Ok, that was a little click bait-y because I’m not really leaving…yet. Last night I was googling swatches of Floam (remember when Nail-Venturous came out with it and it was IMPOSSIBLE to get?) and when I clicked on a picture from The PolishAholic, I got this:
Yep, her blog is gone. That made me feel…sad. Is this a temporary thing or is it just gone forever? Some bloggers, like Scrangie, have moved on from nail blogging but they maintain their blog. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I still go back to Scrangie’s blog from a deep sense of nostalgia. Times were simpler, back then. Every time a new scandal hits the nail community, it makes me want to throw in the hat and move on because who needs all that toxicity? I usually stay out of it, but I feel like it taints my excitement for nail polish blogging/swatching.
This month will be my 7th year anniversary of creating this blog. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 7 years! In the last couple of years, I know I have not been as active as I once was and I feel like I lost a lot of my readers. It always makes me happy to see comments from familiar names or to see you over on my Instagram, but blogging is not what it used to be. When I first started Of Life and Lacquer, I was at an emotional low point in my life and it seemed like this blog was more about MY LIFE with some polish sprinkled in. I connected with so many of you and it makes my heart happy to think that I made some really great friends. I know some people were turned off by my posts during that time because it seemed that I was always complaining, but I think a lot of people identified with the rawness of my feelings. I’ve always been an oversharer when I write so I definitely poured my soul into this blog when I was at my lowest. We all have our ups and downs. Hobbies change. Priorities change. Life changes. I’ve been working at a place I love for about 5 years now, with colleagues I love and it’s amazing what having a nice job can do for your mental health. No place is perfect, but I like what I do and the people I work with. I still deal with anxiety and depression, but I don’t allow it to take over my life. I feel good mentally! I love the sound of that. I still have to work on the physical part (weight!), but I know I can do it!!
So that brings me to my dilemma? Where does blogging fit in? I’ve never done it for money because God knows I spend an ungodly amount of money on this blog which includes hosting, nail polish, acetone, cotton, brain cells from sniffing old pre 3-free formulas… I don’t want to just stop blogging one day and never look back. I’ve been tempted to stop blogging, but I know that I will miss it terribly. So I ask you: what would you like to see from my blog, if anything? I’ve been thinking about doing live swatching and starting a youtube channel, but I can already see spending waaaaaaaaaay too much time on that. I just don’t know! I guess I have the whole month of December to think about it and maybe I’ll start a new chapter in January. Whatever I decide to do, I want to let you all know how much your readership and support has meant to me all these years.
Lastly, that brings me to the topic of what to do with all the nail polish I have. I don’t have unlimited space and I’m running our of space–rather, I ran out of space. I just can’t keep all the polish that I have because I have no room for it anymore. Having to get rid of nail polish breaks my heart because I’m a collector at heart, but it’s something that I have to do for my sanity. I’ve done a lot of destashes over the years and I am gearing up for the biggest one of all. Just because I am getting rid of a polish, it does not mean that it’s not a great polish…I just can’t keep everything anymore. Feel free to peruse my blog sale in case you see something you like. I would much rather have these go to someone who will use them instead of them gathering dust in my melmers. I will be adding more polishes weekly as I go through my melmers so check back periodically if you’re interested.
Well, that’s all I have for you today. I hope this Monday finds you well. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I will talk to you soon!