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Monday, August 22, 2011

Julep Charlotte Revisited

So late last week, I happened to "like" Julep's Facebook page and discovered that they had linked my recent review post of their products.  At first, I thought it was so cool.  Then... I realized that almost all of the comments were blasting me.  :( They thought my application was sloppy, my pictures were bad, and generally, my post was crap.

My immediate reaction was to get extremely upset and vow to cease blogging (I may have even teared up).  I mean, no one likes being the center of negative attention.  I honestly think that most non-bloggers don't realize how much work goes in to a post.  It seems that the entire nail blogging culture (and maybe the blogger-verse in general) is completely different that it was when I first started.  I am not a professional.  Everything I do is through a process of trial and error.  With each post, you learn what doesn't work and what does work.  You try to improve with each week and sometimes it work and sometimes it doesn't, but as a blogger, I am always trying to get better.  Trust me, go back and view some of my older posts.  Those were crap.  LOL. 

Then I got pissed.  :P

So, after licking my wounds and emotionally cutting by reading the replies over and over, I decided that for my own sense of pride, I would re-swatch Charlotte.  I thought the color was awesome, but most of the replies centered about just how bad my swatches were of that particular color.  So, I dug out my old camera (seriously, this Canon and I are not getting along) and took some new pics. 

This is 2 coats of Julep Charlotte.  I used my older Sony DSC-W310 with a filtered flash under a desk lamp.  I also cut down my nails as I just don't think longer nails and I get along. 

If you had an issue with my previous photos, I really hope this shows Charlotte in a different light.  It's a beautiful color. 

Also, I wanted to ask that if you are a nail blog reader, please realize before you trash someone elses' pictures, that attached to those hands is a person.  Yes, it's a person that is taking pictures of her (his) hands and putting them on the internet, but it is still a person.  The internet gives us so much anonymity that we oftentimes forget that we aren't just faceless, emotionless automatons.  This is one of my main issues with the nail blogging community at the moment.  With the rare exception, we are all doing this as a hobby, so please be mindful of that.  Yes, as a fellow blogger or reader, you are entitled to your opinions, but in the immortal words of my mama... "a little decorum never hurt anyone".  :)


JanandJill.com said...

Aww...just read through this, sorry I can't believe that happened, definitely ignore the haters :) I actually saw this pic of your nails in the dashboard and thought "that is such a pretty color" I have to check this out. I think you do a great job and you're right, a lot of time is often put into posts. I don't even attempt to do nail posts because I'm so bad at painting mine hehe. I think yours look great and I like how they're short. xoDale

TheSwatchingSprite said...

I absolutely agree with you. People are so quick to say whatever comes to mind with no thought to put a filter on. I'm sorry you had such a poor experience with a situation that should have been exciting.. to have your post hosted on their facebook page is a big deal and clearly they had no qualms with the quality of your post...THEY CHOSE to highlight it! Keep your chin up, there are still a ton of decent human beings out there who understand and appreciate your posts and effort that goes into them.

bruval64 (RoseAnn) said...

I say F^&* them. I love your blog and your pictures. I have purchased many polishes after seeing them swatched by you. Some people think they are entitled and don't care about anything but themselves. {{{{HUGS}}}} Keep on blogging your REAL followers love what you do.

Peace and Blessings

Unknown said...

People are mean because they are jealous!!
Don't listen to them!! You don't owe them anything!!
Sorry it was such a bad time for you )=
I loved your previous swatch as much as this one ^^

Kate said...

Screw those rudesbies! I think you're doing great, and would be sad to see you stop blogging. I appreciate that you show us your nails even if they aren't flawless. Cause really, my nails are never flawless, and it's nice to see that reflected by a blogger sometimes. :) So please, please, ignore the haters and keep up the great work!

Unknown said...

such an awful thing..however i love your work and thats that!!!

NailPolishEpicness said...

I'm sorry that happened. That's pretty crappy. I honestly wouldn't pay no attention to those haters. But you do know haters make ya famous!! lol. Seriously if it was me reading the comments about your blog being crap, I would have gotten curious and took a look at it and I actually like it... so just keep that in mind =] lol If what I just said makes any sense at all lol

PolishGalore said...

I'm so sorry Megan - how mean. I love you and I love your blog and I love that Julep featured you on their Facebook page. <3

jess//hello, polish! said...

I'm really sorry about that. Some people are just mean, period. And others are mean to get a laugh. I think it's a beautiful color and i appreciate the fact that you swatched it for everyone to see.
Chin up! Keep doing your thing! Over 1200 followers cant be wrong ;)

asifhussain said...

hi it is nice effort i love to see it

Krissy said...

People are such miserable jerks who want to bring everyone down with them, I think you're great.

This is a very pretty color :)

Keep up the awesome work

Hannah said...

Don't worry, that all seems quite cut-throat! as a newbie to blogging I would hate to have that kind of negative attention. I really like your blog and it definitely inspires me to love nail polish even more. Keep your chin up xxx

Megan (A Polish Problem) said...

Thank you, all. It honestly wasn't my intent to post this for you all to take my side, but I certainly appreciate it. :)

Bad pictures or not, I have a tendency to take complete ownership in anything I do. When I used to work FT, I used to get crazy possessive about my word docs. LOL. So to have someone (or several someones) completely lambast my work was completely disheartening. Also, I didn't want Julep to think that I half-assed my review of their polishes. In fact, I was struggling so much with that dang new camera, I swatched each color twice.

Anyway, thank you again for all your kind words. They mean a lot to me.

Megan (A Polish Problem) said...

And how many times could I use a form of the word "complete" in that reply. LOL. I need sleep.

Jen said...

That totally stinks - it is true a ton of work goes into the posts. To get blasted for it feels awful. Love the color really pretty!
- Jen http://makesitup.blogspot.com

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