Destinations Abound!

Autumn comes to Teal Deer

We have an amazing group! Each time we have questions about places to go, rez, take pictures at – we ask in the support group. Sometimes we have folders of landmarks that we pass around to each other. It helps out a lot!

Unfortunately, because of Second Life’s unpredictable nature and the people within the community, places we normally love tend to close or move. It’s hard to keep up! We’ve tried to compile places within google documents or keep the links handy within our inventory. I know for a fact that half my LMs are probably not usable (when I tried to teleport to BCC yesterday…it was no longer there!)

It was brought to my attention yesterday that maybe we could just have people send in their top five places they go to for pictures. I find that maybe this would be easier. I have upgraded the application: HERE. From there we’ll start to compile over in the Locations are a better look at places to go. Sometimes spreadsheets are not as easy to read. I hope this helps in the long run. I’ll need help <3 So give me what you got!

[The Quest to Become OFFICIAL]

Greetings! My name is Vixie Rayna, and this is my first post as contributor for [SL] Blogger Support. I’m very excited to join this fantastic group to share tips and enjoy more of our fabulous community.

Vixie Rayna SL BloggerMy first post will address one of the most common questions I’m asked, “How do you become an Official Blogger for X Brand or Event Y?”  In my experience, I’ve been very blessed to be recruited or asked personally to become a blogger for different brands or events. I assume that this is most likely the way the majority of official bloggers are found.  Although, it’s not the only way to be considered. So the quest to become OFFICIAL begins…

As a PR/Marketing Manager for several brands, I receive blogger applications daily. Honestly, more than 99% of them are trashed. You may think this wrong but in fact it’s because they send an unsolicited, poorly written and impersonal blanket notecard. And while it’s a very complicated topic and there are no guarantees for success, I want to share TIPS on standing out in a SEA of people sending blanket notecards requesting to be an official blogger.

What is a blanket notecard? *Digs through the trash pile of her inventory*

“Hello! :) I’m interested in your store, you do really nice stuff and i’d like to blog for you. I make three/five posts a week. My blog is about a 1 year old. It’s syndicated to feeds http://www.bloggingsl.net, http://bloggingsecondlife.wordpress.com/, http://bloggingsl.net/, http://fashionfeedofsl.com/, http://www.gridsyndicate.com/, http://iheartsl.com/ http://www.sluniverse.com/feedme/
Here is my blog – xxx
Flickr: xxx
Hope you’ll like my work.
To contact with me: xxx”

This is an actual notecard a blogger sent unsolicited to me requesting to be added to a blogger pool. I’m NOT actually sure which designer she was requesting as I represent THREE different brands. If someone cannot take the time to PERSONALIZE a request, why should anyone believe you’d make a good representative for their brand?

You need to THINK like an Event Organizer or Designer when you send a request. Why you ask?  Well, let’s be frank. They probably receive 10+ requests daily to become a blogger for their brand/event. You may think you DESERVE to be added to their blogger pool but really, just like in real life you need to stand out. A blanket notecard is not a way to have anyone jumping to accept you.

Be sure to STAND out.  How you may ask?  Well, this part is EASY!  You should HIGHLIGHT the work you’ve done specific to THEIR brand or event.  If you are such a fan and have been a supportive customer, you want to showcase how you would be a good representative. Before you begin you need to do your homework! Be kind and respect their rules!  If they are not currently accepting blogger applications, then DO NOT send a notecard. Not sure of their policy? Then check the designer/event organizer’s profile, in most cases they address this issue.                          event profile pick      Profile Pick             As you can see from Sophia Harlow’s profile as PR Manager and Social Media for Collabor88 she is responsible for reviewing blogger requests. From her pick it clearly states they are not looking at this time. Do your homework first! Check profiles. Be respectful and do not submit a request.

If you have checked the profiles and believe you have the all clear to proceed, now it’s time to create a notecard with your request. 1. Provide exact links to your Flickr, Blog,  Facebook, Pinterest, Plurk with specific posts featuring their brand. 2. Use proper grammar. 3. Most blogs are in English but it’s AWESOME if you are multilingual . Be sure to highlight the languages you speak – this is a great selling point! 4. Highlight your history briefly. Be succint and to the point. 5. Submit the notecard to the correct person. Again, following directions is important!

Example:

“Hi, Vixie Rayna – PR/Marketing Manager of LeeZu! I love [LeeZu!] and have been a huge fan for YEARS. I’m very interested in becoming a blogger and wish to know if there is any way to be considered.

Here are links to my most recent posts featuring [LeeZu!]:

love&fashion Blog: http://www.vixierayna.blogspot.com/2013/07/hey-baby.html, http://www.vixierayna.blogspot.com/2013/03/bound.html

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vixierayna/9296991104/

Posts to the [LeeZu!] Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/leezubaxterdesigns/pool/24254368@N08/

I’ve been a blogger over 5 years with my blog syndicated on over 6 different fashion feeds. My work has been highlighted on the Second Life Homepage and in top SL Magazines. Thank you for any consideration!

Best, Vixie Rayna

love&fashion Blog: http://www.vixierayna.blogspot.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/loveandfashionblog

Now this is just an example and by no means a guarantee that you will be accepted as an official blogger. At the end of the day it’s best to be kind and informative while hoping for the best. Not every person is a good fit, and it’s important to respect their decision. If they say, “thank you for your interest but our blogger list is closed.” Then respect that and ask to be considered when they do open. Pestering them is a sure-fire way to never be included.

Other important points: 1. While everyone may die to be an official blogger for the Chanel of SL, the fact is they probably receive 100 times the requests of others. Maybe think about requesting to blog for a lesser-known brand that’s equally fabulous. 2. Check out links from [SL] Blogger Support listing designers/events who are actually recruiting people! Katya and team are ALWAYS keeping this list up-to-date and active. Check the Designers Looking for Bloggers page.

I’ll close with what’s always worked best for me. Simply put, I share my LOVE of fashion in SL.  By taking the time to focus on what I LOVE, I’m able to convey my appreciation for the work of the designer. If you truly love something, you’ll buy it and support the creator.  Being asked to be an official blogger is just the cherry on top of the already awesome sundae!

Be safe out there my little bloggers!
Love, Vi

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Take a picture…

I love taking raw shots in Second Life when the windlight and the sim actually works together. It’s amazing what our own little virtual world can accomplish in such a color spectrum. What I have found about taking raw shots is that you have to have the right type of sim – meaning quality items, prims and a decent set up – plus the right type of windlight to enhance the mood. Some sims have a surround around them, encasing them in a bubble that might hinder the lighting. These sims you do have to take some time with, but I highly recommend going to sims where there is NOT a surround. Open air is needed so you can get the world light.

If you’re looking for an assortment of sims, different windlights and how to work your windlights using tutorials, please check out the [SL] Blogger Support blog for more details. Also, on Flickr there is a ton of groups you can add your raw shots to. Here are two: Raw Shots in Second Life and Unedited: A blogger/photographer challenge

Dress: ::(u.f.o):: you and me – navy (bird collar) (s) / Charming Meiler
Tights: JANE – lil piggies tights – fuzzy fawn / Janie Marlowe
Boots: [HANDverk] Western Ankle Boots – Ostrich/Tan / Daphne Klossovsky *FaMESHed*
Camera: Tee*fy Vintage Brownie Camera – Red / Azure Electricteeth *ARCADE*
Skin: Izzie’s – Elena Skin – Natural – RB / Izzie Button
Shape: My own
Hair: “”D!va”” Hair – Tomoko2 – TypeA Garnet / Marisa Kira
Eyes: .ID. Reflections / Mesh Eyes / Blue / Audrey Lamede
Eyelashes: .ploom. lashes 06 / Helyanwe Vindaloo
Eyelashes: Maitreya Mesh Eyelashes / Onyx LeShelle
Freckles: Izzie’s – Elena Freckles Natural (body & face) / Izzie Button
Eyeliner: Izzie’s – Elena Eyeliner / Izzie Button
Nails: Izzie’s – French Nails / Izzie Button
Pose: (marukin) / Valencia Southard
Location: Cherry Blossom