Happy Hump Day! By now most of you have already clicked through the new Terms of Service. Some of you may have even read it. For a good explanation of why it may have been necessary, check out this post from Vaki Zenovka: Linden Lab’s New TOS, the Bank Secrecy Act, and You.
Strawberry Singh in her seemingly infinite curiosity has a new meme asking people to explain why they blog. I figure that is something I have to be able to answer.
How long have you been blogging? Since January 1, 2008.
Why did you start blogging? For all the free stuff, of course. Joking!!! I blogged for months before I ever received a single preview copy from a designer. People who blog know that even with promotional copies, there are all sort of expenses since there is more to an outfit that a piece of clothing. There’s the shoes, the hair, the jewelry, etc. I am sure a few people start blogging with that moment and they are the ones who quit blogging in three months. For me, I love fashion and love styling outfits. I also wanted to challenge myself as photographer. And clearly, I have to be a bit of a show-off to holler “Hey, Look at me! See what I’m wearing” once a day.
How many times a week do you post an entry? I try to post daily. I like to imagine my readers checking once a day and I don’t want to disappoint them by not having new content.
How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis? I read hundreds of blogs. I check the several feeds, but I also have use a reader for blogs that aren’t on feeds. Besides Second Life blogs, I read fashion blogs, news and opinion blogs and online magazine sites.
Do you comment on other people’s blogs? Not as often as I should. I would comment more if CAPCHA died in a fire.
Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? Yes and no. When I think of it, I do. However, I have not added Google Analytics or anything to really get a complete view of my visitors. I just look at the built-in WordPress stats. I would love to get an aggregate count of blog and feed views.
Did you ever regret a post that you wrote? No. I am pretty judicious in what I blog. Most of it is about fashion. Occasionally I have addressed one or another issue that is roiling the community, but I think I am able to bring a fair analysis to them. I do not expect to please everyone. That would be banal.
Do you think your readers have a true sense of who you are based on your blog? A bit, not a complete sense. I don’t discuss politics on my blog, so there’s a big piece of my personal interests and passion left out.
Do you blog under your real name? Not my real name, but my real Second Life pseudonym. My blog is pseudonymous, not anonymous.
What is the theme/topic of your blog? The main topic is clearly Second Life fashion. I also write about my life, what I think about things and sometimes I do tutorials.
Do you have more than one blog? If so, why? Yes. I also have Blogging Second Life, Second Sites and Single Servings. The first is not so much a blog, but a directory of Second Life stores and blogs. Second Sites is a place anyone can post a pic and slurl to create a collection of SL sims. Single Servings is a recipe/cooking blog. I also blog about Second Life art and photography at Shopping Cart Disco, though I have been slacking lately on that one. I feel like I have said everything and am just repeating myself.
What have you found to be the benefits of blogging? It’s a method of self-expression. More importantly, it provides structure, discipline and a focus objective in Second Life – something to do. It has connected me to the broader SL community. It’s fun, probably the most important benefit.
Store info at Blogging Second Life
Skin: [PXL] Sophia NAT Pale lips MEB C2
Makeup Tattoos: [PXL] Sophia NAT Lust Eyes (tattoo layer)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard
Mani/Pedi: SLink Mesh Hands with FLAIR Nails
Clothing: MOLiCHiNO Jourdan Bodysuit purple
MOLiCHiNO Liri Dress
Shoes: Baiastice_Lira Pumps-purple-
Jewelry: Donna Flora Julia necklace, earrings and Ring (White)
So, why do you continue to blog? I still have something to say. I still enjoy it.
I decided to do Strawberry Singh’s new meme.
- First SL Friend: My first SL friend was technically Stardust Perl. We came into SL together from there.com. I loved that virtual world. It was so different than SL in so many ways. It was a real sense of community. It would have been unheard of for ppl to just stay in their homes and not go out. I miss it dearly.
- First SL Kiss: I don’t remember the avatars name but it was at some free sex place, he looked like Harry Potter. It was the funniest shit ever. I was two days old I think.
- First SLex time/place/partner: See question 2. Continue reading
I wasn’t much in the mood to do the Seven Facts Meme but, I couldn’t think of anything else to say, so let’s see:
- Gidge is my first avatar. I’ve said it before but some of you might be new, Gidge is also my RL nickname. I didn’t realize I was supposed to be creating an alternate person. I’ve been told recently that the fact that I’m so just “myself” in world that it’s off putting to people living their fantasy on the grid. I think that’s why I spend most of my time alone lately. Continue reading
This is another look, well, HALF a look I put together from my Objects Folder – Blogger challenge. I say half because some of these items are new to me. The skin, pants, eyes and top were all hiding in my objects folder. The skin was apparently a Halloween gift from Glam Affair and it reminds me of a zombie. It has cool veins poking through.
Hybie Is Wearing:
Skin: Glam Affair – Halloween skin Gift
Hair: lamb – Crystal Ball – Mint
Tattoo: La Malvada Mujer – Devil
Top: :: PurpleMoon :: Mireya Jumpsuit Top in Black
Pants: MiaMai – Mahvi Pants Sequined BLue
Shoes: LaRoo – Arsene Boots
Eyes: Mayfly – Liquid Light – Tropical Blue
Last night I decided I had some time on my hands, the boy child was sleeping, the S.O went to a movie, I had finished watching “Girls” so I thought “what the hell”, I’m going to organize my OBJECTS folder. Now, on my old avatar this never happened, but on my newer avie I like to keep things clean. Two days ago I freaked out because my inventory had inched passed 20k and this is unacceptable.
While in the throws of cleaning out my OBJECTS folder I noticed I had a lot of skins, make-ups, clothing etc that I had never opened. Perhaps, I bought things and forgot they were there or some were groups gifts or blogger copies I forgot to open. Either way, I opened them and thought “hmm, this would make an interesting blogger challenge”. I tried on everything that I had never opened and put together from those things a look that worked well together.
I offer you this same challenge. Old or new, it does not matter, find things unopened in your OBJECTS folder and make it work.
Hybie Is Wearing:
Skin: Glam Affair: Roza Unnamed 01 (Aida’s Birthday Gift)
Hair: Exile – Violetta: Fairytale (Group Gift)
Face Make up: Adore&Abhor – Capitol Couture (Cinema Event – blogger pack)
Eyes: Mayfly – Liquid Light Eyes – Rainshower Shadows (blogger pack)
Outfit and Ring: SoliDea Folies – Shock – black (blogger pack for Culture Shock)
My New Year’s Resolution is to blog more – cause we all know I suck at blogging regularly… and since Luna JUST posted her last post of the 52-Week’s of Color Part Deux, I have some catching up to do……
So here goes… Week 11 Aquamarine. I chose this dress from GizzA, quite a while back and have had it in my “to be blogged” folder just waiting for me to get off my ass and blog….
Its a beautiful, flowing casual gown suitable for an afternoon wedding or a late night walk on the beach with the man of your dreams….
More after the cut….
Pose Appreciation Week is winding down and I hope all the bloggers highlighting the role of poses in their work have succeeded in their goal in highlighting the many good and great posers in Second Life. I could not participate in Pose Appreciation Week without highlighting Status Poses from Gidge. This is a new set from Status that has not even been released yet, though it will be available on Marketplace very soon. One of the reasons I love Status poses is the commitment to story-telling in Gidge’s work. Her poses are narrative poses, conveying mood, activity and drama. Many are snaps in mid-step, in the process of turning. While she does provide some of the standard fashion pose sets, her real passion is for slice-of-life poses. If you want a pose to tell a story, Status is the place to start looking first.
My dress is from Loovus Dzevavor and with the bold print, color-blocking, and the sleeveless shift shape, it channels the style of 1960s Carnaby Street in London. It’s available in several bold prints and colors.
Poses are what separates avatars from mannequins and dress up dolls. They convey emotions, attitudes and actions. In a photo, we can have the most beautiful setting and glorious gowns, but without a pose, we have no narrative. They are the verbs in our Second Life® stories. Olaenka Chesnokov of oOo Studio is a wonderful storyteller. Do I really have to tell you that this pose is from her Bitch series? Can’t you tell by looking?