Friday, January 14, 2011

Dear Readers...


Dear Readers,

Lately it's been commented on that I have posted less often than I used to, as well as that I've posted a few press releases lately. I'll get to both of those points in this open letter, post, whatever you want to call it.

Lately it's become an epidemic of sorts on nail and beauty blogs (not just mine) where readers are expecting instant swatches, reviews, and essentially for us to inquire 'How high?' when asked by our readers to 'Jump!'. I can only speak for myself when I say this, but while blogging is a very important portion of my life, it is NOT my life. I have friends and loved ones, as well as other hobbies, responsibilities, desires, and jobs that comprise my life as well. While I do have ads, which generate minimal amounts of income (not even close to enough to cover costs of maintaining the blog, purchasing all my polishes and tools, etc), I DO NOT make money from this blog. It is NOT my job, nor do I wish for it to feel that way. I blog about nail art and nail polish because I enjoy it. It's something that I'm interested in and passionate about...but it's not the sole reason for my existence.

If you read my posts, I'm sure you've heard my mention of another job. THIS is why I haven't been posting as much as I used to. I now work approximately 65-70 hours a week. For instance, of the 48 hours that comprised Tuesday and Wednesday, over 30 of them were spent working. When one works from 8 am to 11, 11:30, 1 am, what have you, it doesn't leave much (or ANY) time for nail blogging on those days. I honestly have time to eat, sleep (about 5 hrs?), and shower before I have to leave again to head for work. After days like that, on the days where I have only my 8-5:30 hours, I come home and have little energy to devote to things I don't have time for on other days, things like laundry, housework, errands, and nail blogging. Truth be told- I put most of my free time and energy into blogging right now, leaving other things on the back burner. For those of you that have commented, emailed, etc., I hope you understand this, and cut me some slack, as I wish that I could post more often, but just can't.

In regards to my posting of press releases:

I, from time to time, and from certain companies, receive press releases on new products, new color collections, etc, and I WILL post them. This blog was designed not solely as a place for weird and quirky nail art, inspiration, and curiosity, but also as an information source. I LIKE being able to read about collections before they come out, so I can plan what I want to get, and allocate money in my budget to purchase those items. In response to comments pertaining to the desire to hear my thoughts on a collection instead of a cookie cutter press release, I can only say that that was my plan, but I post my comments about a collection when I actually swatch and review them, when I actually have them in my possession, which I don't when I post the press releases, hence the designation in the title of 'PREVIEW'.

I beg that you don't think of this as whining, it's a simple statement because I'm unable to respond to every email, comment, or tweet that I receive about the above topics. I LOVE you guys, I respect your comments, encourage them, etc., but wanted to make you aware of where I stand on the subject of my nail art blog. I will continue to post as often as I can, with designs to make you laugh, groan, think, or even smile, and hopefully you'll continue to stop by, enjoy, leave your comments, whatever you want to do here at 'The Daily Nail'. If you choose not to stay, I'm sad to lose your company and insight, but it's your prerogative, and I can't stop you from going.

I hope you understand!

XOXO

Melissa
(the weirdo redhead with the goofy nails)

78 comments:

  1. well written! but i feel that those ppl who emailed and questioned(?) you, they... just dont get it. *shrugs*

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  2. woo go Melissa! i agree with Jamie K, they dont get it! i try to do a nail design once a week and dont always manage it so i recon you're doing an amazing job posting as often as you do! your work is awesome and i hope it still brings the joy that it did when you first started. xo

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  3. Very well said. I'm so proud to see a blogger stand up and not be afraid to put the record straight. I've seen too many times, really great bloggers that are afraid of losing readers so don't say anything to address situations where they are receiving comments or emails (sometimes nasty ones) demanding more and more from them. But then they crash and burn when it gets too much, removing their blog and YT channel.

    Often some readers think that they can dictate and expect too much from bloggers which I think is a liberty and ruins it for the rest of us.

    I've always assumed that blogs are written as a hobby unless otherwise stated. I don't know any blogs that generate enough income to put bread on the table?

    Thank you for addressing the situation in such a diplomatic and honest way. My respect for you has doubled (I know you don't know me and it probably doesn't mean much really).

    Keep up the great work. Both here and in your real life. You're obviously passionate about both...

    xxx

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  4. Hey!

    You've been given an award because of your amazing blog! :

    http://evakkebeauty.blogspot.com/2011/01/el-primer-premio-para-el-blog.html

    Congrats!! =)

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  5. Huh?! I don't understand people who leave comments or send emails like that. Given that generally bloggers/YT vid-makers are being generous enough to give up their free time and do things that are helpful to others (whether it's a tutorial, a showcase to inspire ideas, a review to help people actually see products in action rather than just seeing the advertizing lies), I really don't get it when people 'demand' things of them. Have these people no empathy? I dunno, I just find it strange.

    Thank you for taking any time with this blog, you're clearly a highly talented and creative person, and you should be allowed to enjoy showcasing it without being bugged about it.

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  6. Sorry to hear about the compliants. Your words nailed it. As a blogger myself I truIy understand blogging takes alot of time. I always enjoy your blog :D

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  7. why wouldn't people understand? It would be rather sad if you didn't have a life besides blogging :p
    and try considering it as an compliment :D
    we just love the way you blog. xoxo

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  8. Hi Melissa!
    I live in Brazil and always read your posts!
    I TOTALLY agree with you! Those who complain about you not blogging so much now should use less time complaining and do as many nail designs as you do!
    I am glad you are a "normal" person with a life. Bottom line is: this blog is yours, you post in it if you want to and as much as you want to, and if someone has a problem with that, well, I advise them to open their own blogs! =)
    I rarely comment, but I really felt like telling you that there is absolutely no reason for you to feel bad or guilty for not posting everyday (which you almost still do!) =)
    I love your creativity, your designs AND your writing! Congratulations!

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  9. Your blog = your rules. I never understand why people moan about other peoples blog contents - who forces you to read it?! I love your blog and however you want to do it is find by me, at least!

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  10. Inconsiderate nitwits.

    If you can't keep yourselves entertained people, grow up, get a life...or better yet, get your own blogs and see what it's like.

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  11. I happen to think you're awesome ... and there are days I barely have time to check my email and I wonder how the hell you do it! I love your nails, I love your previews of what's coming with Zoya, etc. and I hope you don't stop doing what you're doing because you are AWESOME at it!

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  12. I feel for you. If people actually read your posts instead of looking just for nail art, then they would know that you have said you wouldn't be doing as much. Why don't these people who are emailing you not so nice comments make their own blog and try their hand at their own nail art. Hope all goes well with your new hectic schedule.

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  13. Well said. Blogging should be fun, not a duty.
    Quality over quantity :)

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  14. You are the only blog I follow, because you have a real life! Keep up the great work!

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  15. Sorry to hear about the idiots (I know you didn't call them that, but I will) that are trying to get you to blog more often. I know how it is. I'm a single mom of a 2 year old boy, in school full time, and working, and I can never have time to add new posts to my blog. Maybe once every other week? Take your time and have some rest! :) We will all still be here! AnneMarie

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  16. I think you are doing an excellent job!! It's your blog and I want you to enjoy what you do - both professionally (at work) and personally (your life and maybe a bit of blogging). Thank you for sharing your time and artistry with us and take care!

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  17. As your Mom I know you give 110% to everything you do - Main job, part-time job, friends, in between times you try to fit in boyfriend, a phone call home, some time with room mates dog, hopefully time to eat, shower and sleep and I am sure quite a bit of time on the blog. I thoroughly enjoy your posts when you make them, and sincerely hope you don't feel guilty about taking a little bit of time for yourself. Maybe some of the complainers should step up and offer to do a day for you!!! As for me - I want to thank you for a "ray of sunshine" added to my day everytime there is a new post!! Love ya Brat :)

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  18. Long time reader, first time commenter..I just wanted to say that I love you and your blog and I'm shocked that you'er able to blog as much as you do while working so much and having a personal life. You're an inspiration <3

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  19. Awww, your mom's comment is the best one yet. :)
    You post when you can, whatever you want. I'll be here to read it. As for the complainers, jeez, there are a bazillion blogs out there for nail art, albeit none quite like this one, they're all so different and have their own inspirations, but still, look around people, you want a post a day, follow a few different blogs or better yet, start one of your own! Then maybe you'll understand how somedays, it's just MORE WORK when you need to relax and do something for yourself.
    Joke 'em if they can't take a f**k. :)

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  20. Well written, M. I, for one, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this, after reading some of the comments, am happy you are continuing the blog at all. Please don't run yourself ragged because you are working so hard and trying to run the blog. Update when you feel like it and screw 'em when you don't. Thank you for sharing your talent, your reviews, and your nails with us!

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  21. Well that sucks. You're the 3rd blogger I've read this week alone about readers gripes saying that you guys basically "don't do enough". How rude. Shit it's a blog, it's supposed to be fun, I wish people wouldn't ruin it for everyone, especially you guys who do this to share an enjoyment. If those idiots who bitch about not enough posts don't like it, fuck 'em. You want it done all the time, start your own blog! Seriously though, you're an awesome blogger and thank you for what you can do, I don't care if you don't post as often, I'm sticking around :)

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  22. I think your blog is pitched just right, info about new collections, amazing nail art and then you let us have a peek into what you are up to. I feel very privelidged that you let us share your life ( albeit vicariously!) you make me smile and sometimes laugh out loud. Please dont let those moaners put you off or put you under pressure, you rock girl!

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  23. awwww...i feel sad that you actually had to write this :( how many people are actually complaining about a blog that doesn't live up to "their" not the bloggers expectations??? Blogs are supposed to be personal expressions of ones interests/hobbies and life. I think you are amazing and am happy to see whatever you do post! no worries, you totally rock <3

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  24. Melissa if this is your passion don't stress about it.. this should be a fun blog to do and not stressful if people are demanding of you and don't understand that you do have a life and a job then send them to hell im sure you'll still post amazing nail art whether you have 100 or 1000 readers. those who enjoy your nail art passion enjoy when you do post! congrats for having the guts and standing up and not kiss ass!

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  25. I'm not sure if a comment I made prompted this, I hope it wasn't, because if anything I stressed in the comment that I don't mind at all waiting for a new post from you (I'm in grad school myself, I understand the lack of time thing!). I don't enjoy reading the PR releases (I think your writing is much more fun to read, and I'd rather wait longer between posts to hear your voice than an advertisers!), but I respect that this is your blog therefore your opinion is of course more important in this manner (no sarcasm, I really mean that).

    Again, I'm hoping one of my comments didn't prompt this (I wrote in a calm, respectful tone as best I can tell), but if it was I sincerely apologize, that wasn't the intention and I don't mean to cause any distress on your part. Keep up the awesome work, your blog is a joy to follow :)

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  26. Good for you Melissa! I, myself, am amazed that you have the time to do as much nail art as you do!! I surely know I wouldn't have the time to do so much in a week and maybe the people that are whining about not enough nail art should take a minute and look at their own lives and see how much time they would have for that. And if they have that much time in life then maybe they should be starting THEIR own blog and all the whiny pissy pants that make a fuss on ur blog can have a go see at someone else who thinks they can do better.(which i'm not so sure u could be beat ;p) Anyways, keep up the good work!! DO try to rest well and hope your enjoying your new job!! Don't stress bout those that are so demanding of you (people you don't even know!) and worry only of whats important in YOUR life, don't worry bout all of us, we are huge fans and will be here still.just do what makes you happy and take your time in doing it! take care of yourself Melissa :D

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  27. Melissa,
    I'm sorry that some of your readers made you feel that you needed to write that letter. I understood that after the 365 days you wouldn't be posting as often and I understand that. I hardly have time to paint my nails twice a week let alone everyday. I've enjoyed your blog for the past year and still do even if it's just info on new product. I'm really excited for the China glaze spring colors. Thanks for posting that. Keep your chin up and keep up the excellent work.

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  28. Your blog states that you want "to do 365 different nail designs in 365 days", you shouldn't commit to this if you can't handle it (there isn't anything wrong with that either)

    Don't "state" on your blog that you want to do this when you are obviously wayyyy behind schedule.

    All I'm saying is other people have blogs where they honor their 1 project everyday rule, if you can't do this, simply change your blog statement. They honor what they say in their blogs and I think that's why readers are annoyed with you. Just state something like, "you like to do nail art and fun designs and you'll post fun and crazy designs throughout the year." But don't state you "plan" on 365 desings in 365 because you have already failed. You're obviously behind since you have a hectic schedule and there is nothing wrong with that.

    Just change your blog statement and everyone won't be emailing you or posting negative feedback and you wouldn't have to write this "apologetic" post to the readers. YOu're whining, but other people can do it. We're not saying you can't, but it's obviously you can't commit to it. Just don't advertise your blog as what you stated. It's that simple.

    I enjoy your blog, however don't promise readers something that you can't commit to 100%.Just make a general statement instead of promising something that you can't deliver.

    YOU BLOG STATEMENT:
    "Hi all, and welcome to my blog project. I plan to do 365 different nail designs in 365 days. If you have any ideas, or just want to contact me, my email address is thedailynail@gmail.com"

    -It's obvious you are behind since you don't post everyday.

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  29. Love your blog, and I am glad you don't post as often. You need time for yourself! I like the preview posts for new colors, because while I can't afford new stuff all of the time, I can certainly make note of colors I would love to get. You should have fun blogging! I have fun reading your stuff! :) You are Awesome Sauce!

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  30. Wow, that Anonymous person above my comment is a flippin jerk. Check the posts, moron. Melissa completed her 365 project on October 13th, 2010.

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  31. Hej Melissa!
    I just wanted to remind you, that if anyone commented about where you are, or what ever, i think its because they miss you :) your awsome!

    Best regards Sarah (Denmark)

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  32. I would like to point out that the 365 has already been accomplished. Its been done, and I would love to see one or two designs a week that are awesome. As a blogger I understand the pressure to post daily, but shouldn't we put quality posts over that. With that pressure I have called post "5 things I'm bad at" just to get content out there. I love your blog, I use it to help me with my own. I think you are a great writer as well as an artist. Plus lets give the poor girls cuticles a break!! I do my nails about once a week and its murder on them.

    Keep on trucking, cause we love to watch!!

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  33. I posted earlier about idiots, but I'd like to post again about the Anonymous idiot. Melissa ALREADY completed all the days, a long while ago. Read before you comment, 'kay? :)

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  34. Anonymous = the 365 days was completed on 10/13/10 - everything since then has been a plus for us!! If you have enough time for your long complaint - start your own blog.

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  35. That anonymous ass should definitely check their facts before writing such a bitchy comment.

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  36. Anonymous, you blew it. If you enjoy the blog like you say then you know little about it. As others have stated, the 365 was completed a few months back and Melissa opted to keep the blog going at her leisure. Next time you roll through the internet with your dad's hunting rifle take some time and fact check your comment and maybe someone will take you seriously.



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  37. Whoever wrote that long, rude comment is not only mean, but an idiot. If you post once a month - heck, once a year - I will keep reading, because I know that whenever you post it will be something I will want to read/see. Blogging isn't supposed to be your life; it's supposed to be fun. People need to understand that.

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  38. Wow Anonymous above, have you followed the blog for more than a week? As others have stated before me, the 365 day project was completed eons ago - the rest is just icing on the cake!!

    Liss, you know we all think you're the bee's knees - so keep your head up and keep on truckin' (and all those other cliches that I can't remember ;-) Just rest up and be prepared for March 3rd, that's when the party begins!! Love ya Sis (and the dogs say hi!!)

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  39. What kind of fuckery is this?

    Anonymous has no reading comprehension and clearly didn't read anything in the blog before doing a pissy PMS post.

    Anonymous is "jesst heer furr da purdee peekchurrs".

    And Anonymous...you're a coward because you didn't even post your real name - you didn't even give a fake name.

    What a loser.

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  40. I can't believe that people have the nerve to complain at all. It's YOUR blog, you should be able to do what you want, when you want, and if they don't like it they can go on their merry way. I've only been following you for a few months, but even I know that you've already completed your 365 day project and that you've recently taken on a second job. Nail art (or nail polish or any other makeup related subject) should be seen as something fun, not something to get your panties in a bunch over. Jeez people need to relax...
    Don't get me wrong, obviously I'd love to see more posts, post 3 times a day if you want. But I'm also realistic and understand that this isn't your entire life and if you are only able to post once or twice a week, then that's what we will get to enjoy.
    Just do YOUR blog the way you want, ignore the morons who obviously have no idea what they're talking about and above all else, HAVE FUN!
    -UneLuneBleue

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  41. Hey toadstool "anonymous" of January 14,2011 11:45 AM:
    Did you honestly think that this blog *started* when YOU read it for the first time? Before you criticize, learn to read a blog from beginning to end, you gutless anonymous troll. Go back under your bridge.

    Now, more importantly:
    Ms. Daily Nail,
    We, your loyal fans, will always be here- sure, we miss you lots, but we know how richly you deserve a real life! (hope it isn't all work- and you're getting some "you" time in there, so you don't go goofy...)
    You delighted us for 365 days, so the rest of this is gravy! Do what you need to do-
    we'll be here! Yay!

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  42. I enjoy looking at your blog and getting my own inspiration I'm surprised you do find the time to anything with two jobs. I think your posts are just fine. Keep them coming when you can : ) much love and support all the way from anchorage, ak and yes we get internet here :)

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  43. I <3 this blog! I stumbled upon it by accident. When I first started reading, I never did my nails, but now I do them all the time. :D I even do water marbling now too! Keep on being awesome!

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  44. You tell 'em girl!
    I'm proud of ya!

    http://polishartaddiction.blogspot.com/

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  45. I'm honestly amazed you post what you do working as many hours as you do! I can barely do mine twice a week, and I only work about 8 hrs a day. And thank you for posting the press releases as well. Because of you, I just got 3 free bottles of Zoya!! So I really do appreciate what you do with this blog, as I'm sure most of your readers do, and getting sleep is MUCH more important than doing your nails!

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  46. I enjoy your blog but I, too, don't have much time to spend on blogging/reading and I think it's unfair when users don't realize that that some people actually dont live for blogging. I, however, really like your blog and read practically every post you write, regardless of the frequency.

    Keep blogging as long as it's fun! :)

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  47. I'm not leaving! Love your blog and I definitely don't expect a post every day...you did that already, for whole year. With 2 jobs, I'm surprised you still post as often as you do because I'd be too exhausted to even type. Good luck with everything!

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  48. You know its illegal for people to make you work more than 48 hours a week right?

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  49. Melissa - just want to add my voice to the others who have expressed their affection, admiration, devotion, and awe for you and your amazing talents! I am so happy that you're part of our lives! You need to read and re-read these postings and know that you deserve the outpouring of love and respect expressed for you today! Feel sorry for people who can't seem to read or educate themselves before they embarrass themselves by broadcasting their ignorance!

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  50. 21stCenturyHippy- yep, but she's working 2 jobs, so that doesn't count. There's "make" and then there's "need" and this economy is so screwed up that sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

    Melissa- I hate that you've had to deal with whinypants people. I miss talking to you on Twitter and reading your blog, but I also know you'll get back to it when you can. I can't imagine why someone would feel like you owe them blog posts. When they're ready to pay you for your daily posts, then maybe they get a say in whether you post daily. Til then?

    Yea. You know what I'm saying. :D

    Don't work yourself into the hospital, lady. Know you've got people out here who are thinking of you. *hugs*

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  51. Like the other people above me have said, it's YOUR blog, YOUR rules. I also am having trouble keeping up with my own blog because school started in September and ever since then I haven't had much free time. When you're so busy, it's hard balancing hobbies and commitments. You really have to prioritize and sometimes, for many different reasons, blogging is just not your main priority.

    What it comes down to is the haters need to get a life. Don't they have anything better to do than sit around waiting for bloggers to make posts? If they're so unsatisfied with the way current bloggers are running the blogs, maybe they should create their own "perfect" blog where everything is nice and perfect. I'm talking to you, Anonymous...

    Anyway don't worry about the haters!! It's your blog, you post as much or as little as you want and if you get nasty emails about it, just remember all the other bloggers are 100% behind you.

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  52. What?? You mean this blog isn't your life??? LOL - it's things like this that make me happy that, other than my friends and family, nobody reads my blog!!
    As for 'Anonymous' - everyone has already said what needed to be said.
    You, Melissa, are an amazing person. I don't know you and I know I can say that! Just keep doing what you do - we all love you and we're still going to follow your blog because of it!

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  53. I don't even know how you have time to do ANY nail art, let alone polish your nails with your crazy schedule! So, with sincere gratitude I give you props for sharing your talent with us! No matter how often it is! :)

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  54. Very Nice!
    Glad I found your blog!!

    Steve
    Common Cents
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

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  55. You're awesome, and that's that. Love your blog and love the personality that comes across. Chin up and don't worry about those dumb people who want more and more. XOXO

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  56. As someone who neither blogs nor does her nails I am completely in awe of your ability to do both of these things, whatever the timeframe! Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us!

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  57. for the record: you'd be awesome even if you only posted twice a year.
    heck, if you posted once every 2 years, i and thousands of other people will still follow you--you'd be like the artist formerly known as thedailynail.
    and just as awesome.
    bottom line: you have impressed me from the start with your creativity, humor, and perseverance even with so many things (e.g. back issues, sickness, and job stresses) on your plate. you give me strength to do what i do with a snile.
    i appreciate you, no matter what!
    xoxo kasey from NYC

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  58. omgoodness, we love you, hope you still have fun here!

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  59. Oh how I agree with everybody who has commented so far... except for "the one"... I even cussed to my husband about the audacity that this person had to post such an ignorant comment.
    I love reading the blog. I know how hard it is to juggle all of life's "balls". I follow your blog religiously and I am quite happy when you post... and when I don't see a post for a few days... I know that your real life is in session :)
    It is wonderful to see how much support you have here! I am thankful for the article in the Las Vegas Weekly paper that introduced me to you! Your blog has been a very fun part of my life since then :)

    Your sister here in Vegas- J.A.

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  60. As a nail blogger, some of the comments in your previous (press release) posts made me quite irrate, so good for you for posting this. Though, it's sad you had to do it in the first place. Maybe it's because you have a large readership but seems like people are expecting you to be a machine.

    Thing is... press releases are fun. They are easy, fluffy posts with pretty pictures. I love seeing what nail polishes have lined up for us. I just couldn't understand why some people were chastizing you "selling out". Evidently, these people don't read other nail blogs, because we all post press releases. That's part of the fun.

    As for not posting as often... sometimes, I'm doing good to post 2x a week. Life just gets in the way. You've already reached your goal of 365 nail designs, so as far as I'm concerned, whatever else you do from there is cake. Of course, there's some dumbass above being a total ignorant douche, but we'll just ignore them. :P

    This is YOUR blog. And, IMO, blogs (unless corporately sponsored) are almost like personal diaries. Even if you wanted to ignore it for months and then only post ads, that's YOUR prerogative and no one should feel like they have a right to question that. Don't like it. Don't read it. Simple as that.

    Personally, I love your blog, and I'm glad that you decided to keep it up after you reached your year of posting. I wouldn't put much stock into ignorant comments, but I know sometimes they can be hard to ignore.

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  61. You are lovely. Your blog is too. I look forward to whatever you post. Hugs!

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  62. I'm still going to read your blog. You are very talented and I like to see what you come up with. You should ENJOY posting on your blog, not feel like it's a chore.

    Have a great weekend!

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  63. I can't quite explain why, but it just plain embarrasses me when people behave badly. It puts an ugly face to a group of otherwise beautiful people. (Anybody participate in the FB Zoya promo recently? All the ungrateful, impatient posters to their wall...prime example.)

    So sorry you have to be made to feel guilty by these wretches.

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  64. Take the complaints as compliments to your work. They want to see and know more from you. You do great work and creative people like yourself would love to do what you are passionate about everyday. But we all know you do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do. I'll be patiently waiting for your next creation

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  65. Honestly? After your first 365 nail designs, your project was over. I did not expect you to continue posting on a daily basis. I am happy for what you choose to (and can afford the time to...) give us. :)

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  66. Hi Melissa,

    I must admit, i'm kind of a 'lurker' here at the Daily Nail, and i almost never leave comments, but this time i feel like i should.

    I love your nailart, it's amazing!! And it's sad that you should have to "explain" yourself for not blogging everyday.. I don't understand those people whining about how you don't post every single day, get a life people! I mean.. it's a BLOG for crying out loud, it's something you do in your free time, WHEN you have free time, it's as simple as that.. (well, not trying to say your blog is 'simple' or anything, but you get the idea, right :D).

    The fact that mr/ms Anonymous states that you can't "commit" to your statement clearly shows he hasn't done his/her research. (and some research, it's just right there in the left colum of your blog, that you've been blogging since 2009 and had more than 500 posts already). (And why comment anonymous, lol..)

    Anyways. I think you should just blog whenever the heck you feel like it! It's admirable that you work that many hours and still find the time to make these crazy creations on your nails AND blog about them!

    Keep doing your thing girl, we'll keep enjoying it ;)

    Sara xoxo

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  67. You rock! I love your designs and your wonderful personality. The whiners aren't worth wasting your what little time you have. Thank you for sharing your art. P.S. I'm not the same anonymous as the nasty one.

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  68. woh ... Can I have your Mom? ;-) Your blog is so enjoyable and entertaining, so light-hearted, it's a great way to lighten up with so much angst in the world. Please keep pleasing yourself in what and when you post. Those of us who 'get' you will continue. You would only lose those readers who don't, and you don't need them anyway! THANK YOU for entertaining us!

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  69. It's unfortunate that people have pressured you so much that you had to write this. It's YOUR blog. If people want more post, they should considering making their own blogs.

    Post when you want. Or don't. It's all up to you!!

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  70. Hi hi! I've been reading your blog for about a year, and have read every post, every single day (and went back and read the ones I had missed to catch up).

    I think you are spectacular, while I don't post often I think it is amazing that you managed your 365 days and still continue to post for us. I can't even begin to fathom how someone thinks you should just be our nail bitch and post when and how they want you to. As far as I understand it this should be a creative outlet for you, not another job. You bust your ass to make a living as it is, and I know that we're not paying you to post! I read about 20 blogs/web comics daily and I check them everyday, and I could never, ever, even think of throwing a fit because someone didn't post. I appreciate all of your hard work, you have kept me smiling though some incredibly hard times in my life over the last year and I can't thank you enough (you have also helped me develop a serious nail polish addiction :P) Keep on keepin' on, you are super kick ass! <3
    Thank you for all the work you do on this blog and still manage to kick ass in real life!
    XO
    -C

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  71. Love your blog. Love your ideas. Love your comments. Love that you are not caving to "the people". Blogging is for fun, when it is no longer fun it is a chore. No one likes a chore. We will wait in anticipation of your next post. Always creative and worth the wait. My daughter and I look forward to catching up with you once a week. I can't imagine trying to do/redo your nails daily anyway. Very time consuming. Thanks for entertaining and inspiring us!

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  72. Just the fact you updated DAILY for part 1 for 365 days a year should be commendable!!! You already indicated that part 2 will not be updated as frequently. DUH, people!!! Melissa has 2 jobs and a LIFE. If you were in her shoes, would you even be able to update weekly? Get a life and APPRECIATE everything Melissa has done so far!

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  73. I like you just the way you are. Don't change a thing. Unless it would be to work less...over 60 hours? Good thing you're young; I couldn't do that!

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  74. I totally respect what you said. I have a newer nail blog (I have you linked there) and this was a concern of mine as we grow. I think you handled it in a respectful way and as everyone else stated.....some people just don't get it!

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  75. Well said, you were only going to do this for 365 days, and for those who told her she didn't commit, you missed it... she did commit and more!!

    Thanks for the past years entertainment. Look forward to any other nails you care to share.

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  76. I love the hell out of this blog. I am sorry you have to put up with people who are so uncreative that they need nail art from others (on a daily if not more regular basis). Haters are gonna hate no matter what. Just keep doing what you're doing and we'll keep sending the love. <3

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  77. After reading this i would like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to entertain us with your blog!
    Shelly

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