I’ve been giving something a lot of thought lately. The topic of blogging in SL is a rather big one with many facets. I have seen rants from bloggers or designers about one thing or another and I have never considered myself a public ranter. My close friends know I will privately rant from time to time, but that is the sort of thing you do to vent among friends, nothing that needs to be on social media or my blog. I enjoy each and every designer and event I blog for. I try not to take too much on so I don’t short change anyone. As we all know RL and SL can’t be helped at times, and we end up with too much going on at once to really do a great job everywhere we are committed. We have to make some choices and some things don’t get the attention they should. No one is perfect.
I have been a blogger for a lil while now and I am by far not the end all be all expert on things, but I am a person with an opinion and I am entitled to it, just as we all are entitled to our opinions. As a blogger I always do my best to adhere to the requirements of the designer or the event. I have been fortunate to blog for those I have come to know in some way, whether as friends or as contacts in the SL modeling world. It is my experience those are the best blogging relationships to have, where the blogger and designer/event organizer know one another or get to know one another and become friends. I think that takes a bit of the “business” out of it and helps people see the person behind the avi on both sides of the coin. I think if more did that we would see less scathing blogger notices or strict blogging requirements. I really do try to see things from both sides. I understand that designers/organizers want the most possible exposure to bring in the Ls to keep their business/event going, but let’s not lose sight of the human aspect. For me, (in RL and SL) personal relationships and treating others with respect should not be sacrificed for the $/L$.
One of the long standing beliefs I have had is that there is a population (hopefully a small one) of bloggers who are out to just get free items, and really don’t do right by the designers or events. I would imagine these sorts of bloggers don’t get very far as any designer or event organizer would be hip to that relatively quickly if they monitored their blogging pool at all. I have always worked to be sure I am never perceived as one of -those- bloggers.
So what am I going on about then? I think the blogger/designer/organizer relationship would be better if each party took a lil time to get to know one another. This is just one blogger’s opinion, but when we report our blogs to you, or post in your Flickr groups, some comment would be nice and perhaps even a bit of a chat. I know some designers/organizers may think they are too busy for that, but are you really? I think some investment in the human relationship between people is well worth the time.
All that being said, how about some styling credits? I am wearing one of the lovely creations from Dead Dollz called Isabeau in Snow, available now at this round of Shiny Shabby. I of course am wearing some HUDtastic Glamistry Heels, specifically Trillium. Then there is my background and pose, once again done by the fabulous KaTink. The pose is Garbo 1 and the background is Blithe 16.
Thank you as always for reading,
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi