Anyways, back to more nail related business. You may or may not be aware that last weekend I started a new Instagram (@nail_blog_love) and linked twitter account (@nailbloglove) aimed at bringing people in the nail blogging community closer together.
Having been a nail blogger (albeit a sporadic one) for the last 2 years, I've noticed that nail bloggers in particular are constantly shoehorned into the beauty category. While I don't mind this, we all know our passion is a lot more specific. Beauty blogger twitter chats never focus on nails, we have no hashtag and there is no account that champions the humble nail blogger. Even beauty bloggers themselves don't really show much of an interest in our niche.
If this wasn't enough to bother me, it appeared (to me at least) that us amazingly talented women in the nail blogging community seemed to be ignoring each others blogs. During one week there were no less than 3 posts from accounts on IG, pouring out their hearts, all with the same message. They were so disheartened by putting in hours of work and throwing tons of passion and energy into their blogs and getting nothing in return. Some had even decided they would end their blog because of this and move on. Why was this happening?
Now we all know that nothing comes easily, some spend years and years building up a following for their blogs. However I got thinking, surely those who blog about nails, also love nail blogs? If I were to classify who my nail blog would appeal to, I would say 'other nail bloggers'. Why then were we not properly supporting each other? What was missing from the nail blogging community and what could prevent anyone else feeling so low in the future?
As is typical of me, I kept thinking that someone somewhere would start something to fix this. Surely another of my fellow nail bloggers has noticed the same things I have? Surely another nail passionate individual would get fed up of being sidelined into the 'beauty' category and start their own twitter chat or hashtag? Surely a lonely nail blogger out there would light a spark within the nail blogging community and set things in motion to bring us together? I kept waiting and nothing happened and everything carried on in the same way. I noticed more lose their passion for their blog. I noticed that blogs went unloved and posts unread. I noticed that we still didn't have our place on the internet to come together.
In the end I came across this quote on someone's IG and it all just clicked in my heard.
|Image Credit: Mia Charro, buy it here|
So here we are. I quickly set up an IG and Twitter account, decided on a hashtag and set up a date for a twitter chat (today, Thursday 5th May at 8pm, use hashtag #nailbloglove - Topic Why Nails?). Yes it's scary and yes I have no real clue what I'm doing. The graphics are crap, I'm all over the place with the reposts and the account names are not in-sync, but at the minute it's more about getting nail bloggers to support nail bloggers than it is anything else.
So what can you do:
It's time to start spreading the love. If we all read a few more posts and commented a tad more, it would make a massive difference. After all, we release content and would hope for the same in return.
At the minute it's a small community of 20 but already it's bought some nail bloggers together, I myself have been introduced to 5 new and amazing nail blogs and I have noticed a massive increase in the interaction levels on my blog. Yes I have also commented on every blog post I've seen pop up on my bloglovin feed. I've also liked and saved those posts for future reading and finally I've been more active on IG and twitter. All this takes time, but not as much time as I've spent feeling dejected and alone in my blogging journey.
So lets spread more #nailbloglove, lets be proud and supportive of others in our community. Lets boost moral and show appreciation for the content put out daily by nail bloggers.
Right, we'll I've chewed your ear off long enough so I thank you for listening. Please remember to join me at 8pm over on Twitter (@nailbloglove) for the first in what I hope will be a long running series of twitter chats, aimed specifically at nail bloggers. I am very excited.
What are your thoughts? I would love to hear if you also have any amazing ideas on how we could move forward and bring people in the nail blogging community together. I can't do this alone.