My nails have always been a love 'em or hate 'em kind of thing. They are freaking short. Deal with it. Maybe I should explain why, not that I should have to (again).
I know this might be hard for the trolls but I have a life outside of the internet and blogging (shocker!) I play guitar and can't play with long nails. Well maybe I should just give up blogging as obviously the two can't co-exsist together. Or maybe short nails are the answer. In am petite in size even if I have long nails my fingers are so damn small that they wouldn't be classed as 'big'. So yeah this is a short nail blog. Just like Emma from Em's Little Corner.
I was really lucky recently to get featured on the Zoya Facebook page and I was so thrilled about it and then I got this comment “errgh, why do people who bite their nails take photos?”, um... hello? When does shorter nails automatically equate to biting them?
For me I blog because I love nail polish, my blog is a journal for me to keep track on my attempts of new nail art and combinations. It is a place to record when I do something new and to celebrate, but that doesn't mean I am not going to show you the bad as well. I want you to see me improve!
So why am I so upset? What happened?
I got a message from Emma to tell me I have been pinned numerous times on pinterest by a troll calling themselves "Nail Police". Lets ignore the obvious self entitled bullshit that is the name for moment and see what they pinned. (I guess you can say Emma and I were put into Nail Polish Jail for crimes of indecency in a public place). Unlike Emma who had the sense to screenshot the pins I didn't so I will show you Emma's nails instead which were also pinned.
The captions under my own nails were "repeat offender" and "ugly nails" there was also "awkward nail shape" and "why would someone with nails as awful as this want to share them and start a blog?"
Because I am not ashamed lets look at two of the images she/he/it pinned shall we? I've made the images extra large so you can see them in all their glory.
Yes the paint job I was doing when I started this blog was dire. I know that. Funnily enough in those two years I have improved a lot.
Let us take a look at two pictures that The Nail Police decided not to pin even though I am "a repeat offender":
It's almost like magic! Like in the two years since that first photo I may have improved!
I still have a long way to go, I still have to do a clean up and some of my nail art is still pretty basic or questionable.
After Emma let me know I commented on the pictures (I haven't used pinterest in over a year anyway I don't normally get the high blog traffic from it that other blogs claim- personally I think Instagram is a much better social media channel). I asked the Nail Police if they would like to offer me any constructive criticism and even said they are more than welcome to guest post on my blog with their own nails showing tips and tricks for the perfect manicure. As of yet I haven't been taken up on that offer. However The Nail Police did offer me some 'constructive' feedback, namely I should topcoat my matte polish and change my nail shape as I have "big fingers". Obviously they are an avid reader of my blog. Or maybe not...
Did you ever hear the expression don't judge a book by it's cover?
Again Emma's screenshots here show that The Nail Police was at least making an effort with a 'Good Nails' board which she started after being reported by many members of the nail polish community (thank you all by the way!!!. There were even some short nails featured on that board.
Now I love Emma to bits but I can't help but feel raging jealously as she got a pin on that ' good nails' board where I on the hand didn't get a single repin on there, even though I was undoutably the star of all Nail Police's other boards.
Joking aside it is a a bit of a token effort don't you think? If you are going to be an internet troll don't give up on your morals and beliefs so quickly. What if Hitler had done that?
After a few back and forth's I (like Emma) was blocked. I am not sure if they are still active, if it is feel free to send them a comment or report them.
I know I should grow thicker skin, this isn't the first time people have hated on my nails (and it won't be the last I am sure) but something about this particular troll really gets on my goat (can you see what I did there- *beams* that's right English Student right here). In real life I was bullied alot when I was growing up and I never had to the confidence to speak out. But just as the the internet it a big place where trolls can hide behind their computer monitors, the anonymity of the internet gives me the courage to speak out too against the bullies.
Last time I encounter nail polish bullying I did a pretty purple manicure to show my support.
I will be doing another manicure this time too, just for you Nail Police (as I know Emma is too!). Trust me it is a little bit more vulgar than hearts and glitter this time.
Readers, if you are concerned about my paint job feel free to un-follow me. To all of you followers that don't care thank you for your support, I am sorry you had to see me go into rant-mode.