Over the years Blogging and how we do so, has come under a lot of scrutiny… and guidelines and rules have been put into place by stores. Hundreds of different things to make us as bloggers toe some imaginary line in the sand. There are so many of these now, that they actually have started to implode on themselves, because by continuing to stack them, and make more and more demands, the essence of what blogging was for many, has been diluted so much that content suffers.
I have many creators I follow on flickr, and other social media platforms, and in the olden days, bloggers were given support by creators, their posts were shown to their customers, they used to add bloggers to their websites, and publicly acknowledge that blogging was something that benefited them in their business. We would have feedback from creators about how things were going, have conversations about new releases, and were often beta testers for new products. It was an awesome collaboration effort behind the scenes, and customers knew it. Customers knew that the bloggers were that ‘middle man’, that person that showed them the path to items they didn’t know they needed yet. We knew what was what, and where to get it, we showed someone how to wear things in ways that even the creators themselves had not thought of. We were stylists and information guides for all things commercially related, and newsworthy in SL.
Sending machines, cut off that connection with creators. Less and less time was spent having a virtual cuppa and a chat. Time is valuable in SL, but there was a lot of good things that came out of those talks, and now creators know very little about the bloggers that they have on their lists and in their groups.
I have seen people talk about not knowing a bloggers reach, I have met new Residents that have no concept of blogs, or older residents that just event shop so much that they are in the know all on their own.
To see only a vendor image, can limit the imagination of a product…example show a pose set where a girl is ice-skating, and a blogger will show you the same pose of herself getting a can of peas from a cupboard. Todays post instead of searching all over for a guitar for Whimsy to hold, she found one that was a prop, unlinked it and I found an air guitar poseset for her to use as the pose…these are things we do, and someone looking for a guitar may just pass up on the prop because it would seem to be ‘just a prop’.
I have seen items vendor ads on a feed, and then seen a blogger post on the same items and not recognise them as the same thing at all….and I know I am not alone there. These are potentially loss of sales, because it may not seem like what the person was looking for, and it is our job to show them it is. This is not to say that the creator did their ad wrong, it is just not conceivable that the creator can show every single use of something.
So I had a Thunk, a Sasy Thunk, which many people know means strange things are underfoot. We already IM the creators/blog managers when we feature their items, and that is nice, sometimes we get an IM back, most of the time not, people are busy. We have forms to fill in for some stores/events letting them know they have been blogged and so on – not sure when SL and blogging became so clerical.
For the most part it has been us as bloggers that spread the word, bloggers created feeds, bloggers started social media use for posting links to posts, bloggers (and photographers in SL) were the ones that used Flickr for their blog handling, and facebook, google plus and so on, all just expanding further and further, so that a featured item got seen by every person possible.
But what about those that don’t read blogs (YET) or only use flickr to follow the stores they want to see items of, or follow the link to the website of the creator that is posted in a group notice, that may also go to flickr….what if we help the customer see more of the picture?
Because that is what it is all about right, for the majority of us bloggers in SL, we are salespeople, we want to spread the word on a product that we ourselves support, that we encourage others to get too. So while there is that crazy review system in Marketplace, what if using the creators own Flickr stream or blog, we paste in comments our own links to our own post on the same item, done with the utmost of respect.
If I was looking at the item of a store, and I saw 15 blog links under it posted by bloggers, I could not help myself but have a look, and honestly seeing blogger number 11 wear that jacket with those shoes, or match up that table with that set of chairs I also own, I am running straight over with my cash.
This kind of cross-over creator/blogger notification option can only benefit the creator financially, and also benefit the blogger who may capture a new readers attention. This would not of course be possible to do on every single item featured in a post, as often there are dozens of bits and pieces, but for instance, todays post we are all wearing tutu’s from Fishy Strawberry, and I know Fae flickrs her ads, and its a fun way to see the skirts being used, we all wore them differently. So today when I am done with the post, I will go to find the flickr pic of the release, and I will add the link to the post, I will also thank Fae for making such cuteness :)
The benefit to this is for all involved, new readers, possible purchases of items that may have been glanced at otherwise, and also with all those rules and regulations now, some of which are apparently view counts, well this helps that in a truly cohesive way.
Gorgeous Yongho from JuicyBomb (Gogo did a post on her outfit at her blog the other day, so go visit her for info) , Whimsy Winx from Virtually Dressed were my band members today, and it was fun putting the shoot together, and seeing as we used our own MPop set by Winx&Flair I will be sure to comment over there on my own flickr too.
VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots–
VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)
VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)
VR Foundry Marketplace
Props, Furniture, Build –
MPop WinxBox – Winx&Flair
Retrowave Guitar (Unlinked and edited to wear), Retrowave Keyboard- NOMAD (Gacha)
Guitar Case Sign – What Next
Projected Light Wheels – Soy.
Vintage Microphone – Floorplan
Poses by –
Behaviour Body Poses
Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)
Skin & Body Parts Worn:
Simone Mesh Head – LeLutka
Leda Skin Appliers – Glam Affair
Ever Skin Applier – Glam Affair
Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Hourglass & Original Physique Body – Slink
Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : Glam Affair
Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 141 – Flair
Blair II – Tableau Vivant @ Salem
King Kylie – Sintiklia
Dismay Princess Tutu – Fishy Strawberry @ Uber
Alba Fur Coat – Mimikri
Cheekies Bikini – Paper Arrow
Glamor Kitten Heels – Baiastice
Vinyl Bow – LaGyo
X Bracelet – Minimal
Ramona Bangle – Maxi Gossamer