Taking it one day at a time…

As a blogger, I always worried about time. If you think about everything that we do (as a blogger or even as a creator/event organizer) we balance it through Time. Do we have time for this, or do we have time for that? Why isn’t there ten million hours in the day??

I NEED TO BLOG ALL THE THINGS!

So really? How long does it take to actually Blog? From conception to the finished product it can take anywhere from a half hour up to four hours (there are people who spend hours on their photos!) If a person really thinks about it – from the time we, as a blogger, have a concept in our head of what we’d like to blog, we go into full on ready mode. We need to come up with our outfit, our hair, our skin, shoes, accessories. Are we needing a background or are we doing it on our platform? What about the home & decor bloggers? I know personally it takes me about a day to set up one room, much less a house.

Once we finally figure out what and how and where it’s off to the next step: Picture taking, windlights, dealing with lag, derezzing objects and people and taking about at least ten pictures (or twenty). Most often, after the photos, we write our style card, in order to remember what we had on our avi. Using the “Current Outfit” Folder in Firestorm and the Official Viewer helps a lot. (ALSO! Make sure to write down what pose you used and if you took a picture in a location, jot that down!)

After, we’re sprinting to Photoshop (or GIMP) to process. Now this where time really takes a hold of us. Some are speedy and can process a pictures within minutes (some don’t really even touch up at all), while others spend hours perfecting their masterpiece. Tick tock. The clock continues to tick. After processing, we have to name our photo (most do numbers, or maybe snapshot2010) upload it up on Flickr (one of the best marketing tools for a blogger!), add it to the appropriate groups, tag it, and send it off.

Next – we have to go back and Blog. This is can be the easiest or the hardest part. Depending on what type of blogger you are, you could be wordy like I am, or keeping it simple and just posting credits (some people just do that.) Others talk about the products that they are wearing, or the event that the products have come from. Sometimes it’s a designer spotlight, or a multitude of creations. Other times it could be a quote, a poem or even a tutorial. Depending on the blog, it could be many things. Once it’s written, titled and posted it can take anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. Really it all depends on what YOU are going to be talking about.

This is when I go back to TIME. It take TIME to be a blogger. Just like a creator or event organizer, blogging takes time. For those that can pound out blogs within minutes, I envy you! So the next time someone asks you how many times a week you blog, think about it. Time is our master.

For credits and landmarks, see below <3

Taking it one day at a timeDress: coldLogic – Timm in Snow (s) / Damien Fate, Janie Marlowe, & Zyrra Falcone *NEW*
Boots: Baiastice Avani High Boot in Denim (xs) / Sissy Pessoa
Necklace: Cae :: Galaxy Necklace / Caelan Hancroft *Seraphim Social*
Tablet: Plethora – Police Box (rare) / Liquidh3ll Carter *NEW*
Skin: Izzie’s – Nomi Skin in Pale (DB) / Izzie Button *NEW*
Hair: *Milk* Hair – Poppy Seed / Kattington *The Boutique*
Eyes: IKON – Promise Eyes in Grey (ml) / Ikon Innovia
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands in Elegant / Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: {Wicked Peach} Galaxy Nails / Autumn Aramanth *Seraphim Social*
Pose: Imeka Poses / Nati Williams *The Chapter Four*
Location: Neva Skye Villi Continue reading

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

[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

Do you like what you see? For all the great scoop, follow my love&fashion blog and like my FB page!