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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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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21 Shoe Event – May Round

Hello shoe lovers – welcome to another round of 21 Shoe! Last month I had promised to keep you updated on whether the group will give out gifts for being a member of the group. And they did! Last week we received the following:

“Ahoy shoe lovers. For this round of 21Shoe we have an exclusive set of 12 fashion poses with mirrors courtesy of Thirty Loop Animations. The included 21Shoe Simple Pose Stand will whisper you instructions when you stand on it. Thank you for your fashionthusiasm and support!

Because of this stand, I was able to take this lovely shot – and it seems to be pretty popular on Flickr so far ^^

 This month it’s clear that Slink and Maitreya dominate as being the most popular shoe type. I think only one designer had just Slink. The Mesh Project has some shoes as well. After some feedback that I heard in a group last month, I have decided to list whether the shoe is exclusive, new, etc. This will help others who didn’t get a chance to get the shoes today figure out which shoes are still available. Most of the shoes ARE exclusive however, so that means you only have ONE day to get them!

 

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 Bliensen + MaiTai  New

Slink High| Maitreya| TMP| Belleza (non-rigged)
Demo  | 329 L

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Essenz Exclusive

Slink Flat | Maitreya
Demo  | 280 L

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G & D Exclusive

Maitreya | Slink High | TMP
Demo (but doesn’t seem to be clickable at this time)| 300 L

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21 Shoe Event – April Round

Hello everyone, and welcome to this round of 21 Shoe! It feels good to be back, but I think I will need to take this new computer back to the shop for them to look at it. It keeps restarting at random, and I can’t identify the cause of it :/

What has changed since the last round that I covered? There is a group fee of 150 L, which I find odd. I mean sure, it’s great that we can gain access to get great deals on shoes, but items only come out once a month. It’s rough to hold on to a group for 27-30 days with no activity. However, I hear we are going to have a gift in a few days so maybe there will be incentives for people to stay in the group? I will keep you posted.

I see that there is a good variety of shoes for the various brands of mesh bodies – Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, and even The Mesh Project. I love the pastel colors for the spring season as well. Remember that these shoes (at this price) is only available for one day only! Some shoes may not be available after today, so keep an eye out for shoes that say “exclusive” ^^

 

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 Bliensen + MaiTai

Demo| Slink Mid | Maitreya | TMP | Belleza | 329L

 Eclectica at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Eclectica

Demo| Slink High| 250L

Essenz at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Essenz

No Demo| Slink High| Maitreya | 280 L

Glamistry at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Glamistry

Demo| Slink High| Maitreya| Belleza |297 L

Ingenue at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Ingenue

Demo| Slink Mid | Maitreya | Belleza | 295 L

KC Couture at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life
KC Couture

Demo| Slink High| Maitreya | TMP | Belleza |300 L

 Kokoia at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Kokoia

Demo| Slink High| Maitreya | TMP | Belleza |199 L

Livalle at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Livalle

Demo| Slink Mid | Maitreya |  Belleza |299 L

MV at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

MV

Demo | Slink High | 300 L

MyADDICTION at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

MyADDICTION

Demo| Slink Mid | Maitreya | 250 L

N-Core at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

N-Core Design

Demo| Slink High| Maitreya | TMP | Belleza |N-core Xtreme Feet | 395 L

YS&YS at 21 Shoe Event in Second LIfe

YS & YS

Demo | Slink High | Maitreya | 350 L

21 Shoe Event – January Round

Hey everyone – happy New Year! It’s a new round from 21 Shoe, where all of these lovely shoes are available for one day only! If you are new to this event, 21 Shoe is an event where you get 2 shoes for the price of 1. You can update your wardrobe for only half of the cost ^^

Shoes for Slink feet dominate once again for this round, but there are a number of Slink/Belleza/Maitreya shoes for sale. There were not that many for The Mesh Project (TMP). I was surprised that N-Core had shoes for not only their feet, but Slink mid feet as well. So for those who had to say goodbye to N-Core when they purchased Slink feet, here is your chance to get reacquainted with the N-Core brand again.

Happy shopping!

 

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Bliensen + MaiTai

Demos | Slink High & Flat | TMP Ouch & TMP | Maitreya/CMFF/Belleza| 329 L

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David C. Heather

Demo | Slink High | 300 L

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Glamistry

Demo | Slink High| Belleza | Maitreya | 297 L

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ieQED

Demo |Slink High | 299 L 

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Ingenue

 Demo | Slink High | Belleza |Maitreya | 295 L

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LaVian&Co

No demo |  Slink high | 299 L

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Livalle

Demos | Slink flat men & women

Slink mid & Belleza | Standard, Slink, & Belleza (boots) | 399 L each

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MIAMAI

Demo | Slink High | 340 L

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MV

Demo | Slink High | 350 L

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N-Core

Demo | Slink Mid | N-Core Medium Feet | 395L

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Sax Shepherd Designs

Demos |Slink High | 299 L

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YS & YS

Demos | Slink Flat and High | 350 L

21 Shoe Event – December Round

Hey everyone – welcome to a new round of 21 Shoe! All of these shoes are available for one day only, so head on down to get your favorite pair of shoes! This month there is a nice mix of heels and boots> Also there are shoes for not only Slink- compatible products, but for Belleza and The Mesh Project as well. N-Core has shoes that go with their latest mesh feet.

Eudora 3D will not be participating this month despite the notecard that was sent out in the 21 Shoe inworld group.

Happy shopping!

 

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Bliensen + MaiTai

Demo|Slink flat and high| TMP ouch!| 329 L

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Glamistry

Demo|Slink High|Belleza| 297 L

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HopScotch

Demo|Slink flat feet| Slink Mid|(boots can be worn with no mesh feet) | 295 L

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House of Rain

Demo|Slink High| 295 L

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ieQED

Demo|Slink High| 299 L

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KoiKoi

Demo| Slink High | 295 L

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Livalle

Demo|Slink High |299L

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MV

Demo| Slink High | 325 L

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NCore

Demo| N-Core xtreme feet |395 L

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Pure Poison

No demo |Slink mid| 199 L

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Sax Shepherd Designs

Demo|Slink High|Transfer| 399L

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YS & YS

Demo| Boots compatible with Belleza, Slink, and TMP|
|Shoes compatible for slink high and belleza| 375 L