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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Indian Summer Fun

Hey guys! If you are looking for a nice hunt where you can stock up on boho chic items, then the Ghee Indian Summer hunt is the place to be. You have up until September 2nd to collect all 39 spice jars placed around the main store and the park. The color scheme for the items goes well with the Indian Summer theme – taupe, chili, and ivory.

Top: Ghee Ivory Indian Summer Blouse
Pants: Ghee Ivory Indian Summer Harems
Shoes: Ghee Indian Summer Sandals IVORY
Hair: Tableau Vivant \\ Sari hair [F] – Browns (@ C88 August round)
Choker: Chop ZueyThe Ashby-de-la-Zouch Cameo Choker
Skin: -Glam Affair – Luna skin – Jamaica
Makeup:
alaskametro<3 “Sheer Gloss” lipgloss – Blush
MONS / Makeups – Eyeshadow Hippie (green)
Pose: an lar poses
Location: The Cyprian Garden

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BellaTrix – versatility and beauty by design

When selecting jewelry to wear, I try to look for sets that will not only look great together, but hold their own as individual pieces. Today I am showing you how BellaTrix, a recent release from Chop Zuey, accentuates two completely different outfits. BellaTrix is at Swank through May 31st. BellaTrix is a texture change set where the bracelets, ring, and earrings can change colors. With over a dozen possibilities for color, you will not have a hard time getting BellaTrix to coordinate with your outfit.

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Hair: enVOGUE HAIR – Gisselle

Skin: -Glam Affair – Luna skin – Jamaica
Outfit: {Indyra} Irina Belted Sweater & Top
Jewels: Chop Zuey – Bellatrix Choker Necklace & Flower Ring
Chair: 22769 [Bauwerk] Pill Chair White without Blanket
Nails:  Ghee Iridescent Glitter Nails
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Last day of the 2016 Home & Garden Expo!

Today is the last day of the Home and Garden Expo. With L$3,894,227 ($ 15,577) raised so far, can we make it to 4 million Lindens? Only time will tell. You can always check out this page to see how the donations are coming in the final hours of the expo.

This expo was a memorable experience for me as a co-exhibitor, blogger, and consumer. With homes and home interior/exterior decor becoming more visible in the blogging world, I got a better idea of the expectations of content creators and home & garden bloggers alike when it comes to presenting and promoting related content.

Today, I am featuring items from Magnum Opus, by Dorian, Dreamland Designs, True North Designs, Spargel & Shine Homes, and River Beds.

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The Boho Couture Fair ends soon

The fourth Boho Culture Fair ends on November 2nd. So if you haven’t been yet, now would be a good time to check it out. I think many are focused on celebrating Halloween ^^

Today I am wearing Ghee‘s clothing, which can be found at the Boho Couture Fair.
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I normally don’t wear green, but since the Foxy Lady Madylin skirt had green flowers, I decided to wear green tights as well. Ghee has a variety of colors, all at their main store. Make sure you demo so you can decide the best way to wear Ghee according to your tastes.

 

Styling Credits

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Electra
Skin: -Glam Affair – Luna skin – Jamaica
Shirt: Ghee Marsala Madylin Blouse  (@ the Boho Couture Fair)
Skirt: Ghee Foxy Lady Madylin Skirt (@ the Boho Couture Fair)
Tights: Ghee FW15 Artichoke Cable Knit Tights 
Boots: Ghee Dark Natural Suede Rose Boots (@ the Boho Couture Fair)
Necklace: EarthStones Ti’ana Necklace – Onyx
Pose: Manifeste
Location: The Cyprian Garden

What to wear at your next cocktail party

If you are looking for something that will make you stand out at your next soiree, look no further! Ghee has the perfect cocktail dress at Sneak Peak that will make people look twice.

ghee sneak peak october 2015 - second life

This is a black sleeveless cocktail dress with a frill that comes in 6 different shades. So if you want to give your standby little black dress a rest, try wearing a dress that has a pop of color. I am wearing the Frill Cocktail Dress in Slate.

Sneak Peak ends on October 5th, so you still have a little time left to pick it up! ^^

Styling Credits

Skin: -Glam Affair – Luna skin – Jamaica
Hair: booN GFR834 hair chocolate
Outfit: Ghee Fall15 Soiree Preview Slate Frill Cocktail Dress (@ Sneak Peak)
Jewelry: Zuri Rayna~Forever Onyx Sparkle/Opal/Dark Gold
Shoes: REIGN.- Oakley Heels
Location: Cyprian Garden
Pose: EverGlow

Party at the Cyprian Terrace

As some of you may know, I’m a rental manager over at the Manor Suites. It’s on the same sim as the Cyprian Garden – a beautiful place with lots to explore (adults only!). The owner has worked hard all summer long to update and renovate the place, and tonight was time to celebrate and enjoy.

The Cyprian Terrace can be found within the garden – it’s an area with a big dance floor where you can look at the water that’s on two sides. The DJ who who was playing the awesome 80’s tunes was Potvin Tigerpaw, aka DJ 4Play. I didn’t know that he used to publish a couple of magazines that I used to read (said so on his profile anyways).

There was a raffle for 2000L, and the winner was…

[19:00] Raffle Board D (MAIN) 2.1: Congratulations to Luka Fairey for winning the contest: ‘Our Raffle’. They have won ‘L$2000’.

 I felt like Lucille deserved it. The music was 80’s themed, and she really did look like she was from the 80’s, green skirt and all.

I used to go out in SL all of the time, and nowadays when I go out it seems like a big deal. Like the other day I attended the launch party for L’amour Diversity magazine, and I went out and bought a dress for it.

 

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This is a raw shot – no editing except to resize…you see our kitchen in the background there. I guess my cats are all sleeping or else you would had seen them over there on the rug.

Okay – enough rambling for tonight. I just wanted to share with you guys some of my happiness. Let me know in comments if you want to come out next month for another party at the terrace!

Moonlight tryst in the garden

 Away! away! for I will fly to thee,
Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,
But on the viewless wings of Poesy,
Though the dull brain perplexes and retards:
Already with thee! tender is the night,
And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays;
But here there is no light,
Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.
 Ode to a Nightingale | by John Keats

  Indyra - Tryst - Second Life
Dress: {Indyra} Tryst
Necklace: {Indyra} Alexandria Necklace
Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Shiny hair- Naturals II
Skin: Glam Affair – Cleo – Jamaica
Eyes IKON Promise Eyes – Nymph
Lipstick: [mock] Innocente Lipcolor Tropical Fever
Clutch: 1992 // Spiked Clutch (Iridescent/Gold)
Shoes: Venus – LYDIA (@ WEIB)
Pose: Manifeste
Location: The Cyprian Garden

 

7 Group Gifts in 7 Days!

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Indyra Originals is having a grand re-opening of their mainstore. The new build looks great – it looks sleek on the outside, and on the inside it’s easier to look for what you need. There is even a lounge area where you can sit and cam shop! ^^

 

This is the group gift from Friday – Angeline in Blush color. Actually, I was able to pick it up just now, so if you hurry you still may be able to get this pretty dress. What is not shown here is the flower neck corsage. I can see myself using it in a variety of ways – don’t you just love accessories? 🙂

See you at Indyra’s!

 

Styling Credits

Skin: -Glam Affair – Mokatana – Jamaica 06 F
Hair: “”D!va”” Hair “Judy” (Type A)(Citrine)
Dress: Indyra Originals Mesh: Angeline Gown: Blush 

Makeup:
[PF] Lipstick <Dark> – Shine (pink) (current group gift)
~Oceane~Bardot ES Noire

Earrings: Finesmith Laetitia earring  Platinum
Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – High
Pose: Manifeste
Location: The Cyprian Garden

Is it Autumn yet?

boho-forest_003The Cyprian Garden

Hey guys! I can’t believe we are still having nice weather in October…at least in my area 😀 So I have decided to take advantage and sport a more summery look before it’s time to break out the old sweaters (or shop for new ones!).

I went for boho chic with this look. I’ve got my flowy skirt on (how often do you see me in one of these, guys?) , my jewelry (most of it is hidden in the shadows…I also have on a ring and earrings but I chose not to credit them because you can’t see them), and my sandals (also hidden).

I recently discovered the Cyprian Garden when my boss gave me the landmark for it. I work for a rental place, and everyone has access to the garden area. I am not 100% sure if it’s open to the public…from the access page it looks like it is. The only thing is, you do have to be adult verified to enter.

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Styling Credits

Outfit: Indyra Originals Mesh – Buena Boho Beach
Skin: al vulo– Aisha* Candy  sunkissed
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Melissa Mesh Hair – Gingerbread (Sept arcade item)

Jewelry:
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Artistry by E: The Monica Necklace & Bracelet

Pose: Manifeste