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.
You are probably one of the most generous and supportive bloggers I’ve ever known. I’m so glad you blog and hope that you continue to do so for a long time. I also want to agree with what you said about the benefits of blogging, “a focus objective in Second Life – something to do” never really thought of saying it that way but I absolutely agree with you and I wonder to myself if I would still be in SL if I wasn’t a blogger.
Thanks! I wonder the same thing. There are days the only reason I log in is to blog.