Well, after a frustrating relationship with Instagram and other more visual-based social media, I find myself drawn back to blogging.
I spend months (years?) trying to figure out how to “get” Instagram and other social media, but was not successful. The nail world is now centered on IG, but I hate the weird self-aggrandizement, grubbing for likes, and all-round phoniness that permeates it. Not to mention the really disturbing messages flogging everything from diet-based pyramid schemes to “partnerships” where I could pay “influencers” $500 to make a video.
So after a lot of useless anxiety and resentment (crummy plain ol French tips getting 10,000 likes!) and grumpy soul-searching, I’ve decided to scale down my IG use and step away from posting to get likes and just doing whatever the heck I want. That’s the spirit of NTMG and why I started doing nails and blogging way back in 2007. Nails were an outlet for my creativity and I did them for the sheer enjoyment. Fast forward to 2018, when I’m trying to figure out which crappy shade of matte rose will be the most Instagrammable and…nope. No wonder the pleasure was totally sucked out of it.
I’m good at just being my weird self and bad at figuring out what the general public wants, so I’m just going to go back to embracing that. Overall, I’m not sorry I tried Instagram and will continue using it, because I connected with some wonderful people, though. But the resentment and despair spiral (which, I realize is totally my issue, not the fault of IG) iput me into was just not something I wanted to continue subjecting myself to. Despite not having much of a following on IG, I have been doing editorial work (TV, movies and magazines), so the right people do somehow still manage to find this old dinosaur.
If you’d like your own set of press on nails, I’m still going strong on Etsy. Still working on a stand-alone website as I’m looking to transition to an independent shop, but that will likely take until next year.
In the meantime, if anyone’s still reading, thanks. If not, this will just be my online diary. Oh, and Tokyo Nail Expo is coming later this month, so that’s something that should be fun to share with however’s still out there. ❤