This article came to my attention tonight on Twitter.
It seems to be written by a professional Nail Technician with a serious disregard for us 'short rounded' nail bloggers. It seems to be saying we're ruining her noble and thankless industry by deflecting attention away from acrylics and the geniuses that apply them. It seems to be a poorly written rush job, purely posted to incite extreme comments and draw traffic.
Much has been said about bloggers versus professionals, be it food, fashion, finance,beauty, nails, rainbow cakes. Basically it seems some professionals have a huge chip on their shoulder at anyone who appears to be as good or better at their own game, without all the hours spent chained to health and safety lectures and the tedious IT lessons.
"I feel like the real industry is getting
overshadowed and everyone’s telling me that
no one does acrylic anymore, while I spend
every day covered in acrylic dust"
So the author is still getting the work then? Enough to keep her covered in dust?
What exactly is the problem? No I mean really, what is she saying?
Maybe she had a deadline and nothing backed up.
I can see no other reason for her 'hatin' on a bunch of people who may or may not be professionals, and as far as I can see have done nothing but breathe life into an industry that was becoming a cliche?
We (nail bloggers) are not killing the profession any more than a food blogger is killing the food industry.
It is only in the comments section that the author clarifies her intention in response to some very angry feedback
My point-- and it is made in the post*-- is that natural nails and polish/art have not, as yet, dominated to the extent of representing the entirety of professional nail services being done in salons. And I'm a little irritated (but not exactly hateful) that my own industry resources have been so quick to forget that many of us are still doing "fake nails" on a regular basis... making a living doing them, in fact.
*no it isn't
So what she's really saying is her own industry's publications are selling its members down the river by favouring the decorated, natural nails rather than show artificial nails?
Is that what she's saying?
Because I don't see L'Oreal and Chanel calling up nail bloggers consistently to do manicures for their collections. If anything, the industry is as nepotistic and elitist as it ever was.
What we do, and I speak for all bloggers whatever the field of interest, pro or noob, is employ ourselves as curators or counsellors of passion.
We might break things down so readers and fellow enthusiasts can try something they never thought they could do.
We might tell you the truth about something that has a misleading but unstoppable marketing campaign behind it.
We might be up all night editing photos and text and re-doing things until they're reader worthy.
We might do it for an audience of 5 or 5 million.
We are here to stay, and if forward projections are to be believed, the majority of the human race will have a blog one day. I see value and importance in everyone's private lives and thoughts, not just professionals who already reap the rewards of their craft daily.
We're also pretty good at forming a sentence or two, something the author might want to look into. You know, when she's bored with annoying a sizable and vocal section of the internet.