Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Some News and Some Questions
It occurred to me that I posted this announcement on Instagram and Snapchat, but said nary a thing on my actual blog. That's silly, because while I certainly enjoy and appreciate my followers on other forms of social media, most of the people who check out BOGL are in it for the blog. So, uh, here's the news: there's a piece of jewelry on my left ring finger now. My partner and I have been unofficially engaged for a while, but we decided to get this little guy and make it old fashioned official. I'll marry him at some point. (My partner, that is, not the ring.)
Now on to the question portion of this post. I received some Lime Crime products as gifts from a friend, and when I realized I quite liked them, I swapped for a few more. The Velvetine liquid lipsticks in particular have popped up in a few of my Snapchat and Instagram posts, and I've received a few (very polite) requests to write about them.
Here's the thing: Lime Crime has something of a checkered past. I'm all for giving people second chances if they apologize and learn from their behavior; I know I've made mistakes and poor decisions that I'd hate to be judged for now. And it seems like the company has been on its best behavior for the last year or so, especially after the security breach that appears to have pushed founder "Doe Deere" further and further in to the background.
That said, I'm still not quite sure how to approach such a blogpost. Any company can have a security breach, unfortunately, but this was stacked on a pile of other discomforting issues, like purportedly using unapproved ingredients and the infamous Hitler costume. Doe Deere has apologized for some of these things, but there's enough weirdness going on that I don't actually feel comfortable buying directly from the company--again, every Lime Crime product I own was a gift or came to me second hand.
I know I can't please everybody. There will be some people who will be disappointed that I even own these products, and it's a shame, because I'm glad you guys are here and I want you to enjoy the content. But the post was requested, and I think it might be helpful to some people.
Might, however, is the clincher. It could also legitimize some of the shitty behavior and piss-poor management that's gone on in the past.
So here's the question: what do you think a Lime Crime post should contain? Should it outline why the writer does or doesn't support the company, or should it go straight in to the products? Should it include a number rating or stay score-free? Should it even be written in the first place? I'd love to hear your opinions.