It’s been months since I last blogged, I know. Last year was a pretty big one, with a wedding, a (seemingly never ending) house extension and some pretty major business changes so it’s probably not surprising that blogging has taken a bit of a back seat.
You might have noticed that I recently added a lot of polishes to my blog sale, and doing this always seems to bring up the much debated issue of selling (or not selling) samples. By samples I mean any polish (or indeed other saleable items) that has been sent to a blogger by a company or a PR agency, regardless of whether a review has been promised in return for said products. I thought it was about time I put my two pence into the debate, because I don’t think it’s as cut and dry as “do” or “don’t”.
There are many sides to me, as I’m sure there are for most people, and they can be split into three broad areas nowadays. There’s the person Hannah, professional Hannah, and there’s Polly. Regardless of the side of myself, I’ve always been my own worst critic. I find the bad stuff easier to believe about myself.
Polly came to be after the other two sides of my life crumbled. It wasn’t that anything traumatic triggered it (though my life hasn’t been without trauma), but I found myself in a period that turned into a year of not being present in my own life. There are lots of things that led up to it that I won’t go into, partly because this isn’t a pity party but also because I am still quite fiercely private about some parts of my life. What I needed was a reason to get past that period in my life, and creating Polly Polish was ‘my thing’. It gave me a reason to get dressed when I didn’t feel like I had any other reason. Looking back I know that this was depression. Yes, depression is a chemical imbalance, and no I have never been diagnosed by a professional and I have never taken medication. I attempted to seek professional help but had the misfortune of being blocked by a useless GP (I have a brilliant one now so let’s not tar them all with the same brush). What I did have though, was a realisation that things needed to change and it dawned on me that I was the only person who could do that. I still didn’t truly realise how far I had let it go at this point though, I just knew it wasn’t how life was supposed to feel.
It’s been a while since my last wordy post. I have to feel quite fired up about a topic to be able to justify the time it takes to properly express my opinions on these things. Lately though I’ve begun to feel a little frustrated, maybe even disappointed, at the blatant copyright infringements from some indie brands. I wanted to take some time out to explain why this is so disappointing to me, and why I think a change in attitude, and a better understanding of originality in ideas, is not only a legal requirement for successful business, but also a positive development for the indie niche and the nail polish community in general.