Saturday, February 9, 2013

Nail Techs vs. Bloggers - The On-going War

So... *cringe*  here we go... A Nail Tech, one I avidly follow, made a blog post yesterday that got skewed and opened up a can of worms.  And this has definitely happened before (not with her, but with another nail tech).  It's been super interesting following all the comments - the good, the bad, the ugly.  But I'm not really sure why there's such animosity between the two groups "Professional Nail Techs" and "Bloggers".    Especially because here I sit in the middle - both a blogger, a licensed nail tech, and also a nail tech who no longer works in a salon but has done so before for several years.  I recognize that I'm definitely in a separate group, but I still dont see any harm in ANY of the groups.  Just don't steal each others pictures and claim them as your own - right?  *shrugs* that's what I thought at least.  But this comment thread... wow.  I really don't have any words for it.  I guess I just wanted to share this with everyone so that you can all form your own opinions.

So here it is: Maggie Rant's and Rave's - Blurring the Smile Lines

Go on - take a looksie, read the comment thread and then form your own opinion and then you can come back here and read mine! :)

Here's my opinion on it:   Do I think the tech wasn't exactly articulate in the original post?  Yeah, I'd say so - but her blog is generally fun and flippant so I never really thought anything of it until the comments started rolling.  Do I think it should have been taken as badly as I was - no, not really.   In all honesty I just thought she was talking about the fact that it "seems" that acrylics are disappearing from the "nail world" (blogs/salons/magazines - everything!).  I really didn't see it as an attack on bloggers... and no offense to any bloggers, but I don't really want to see acrylics by untrained people - i just worry too much about infection - but I bet a ton of nailpolish bloggers would be great at it after some classes!  I don't know.  I just wish we could all get along and play nice.  I <3 Bloggers and I <3 Nail Techs!  I think nail bloggers/polish swatchers/nail art bloggers are very talented and good at what they do.  And their blogs are usually very specific.  Like I said - I don't see bloggers that are non-professionals doing sets of gels or acrylics and posting them.  They do awesome nail art!  And that's great!   I don't know - I've grown up in a nail world where techs are more than happy to share their info, secrets, tips with each other freely.  No hording and worrying about people "stealing" their technique.  I've even answered acrylic questions for non-professionals because I don't want them to mess up their nails!  I'd rather tell them what not to do than to say "you're not trained, I'm sorry I can't help you"  That just seems like a horrible thing to do.  There was another post about techs starting to charge other nail techs for getting their nails done without disclosing that they are indeed also a nail tech - especially if the appointment is meant as a learning tool.  I dont know about you, but sometimes I just dont feel like doing my own nails.  Thats the extent of the thought process.  Anyway, im off topic, ugh!  And I know this rant has turned a bit off topic from the original post too.  I just hope the bloggers and the professionals learn to get along.  I love you all!

Oh and since I'm not really particularly articulate - check out Carla Colliers' response in the comments thread - its a big one and I think very nicely put.  (kinda near the bottom if you're having problems finding it)

So... What do you think? *cringe*  Try to play nice though, i really don't want a comment thread like the one that sparked me to write this!

3 comments:

  1. I think people are SOOO dramatic! she was just making a rant its not a big deal. I totally understand where she was going as acrylics are being push to the side but I loooveee natural nail polish bloggers as well. Its all talent and its all nail art. To me it doesnt matter if its on acrylics, gels, natural nails, toes, tips, sculpted, duck feet... ECT its all art and I love it all. The nasty comments were so unnecessary but some people never grow up! I just think There is no need to be nasty to get your point across :)
    Great post BTW :)

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  2. Sadly, I think no matter how she approached this topic it was bound to cause a commotion. I see her side completely BUT.. Sarah is right. Nail art is nail art. I don't necessarily think acrylics are being pushed to the side as Maggie mentioned in her post. I do agree that nail art is being expressed through many different venues now and we need to embrace it. There has been a time or two there I've gotten inspiration from a "natural nail artist's" work, and I wouldn't doubt it if they've gotten some inspiration from some of ours.. I enjoy reading Maggie's posts but I agree with you Megan, she didn't articulate herself all that well and came across quite brash. infact, I found it quite rude.

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  3. Sadly, I think no matter how she approached this topic it was bound to cause a commotion. I see her side completely BUT.. Sarah is right. Nail art is nail art. I don't necessarily think acrylics are being pushed to the side as Maggie mentioned in her post. I do agree that nail art is being expressed through many different venues now and we need to embrace it. There has been a time or two there I've gotten inspiration from a "natural nail artist's" work, and I wouldn't doubt it if they've gotten some inspiration from some of ours.. I enjoy reading Maggie's posts but I agree with you Megan, she didn't articulate herself all that well and came across quite brash. infact, I found it quite rude.

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