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“Take off those No-colored glasses” – by R. Crap Mariner

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Happy to annouce that R. Crap Mariner (Crap.Mariner) is the first in our new series of guest-bloggers! According to his own SL Profile: ‘I am a sentient clockwork mechanism, manufactured for The Great Exposition of 1851. Various inventors and scientists have tried to improve upon my original plans, but have only twisted and damaged me further.
Crap has his – Secondlife – home in Edloe and is the founder of 100 words stories. His blog is retired but he uses Flickr to tell us about his ideas and views.


Hi there. Caitlin asked folks for helpful advice for bloggers, and I want to tell you a little story about getting over yourself…
Long ago, I used to do some SL Birthday stuff, but things got a bit strained between that crowd and me. I took a few years off from the lag-fest, but during SL13B, I challenged myself to photograph all of the exhibits, stages, and the auditorium. It’s neat to see how some communities grow and challenge themselves to create a new and inviting and informative space, while others rez the same old junk.
‘Take off those No-colored glasses and work around it. Listen and think, and not just about yourself.’ ~ R. Crap Mariner

There happened to be an interview going on at the auditorium (did Anthony do a great job with that place or what?). Well, half of an interview. The interviewer’s on my block list, but whatever! I listened to the interviewee. Interesting stuff. I stuck around for a few other interviews. One was Jessica Lyon of Firestorm.

Okay, sure. I’ll stay for that. Been a while since I heard her.

In that interview, Jessica mentioned their Firestorm Gateway Community, and how she wanted more events there.

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I said something from the audience, and she said I should do my own stuff there.

Well, there’s a problem with that. Gateways are G-rated, while my material isn’t.

But, I know some folks who specialize in clean material.

I checked in with Caledonia Skytower of Seanchai Library, who present spoken word content throughout the week that would be a good introduction of spoken word to new users.

She’d recently run the Storytellers Sandbox as part of their Linden Endowment for the Arts project, and it would be a good sampler for new users.

We put together a plan, presented it to the Firestorm folks, hammered out a few details, and we agreed on running with this project.

So, in spite of all the negatives:

– Archiving some repetitive and dull builds.
– My dislike of the interviewer.

– My material being inappropriate for the gateway.

Getting ready for stories...

A project is coming together.Why?

– I wanted to learn about other communities and projects in SL..
– I listened to the interviewees to hear what they had to say.

– I turned a bad match into an opportunity for others.

Now, we’re working on a Spoken Word Project as part of the Firestorm-Seanchai partnership.

We’re building up useful resources for storytellers, new users, and others, and we’re running our first test event on August 7th with the Storytellers Sandbox there. When there’s no events, we’ve built a whole Second Life Arts catalog on the official Wiki for users to find cool things to see, hear, and do.

If you just focus on the negative, that’s all Second Life will ever be. Just an endless SLSecrets whinefest.

Take off those No-colored glasses and work around it. Listen and think, and not just about yourself.

Cool things may happen.

~ R. Crap Mariner


Hey you!

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Yes, you! Are you a creator, blogger-manager, event -organiser, artist, curator, photographer or sim-owner (or anyone I missed in this!) and you do have some awesome tips and tricks, questions and/or experiences to share with the SL Blogger Community? Read on!

We are looking for guest-authors on the SL Blogger Support website; articles written by people who deal with bloggers, or need bloggers…or have an opinion and experiences and have some great ideas on how to enhance blogs and the overall relationships between creators and audiences.

SL Blogger Support is all about: support! And the best way to get and give support is sharing your Second Life.
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Are you interested in writing a blog-post on this site, please contact Caitlin Tobias. We are looking forward to what YOU have to share with all of us!

Remember: caring is sharing❤




Enjoying a tropical Smile in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It All Starts With A Smile; Inara Pey, June 2016, on FlickrIt All Starts With A Smile – click any image for full size

I’ve long enjoyed visiting It All Starts With A Smile, the photogenic Homestead region by Kaelyn Alecto and Maxx (Maxxster). I first dropped in far back in May 2013, and have since blogged about it several times in these pages. However, over the course of the last year, I’d actually lost track of the region, and so was delighted to receive news the latest iteration would be opening in mid-June, and made a point to put time aside to visit as soon as I could.

In this new design, It All Starts With A Smile has become a tropical paradise of five islands. Four of these are little more than idyllic stretches of sand rising out of the water, offering banyan shaded escape from the worries of the world; places where visitors can simply relax…

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