Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Behind the Scenes of a Nail Polish Blogger

When I started reading polish blogs, I was baffled.  Who is writing this?  Where did they get these polishes?  Did they really try on all of those polishes?  Now that I've been blogging for a few years, I wanted to share the inside scoop on nail polish blogging.

Nail polish blogging is a glamourous job; I sit for hours trying on polishes and removing them, pausing only to snap a round of 15-20 photos between shades.  I'm surrounded by the unmistakable scent of nail polish and acetone, and my kitchen table is littered with polish bottles.  After a few hours of "swatching," or trying on various polishes, taking photos, and removing them, I upload the photos, select the best one or two of each color, then crop them.  Next I upload them to blogger, write descriptions and commentary, send the post out into the world, and sit back to wait for comments from wonderful readers like you.  But while the swatching isn't always the most fun, I love sharing the photos I take in my blog posts.

Nail polish blogging is an unpaid position, unless the blog is through a specific company, such as Zoya's polish blog.  I blog about polish because I love nail polish.  I enjoy trying on new colors and I have always loved doing my nails.  I have a "real" job (the kind that pays me in money, not polish), so it can be difficult finding time to swatch new collections, but most of the nail polish bloggers I know are in similar situations; they have jobs, or kids (or both!), or they go to school.  Which brings me to my next interesting fact.  When I started reading nail blogs, I often wondered if all these polish bloggers knew each other (or if they even knew so many other polish blogs existed).  Surprisingly, a lot of us are friends with each other.  We've been blogging for years together and enjoy reading each others' blogs.  Only a few polish bloggers that I know live near me here in Maryland, but we all keep in touch, whether through our blogs, on Twitter or Facebook, or by email.  This is a great community of polish-bloggers and polish-lovers filled with amazing, kind-hearted people.

Like most polish bloggers, I am not professionally trained in cosmetology (although some polish bloggers are!) and I am not a manicurist (I'm a teacher, actually).  I buy a lot of my polishes, and a lot of the other ones are sent to me by the manufacturers or the PR teams as a form of advertisement.  They don't pay me for my posts, and all of the opinions I share about the polishes are my own.  I own hundreds of polishes.  At last count, I was in the 600's, and I would guess I'm close to 800 now.  I keep all of my polishes organized in clear bins that are sorted first by brand, then by color.  My favorite polish brands are OPI, China Glaze, and Zoya.

Nail polish blogging is a lot of fun - that is why polish bloggers like myself do it.  I love having the opportunity to share my favorite polishes, fun designs, and new collections with those of you who read my blog.  And I truly appreciate that you take the time to look at the polish pictures and posts I share, and I love reading your comments.

18 comments:

ThatsSOfresh said...

i love this post!!! :)

kittypolishnbags said...

We love you Brooke! I enjoy reading your in between posts too....about life and food and such!

Anita said...

This is a great post! You've hit it on the nail (uh, no pun intended) perfectly. Would you mind if I link back to this?

deanna said...

Hey! I've been following your blog for a while, but never commented. Just wanted to say this is a great post! And you live in MD?! I do too! :)

Cristina - PeeBeforePolish said...

As a new polish blogger, and as an old follower of your blog, I have appreciated A LOT this post! Thank you for writing it! :)

Akuma Kanji said...

Hey, I can relate a lot to everything you just wrote! :) I started blogging while I was at university but it was very once in a while then I finished studying, looked for a job, found it, lost it, found another, lost it too and so on and I decided to blog again about nails while I was unemployed. When I'm employed I put my blog on hiatus but always painting my nails :P At the moment my blog is not on hiatus, guess what? I'm unemployed again XD

Cat said...

Fantastic post.

Hayley said...

This post made me smile :)

maisenzasmalto said...

You're so right, it's a glamourous (unpaid) job, indeed! Polishes everywhere in the house, kids accustomed to see mum taking pictures of her hand, nights on a pc cropping pics and writing (while hubby bitches about "useless things I do"), co-workers commenting my unconventional polishes...But I love sharing my polish addiction and reading other girls'blogs: it's really heartwarming to find (both in my country and worldwide) other girls with this passion.

Marie said...

I was very curious of what was behind beauty blogs and nails blogs so thank you for this post !

800 polishes ! omg!

Is there some that you use very often and other that are 'just to try' ?

Alice @ NailsbyAlice said...

i quote maisenzasmalto :) :)

hihi, I makes only 4/5 pics of my hand and then I choose :)

Brooke said...

THANK YOU ALL!! I've been dying to write this post for a while, and was really excited to share it.

Alice, you are so much more efficient than I am - I need to do that!

Marie, I'm so glad it answered some of your questions! As far as polishes, I have ones I go back to over and over... actually, I'll have to see which ones those are - that would be an interesting post!

maisenzasmalto, you got it! You are so right - and yes, it is SO fun to find others to connect to with our fun hobby :)

I'm so glad you enjoyed it Hayley!

Thanks Cat!!

Akuma, your comment made me laugh - it really is hard to blog during work (ad you can see the flux and flow of my blog in the same way - when I have free time, when I'm working a lot, and when I get new polishes and go hog wild!) lol.

deanna, how exciting to meet another Marylander! and thanks for commenting, I love to read them (I following nail blogs for EVER without commenting). Thanks for following :D

Brooke said...

Cristina, thanks for your comment - and I'm sure with a new blog you know EXACTLY what I am taling about! haha :)

Brooke said...

Thanks Thatsofresh!!

kitty, I adore you too!! (not just because I love your blog, but because you're such a great person - and polish and purse lover too!). I really appreciate that you enjoy my 'between' posts; I probably shouldn't admit it, but those are my favorite posts to write because they are more creative and different :)

Brooke said...

Anita, I would LOVE if you linked to this!! Feel free to link to anything! And thanks for your sweet comment (and nice pun!).

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