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‘Move Over, Bloggers!’

Posted on | September 10, 2011 | 12 Comments

One of the glorious triumphs of the blogosphere occurred on the night of Jan. 19, 2010, at the victory celebration in Boston for the Scott Brown campaign. History was being made — a Republican had won Ted Kennedy’s former Senate seat — and bloggers quite literally had front-row seats. Thanks to our friend Ali Akbar, who was in charge of media seating arrangements for the event, a slew of bloggers including Eric Odom, Steve Foley, Garrett Quinn, Pamela Geller, Da Tech Guy, Dan Collins, Ace of Spades and myself were accorded prime space in the Park Plaza Hotel ballroom. This was deeply resented by some of the regular press. Every political reporter on the planet was in Boston that night, and many of them found themselves without ballroom seats, filing from the “media center” on the other side of the hotel.

It’s not just in politics that bloggers are upending the established order. Something similar happening in the beauty-and-fashion world, where the blog “Body & Soul” found this resentful article in Nails magazine, a trade journal for manicurists:

Move Over, Bloggers!
I’m getting kind of tired of all these consumer blogger online who are just infatuated with nail polish and post endlessly about polish and doing their own nails. I mean, sure, they probably help increase the awareness of nail care and new products (mostly polish), bjut I think it’s time for those of us on the professional side of the nail world to take back our place in the pecking order.
They’re even starting to infiltrate my side of the nail world as well — I see as many bloggers taking meetings with manufacuters and hanging out in the press room at trade shows as I do actual journalists.
As nail technicians, YOU have the influence over your clients to share the latest color trends and nail styles. Who knows better than YOU about the differences in hybrid gels and what the right treatment for peeling nails is. Don’t cede your powerful professional influence to a bunch of polish junkies who are looking for free handouts of the latest collections from manufacturers. OK, that’s a little harsh. But seriously, the professional side of our industry needs to stay in the forefront and the DIY-ers need to take a small step back.

LOL! Reminds you of Karl Rove whining about Christine O’Donnell beating Karl’s boy Mike Castle in Delaware, doesn’t it?


12 Responses to “‘Move Over, Bloggers!’”

  1. Randy G
    September 10th, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    Just when I was thinking of doing a post on DIY nailers you do this.

  2. Joe
    September 10th, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    If Turner wins in New York Wiener Houseseat, are you guys going to celebrate that?  You should. 

  3. Anonymous
    September 10th, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    It’s not just in politics that bloggers are upending the established order. ”
    As Insty says – “Faster, please”.

  4. Adjoran
    September 10th, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    It is a testament to what a great con artist Christine O’Donnell was, that the poor stupid suckers actually brag about being taken in by her.

  5. Dell Hill
    September 10th, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    Move over?

    I’d sooner say Move Up!!

  6. Zilla of the Resistance
    September 10th, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    That frustrated ‘professional’ seems to have typed a lot of words, including the typo “bjut”, but all I see when I read it is “WAAAAAAA!!!!!!!”

  7. Anonymous
    September 10th, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    Sour grapes make sour whine.

  8. Anonymous
    September 10th, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    Kind of sounds like a longer Adjoran, huh?

  9. Rhymes W. Right
    September 10th, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    Careful about the Rove comparison — after all, he was absolutely right about the feckless Ms. O’Donnell. Face it, the woman makes Barack Obama look like a statesman and she is, with the exception of David Duke, the most embarrassing nominee for any office by my party in my three decades of GOP activism.

  10. Richard Mcenroe
    September 10th, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

    She was not and could not be worse than Mike Castle… and Rove broke the sacrosanct Eleventh Commandment (“Thou Shalt Not Speak Evil of a Fellow Republican”) while condemning US for our lack of solidarity.  He is dead unto me.

  11. Duane Lester
    September 11th, 2011 @ 1:13 am

    Well, I guess there’s just no room for “All American Manicures,” is there?

  12. Roy Jacobsen
    September 11th, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    The typos caught my eye as well, but upon clicking through to the linked blog, it doesn’t look like they exist in the original article.

    The tone is very junior-high, though. “You dweebs better not try to take any attention away from us cool kids!”