Skin deep

Hello peeps as you all know Skin Fair is starting, in case you hadn´t noticed yet, but i find it´s a great way to approach not just Skin Fair but other events that allow a big amount of bloggers for preview, and go thru some of the dos and don´ts for bloggers and how to approach such earlier access.

Skin: Glance
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer
Freckles: the skinnery

1. Read all the info, most events will have packets of info for the press, some can be quite extensive even, make sure you check the event blog, for the info this includes dates, lms, and general expectations for bloggers.
Again we can forget something and ask for a quick reminder and we´ll probably get help very fast, but no one likes to be seen as lazy or ill-informed, remember your duty as a blogger is to inform others, and for that you have to keep yourself up to date.

2. Manners matter, events can be incredibly stressful, to organizers, creators and even bloggers, because deadlines are always stressful, keeping yourself cool and polite, makes things easier for everyone, because no one needs the added pressure, of a pushy blogger or to have to answer the same questions over and over.
So be polite and be patient.

3. Review copies; this is a tricky one, most events have rules about this, make sure you read them, and then read them again, and if you have doubts ask other bloggers, one thing i know about good bloggers is they are always willing and glad to help. (now i´m gonna be a bit more specific about Skin Fair)

- The event rules say if designers are available or not for you to contact them about review copies, unless there is a sign saying how/who to contact them do not and i mean DO NOT im the creator asking for review items.

- DEMO before asking, don´t ask just for asking, try it before doing any asking, the creator has a transaction history that will show if you tried a demo or not.

- Be specific in what you are asking for, which skin tone you would work best for you unless you are making a complete review of all tones and makeups, in that case you better do that review.

- Do any asking once, don´t repetedly im/notecard the creator/csr for more, it just looks rude and greedy.

- Follow up on that request by sending the creator/csr a link to your post after it´s published.

4. Have fun. You see some people forget how fun events are, but it´s great to stop and chat to creators and fellow bloggers, it´s great to try all the new releases, it´s even better when everyone else is enjoying it also.

So let´s all have some fun, and i hope to see you all there.

Winter is Coming – A Quick Look at Role-Play Events

Back in the day…yeah I have to start with this (oldie sler here), my main purpose in Second Life wasn’t fashion, or blogging, or taking pictures – it was Roleplay. I’ve written about this before in numerous blogs in the past about my RP experiences so I won’t get into them, but have you noticed the new trend in the “fashion” world? Within the last few months there has been a complete 180 on events and how something that I had found so normal in my existence as an RPer before is now in the mainstream (or what people think is mainstream) of fashion and events.

Events such as We <3 RolePlay (a monthly event), The Fantasy Collective (a bi-monthly event) and the Fantasy Gacha Carnival (a quarterly event) are embracing the world of Roleplay and fashion and bringing it to everyone. Other events such as Genre (a monthly event geared on themes) also do this as well. There is even a Final Fantasy event to take place in February! (Okay, total geek moment). They’re making fantasy amazing and wonderfully outstanding especially in the world of fashion.

Whether you Roleplay or not, you have a chance to dive in deep into any of these events and check out the amazing talented creators that grace them. Creators such as Juno Mantel of *{Junbug}*, Jalilah Jewell of .Enfant Terrible. and Kirsty Oherlihy of RACK Poses (for those eye-dropping gorean poses). Or if you’re interested in reading blogs by bloggers who are dedicated to the world of Roleplay: Arica Storaro “The Blogging Elf”, Jilsun Bevery of The Gorean Brat, Sonya Marmurek of Astalianda, Elle Coeurblanc of Elle’s World, and Harvest Dezno of Harvest the Geek.

I hope you enjoy them and check out the events!

For credits and landmarks, see below <3

Winter is ComingDress: *{Junbug}* Hilda’s Kirtle and Cloak / Juno Mantel *We <3 RolePlay*
Necklace: .:ellabella:. Ensorcelled Necklace – Lavish / Ellantha Larsson *We <3 RolePlay*
Skin: Izzie’s – Lucie Skin in Frost / Izzie Button *VIP Group Gift*
Hair: Tableau Vivant – Talamasca Hair in Spring / M4rilyn Magic
Eyes: IKON – Spectral Eyes in Blue / Ikon Innovia *FaMESHed*
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands in Casual / Siddean Munro
Pose: slouch / Eira Juliesse
Location: Happy Mood

I blog therefore I shop: Event Organizing part 2

Hi guys here I am again for part 2 of this small series of blog posts.

Last time in Event Organizing part 1 I spoke mostly about basic thing you would need to do to get your event on it´s feet, simple basic things anyone can sometimes miss, and a little advise on things that are needed but not really mandatory. This time we talk about organizing again, but mostly in publicizing your event.

This post assumes you already did a bunch on the creative front, picking a theme and a date, already have a list of creators willing to participate and also bloggers, and publicizing becomes a must at this point, depending how far ahead your event is people like teasers, they love teasers and WIPS so they get glimpses of what´s to come.

Make sure to remind that to those creators in the event, of course not all are used to working this way, and you can´t really tell people what to do or not, but you can make suggestions, and ask creators to share their work in progress on the events flickr group, and not only will they most likely love it but others will also follow the group to keep in touch with teasers.

Dont forget you have a bunch of bloggers that volunteered to give a hand promoting the event , why not use them? Even if no review copies are out yet, contests on the event theme, or simple warm ups for it, are pretty awesome and a challenge for most bloggers, so why not make use of it?

And then we come to review copies and access, well one thing I´ve learned when it comes to review copies, is: Every creator as they favourite way to send or not those, some don´t like sending them at all, some prefer to send it through the group, because it´s easy and fast, some like to send it only to their shop bloggers, some prefer a blogger area, where everything is out, in an organized way, and some like to reach to as many bloggers as possible, leaving out some preview items by their own booth at the event. And the one thing I´ve learned is: the more of these methods you provide, the more chances you have to please all creators.

The way I personally see it is the more options people have and choices, the least issues you´ll have later, you don´t have to micro-manage everything, most of the time when people are told what is expected of them, they will do it, just make sure you are approachable so they can come to you if issues surface.

Now let´s talk about another issue that always comes up, which is access, what exactly did your bloggers signed up to? Official blogging on the event page? Official blogger in a general group, for both creators and bloggers? Official blogger in a bloggers only group? Or simply early event access? And how early is that access happening?

Depending on event´s I´ve seen all of the above options, each serve their own purpose, maybe it´s why is becoming more usual a hybrid of all of these. Leaving it up to the bloggers to pick which kind of access they expect and that better fits their needs, and schedule, both SL one and RL. But be prepared to get different degrees of involvement depending on which options you offer and which the blogger chooses. Personally I like a hybrid of all of the above, different bloggers have different personal styles as well as different takes on an event, and is that what their readers enjoy, adjusting to as may different styles as possible gives you a broader audience and that is what every event needs.

Shows us the build up and the backstage, with teasers, building up expectation, we want to be tempted to visit your event. And don´t forget you can sign up to have it covered by Seraphim or simply to have it featured on the Destination Guide, and remember again social media is also your friend, as well as flickr for everything, like i mentioned in my previous, blog post.

Just don´t forget to be polite and professional and most of all approachable, remember you made the base of this cake while other did the icing and the put on the sprinkles, now tease us with pics of it and how delicious it smells and then let us have it.

Again these are no set in stone rules these are just a few observations on what normally happens at most events, i find in my personal experience that giving people as many options as possible and being flexible always works as long as there is enough communication going and communication is essential. Se you all soon as we talk about opening that event.