SL Blogger Support

Let’s talk about Feeds and Flickr!

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Here at SL Blogger Support we always try to come up with tips and advice to support the blogger community of Second Life. Instead of writing another article, or wall of text if you will, with a list of ‘things a blogger needs to know/do/no do’, I would like to ask YOU, the bloggers of Second Life, to help eachother.

There are a few questions that seem to return on a regular basis, in groupchat and on other platforms (e.g. Facebook, Plurk, Twitter and Flickr), mainly regarding the fashion-blogs: 1) the amount of views/favs/followers some designers require when one wants to apply for a brand and 2) the number of SL Feeds a blog needs to be syndicated in.

Views
Some, not all, creators/designers, only want bloggers who have – let’s say, a minimum of 1000 views per picture on Flickr and their blog needs to be in ‘several’ feeds.

I am not going to beat around the bush, but the requirement of having 1000 views (it is an example, don’t pin me down on it) is what makes people ‘re-post’ their images on Flickr several times a week/day, in some cases even every couple of hours. Desperate to get the required views. The downside of this is: followers get annoyed by seeing the same picture over and over again and the risk is that one loses followers, rather than gaining some.

Then there is the thing about Feeds. 
Feeds were the bomb, till 3 or 4 years ago. A wonderful way to follow and keep up to date with several blogs in one read, simple and easy. But face it, by now feeds are somewhat…not of this time anymore. Social Media took over, we can follow all kinds of other platforms to keep ourselves informed. Times and the way we get our information has changed.

I am not at all thinking I know it all, just because I personally get annoyed by re-posted pics on Flickr, or the fact that *I* do not follow any feeds anymore, doesn’t mean this is the blog-law!

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Polls!
So I have some polls and invite you to answer, just to see – and perhaps get a nice discussion – what bloggers (and thus creators) may need to make blogs work for all.

Feel free to give your view in the comments, keeping it nice!, and in a few weeks I will make a round-up from the polls and the discussions🙂. I am not going to make a full report on this, the polls are merely to get some discussion started and sharing of experiences, and hopefully this will lead to some insights and great ideas for us all to benefit from.
Of course you can skip polls if they do not apply to you!

Note:  the polls are completely anonymous, nobody will know who answers what – no really, we cannot not see that! – , so no need to be scared or cautious!

(The polls/questions are indeed catered to bloggers and not creators, I will keep that for another article, no worry! Also, this is by no means to judge requirements and applications from creators/blogger managers!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make your own interactive panoramic pictures in Second Life

Jo Yardley's Second Life

Illiastra Ascendent (nvzn Resident) (aka James Reichert) who has been experimenting with 360 degrees videos and photography within virtual reality and specifically Second Life, has now developed a system that allows you to make interactive panoramic pictures yourself.

The Illiastra Panoramic Camera System (click) will allow you to record and then edit screenshots you take in Second Life into one large panoramic picture that allows you to interactively look around with your mouse.
A wonderful way to give people an impression of what your sim in SL looks like without them having to download the software, setup an account, create an avatar, find your sim, etc.
And not only will people be able to see your sim without downloading Second Life, they can also see it with the graphics and windlight setting you had in mind when you recorded the picture and no lag.

You can upload these panoramas to Facebook…

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“Handy tips for Bloggers” – by Shari Cortes

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This weeks guest-writer on SL Blogger Support is the lovely Shari Cortes, a fellow blogger and member of our group, who has some handy tips for all of us!


 

Hi, I am Shari and I have been a Blogger Manager for over 2 years for 7 Deadly s{K}ins and during that time also an Events Manager, and Event Blogger Manager, I am also a Store Manager and have been involved in the Retail Industry in Real Life and Second Life for more years than I care to think about!  I was SLBorn on the 20th February 2007.

I have a few personal rules with Blogger applications that I would like to share with you, from a Blogger’s point of view firstly, these I have found to be helpful and saves having to tackle them when speaking to the Manager in person or filling out the form –

Firstly check whether blog applications are open – It usually states on the Blog Manager or Store/ Event Owners profile if they are accepting Blogger applications.  If they are not then do not send – It is always useful to check on the [SL] logger Support pages frequently as they have a current and up to date list of who is looking for Bloggers both for stores and events.

‘Get rid of the music auto-play – If you wish to put a music link on your blog, by all means but let it be the choice of the reader to listen to it.’

 

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If you are interested in a store to blog for then I would always have blogged some of their items previously, I find this is polite and quite often now one of the questions on an application form. I suggest at least 2 blogs – to say you love their items but have never shown any in your blogs does not show that you love their product range. I always personalise my application with the name of whomever I am applying to, mention their products that you love, preferably by name – show you know their products and their range.

Be concise and ALWAYS spell check.  I appreciate that the application may be going to someone who speaks a different language to yourself, but still spell check as it makes it a lot easier to translate, if necessary, when everything is spelt correctly.

Now from a Blogger Manager’s point of view.
My advise is the following, it is just my advice and my own personal preferences and also quite a few I have seen on Forms and NC’s for applying for positions – A clean and smart blog page is always so nice to read.  Messy, cluttered and disorganised blogs are not the easiest to navigate not just for whomever you are applying to but also for your readers.

Get rid of the music auto-play – If you wish to put a music link on your blog, by all means but let it be the choice of the reader to listen to it.  I hate opening a blog page and being blasted with music and trying to find where or how to turn it off, not everyone loves your favourite song of the moment – Be kind to our ears🙂
Make sure all your links and details are up to date – I check mine every 3 or 4 months or when I have major changes to make, even something as simple as a store LM to your own details – Check them twice, they speak volumes about you.

Let them fly

For someone to apply and tell me they LOVE our range but never to have shown any interest in the store or when asked to go to the store to collect something and they ask for the landmark – DO YOUR RESEARCH – It is always valuable, trust me on this as I would take someone who has blogged our items and has some clear knowledge of our products than someone who clearly has not – Even if you haven’t blogged any yet then say that and why – it does improve your chances.

I hope this helps and feel free to contact me for any tips🙂  We all help each other ♥


 

Additional links:
Shari’s Blog
Shari on Flickr