to prefer to see things a certain way. There are going to be people who are not going to hold back sharing their opinion on that. As someone who is sensitive myself, and who is sensitive to others feelings that bothers me. There are always more encouraging ways to do things, especially to bloggers who really put a lot of thought, heart, and dedication into our blogs. I'd prefer people be more kind and compassionate, but I can't change people.
What I can do is tell you that there are so many nail lovers and bloggers out there who do not think you need to be perfect polishers, with pristine photos, and 5 star blogs to be accepted and welcomed into the blogging community. Do not let naysayers stifle your joy and passion for nail polish and sharing your photos. I will always be a friend and supportive to all of you. I also promise always to stand up to what I believe is wrong.
Love to you all!