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Some Thoughts on Commitment

Hey guys! This has been a busy month for me. Yesterday The Fashion Loft had its first fashion show, and it was a success. Considering the fact that there were several events before and after our show, I was happy to see that we had at max just under 40 people at the sim. Since I got a lot of positive feedback from the last time I shared my thoughts, I thought I would share my sentiments on my recent experience.

Glasses: Glamistry: Sunglasses PU2004
Hair: Tableau Vivant \\ Caprice (messy) – Browns (featured @ SLB14)
Skin: Glam Affair – Danni – Catwa Mesh Head Applier – Jamaica
Dress: ISON – sahara wrap dress -Maitreya- (lavender)
Jewelry: Chop Zuey – San Guerlian
Shoes: #EMPIRE – Kalmia
Pose: Di’s Opera
Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mango/52/59/25

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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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Bloggers’ Office Hours Today: 1 – 5 PM SLT

***Update – 6/27: If you would like to be informed of when we have another session, just go to the location in this post and hit the bloggers’ office hours subscriber. It will help me get a better idea as to how many people are interested in something like this. Our first session went well, people came in one at a time, and I had very nice conversations with each person.

Hey guys! Ever since the meetup that I hosted back in October took place, it was always my intention to continue gathering with other bloggers to talk about issues that we may experience. Unfortunately, lots of things happened after that meeting, and eventually my attention got pulled in other directions. After speaking with a few people this weekend, I came up with a new format on how to go about doing these meetings.

bloggers' office hours - second life

We are all very busy people, and perhaps a formal 2 out of 24 hours gathering is a lot to commit to. However, if we were to extend the hours and keep the topic(s) of discussion flexible…people can drop in and out as they need to.

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Destination KiLu: Countryside Relaxation

Hi guys! I am currently on location at KiLu!

KiLu is on an adult homestead sim, which guarantees that there will never be a crowd of people on the sim at the same time. I decided to relax in this hammock after looking around.

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When I arrived, there was a notecard with the following information:

We’re a pretty laid back seasonal, countryside Sim and wish nothing more than for you to relax and have a wonderful, carefree time while visiting.

There’s a few rules we hope you’ll respect while at KiLu.

– While you do have rez rights here, we ask that you please refrain from rezzing anything other than pose balls or pose props for photos.

– Treat everyone with respect at KiLu, no griefing please!

– Any questions or issues on the sim please feel free contacting Kimbra Iridescent.

If you happen to snap some photos here, we’d love to see them!

https://www.facebook.com/KiLuSim

https://www.flickr.com/groups/kilu/

So if you are looking to take pictures, hang out and relax, or spend time with a loved one, make KiLu your next destination ^^

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Upcoming events in March – Fashion for Life and the Twisted Hunt

Hey guys – are you ready for March? Here are some events that you may not know about: Fashion for Life and the Twisted Hunt.

The Fashion For Life committee is proud to announce the dates for Second Life’s 10th Annual Clothing Fair benefiting Relay For Life of Second Life. This event has become a mainstay of the fashion community and we are excited to continue the tradition with a special 10th anniversary event. The event will open its doors on March 6th 2016 and run for 14 days, closing at 6pm SLT on March 20th.

Fashion for life 2016 - Second Life
This year is going to be a trip back in time and Celebrate the history of the Clothing Fair (Fashion for Life). Prepare to be immersed in 10 of the greatest sims built by some of Second Life’s most talented builders. What is the Theme you ask ? Well its : ” THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT”

We are looking forward to presenting 14 days of shopping from some of the most dedicated designers here in Second Life. Each one is committed to raising as much money for Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society as possible.

With over 150 designers, we will also offer One of A Kind Auctions, Fashion Shows, Treasure Hunt, and a Photo Contest. Also, the fabulous Elysium Cabaret Dance troupe will be there to perform not one but two shows during the event.

For more information, you can go to their website: http://fashionforlifesl.com

LUXE Paris is one of the stores that will be participating this year. The Classy Beige Jumpsuit is available in standard mesh sizes, and will be exclusively at the event.

 

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21 Shoe Event – June Round (48 hours!)

Hey everyone – welcome to the June round of 21 Shoe! This round is special because this is the first time that these deals will be available for 48 hours! So if you overslept or couldn’t make it on today, you still have another day ^^

This month’s group gift is from Klepsydra- exclusive stockings in system layer and several mesh body appliers.

 

Klepsydra  stockings - 21 Shoe June group gift

We have some new shoe designers on board, and some designers were not able to make it for this round. A couple of suggestions to the new designers:

1. Always have demos for your shoes. You are promoting your shoes to a broader audience who may not be familiar to your brand.

2. Labeling your ad to reflect which mesh bodies or feet can wear your items is a major plus. Sometimes people want to be able to tell at a glance whether a shoe suits them or not before trying on a demo.

Most of the shoes are “Exclusive” this round. This means they will only be available for this event, which ends in less than 48 hours. Look here and go to the stores now! ^^

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