SL Blogger Support

How to participate in SL Blogger Support in 2016

We’ve made some big plans for 2016. With those plans, we’re seeking participation from members. This post is all about those opportunities and how to get involved this year!

Photoshop Guru. Do you dream in filters and layers? We’re looking for someone who knows their way around Photoshop (and other graphic tools). This person will keep our links to image processing tutorials up to date. You don’t have to do any image manipulation. We just need to know what is quality and general advice, and what’s out of date.

Article Guest Writers. Do you have something you can teach the blogger community? We have made a topic list that you can look at and write about on a guest writer basis. We’re looking for clear writers with an interest in photography, destinations, and marketing. We’ll look to promote talented guest writers into regular contributors.

Blogger.com Guru. Are you a power Blogger user? I don’t mean a generic blogger, but Google’s Blogger platform. We need to balance our tutorials with someone who is well-versed in Blogger.

Meet-up Hosts. We’re running four types of meet-ups this year. We’re going to have photo field trips where we’ll explore destinations together. We’ll have inventory workshop parties. We’ll have organised discussions. We’ll also have social events where we can just hang out or dance. There will be something for everyone. To run these events, we’ll need meet-up hosts to lead different events.

Member Administrators. If you’re more of a behind-the-scenes person, you might want to help us with membership admin. This role involves approving new members and ensuring members sustain eligibility.

Designer / Event / Blogger Liaison. We’re looking for help in putting bloggers, events and designers together. You’ll help us keep the connection pages up to date.

Support Team. We are looking for two people to join the Support Team. As a support team member, you’ll help us administer the group and help us with our tasks (described below).

At present, the roles that make up the support team are:

Owner: Katya Valeska. Katya leads and develops SL Blogger Support by finding the right people to work as part of the team. She also handles getting Early Access for events.

Officers: Asthenia Pinazzo and me, Canary Beck. Right now, I’m focused on building a new website for the SLBS. After that, I’ll assume the role of Editor-In-Chief on the new blog. I’ll  focus on

  • recruiting and vetting Guest bloggers,
  • getting Contributors to blog on a consistent basis,
  • managing an editor calendar,
  • and keeping an eye on post and site quality assurance.

Group Moderators: Currently this includes all Team members, but members tend to get help from:

  • Ember Adored
  • Harlow Heslop
  • Kaelyn Alecto
  • And Kitty O-Toole

They’re focused on moderating group chat, helping members when needed.

Article Contributors: In 2015, these folks included (in order of post activity)

  • Canary Beck (18)
  • Caitlin Tobias (10)
  • Wendz Tempest (5)
  • Katya Valeska (3)
  • Kitty O’Toole (1)
  • Inkie Loudwater (1)
  • and Finn (1)

Designer /Event / Blogger Liaisons: These people drive what most bloggers do. They connect bloggers with creators, seek early blogger access to events, and they handle event notifications. Folks in this area include

  • Scarlett Loxingly
  • Lucie Bluebird
  • Ember Adored

Members-at-large: That’s you! As a member of SL Blogger Support, we welcome you to get show your interest in many of the above roles. Complete this form and let us know how you’d like to take part!

Promoting your blog via your SL Profile

SL Feed - A blogpost

There are many Social Media platforms out there, for you to use to promote your blog and get feedback and interaction. The big ones we all know; Facebook, Twitter, Plurk and Flickr. But did you know you can use your Second Life Profile as a Social Media network too?
It’s free, it is a part of your Second Life account and you will be surprised on how many people actually use it to get information or discover new places, fashion and blogs. As long as you know how to use it – it is a great platform to ‘get your blog out there’!

I am aware many people use viewers that will provide them with the socalled ‘legacy’ profiles and not the web-based ones, and for using your profile as a Social Media platform you will need to use either the web-based profile in your viewer or….and this is very handy: the browser-version of your SL profile!
You can go to your SL profile in three ways: the first one is obvious, when inworld just go to your profile (unless you use legacy profiles), the second one is via the dashboard on www.secondlife.com and then go to ‘Check out my Second Life now’, see screenshot below

SL Feed dashboard

Or make a bookmark to your SL Profile on (in my case) https://my.secondlife.com/caitlin.tobias – just replace my name for yours and tataaa, you are there.

For the dashboard or the direct link, you do not even need to be inworld (making it a great way to keep in touch with friends, for when you are not able to be inworld as well!)

The profiles in browser are often referred to as : ‘the sl feeds’. That’s because we all have our own ‘feed’, in which we can post status updates, post pictures, optional with a location (when you post directly from Inworld)

So you have your own feed already, and you can follow other people.
You, by default, follow everyone on your friendslist, but you can also follow people whose posts/pics you like, rather than friend them inworld you just follow their ‘feed’. Also, you can unfollow friends without unfriending, in the ‘people’ tab – they will not get a notification.

When a post gets two ‘loves’ or more, it will appear in the ‘trending’ feed, a collection of all the posts made by everyone (so not just your friends, but all SL residents who use this) and this is why using the feed in your profile is great to promote your blog!

I  recommend you put links to your blog, flickr and whatnot in your profile, for those who see your posts on the feed and checking you out.

SL Feed - II

So you have your own feed, and you can follow other people. You, by default, follow everyone on your friendslist, but you can also follow people whose posts/pics you like, rather than friend them inworld you just follow their ‘feed’.
When a post gets 2 ‘loves’ or more, it will appear in the ‘trending’ feed, a collection of all posts made by everyone (so not just your friends, but all SL residents who use this) and this is why using the feed in your profile is great to promote your blog!

For example, the ones I follow:

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and this is how ‘trending’ looks, those are people I probably follow – but also the posts from all other residents with a minimum of 2 ‘loves’:

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If you have a blogpost ready and published, all you need to do is: go somewhere inworld, take a snapshot – and when you choose snapshot in the menu, choose: upload to profile. In the description you can then paste a link to the blogpost you published, and optional some text. If you like you can even tick the location for a landmark, though I would un-tick it if you take the pic in your private home :).

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SL Feed - VI

Your post will be appear on all your friends profile feeds, and once it has  two ‘loves’ it will be out in the public (trending). To speed that up, you can love the post yourself – all you then need is just one other love. Or more, of course!

Note: yes you can post without snapshots as well, just type in an update (like FB or Twitter) and it will be posted.

The nice thing about this SL feed is that it’s totally linked to your SL account, it reaches SL residents and it is easy to use. In the ‘settings’ you can select some privacy if you wish. People you have muted/blocked in SL will not be able to see your feed, they cannot comment or love your posts, however once a post is in trending they will be able to just see it.

I would say: go try it out, follow some people, give loves (it is Social after all!)  and post your pics and links! See it as a mix between Twitter and Facebook, keep your posts short (there is an – unknown- limit of characters) and sweet, and have fun!

Happy posting and see you on the SL Feed!

 

 

 

Using a Facebook-page for your blog

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Perhaps a bit late, but I’ve read on the internet (so it must be true!) it is perfectly okay to wish people a ‘Happy New Year’ till Valentine’s Day, so: Happy New Year to all of you, and may 2016 be filled with fun, love, happiness and joy!

One of my resolutions, in 3000px!, is to keep writing about how Social Media can be used to help you get your blog out there. My first article this year is about the biggest Social Media Platform, which I have not covered yet in my previous posts: Facebook.

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Hate or love!
Hate it or love it, Facebook is the biggest, the largest and most popular of them all. And it is unlikely that this will change anytime soon.
Facebook, however, has a very strict policy about their accounts. One can only create an account when providing real life name and information. It is what keeps them alive; for business purposes Facebook needs to be sure their users are real persons. Yes, they say it is because of the noble purpose of ‘connecting people’ and ‘building real friendships’and while that may be true, the other reason is less samaritan but purely business. They do not want their precious database to be littered with fake accounts, double accounts and so on, as those do not add to the value for marketeers who use Facebook and their database.

Pages instead of an account
All that aside, there is really no reason  to not use Facebook for your Second Life blog, Flickr or your avatar in general. For those, Facebook offers you the option to create a page. It will give you the opportunity to promote your blog, your Flickr and you can keep in touch with the SL community when not inworld – without having it displayed on your real life account.
Pages, unlike accounts, cannot friend people, they cannot tag people – only other pages –  (to prevent businesses from direct spamming by unwanted tagging)  and they depend on ‘likes’ in order to show up on peoples Facebook-walls.  The big difference between an account and a page is the way of interacting, you are – as a page – not a person anymore, so things are a tad limited.

There are many categories for creating a page and if you already have a Real Life Facebook account, it is very easy to make a page for your SL Account and so use Facebook to promote your blog.

Worries about people finding out your real life identity via your SL page? No need!
When you do your Page-posts, -comments and -pics  you will be posting with the name your page has. Nobody but you (and other admins, if you want to have another administrator on your page – so be cautious about that) will see who the real life account behind the page is.

How to create a page for your Second Life?
You first need a real life account, but as Facebook is so common these days I will assume in this article that you are already somewhat familiar with Facebook in your real life.

Go to ‘create a page’ and then choose: Public Figure (the best category, as your avatar is a persona), see my screenshot below:

Create a page II

The rest of the menu is really dead simple.

Once you have your Page all set up, in about…..5 mins? you are good to go! A nice banner/cover image (the perfect size being: 851px by 315px), a profile picture, the link to your blog in the ‘about’section and tataaa….you can post your blog, your Flickr, your ramblings, your rants…whatever! All you now need is to get people to ‘Like’ your page, so they will get your updates on their wall.

Now the more tricky part may be : how do you ‘like’, ‘comment’ and post on other pages as ‘your page’ and not as your RL you?

That is bit hidden….but not hard! Just remember and keep on checking when you are surfing around on Facebook.
I, for one, have certain moments per day when I want to ‘facebook’ as Caitlin, so I make sure I am logged in as my page, and not with my real me.

How?
See this screenshot on how to switch from being your first-life you, to being your SL page on Facebook:

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Going back to your first life-you…the same way, but in reverse! Simples!

Bold and Beautiful
Of course you can be bold and create an account with your SL name, thousands of people do and yes..I have had mine for 5 years, till this week. I got reported for being unreal, and yeah…that is true. Caity was not a real-life account. I took the chance and all those years it went fine and now her account is gone; as I did not wish to provide a copy of my rl passport to Facebook and change the name into my real life name.
I already had a page for Caitlin via my real life account, as I secured the name some years ago, and so I am now only on SL Facebook with my page. Of course I liked having the account as well, but ….it is against the Facebook ToS, so I cannot and will not whine and complain about losing it. A page is good too!

If you have a Facebook page, new or existing, feel free to add them in the comments and I will surely ‘like’ you back with mine, which is: www.facebook.com/caitsworld

Happy Facebooking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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