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Break in blogging

Previously posted @ Apollo’s Photo Blog.

Due to changes in RL circumstances and my eyes needing more rest I regretfully had to cut down the time I spend in SL. Thank you all for your understanding.


Second Life blogging quality versus quantity: Will you dare to be epic?

Previously posted @ {K}iss {K}iss.

Khitt:

As someone that has been blogging SL fashion since 2008, I found this article a good capture of all the changes that have taken place since then.
When I first started out, blogging was less complicated. I shopped, styled and shared with my readers. I had relationships with a few stores and even served as a tester for products before they were released. Designers created for sale in their stores; the plethora of daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly sales events was not prevalent. Participation is such events were almost exclusive to certain designers or types of designers.
Now, stores are in a multitude of events. Every day, they are adding something new (or not so new) to these shopping events (far too many in my opinion!).Their production of product has seemed to quadruple in some cases. Variety for consumer, yes! Headache for the blogger, yes!
Luckily, I have a small group of designers that I work with and feature on my blog. I love and support them all. With several of them, I have had long-standing relationships that will continue long past the days I may blog for them. However, I understand (and see) the pressure that new bloggers face. Some of that pressure has even crept up on an old head like me (esp. with Flickr, ugh). And I don’t like that.
Any SL blogger, esp. fashion related, can find some interesting points to take away from this article. Another must read!

Originally posted on SL Blogger Support:

In my blog post about driving more traffic to your archived content, I told you I’d be helping you stay organised with an editorial calendar. Well, for this post I’ve decided to change tack a little: I won’t be laying down specific recommendations about how frequent or how regular you should publish, because frankly, there is much more to the story – and it’s a story that strikes at the heart of what kind of blogger you choose to be. Before you can decide on what kind of posting schedule is right for you, you have to decide if you will be a blogger that prioritises quality or quantity.

First, let’s talk about blog post quantity

Should you post once or twice per day? Three times a week? Twice? Once a week? Less often than that?

Many Second Life bloggers wrestle with this question daily. Some I’ve spoken to tell…

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Vacation almost over, can’t wait to get back to blogging

Previously posted @ The half dressed blogger.

Tropical paradise
Tropical paradise

So many exciting things to share and some great stories to tell, miss you much.

Dani
xoxoxox

The influence of Flickr on Second Life Blogging

Previously posted @ {K}iss {K}iss.

Khitt:

My good friend Moni shares some very important points on SL blogging and the use of Flickr. For all my fashion bloggers, this is something worth reading.

Originally posted on Moni's World:

As I stand here watching my friend cook her pasta from [Life2], I think about what I have to blog about next. Earlier today I followed at least 100 more people on Flickr, and faved a lot of photos that I liked. I do this every so often, but lately I feel that if I don’t do this, then it will have an adverse effect on promoting my blog. As anyone with a blog knows, being active on Flickr has become vital to getting desired blogger spots in Second Life stores and events. What does it mean to be active?


Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Shiny hair – Naturals II
Skin: Glam Affair – Cleo – Jamaica
Dress: DRIFT Sexy Lil Dress -Oriental Set w/HUD
Pose: Manifeste
Kitchen:LAQ Decor
Location: Giano Estates

Once, being active simply meant if you had a Flickr account. Lately, it means having at…

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The influence of Flickr on Second Life Blogging

Previously posted @ Moni’s World.

As I stand here watching my friend cook her pasta from [Life2], I think about what I have to blog about next. Earlier today I followed at least 100 more people on Flickr, and faved a lot of photos that I liked. I do this every so often, but lately I feel that if I don’t do this, then it will have an adverse effect on promoting my blog. As anyone with a blog knows, being active on Flickr has become vital to getting desired blogger spots in Second Life stores and events. What does it mean to be active?


Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Shiny hair – Naturals II
Skin: Glam Affair – Cleo – Jamaica
Dress: DRIFT Sexy Lil Dress -Oriental Set w/HUD
Pose: Manifeste
Kitchen: LAQ Decor
Location: Giano Estates

Once, being active simply meant if you had a Flickr account. Lately, it means having at least 500 views and the number of faves to go along with them. A good ratio to aim for is to have at least 1 fave for every 10 views. As for 500 views, I personally feel like this is a lot to obtain for someone who is not used to hardcore promotion on Flickr, or doesn’t have many active Flickr users following them. Morgie has written a terrific guideline to help all of us who are struggling to get the push that we need to qualify for the latest requirement for SL bloggers.

Why do I say latest requirement? As I pointed out in Sophee’s post on the relevance of SL blogs with the emphasis on Flickr as of late, everyone is always looking for ways to promote their items or their events.

I think the emphasis on Flickr photos will favor those who tend to be better at photo composition and post-processing than those who are not. In addition, I think those who set aside time to place their photos in many groups and follow many active people (in the hopes that they will return the favor) will also be favored. For people who use Flickr to simply host their photos, it may be harder to get the views. This may cause stress to bloggers because they will ask themselves any of these questions:

1. If I don’t make artsy photos, does that make me a bad blogger?
2. If people don’t view/fave my photos, does that make me less of a blogger?
3. Am I only as good as my views or faves in the eyes of designers/event coordinators?
4. In order to be a good blogger, do I also have to be a good photographer?

Do you see how these questions (and their answers) focus on only one aspect of what goes into a blog?

What I think bloggers need to understand is this: Your blog is not only your personal space, but it’s also your personal brand. The people who are asking all of these requirements don’t necessarily care about your brand – it’s about what you can do for them to help get their message out there. You have to position yourself so when the next big trend to promoting for an event/store comes around, that it won’t be such a drastic change for you.

With regard with Flickr, every blogger should already be on Flickr, posting pics, following people, and have a list of favorite photos. I will even go as far as saying that your blog should have a link to your Flickr somehow. So now, with the latest trend focusing on Flickr, it is just a matter of building on what you have already started.

Still can’t meet those requirements?

What’s the worst thing that will happen if you don’t get accepted to a bloggers’ group? That you won’t be able to blog their items? Sure you can. It may mean that you will have to pay for it if you are styling an outfit, but most want to see how you use their products before applying to their group.

As bloggers, we will always look for ways to promote our blog. This may or may not be influenced by current trends in promotion. But always remember why you started blogging in the first place, and try not to let some people’s preferences for promotion dictate your entire blogging experience.

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Blogging / Flickr Advice!

Previously posted @ So Hawt SL.

Tips and Advice

I know this appears to be long.. but, trust me.. this is a must read..
And may answer any flickr / blogging / blogging application questions you may have..

Music for the read!

Here we go!

I am in no way a professional blogger.. or, photographer..
There are so many bloggers out there, I completely envy!
With their flair for photos and, ability to create scenes…
I wish I had one fifth of their talent…
However, I work hard and, I still blog more for myself then, others..

That being said, I am very grateful for the designers that have chosen to sponsor my blog and,
I work hard not to let them down.

With recent changes to flickr many designers have added a certain amount of views to your flickr photos as a mandate.
Meaning , you need to have anywhere between 200 – 500 views on your photos…
Most of the time, not all of them.. but, a good chunk of them.

I have seen many bloggers either complain that this is too hard or,
they are concerned because they are amazing photographers and, wicked bloggers but,
just do not have the numbers.
So, they do not apply when designers like, Nova Faerye of Little Bones, is looking for bloggers!
Or events such as, The Seasons Story.. which is one of my favorite shopping events!
Which is sad because, I think they would be awesome additions to any sponsor list!

So, I have decided to share my advice with everyone… I started first in the,
SL Stores Looking 4 Bloggers group on facebook and, now I will share it with you!!

Here comes my best advice for bloggers… and designers!!
You want the flickr views? The favs? Follow this advice from lil ole me!!

1 – Join as many blogging groups as you can on flickr and well as facebook… even blogger pings because, believe me when I say it works… bloggers love to support each other. just remember to support them back.

2 – Go to your most favorite flickr blogging group and, add EVERYONE!
Again, bloggers understand how hard it is to either get a new blog off the ground OR, to get those views everyone is after!
If you support them, they will support you.

3 – Make a blogger support page for other bloggers on your blog.. (lol, word of the day… BLOG)..
You can do this either by a blog roll… which you share your favorite links OR, dedicate a page where other bloggers can come and share their link on that page in comments.
This shows that you support their efforts and in turn, any traffic they will receive will show YOUR blog as a link back and alot of the times, those bloggers will come back to your blog and use you as a refence in their posts…

4 – More flickr stuff… TAG TAG TAG…
Look at your photo while you are in the upload phase..
Say your a female.. and your wearing jeans and a tshirt…
Tag that… female, female avatar, second life female avatar, second life (always remember to tag second life… come on ppl this is a no brainer.. no offense, xoxo), jeans, mesh, tshirt, t-shirt, hair, brown hair, blue eyes, devil horns, hooves…… lol.. you get my point!

5 – Make sure your photos are available for the search menu..
If people are searching these tags, they have to be able to find them!

6 – Make sure your filters are proper..
Alot of the time someone on flickr will see a photo that is not flagged correctly and will either well, flag it and block you so they will not see the images… and that deal poorly for you in many ways… it will bring negative attention to your photos from both flickr and others checking you out..
I know that some say, negative attention is still attention but, NO in this case… it’s not..
So watch your content!

7 – Now this is the most important of all the suggestions..
HAVE FUN! Don’t expect the views… if you run yourself ragged looking for the views… your photos will suffer because you are so stressed out that your not getting the views that you want….
Sooner or later, you will… I promise!!

xoxo love ya always!!, Morgana Hilra

And if you are still with me.. I shall now share the items in this photo!

Decor

Magazine | Kalopsia | Magazine (Summer Edition) | Isabeau Baragula

Camera |  Tentacio | camera vintage lila | May Tolsen

Pencil | ::C’est la vie !:: | Eraser Tipped Pencil(green) | larcoco.mathy

Tablet | tabou irresistible | My Tabou Tablette | glamsoglamour

Book | [*Art Dummy!] | the edge of winter (sketchbook decor) | Gala Charron | Closed

Flowers |  Dysfunctional Designs | Pink / White Rose | Kalia Firelyte

Bed | :Cheeky Pea: | Delilah Bed – Blossom (PG) | Isla Gealach


2 years of blogging!

Previously posted @ Rad Parmesan.

2 years of blogging!
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?
Find what brings you happiness and hold on to it.
See you next year!

Credits for outfits can be found herehere and here.

D-Style – Sweater Dress w.HUD – Feb Group Gift (no longer available – I just felt like blogging it)

Previously posted @ You’d Better Work Bitch!.

This is a passed group gift, it was chilly here today and I just felt like blogging something warm and cute so this was what I chose to blog.

Outfit::: D-Style – Sweater Dress w.HUD – Feb Group Gift ::
SLink:! Slink AvEnhance Feet Female High ! & ! Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual !
Shoes:**Dirty Princess**Only Princess Mesh Boots- Black
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Avena –  blondes
Skin:-Glam Affair – Amberly II – Asia  – Red Ice
Eyes: pc eyes – classic gen4 – m/r – calm sea

Blogging Break

Previously posted @ HarlowHeslop.com.

bloggingbreak

Hi folks! I am moving in real life into my very 1st home that my hubby and I purchased. Due to this, I will be gone the next few weeks. We have a bad temporary internet connection where we are staying temporarily, and then it will take me a while to move into the new home, get unpacked and settled, and then get a good internet connection set up again. I look forward to being back sometime in May! Thank you for your patience, well wishes, and understanding! Love and hugs to each of you! <3

Visit http://www.harlowheslop.com/archives/5033 for original post date.

Left Blogging Groups

Previously posted @ Fashion Diva of Second Life .