Many creators find it incredibly frustrating to produce beautiful creations that bloggers use in their pictures and then fail to credit in their posts. Now, sometimes that is deliberate. Understandably, some bloggers like to withhold what specific skin they wear or some other item because they don’t want to be copied down to the last detail, hoping to retain their individuality. Other bloggers who don’t credit everything, do so because they see their role as highlighting a new release, promoting the new dress, the new shoe, the new hair and don’t credit anything more than the one item that is the focus of their post. For me, I credit everything but my shape which is not for sale. Other bloggers use items they make and sell themselves and so don’t credit them for fear of looking opportunistic and also don’t credit similar items by competitors so that they are consistent. There are many reasons why people don’t credit everything and I can understand how different people come to their differing opinions.
Yet, I empathize with the creators whose work goes unnamed and unknown. In a business with such low barriers to entry, there is a lot of competition and marketing is integral to any Second Life business success. SL Bloggers Support has launched an initiative to address the frequent exclusion of credits for poses with a Pose Appreciation Week from Nov 19th through the 25th. This reminded me of Achariya’s PoseMaker Challenge back in 2009. I remember that challenge as being a very successful effort that resulted in more bloggers crediting poses after it was over.
How can you make sure you don’t forget key elements when you write up your credits?
Tips for Preparing Your Credits
- Use the Copy Outfit to Clipboard to get most of your information. It’s in the Outfits Window, in the lower right. The Save As… can be selected and dropped down to Copy Outfit.
- Add that information into a pre-formatted template that lists all the items you wish to credit in all your posts.
- When copying credits from SL into your template, complete store names. Do not use the store’s abbreviation unless that is how the store can be found in search. Test the abbreviation to see if it works in search. Simply copying and pasting is not good enough since some stores do not put the store name on their items.
- Do not just use Copy Outfit to Clipboard alone as it does not include poses or decor.
Photography by YOUR NAME HERE
for <a href=”http://YOURBLOGURL” rel=”nofollow”>YOUR BLOG NAME</a>
Store info at <a href=”http://bloggingsecondlife.wordpress.com” rel=”nofollow”>Blogging Second Life</a>
- Makeup Tattoos:
Miscellaneous would include things like houses, furnishings and other things that provide a setting to the picture. You may see I don’t include shape. If my shape were a commercially purchased one, I would include it.
Anyway, I hope this is useful in helping you to make a thoughtful decision about how you credit the items in your pictures. Whatever your opinion on what is and is not necessary to credit, consistency is the best option.