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
Honestly, I don’t think you realise the effort that goes in to every post!
First off I gotta make myself all purty – and if I’m up early, that takes a LOT OF WORK.
Then I gotta go shopping for the perfect outfit. And I NEED that rare from the gatcha, so it’s gunna cost me cash and time.
Then when I finally get my outfit sorted, it’s time to find a location. This can take hours! Then I’ve got to set up my camera, and the timer, and get in place and pose. You have no idea how hard it is to get a snap with my eyes open!
And then there’s developing. This takes forever, because digital doesn’t really work with SL, so you gotta go the old fashioned route. And if someone teleports in and opens the door, well god help them!
And FINALLY, if it all goes to plan, you finally have a blog post!
1. I blog for stores I have shopped at in the past and I love love love their products!
2. It takes me min 2 hours to complete a post from picture to editing, to posting, and adding to various media sites
3. I take great care to credit everything I blog including the location where the picture was taken
4. I am notorious for leaving my animare pose balls at the places I blog. Its my annoying little *TM* Just ask the owners of Derailed and L’arc en-Ciel. I try not to and I am working on this. These two ladies are good to me about it and haven’t kicked me off their land yet!
5. I live among the crazy residents on the Derailed Sim and love taking most of my pictures there. Denise is a fantastic decorator and has a great eye for things! If you haven’t been there you should go.
6. I am an explorer at heart and love taking pictures on location. In Addition to Derailed, I love the L’arc en-Ciel Sim. Asa puts a lot of work into this sim and is constantly changing things which I LOVE!~ I just love the music here too, sometimes I just sit there listening to music!~
7. I may not always say something but I do appreciate the comments, favs and likes people give out.
8. I love all the mesh bodies but I have chosen to be a Maitreya Girl!~
9. I do love mixing up my blog by doing different things such as Kid Avi’s, Doll Avi’s
10. If you have a question about something I blogged, I do not mind if people im me in game. I will do my best to answer your question.
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!
Meme instructions: Share when you started Second Life, when you started blogging about Second Life and talk about any Second Life blogging milestones you wish to share with your readers.
Definition of milestone: An important point in the progress or development of something.
Ed eccomi qui a partecipare al Meme ideato dalla bravissima Strawberry . Trovo questo Meme molto interessante ed ho deciso che scriverò nella mia lingua madre l’italiano, perchè in fondo sono italiana e se è anche vero che grazie a second life sto imparando l’inglese per il blog preferisco scrivere “come mangio “. In questo meme si parla di traguardi… Inizio precisando che io sono entrata in second life nel dicembre 2010 e fare la blogger non era assolutamente nei miei programmi, facevo gioco di ruolo, precisamente ero una vampira allora, ma è durata poco e quindi ho iniziato a fare le cose che davvero amo su second life, con mio marito ci siamo comprati la prima terra ed abbiamo iniziato a costruire la nostra casa. Il blog l’ho iniziato nell’agosto del 2011, ma come vedrete era un post di presentazione della terra che avevo allora. Non ero una fashion blogger, che poi non mi sento tale nemmeno ora. Non ho statistiche da condividere, perchè odio essere inserita in statistiche, ma ho un dato che trovo davvero delizioso e che vorrei condividere con voi, ho tantissimi fan Giapponesi, della Corea del sud e di Hong-Kong, questo mi riempe di gioia perchè adoro la cultura orientale e sapere che il mio blog è seguito lì mi fa andare letteralmente in un brodo di giuggiole. ( Mi chiedo per gli americani che useranno il traduttore che cosa ne verrà fuori ahahhahahah) Adesso vi mostrerò i post che sono più importanti per me in questo blog:
1-I piaceri di Filiteyo Eccolo il primo post che ho scritto per il blog, ero così emozionata perchè avevo finalmente capito come funzionava il blog e come fare i post e non mi sembrava vero. La mia avventura è iniziata qui….
2-Social Media Meme Il primo Meme a cui ho partecipato, ho trovato questa iniziativa di Strawberry meravigliosa, un modo simpatico per conoscere altre blogger e condividere propri pensieri, magari anche intimi con chi ci segue.
3-New ArisAris Questo post è particolarmente importante per me, infatti ArisAris è stato il primo sponsor del Rir Life blog, ero così emozionata ed onorata e dopo 4 anni è ancora mio sponsor quindi mi dico che forse ho fatto un buon lavoro^^
4-The Season Story Altro post storico, molto importante, avevo aperto il mio store, il Rir Life design, come vedete si chiama come il blog, una fantasia per i nomi davvero infinita vero ahahahhaha Il negozio mi ha dato delle soddisfazioni enormi di cui vi parlerò magari in un altro meme^^
5- Eiko and me Ultimo in questa classifica ma non nel mio cuore. Come dicevo prima mi vanto di essere seguita molto dai giapponesi ed ecco il mio post fatto con Eiko, una ragazza di Tokio deliziosa che ho incontrato casualmente mentre bloggavo, mi ha fermata per chiedermi se ero io, quella “Relitha Byron” di cui lei seguiva il blog e tra una chiacchiera e l’altra abbiamo postato insieme. Un ricordo dolcissimo delle tante cose belle che mi ha portato il blog.
ora vi saluto e ci sentiamo al prossimo meme!!!!
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I’ve done two memes about blogging already: Why Do I Blog Meme, in 2013 and My Blogging Journey Challenge in 2014 therefore I thought I would do one for 2015 as well. This month my blog has reached a milestone of sorts so I thought it would be the perfect time to do another meme about […]
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!
I started these notes because I love to help people. I thought about doing some classes and I might still! But for now friends please take a look, maybe learn a new trick or two! *Or leave a comment and teach me some stuff!* I will add to it as new ideas come about so If you have an idea I’ve missed, leave me a comment of PM me in world Ember Adored.
1.Get Organized! –
This is how I organize blog items in my inventory.
Create a bunch of new folder in your inventory.
Title the first folder… ### BLOG
Create sub folders with DESIGNER NAME.
Place these folders inside the BLOGfolder.
If you blog events, you know they are time sensitive. I Label my event folders like this.
###EVENTNAME. This way it sticks to the top of the main BLOG folder.
Your folders should look like this.
###BLOG. The pound signs are there so this folder sits at the top of your folders under the system folders.
###EVENTNAME ( do each event like this. Once event is over , remove the folder from the BLOG folder)
### HAIR TO BLOG ( You can fit hair into any post, making a large folder with the ### helps you keep up with what needs doing, same can be done with skins in### SKIN TO BLOG.
*Screen shot of what I mean*
2. Be professional! –
✼ Always try to conduct yourself in a polite manner while in SL, Flickr, Facebook or anywhere.People are judging you!✼
Had a bad day and jumped on that random person in group chat for asking a silly question? They might be bff’s with that designer you wanted review copies from.
By becoming a blogger and putting your link out for everyone to view, you are making yourself a public figure. Be respectful of others!
So to wrap this segment up. If you really feel the need to be a jerk, make an ALT and be one on that avatar. But FYI, bullies suck!
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. ✔Be Polite.
✼ 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 -
First thing you want to make sure of before you even think of contacting a creator is to make sure you have blogged their items in the not so distant past.Then you can read their profile thoroughly and see if they are 1. Hiring and 2.Who to contact.
Once you’ve gotten this far, see how they WANT to be contacted.Some have blog managers, some have websites to apply to. Most have certain things they want to see on the application. * Be very thorough. and triple check before sending it on.*
A lot of times you will see “Not accepting new bloggers, Do not ask!” This should speak for itself but just in case I will tell you what to do here. DO NOT CONTACT THEM! Period! What you do here is assuming you have blogged them, look for their Flickr group. Add all your photos you have blogged showcasing THEIR items.
*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!*
Find out what the requirements are for blogging .Every shop is different. Read it over like three times so it sinks in. Then if you KNOW you can meet the requirements apply however the profile directs you to. ( Good luck!
✼On the Do Not’s -
Again, read profiles and follow instructions!!! If you don’t you are wasting everyone’s time.
Don’t bother asking for sponsorship without previously having blogged their designs. ( Unless you are very well known and then maybe you can try but really It’s rude not to have blogged them previously.)
Do not feel entitled. No matter who you are. If the designer does not reply or the designer says no. That is the final answer. Walk away gracefully. Or maybe you will get lucky and they will put you on a list of possible future bloggers. Keep blogging them and that brings me to my next point…
DO NOT SPAM the designers. That’s just going to piss them off and you can kiss that particular sponsorship good bye.
Make sure you know their requirements . If they want you to blog every item they put out, You better make sure you are on board with that.
This should be Firstly, and Lastly. BE POLITE!
3.Your blog design -
✔Make it personal.
✔ Have a clean layout.
✔ Have useful Links in the sidebars.
✼ Don’t ✼
✘ Don’t have auto play music.
✘ Don’t crazy cursors or things that chase them.
✘ Don’t have animated flashing thingy’s.
✘ Don’t have a lot clutter.
I have seen a few blogs that have moving pictures, rain drops, bouncy things flying around, animated gifs all over and stuff EVERYWHERE. I tend to close those fast as I open them. Same goes for Music.. Please for the love of Pete. Just don’t!! No one likes to be blasted into a mild heart attack when peeking at your blog. If you need music, add a You Tube link to a video in your posts!
Make sure you have a search bar! Designers want to be able to find their stuff.
Post useful links where people can find them, If you have a freebie link collection, put that on the main page. I have found that it keeps a readership and can become the go to blog to look at the freebies of the day.
✼ I took mine away and readership dropped drastically. Something to think about anyway.
Here’s one from my blog, to give you an idea.
Keep this list as current as possible, removing links that go stale or are inactive.
4. Links –
✼ Link EVERYTHING!!!
✼ DO✼ ✔ Link everything worn including shape & eyes.
✔ Link The Pose and store.
✔Link the photo location.
✔ Link to the event that item can be found at.
✘ Don’t only link your sponsors.
✘ Don’t leave anything out.
If you’re going to blog fashion. -
Don’t just link to your sponsors shops! – I can’t say this is the way for everyone but it helps for people that come to your blog to find that specific item you blogged.
Link every designer & store! – Skin, shape, hair,eyes .
Use the designers name in your credits too – They worked their asses off to make that dress, shoe, hair! * I will be doing this in future as well!*
Credit the Pose makers! – You would look pretty silly stood in a T pose in your photo now would’t you? They deserve credit too!
YES when I say everything, I do mean everything!
Don’t be lazy. Designers look at this and will most likely dismiss a blog that does not give credit.
Credit events! – If that dress you’re blogging is from Designer X.. But it’s being sold at Event Y.. Link that too! People need to know where to go to find that perfect dress! It should look something like this…
5. Photos – This is one area that is quite personal and unique to each blogger. ✼DO✼ ✔ 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.
On fitting your clothing. -
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.
Over or under editing. -
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.
On the subject of close ups. -
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.
Following trends. -
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. ✼DO✼ ✔ 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.
When linking feeds to your blog -
You can either create a separate tab or page on the blog to list these or list them on your main page.
Are you actually on that Feed? -
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.
Spamming a Feed -
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.
Make sure your blog qualifies! –
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.
Be patient! –
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.
Follow Designers and other Residents! -
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.
When you upload your photo –
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!
Add information in the description field. -
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.
Add it to groups. -
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.
Add information in the description field. -
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.
Find friends -
Send them friend requests.
Friend designers -
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.
Like Pages -
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.
Make your own page! –
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.
Join Blogging groups! – There are loads. If you look for me, Ember Adored, you can go through the groups I am in and join whatever you think suits you best.
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.
Plurk Another social network that everyone seems to be on and very active.
Google +1 button. It’s on most of the blogs already. A way to spread your posts. Twitter. A great way to share your posts or whatever’s on your mind!
✼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 finalnote 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.