I am working on adding one link to all my tip blogs so this is getting re posted to the main blog. sorry for the re post if you’ve read it already.
WARNING, THIS IS A VERY LONG READ!
If you blog events, you know they are time sensitive. I Label my event folders like this.
2. a) Speaking of Review Copies -
First of all, what are review copies?
*Now I had originally called the shop owners “Sponsors” Seems That is not the right word. So I have changed things to say review copies.*
When a Designer decides to send you review copies they will either be adding you to a group. ( Make sure you have space!) , put you on a mailing list or it could be a one time deal. You the blogger having asked for Item X to review.(If you have asked for review copies. BLOG THEM! Then send the designer all the links with your thanks.
*Remember, no one HAS to send you anything.
So you love this Designer and wish to blog for them.
Here are a few tips on how to obtain review copies.
Most of the time you contact the designer or who the designer directs you to in their profile.
Occasionally someone will contact you and offer you a spot on their blogger list or an item to blog.(Yay you if this happens!)
When contacting designers –
✼ DO ✼
✔Blog them first.
✔Read their profile.
✔Follow the instructions in the profile.
✔Move on if the profile says no Blogger requests.
✔Apply if you are able to meet all their requirements.
✼ Don’t ✼
✘Approach before reading profiles.
✘Approach without having previously blogged their designs.
✘Do not feel entitled.
✘ Do not spam the designer.
✘ Don’t feel bad if you do not hear back.
✘ Do not ask if their profile says No Bloggers.
✘ Don’t be a jerk, like ever.
✘Apply unless you can follow all their rules.
✼On the DO’S -
*I put emphasis on THEIR because so many times I see people dumping their photos into every group they are a member of, not even caring if it’s the designers product or not. DON’T BE LAZY. This will reflect poorly on you!*
✼On the Do Not’s -
✼ I took mine away and readership dropped drastically. Something to think about anyway.
✔ Link everything worn including shape & eyes.
This is one area that is quite personal and unique to each blogger.
✔ Make sure the item being blogged is clearly visible.
✔ Make sure the items you wear are fitted properly.
✔Make sure it looks good!
✔ Do take close ups of your polish and accessories.
✼ DO NOT ✼
✘ Wear ill fitting outfits.
✘ Over edit the photo.
✘ Do something just because everyone else is.
There is nothing worse for me than seeing a blog post where say a top is worn and the straps are sunk into the avatar because of the pose. Or if wearing mesh pants,skirts, you can see a huge gap between the av and the mesh. Either fit your clothing properly, edit your av’s fat slider if need be or learn how to use the clone tool in an editing program.
Now I can’t preach too much here. I am an editing tool addict.
I do now add the raw shots to the bottom of my blog post. If you have doubts, don’t be afraid to show the designer the photo and ask them if it’s too much. Most will find the time to reply to you.
If you are going to credit say a nail polish. Do take the time to do a close up of said polish. It is a huge pet peeve of designers to have a blogger mention them in credits without their wares being actually shown.
White lines -
* Personal pet peeves*
I see so many hopping on the band wagon of these white lines all over their photo. These white lines should be on one side of the image only, it’s a lighting and shadow thing, the sun doesn’t highlight the underside of both your boobs now does it?
Plastering designer names all over the image. -
I suppose if you really want to you can but a better idea is to add the names in the blog credits. As well as in the description field in Flickr.
6. Fashion Feeds. -
Most designers like you to be on them.
So what I did was visit other bloggers Feed pages and follow the links there to find as many as possible.
✔ Read the rules on each Feed about how to apply.
✔ Follow these instructions, give them exactly what they ask for.
✔ Apply to all that you can find.
✔ Make sure you link back to them.
✼ DO NOT ✼
✘ Add your application more than once.
✘ Contact the Owner In SL unless it says somewhere to do this.
✘ Leave nasty messages or spam the comment section.
✘ Feel entitled to be on any Feed. You are added at owners discretion.
You can either create a separate tab or page on the blog to list these or list them on your main page.
When you are linking these Feeds to your blog make sure you do two separate sections. One for Feeds pending and one for Feeds you are actually on.
This is a personal pet peeve of mine. To see 5 comments from the same person asking to be on the feed. Once will do. It is not an automatic process.
The person responsible for adding or not adding you will get to it when they can. Patience Grasshopper.
If a feed says 3 months. Wait till your blog is actually three months.
I have turned someone away who did technically qualify because they had only two posts in that time frame.
This is self explanatory I hope!
7. Networking –
Networking, for a blog?
Oh yes, yes indeed! You should have at the very least these three forms of social networking. They really do work to help you get noticed!
Blogger Support groups and Websites. -
These are super handy , chocked full of information for Bloggers, new and old alike. You can see who is Looking for bloggers and get way more tips and tutorials than you will find here. Check out [SL]Blogger Support HERE
Also Blogging Second Life HERE
Flickr. – First, go to Flickr.com and create an account.
Use your avatar name or whatever name you want people to know you by.
They don’t need your real life one.
Check profiles and social networking boards in your favorite shops.
Follow the Flickr links you find there and then if you like their style, hit the follow button on their page. If you want them to follow you back I suggest you fave a few of their photos by clicking the star at the bottom of the photo.
It also helps to comment on photos once in a while.
It is a tit for tat community.
Make sure you use the *Tag* feature. Tag all the store names that are visible in your photo, also the location and pose makers name. People find my photo’s via this feature all the time!
What I tend to do here is if the item is only on sale for a limited time or free I post the item name. Some info. And the SLURL. Then when I finish my blog post that the photo relates to I post the blog link here as well.
But be smart about it, do not add a brand new photo to a group for 100+ likes.
Read the group rules before you post. If it is an award group, you better award what they require or they will ban you from said groups.
What I tend to do here is if the item is only on sale for a limited time or free I post the item name. Some info. And the SLURL.
Facebook - Now this one is a little bit trickier. Facebook does not want Avatars.
They want your real life info and Real life name. I choose to use my avatar’s name and take my chances of being removed. But I also have a back up. A page for my Blog. You do not have to be a real anything to have a Facebook page.
Send them friend requests.
Not all will accept your request. Be polite. Don’t make a fuss if they decline.
Check out their profiles for any Facebook info they may have available to the public.
A lot of SL shops have networking boards you can click. Follow the link to their page and hit the like button there. You will get updates on all their new releases or their cats, really whatever they feel like posting.
Follow the steps provided by Facebook to create a page for your blog.
Or, even a personal page. This gets you around their no avatar rule.
Once you’ve joined your groups - You need to use them.
Every time you post to your blog. Post it to Facebook and the groups for bloggers. Designers see these too, also customers. It’s win win for everyone.
But wait, There’s more! -
I don’t have much knowledge of these sites but they are huge networking tools for bloggers and designers alike. You should check them out.
Another social network that everyone seems to be on and very active.
✼Please , if you join any of these sites. Conduct yourself as adults - Play Nice!
Whew! You made it through to the end.
Well the end for today:)
I have a distinct feeling that I will be adding to this regularly.
* Almost final note about all this*
I would also like to say that these are mostly my own views on how blogs should be and by no means are they the only way to do things.
It is your blog, make it unique to you.
I want to thank everyone who I pestered in my polls on Flickr , Facebook and [SL]Blogger Support. Your combined input helped me immensely in making this page.
* One last thing.*
If you need help with any of the above mentioned tips. Please don’t be shy, message me in SL.
My name is Ember Adored and while I don’t know it all, I sure love to help my peers.
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