SL Blogger Support

“Handy tips for Bloggers” – by Shari Cortes


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.’


The Succubus

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

Our 1300th group-member!


No, we have never celebrated milestones when it comes to members, but hey…you have got to start somewhere, right? While working on the new member applications the other day, I noticed we have reached 1300 members.Over 1300 of wonderful, helpful, lovely, creative, blogging-enthusiasts. How cool is that!?

So why not celebrate and be happy and appreciate this?
Our 1300th member is Cate Footman (her blog) and we welcome her.

We are humbled, every week, when seeing the applications to our group and the support we see happening in our group-chat. YOU ALL are what makes us a community of bloggers and creators and we love you all!


Fly – by Cate Footman (Flick


PS Cate, you got a lil something to celebrate🙂

Happy blogging!



West of the Rain

.. really not that far away ..

A new sim has been raised from the great Linden sea… “West of the Rain” has come online recently.  This gorgeous sim created by Oobleck (Allagash) and his partner NODNOL Jameson is loosely based upon the San Juan Islands in Washington state.  If you look up the real life location, you will definitely see the similarities.  The region has an adorable main street type area with hotel, cafes, book store, music store, general store, etc.  No detail forgotten, it is a place you can poke your head in to nearly every build and find something of interest.

.. west of the rain ..

Upon landing you find yourself on the ferry pier, from there, just walk through the shops and around the highway or venture off-road as well.  It’s a public and full region so bring your friends for an excursion. Stop in the coffee shop, visit the lighthouse, hang out around the lake, or sit on a beach… lots of nooks and places to relax.  Be sure to visit the ship yard and find The Athletic Club where you might find someone spinning tunes.

.. west of the rain ..

Oobleck and NODNOL created the experience because they love the area in Washington.  The description on the land is “A place for social, photography, ongoing events, music, and installations.”  And as you see here, it is very photogenic.

.. west of the rain ..

Be sure to visit soon… and if Oobs or Nod are around, make sure you wave and thank them for bringing such an awesome place to the grid!

.. ten thousand miles from where ..

Location:  West of the Rain
Flickr:  Group (be sure to add any pics taken on the region)
The permissions do not allow rezzing at this time.
(originally posted on Sol Existence)


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