Seems every now and again the realm of bloggers in Second Life try to define themselves, so I decided to give you some insight. We are not all the same. And we shouldn’t be. I will attempt in my search to define the second life blogger and present a few definitions and examples so you have some knowledge as you sift through the feeds. Some blog migrate between different categories:
1) The Social Commentator: These blogs usually keep up to date on fashion (can be questionable), but tend to focus more on the community of Second Life. They offer musings and important information about what is going on and give us resources to for opinions. Credits can be found on some.
2) The Picture Pleaser: These blogs post pictures and credits. Nothing more. They should probably be pretty good at taking pictures, but that is debatable. It is unfortunate when they aren’t that great at the editing and photography.
3) The Showcaser: The blogs post pictures and credits, but usually talk a bit about why they like an item or piece of clothing. This group usually sparks some controversy because they refrain from pointing out flaws in items or they find no flaws themselves in said items. As a reader, it might be hard to tell, do they like the item or are they selling me the item because of ‘ties’ to a designer? *gasps*
4) The Reviewer: These blogs again post pictures and credits and are similar to “The Showcaser”. They usually talk about the outfit, but they make sure to point out flaws they see to the reader. The idea is to review the clothing and not the person behind the clothing, but that is debatable (e.g. social issues the designer approves of, etc). They might have ‘ties’ to designers too.
For a long time, I had no idea what type of blog I was or wanted to be or what type of Second Life blogs existed. I guess it would have been smart to think about this before I decided to blog. In all honesty, I just wanted a place to put the outfits I wore because starting out, I had no idea where to shop, and I thought it might help someone. I started this blog on week two of entering Second Life.
At first, it was easy to be “The Reviewer.” I had no ties to the community and just mimicked what I saw on other real life review blogs. That being said, I do notice that I don’t ‘review’ an item as much anymore. As I joined more and more social media outlets with ties to the community, I saw just how hard it was to keep a virtual business alive. Some sort of fascination and admiration phase ensued, and I wasn’t so much enamored with the item, but with the process of making items in Second Life. How do you manage a real life and a second life? A deep respect for what I wore and the time it took to create this virtual piece made me rethink how I wanted to blog.
At times, I myself move between categories. I would say without a flinch I am “The Showcaser.” From the start, I wanted this blog to be a place people could go to to find things. I have enormous respect for my audience, and I truly believe you can make up your own mind when you purchase an item in Second Life. I believe you will try the demo and figure out if a piece is you or if it is not. My sole purpose was for someone to come out of reading my blog and finding something they loved, and if you didn’t, not for thinking I purposely mislead you, but that we both just might have a different taste in clothing.
It took me awhile to figure out where I fit. I think I meader between groups, but I most identify with “The Showcaser.” I’m okay with that. It is where I feel the most comfortable.
What type of blogger are you? What type of blogs do you read regularly? Why do you blog Second Life?
Dress-Mon Cheri at The Rockablity Fair
Shoes- Has Been
Any evening can turn into a story. This one just adds to the list of sad ones.
A friend sent word of a party the day before, and although swamped with a billion chores, I decided to accept the invitation. I inquired of other guests considering his dwelling passed through a marsh, a particularly eerie marsh once the sun set. Nobody could join me. I thought nothing of it. I had lived in this area my entire life, thus increasing that unreasonable comfort gained from the familiar. This marsh may have cast large shadows, but I had been through it often at dusk, and I truly needed to escape the daily drum of life.
The day of the party I grabbed my purse, stuffing it with my favorite red, a Bordeaux, lipstick, my powder, and my invitation. Upon entering the placid marsh, I realized a pertinent detail forgotten– It had rained. The marsh resembled an ocean with specs of grass downing in their normal home. It was too late to turn back. My absence would be noted and cause me much grief to explain. The sun lowered his head in ominous amusement as I hopped from floating deadwood to floating deadwood, trying to keep my lovely gown from slipping into the edges of the solemn, dark waters.
I am unsure how it all happened, but I vaguely remember the path becoming precarious. I must have lost my footing somehow, and down I went. On the way down, a last thought lingered: How would I explain my appearance to the guests of the party?
When my eyes opened, I first recognized a metallic taste upon my lips. My finger glazed over them. They were dry and crusted. I glanced to find my purse and my lipstick within it, but it was no where in sight. I figured it must have been swept away by the waters. The moon emitted a harsh halo, blinding me temporarily. Dizzy, I finally decided to pushed myself up.
My eyes followed my hand down into the waters, but they stopped upon a reflection: Hair, deep and black, flowed over a shoulder, and skin, gray and translucent, gleamed in the night. I pooled the water with my fingertips, grasping at the figure below, dispersing the image into fragments. This could not be. My blonde hair. My pink skin. My beautiful gown. The reflection slowly formed again, and I starred deep into the eyes. My eyes. A deep red covered my mouth and bled into the rest of my face. A hunger bellowed within me I had never experienced, and my surroundings shriveled until I could only see distorted images.
This was ages and ages ago. As I roam the night looking for lost souls, I often think of my days before when all I wanted was to deviate from my mundane, trivial life. How I yearn for those days again.
Dress: Junbug @ We <3 RP
Skin #1: Glam Affair-Neva-Artic @ Collabor88
Skin #2 The Skinnery @ We <3 RP
Purse-Glow Studio-Sheep wool clutch bag
Place: Annwn Willows
Loud Mouth has released the newest mesh attachment, mesh lips. We now have a long list of mesh attachments to cover up every single part of our avatar. We have hands, feet, ears, eyes, boobs, and the list seems to be growing. Just when I think we have covered everything, another attachment pops up. Recently, the mesh butt surprised me. I don’t know why because at this point nothing should, but it did.
Loud mouth’s lips do improve the overall profile of the existing avatar’s face. They add a bit more realism and get rid of the flat feature from the side of lips that exists when you only use a normal skin.
I had to play with my shadows to get it to look okay, but there are still noticeable lines surrounding the attachment. That, unfortunately, seems impossible to avoid.
I tried and tried to match my skin color without an applier, and while I got close, it never did look great to me. The appliers are a must in my book. As of right now, only a few places offer the appliers, tSg [The Sugar Garden] being one of them. She is the queen of appliers. Part of me feels horrible that the skin makers have to go through all his or her products to make these appliers, and part of me is selfish and impatient…I want…I want. That being said, the mesh lips seem to be more of a photography prop similar to the eyelids from Slink. I don’t know if they will be something I wear as religiously as my hands or feet right now or if they will end up collecting dust like my mesh boobs. I haven’t really kept up with who else has appliers, but in Loud Mouth they have links to stores who have them or have them in the works. I only knew TSG had some from my plurk timeline…(coughs, great place to advertise your products or keep in the know).
As the mesh mouth grows in popularity, I can see other shapes and styles coming out. I believe one is currently in the works–much bigger and puffy. Some have criticized the shape of the current releases, saying the frown is too pronounced. So, I do hope all these requests are being heard. As far as the hud is concerned, I found it way too big and bulky visually. That being said, I found it simple to use. It will get the job done, but as I said before, the appliers just work better and the lips seem to be made more with that in mind. I did like that I could tint the lips of an existing applier though. Final note, when I tried the demo, no teeth were included, which really made me pause. I hope that has been fixed. I think seeing the lips with teeth is essential. For a more comprehensive tutorial on how to modify the appearance visit here. This was really informational to me!
Have a great Sunday!
Chemistry put out some awesome hair today called Tamora. So awesome, I decided to just do a profile shot….just because.
Mandala-Necklace and earrings-TEFUTEFU set_RAINBOW; Simple Ears
The Sugar Garden-Luminate Eyes *NEW