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 @ the Color Me Project

Hey guys! Have you been to the Color Me Project yet? You only have a few days until the current round is over on September 3rd. The theme celebrates all of the colors of Jamaica, and Aleutia does an excellent job on conveying the vibrant and bold color schemes.

Dress: [Aleutia] Bandu (Midori on the Rocks)  (@ CMP)
Hair: Tableau Vivant \\ Sari hair  Browns (@ C88)
Skin: -Glam Affair – Luna skin – Jamaica
Shoes:  N-core STILETTO “Gradient” 
Location: Field of Dreams

The Bandu dress comes in 10 different colors, with names such as Ocho Rios and Limoncello. I have on Midori on the Rocks, which sports a cool green and black theme. I added some shoes from N-Core that are duo-toned in yellow and black to go with the vibe. Now all I need is an actual Midori and I will be all set ^^

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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” ^^

 

 Bliensen + MaiTai  - April's 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

 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 – June Round

Hey everyone – welcome to the June round of the 21 Shoe event! As always, I am showing you what this event has to offer this month, because we all love shoes! This event is for 1 day only, so get to these stores as fast as you can!

Now, I admit that last month, I made a boo-boo. I left out one of the designers for 21 Shoe, so I would like to apologize to you all for not allowing you to see all of the designers that was in the round (especially because it’s only for one day).

Now, bring on the shoes!

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erratic
Demo not found, 395 L

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Ingenue
Demo, 295L

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Hucci
Demo, gift vendor available,  395 L

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KoiKoi
Demo,  295 L

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Lassitude & Ennui 
Demo not found,  280 L

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Miamai
Demo not found,  320L

21shoe-june_001N-core
Demo,  695L

21 Shoe Event – May Round

Hey everyone – welcome to the May round of the 21 Shoe event! Can you believe that it’s May already – phew! As always, I am showing you what this event has to offer this month, because we all love shoes! This event is for 1 day only, so get to these stores as fast as you can!

 

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David Heather

Demo available, 450 L

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Gabriel

Demo available, 300 L

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Hucci

Demo available, gift vendor available, 395 L

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JD

Demo available, 395 L

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KoiKoi

Demo available, 295 L

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N-Core

Demo available, 695 L

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Slink

Demo available, 599 L

21 Shoe Event – March Round

Hey guys! Sorry that I haven’t been around much this month…classes are kicking up into high gear, and now my dad gave me his cold 😦 Trying to get rid of it before it gets full blown, but I don’t know…

So! Welcome to the March round of the 21 Shoe event! There are some great shoes this round, and as always are only available for one day only. Now I know some people are upset that something like this is only for one day, because they don’t think it’s enough time to shop. But the way I look at is is, there are many things in RL and SL that last for one day only. And this plays up to the exclusivity aspect of having an event like this. Not everyone can have these shoes, but at least it’s not a case of, “There can only be one…”

 

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N-Core

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Hucci

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KoiKoi

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Slink

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Miamai

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Baiastice

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Ingenue

21 Shoe Event – February Round

Hey everyone! I’ve been looking forward to this round of 21 Shoe….even stayed up so I could get first crack at showing you all of the wonderful shoes that are out for today only. Hmm…does this mean that I really love shoes? According to the notecard that was sent out to group members:

Welcome to our second 21 Shoe Event, the event will start at 12am slt on the 21st of February, and run for 24 hours.  2 pairs of exclusive original mesh shoes for the price of 1 or less.

Here are the participating designers for this month:

21shoefeb_005Cashmere Keane

21shoefeb_003Eudora

21shoefeb_001Hucci

21shoefeb_004Just Design

21shoefeb_002KoiKoi

21shoefeb_006Lassitude & Ennui

21shoefeb_007_002N-Core

21shoefeb_007_001SLink

Aaaand I’m broke 😦 Too many good shoes this round. Make sure you guys pay attention to the type of SLink feet you need to wear the shoes (the ones that need the feet, anyway).

Don’t forget – this is a one day sale ONLY!

Happy New Year!

So there I was, in the middle of getting dressed to go find a party to crash, when I got a message from one of my friends. She wanted me to help one of her submissives with her Lolas. After a lot of tweaking (hey it’s hard telling someone how to adjust something…they should have Lolas set up like Bax boots so someone can help adjust) and obtaining the right applier color, she looked pretty good. And NO, she didn’t have huge ones, either. We were just finishing up when I realized it was the New Year. I thought that was a good way to ring in the New Year – gaining a new friend.

Styling Credits

Dress: ~Blacklace~ Blurred Lines: Silver & Blk Mesh Sequins Dress: (with Lolas Tango)
Skin: al vulo– Ramona* peacock blonde brow sunkissed
Hair: Magika – Bliss
Shoes: N-core ULTRAPLATFORM “Noir Intense”
Nails: [Bamboo] Nails – Stranded

Makeup:
[mock]Glitter Pop eShadow [Platinum and Bronze]
[PF] <Light> Classic Lipstick – Hot Pink
~Oceane~Bardot ES Noire
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Glitter 01

Pose: Manifeste