Exactly one year ago,I stumbled across my very first nail blog.Oddly enough,it was Polish Addict's not-so favourable review of my all-time favourite polish,OPI La Boheme. To be fair, the author made her preference for cremes very clear, but I was still astounded for two reasons; One-because I had never met anyone who didn't like shimmery nail polish, and Two-because I had never met anyone who was into nail polish.Period.
I thought I was the only one who couldn't wait for the seasons to change-just to see all the new nail polish colours. The nail tech at the salon I used to frequent not only knew me by name,but picked out the colours she thought I would like and set them aside for me! All the stylists knew me as "that chick with the long nails who always buys OPI."
I didn't think anyone else had an unnatural affection for nail polish. I remember googling 'nail blogs' and being shocked by how many there actually were. The first one I chose to follow was Polish Mayhem,mostly because of the Fight Club connection. Others soon followed; Body and Soul, Magic Maid,Getcha Nails Did,The Hungry Asian,Scrangie,and Bring On the Bling were the only blogs I was following back then.That list is a lot longer now.
I was so happy to find women who loved nail polish as much as I did that I didn't even think of gaining a following on my own blog.I started with just 3 followers.Then 5. Once I was featured on Brooke's blog it was 8. The mere thought of having 100 followers was unfathomable to me.Still,I was just happy to blog no matter how small the audience was.
Before I discovered the nail blog, I was an OPI-only polish snob. (I know,I know,don't judge me) Blogging has introduced me to many new and exciting brands;China Glaze,BB Couture,Illamasqua,Nubar, to name but a few. I've also added some new terms to my vocabulary; tip-wear,visible nail line,opacity etc... Whenever I talk nails to non-addicts,I sound like a pro.It's kind of awesome.
I don't consider myself a full-on beauty blogger because I don't technically do reviews. I prefer to think of my posts as "colour commentary" (hehehe!) No brands are beating down my door to send me stuff...yet!, and I'm too much of a chicken to approach them. I like the freedom of being a hobby blogger because I can choose to talk about whatever I want. Like vampires :P
I was surprised and humbled by the amount of support I received from other bloggers and I was always honoured when another blogger chose to follow me.(Actually, I still am!) I work in a female-centric workplace, so I know first-hand how quickly women can go from your best friend to your arch-nemesis. I have yet to experience that here.
The most valuable thing I've gained since I began this journey are the friendships I've made.Whenever I'm referring to my fellow bloggers in real life conversation it's always, "My friend Niki",or "My friend Andrea",or "My friend Heather",etc... I count all of you as friends and enablers. You have been there through the good times and the bad,offering words of encouragement,wisdom, and hilarity. I wouldn't be here without you :)
Thank you all for being so amazing!
And for your viewing pleasure,my very first swatch! Stop laughing.
Ginger-who would love to send a C+D letter to a certain company for ruining a perfectly decent name. *ahem*