My reflections as a blogger

While I was away, Ember Adored made a blog post regarding feeling tied down as a blogger, and how she broke free of the stress that tends to come with blogging nowadays in Second Life. When I read the post I really wanted to respond, but wasn’t able to.

Hair: Exile:: Eyes On Me (@ December’s C88)
Skin: Glam Affair – Summer v3 – Jamaica – August
Glasses: Glamistry
Sunglasses PU2002
 Earrings: Chop Zuey – Pentecostal Shoulder Duster Diam Earrings
Jacket: Mutresse… Tita Coat (@ December’s C88)
Location: The Cyprian Garden

It’s no secret about how I feel about blogging; I have shared some of my sentiments in the past.

https://monisworldsl.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/blogger-sponsorship-in-second-life/
https://monisworldsl.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/why-do-i-blog/

And I have also had meetings with fellow bloggers:

https://monisworldsl.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/sl-blogger-meetup-today-at-9-am-slt/
https://monisworldsl.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/bloggers-office-hours-today-1-5-pm-slt/

When a blogger creates a post, it’s comparable to creating art. You have styling (fashion), staging a scene (H&G), taking a photo (involves photography), and writing up a post (for those who still like to express their sentiments). And whereas it’s nice and can even boost our self-esteem when our art is appreciated, I believe that bloggers that are in it for the long run are intrinsically motivated. That is who I feel content creators should look for when selecting bloggers, and not base it on criteria that can be easily manipulated. But what do I know?

Let’s get to the questions that Ember asked us:

What are some of the biggest things you have agreed to in an application in order to get into a bloggers group?

Honestly for my own sanity, I stay away from too many crazy requirements. All of the stores that I blog for at the moment have reasonable requirements. For events it can get a bit more hectic, but that is more so because of the number of items that you receive. This is why I am hesitant to join a monthly event.

Some of the following requirements have turned me away from applying:

  • Blogging ALL releases. I have no idea what you would release in a given calendar month, and just because you want to overextend yourself doesn’t mean I am able to do the same).
  • Getting 99+ faves /1k+ views on every Flickr photo. Suppose if my audience doesn’t like a particular photo that I did. Does that really take away from me being a blogger? It’s another thing if you were working as a social media manager and the team notices that certain releases aren’t responding well to the public. But that is marketing and research, not a personal blog.
  • Blogging x% of all releases. This is the same as the first requirement. Suppose if a store wants 50% of all releases blogged, and one month they double or even triple the amount of releases. It’s not like you know in advance that this is happening – all you see is the huge amount of releases sent to you, and you get slammed with work.
  • (For events) Blog x amount of posts, and have at least x amount of items in each post. This can be tricky to do if you do not know what you are getting in advance. This requirement wouldn’t necessarily turn me away, but I would have to look into it before making a decision.
  • Assigned stores to blog (for an event). This is not necessarily a turn off either, but what tends to happen is that while your assigned stores still have not sent out the items for you to blog, other stores are sending items. These are items that you want to blog as well. Then the event or blogger manager sees that there are lots of posts that feature the same content creators, and get upset that people are not doing their job. So yeah – this is not a deal breaker but it can get messy.

Why do you blog? 

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Aleutia @ Marvelous Events – August Round

Hey guys! If you haven’t been to the new round of Marvelous Events yet, you have until the 25th to attend. Marvelous Events features new and exclusive items in male and female Fashion, accessories, skins and shapes, poses, and decor.

Aleutia is one of stores at Marvelous Events, featuring the Summer Splash dress and Del Sol shoes.

Dress: [Aleutia] Summer Splash (@ Marvelous Events)
Hair & Hat: *ARGRACE* Bucket hat / TOMOE – Dark Brown 
Makeup:
alaskametro❤ “LiquidShine” lipgloss – Rose
[mock] Dark Blue Fog (Eyeshadow only)
~Oceane~Bardot ES Noire
Pose: Di’s Opera
Nail Polish: alaskametro-Kimono (@ Bon Voyage)
Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SpoonDrift/250/171/23

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The end of standard sizes? What this means for clothing in Second Life

There has been a growing number of stores as of late who are opting to only make clothing for specific mesh bodies (e.g. Belleza, Maitreya, Slink), and discontinuing standard sizing. According to a few social media outlets, the reasons why designers are opting to discontinue making standard size clothing are:

– Designers are spending more time rigging for various bodies than actual creation of items.

– Sales have not significantly decreased for those opting to go for specific fitmesh sizes.

– Customers want to shop at stores that have clothing specifically fitted to their body.

Some designers are opting to take it one step further and only focus on making clothing for the current most popular body. According to the 2016 survey conducted by meshbodyaddicts.com, 62.5% of the female residents surveyed currently wear the Maitreya Lara body. Even if you add up the number of people who wear other mesh bodies, they still pale in comparison to the Maitreya Lara mesh body. For this reason, some designers feel like this is enough to not only discontinue standard sizes, but to limit their creations to only one fitmesh size.

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Meet Kismet!

Hey guys! I wanted to show you a skin that was created by alaskametro for Skin Fair 2016 – called Kismet. It is on the marketplace now with more appliers than what was available at Skin Fair.

“Blended handdrawn/photosource elements and optimized for mesh bodies and heads (but, you can also wear this on your Classic avatar!) “Kismet” comes in 8 skintones and features between 2-4 brow colours in a thick, natural style, plus 1 eyeshadow and 3 lipsticks. Freckled and cleavage versions included.”

If you bought Kismet  before the update and would like appliers for Loudmouth, Belleza, and Maitreya, just IM Alaska Metropolitan.

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Skin: alaskametro<3 HYBRID skin – Spice – Kismet brunette freckled
alaskametro<3 “Lana” eyeliner – Black
alaskametro<3 Kismet makeup – lips 03 (dark skins)

Hair: Analog Dog – glamp – DARK BROWNS
Dress: {Indyra} Dakota Dress
Leggings: Ghee Essential Booted Leggings
Pose: an lar [poses]
Location:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kingsport/217/196/22

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with some new jewelry!

Hey guys! Today I am happy to show you what Chop Zuey has in store for us all this coming Valentine’s day! Dirait-on is a beautiful pearl jewelry set consisting of a necklace, earrings, and 4 bracelets. Both of the raw crystals in the necklace and earrings can change to 12 different colors. I love the color blue, so I decided to have the crystals match my dress.

The best part about this new release is that the first 50 sets sold will be 50% off – so you definitely want to take advantage of this great deal ^^


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Lounge with a jumpsuit

I think my favorite go-to look over the past few days is to wear a jumpsuit and to put a bolero over it. Lelutka did a great job coming out with these little jackets over the holidays ^^ I like jumpsuits because they fit most people, and it’s not a lot of work to look fabulous. Plus, to me they are the glam version of comfort.

The jumpsuit I have on today is by Valentina E, and I got it from Uber. This round ends on the 23rd, so you still have time to visit.
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