Before I get started, this is more of an opinion blog than anything. What I say, is foremost my own opinion. Whether you chose to agree with me or not is up to you, but these are my thoughts.
Here in the support group, we use this blog to promote bloggers in Second Life. These bloggers are from different areas and not only are they fashion related, but they are also people who do not blog fashion but use Second Life as a creative outlet for their art. So in a way, we are all bloggers but we are all different. Of course, in looking at this site you would really take note that we do cater a lot to those within the fashion industry of Second Life. We’re proud of this fact and encourage bloggers 100%. Those of us here take the time to gather information for everyone. We take the time to find out about upcoming events, coordinators that are looking for bloggers and designers that are looking for bloggers. Since we do that, we make it easy for designers who are looking to connect with bloggers and it also helps designers from getting un-necessary notecards from bloggers when they are not looking for bloggers at that time or at all.
One of the things that I find is that the biggest thing that disgruntles designers are those who completely disregard what they have stated in their profile and/or on their blog that at the moment they are not accepting bloggers. This means those notecards that get sent, may or may not get looked at.
To be honest, if you’re a blogger and you’ve never blogged an item (or even more than two items) in which you are sending a notecard too – it’s not appropriate. Bloggers are not entitled to review copies just because they like something. Nor should they ask a designer for a review copy just because. If you really like what a designer is showcasing, then go out and purchase the item to blog. Designers love it when you blog their items just because you really like the items.
It’s really quite simple: Blogging is about enjoyment. Yes, it’s nice to get on a “list” or blog for certain designers. It’s great fun to blog for events. But a lot of those who have been blogging a long time will tell you the same thing: Work for it. Blogging isn’t about getting “free” items.
If you know that a designer is accepting blogger notecards (which Valena posted a really good blog post on and how to do your “resume“), follow their instructions from within their profile and/or blog. Most often you will find out a designer is looking for bloggers either through the support group here, Blogging Second Life, Plurk and Flickr.
There is a lot of benefits about Second Life. It’s a place where people can get together and get to know one another on such different levels, that it almost escapes the mind. I know that when I first began Second Life, that I had joined because of a couple friends moving over from The Sims Online to a new platform.
As years (or months for some) go by, we have met numerous people along the grid. We have grown relationships far and wide, from country to country. We’ve met and hung out in world and also some of us have ventured outside Second Life and gone into the Real. We take these friendships and relationships to heart.
In our community, we like to take care of those who are close to us. We all want what is best for them and at times, our friends and loves go through hard times and things happen that they cannot control. We came together for Gala Phoenix for One Voice and also Gospel Voom when his boy Archie got seriously injured. We even have our dear Elysium Hynes starting Unhinged in the next week for a dear friend of hers. We do this – designers and bloggers – because we care and because we want to take care of our friends.
I know that sometimes, people don’t agree and that people might think it’s an abuse of the system to use Second Life to raise awareness or to raise donations for personal causes, but it’s usually those who are close to the person in need that start the event or fundraiser. I have no personally issues with it, and think it’s a great way for the community to come together. It’s a personal choice on whether or not you as a person (designer or blogger) want to support when something comes along.
I’m writing this because a dear friend, Sway Dench, is in need and a group of designers and bloggers have come together for a small fundraiser. I’m asking – if you’re interested as a blogger for this event, to contact me or Willow Zander in world. We’ll let the main coordinators know.
You can click HERE for more information.
Sway Dench’s store: Sway’s
Sway Dench’s Blog: Second Eye
Yes – that would be the typical opening of anyone greeting a person for the first time. Hiya! Welcome to our little blog. Here we hope to utilize all that blogger’s in Second Life will need for their own blogging purposes. In here you’ll find tutorials, locations to great sims and even a shopping list. Not to mention if one is looking to apply for an event or to blog for a designer.
If you have any questions or ideas for [SL] Blogger Support and the blog, please contact any of the Support Team! We’d be happy to help and take ideas. Because really – we’re all here to help each other. <3