When I started this blog, I really did not set myself any goals as I was not sure if I would keep it up. And yet, here we are, two years later!
I recently looked back on my time in SL (in this picture) and it struck me how useful taking pictures and blogging helps with remembering things. I will look back at an outfit and remember what stories I wrote while my character was wearing it, the discussions I had, the laughs etc…
If I had to choose one thing alone that I find rewarding about blogging, that in itself would be enough. Yet, there is so much more. Teaching myself how to use Photoshop would be a close second.
I always had an artistic side. I used to act, draw, write… As time passes and we “grow” somehow those aspects are deemed less time worthy. Second Life has allowed me to rekindle the passion I had with those. I enjoy editing every pixels to make a whole. I love writing stories with others that have me immersed in them. I find a challenge in the artistic puzzle of finding the right elements to bring an outfit together.
Often people, even those logging on to it religiously, will view Second Life in a negative light. I think, like every other distraction in your life, it is what you make of it. For me it is a respite of fun and creativity through this blog and roleplay. What is it for you?
If you’ve not yet joined SL Blogger Support I highly recommend you do so, as it is the only group I know of its kind whose sole purpose is to, support bloggers. (eh heh)
In the article Becky (CanaryBeck.com) shares a great example of a pre-publishing checklist that is sensible and easy to follow. She was also gracious enough to create a simple checklist chart which I think is brilliant.
Many of you may already have this in some shape or form so I thought I’d share a few of mine I’ve picked up along the way that may pique your interest (or not).
*Drink a glass of water before you commence typing. This stuff be hard on your brain cells!
*Go to the restroom and wash your hands! It’s amazing how my bladder makes an effort to interrupt good typin’! (why does this all read so naughty??)
Okay I lied I don’t really have a checklist. The most responsible tip I could ever give to any fellow SL Blogger (depending on the context) is to give credit where credit is due, in fashion, home decor, photography, lifestyle, even if its a measly 100 word post about a weeklong Halloween Hunt or this week’s machinima review, credit, credit, credit!
I follow most of Becky’s 12 points although not always in that order, and some structure is better than none. Everyone’s routine will be different, but if you don’t have anything like it, this is a good place to start.
OH here’s a good ‘un: Turn off your cell phones, landlines, answering service, etc.
You cannot believe how many ‘trains of thought’ I’ve crashed because of some neanderthal trying to sell me roofing services, fml.
Super! I’ve reached 400+ words and hopefully if you’re still reading all the way down here, you’ll find that it is now time I make good on that tip!
Have a great weekend fellow lurkers, remember Sad Novemberstarts on Sunday, November 1st through November 21st!Stay tuned for updated LM’s and peeeektures!
*Cardigan: MoDANNA Becaud Collection Cascade Cardigan | Coming to Sad November! *Leggings: MoDANNA Trenet Collection Leather Patch Leggings | Coming to Sad November! *Earrings|Necklace: Ariskea Berwood Earrings and Necklace | Coming to Sad November! Tattoo: Letis Tattoo Adrasteia (Maitreya applier) Skin: Lara Hurley Alena Applier Head: Lelutka Leda 1.3 Body: Maitreya Lara 1.1 Pose: oOo Studio Avenger #7 Location: Loch Noble
I have to finish this blog post quickly as Sakide’s Smoking Jacket is available at the Vintage and Cool Fair which ends today. It is available in an array of delicious colours and each pack has a plain jacket and one with either black or white lapels. it comes in five standard sizes but I was able to fit it to Maitreya Lara with some alpha tweaks.
My necklace and earring set is just one of a number that Indulge Temptations has available for 60L each till 9th of September midnight for 55LThursday. They are 100% mesh, materials enabled, HUD driven, resizable (x,y,z), and depending on which pack you buy, have up to 10 bead colour options and 10 metal types.
My heels from Glamistry probably need nothing more than just to leave you to drool at them in the close up below. However, in case you have been living under a pixel rock for a while and are new to Glamistry, I will just tell you that as well as making some of the most drool-worthy shoes in sl, Glamistry’s hud allows you to purchase more colours directly from the hud itself, and every colour you buy is added to the pool from which you can customise multiple areas.
If any of you are still here reading my blog, you probably noticed that I haven’t blogged as much lately.
I haven’t been in the mood. And blogging for me isn’t about slapping a photo on a page and putting down credits.
For me it’s about telling a story. My favorite posts are the ones in which my photos are tied into a story, an atmosphere, an expression of my mood, with an outfit, a location, and many other ingredients.
So today I’m going to tell you a different story.
I got my first camera for my birthday, as a little girl.
I’m not really sure which birthday that was, but way pre-teen. I loved my little camera and ran around taking pictures of everything I found. Of course they were all really horrible pics, but I was happy!
I got a new one not too long after that. It was cool ‘cos I could fit it in my purse and it had a zoom in it so i could do close up piccies! And I had more flashes for it than my cubes that came with the first one.
I guess life went on, adolescence came, and I didn’t use my camera so much anymore. I didn’t take pics of my besties or stuff like that; we all had other things on our mind at the time. But I still liked to take my camera with me and do pics of places I visited and landscapes.
After I graduated high school I went on this “family trip” and took my camera pic with me. I met some cool people; one was a French girl called Aline whose pic I took and still have somewhere, she was so fun! But summer ended and it was time to go to college.
Well, college was college – for me, the first two years was mostly parties, studying was unknown, it was about emotions,
When I got to college I was made to take an aptitude test for what could be a good job for me. The results astounded me bcause it said
1. Computer programmer
Well, at that point I had never even seen a computer yet (it turned out to be my occupation for many years and still going strong); photography… well I had played but from that to a job??
That’s when I got my first “real” camera for my 18th birthday. My uncle apparently thought my interest in photography was enough to get a reflex and try my hand at it. Regardless of everything else that happened ith him, I have to be thankful for that.
Yea, looks ugly, right? But I loved it. I learned about how to use aperture, shutter speeed, and to do other things like that. I took tons of pictures in those two years, and I have something like 12 albums full of them at home. It was mostly about “landscapes” (underground stairwells from odd angles, etc) and still life – in fact, I liked to create “mini sets” to take pictures of – a bowl of M&Ms with my teddy bear, one of my bras hanging on a pair of cowboy boots, and other weird things like that.
Then real life kicked in. I moved to USA and went to university. By then I had kind of figured out – if my childhood hadn’t been a hint – that life is a bitch and then you die.
I bought a new camera at uni,
and played and did lots of things but none of it was worth mentioning, sadly. The most “work” I did with pictures in the first year was reading TONS of photography magazines, and other magazines too. Any photo I found which I liked got cut out and pasted on my bedroom wall. I had two walls of my room full of pics, and dreamed of things like advertising photography.
At one point I figured I could improve my photography by improving my equipment. Everyone knows that’s illusion but anyway I upgraded my Minolta to the pro version, not so plasticky, solid and “professional”. – even tho the 7000 actually came with more things which were optional in my new one.
Needless to say, I didn’t get much photo work in regardless of the new camera.
After finally making it through Uni and returning home, I tried to pick up photography again, but I just wasn’t inspired. First, I got a job, and I had my mind on that, and then other hobbies got in the way, and I wasn’t even sure I wanted to take pics anymore. But I kept my camera, which rapidly was getting old. The only time it got used is when I went somewhere with my friend on a trip, and she hated all the pics I took of her. But that’s life. In the end, she ended up using the camera more than me and she still has it, although she claims it’s broken and can’t be saved anymore.
The only thing which involved me in photography, or in at least some form of art of composition, sets etc., was Second Life, and modeling. I learned about Photoshop; I learned about posing; about what works in SL and what doesn’t. I am in no way a good SL photographer. But what counts is I had fun. But…. somehow it’s not as exciting anymore. Read on and you’ll know why.
Then… I moved to here. I had a better salary and decided it was about time I look into photography again, not to mention figure out what this whole “digital” thing is all about. So I looked around but ended up shopping with my heart too.., and I got a Nikon.
I took it out for a spin; it was a holiday, May 1, and I went to shoot flowers and closeups to see what I could do with it.
After my Second Life experiences, I decided I wanted to know more about photography in the beauty and fashion world. I had never done portraits, and I knew that every time I tried, it had resulted pretty much in disaster.
But my friends know that I hate giving up. And now I am trying to specialize in beauty and fashion photography.
My last shoot was last night. If you want to know more, you’ll have to ask me!