SL Blogger Support

News and stuff from the [SL] Blogger Support Team

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It is about time for some updates from the [SL] Blogger Support Team, as we do work behind the scenes to make sure our group is what is should be: a support network to help and guide all SL Bloggers!

To start,  I would like to thank Sunshine (sunshine.zhangsun) so much,  for all the time and efforts she has spend as a very much appreciated team-member. Due to reasons she has decided to step down and leave the Support Team, but she will surely stay as a group member and as such it is not a real goodbye! Big hugs to her!

Resting

Resting by Amy Beebe

As the group is still growing, we needed to fill in the gap left by Sunshine and Katya, so I am happy to announce that we found two new team-members: Lainey Thorne and Sasy Scarborough. I am sure you will join me in welcoming them and allowing them some time to get familiar with our ‘behind-the-scenes-work’. In January -when the madness and dust of the Holiday season has settled down – we will have another team-meeting and (re)define our roles and tasks.
In case anyone wonders, no….we did not do a new application round for new team-members; because we still had up-to-date applications from the previous round (last year) and I decided to approach Lainey and Sasy based on theirs, which I kept in file.
You can read all about Lainey and Sasy on the Team pages!

So, that was the news, now the other stuff!

As said, we are a fast growing group. We currently have, as I write this, well over 1400 members. All bloggers, creators and event organisors (many of which in more than one role) and this is really awesome. A true community of SL Residents all sharing something in common: Blogging.
Be it Fashion (by far the largest part), Art, Exploring, Opinions and Home and Garden etcera. A group to be proud of!

The main objective of our group has been and always will be: sharing experiences and helping each other out to enhance our blogging and therefore our overall Second Life.
And we will keep on focusing on this objective.

Winter Secret

Winter Secret by Juris Bergmanis

On Track
Which brings me to the following. The struggle on how to make sure a group as ours will keep going the way it was envisioned as it was founded by Katya.
We have seen shifts in reasons why bloggers want to join us. While, thankfully, most of our members join us for exactly what we are: a sharing community, there is also a large group who wants to join us only because it will give them access preview to events.
And yes, we do love to be able to give our members this perk, this privilege. But it should not be the sole reason to be in our group.
I admit I am not sure yet on how we can keep ‘us’ on track. It is something I will discuss with the Support Team, but in meantime: if you have any awesome ideas on how to make our group an even better community for sharing and caring, feel free to comment with your thoughts!

Rules
While it is not easy and certainly NOT the fun part of managing a group of our size, we do have to ask members to abide to some rules. Every new member and event-organisor is handed a note-card with rules and guidelines. And we expect everyone to read and follow them.
Those are not crazy  rules, they are basically more common sense, and over time we have not been very strict in keeping an eye on how things went.
So, what happening is:  the rules and guidelines are not followed. Not just occasionally, but more often than we want.
And this lead us to the following: we really ask and expect our members to abide to the rules and from now on we will look more closely at what is going on. Also, and this is the not-fun part:  we will send warnings when rules are not being followed, ignored etc. No, we do not eject people after a first ‘mistake’ and yes, we are willing to explain and help you doing it better a next time, but we do have to monitor it.
(If you have missed or lost the note-cards I am referring to, please feel free to ask any of our team member for a new copy!)

Equal
In case you wonder if something you want to send to,  or share with,  the group, be it in chat or via a notice (for event organisors), and you are not quite sure: please contact one of the team members and just ask!
We are not  difficult to approach, we don’t bite (often…) and even though we have these dreaded rules, we are always open to suggestions and want to think WITH you to find a solution for whatever your topic or question is.
We just need to make sure we do not spam our members or, and this is a big deal: make it seem as if we have different rules for different members. All are equal, no-one is more equal than others.

A Christmas Card

A Christmas Card by Kylie Jaxxon

Hohoho!
The coming weeks I will post some more, on proposals and ideas to enhance our group experience, but for now I want to wish you all – on behalf of the [SL] Blogger Support Team – a wonderful, happy, festive month with awesome Holidays and lots of cool blog-posts!

Happy blogging!

Credits:
The pictures used in this blogpost are submitted to our very own Flickr group and had ‘sharing’ enabled. Feel free to add your pictures to this group but make sure they are within the specific rules🙂.

Location in the Spotlight: Knightfall

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It has been too long since I’ve posted about a blogger- and photographer friendly location, but that does not mean there are none! On the contrary, new locations still pop up and in this time of year lots of other locations are changing to the new season – making them all new again.

In this post I will feature a wonderful, medieval park: Knightfall. A lovely decorated park, with castles and bridges, rivers and forests in both lush green and a snowed mountain top.

Location in the Spotlight Knightfall - II I did not have the time to speak to the creators and decorators, but I was given a note by Cyrus Knight, with the following:

‘From the creators of Ironwood Hills comes Knightfall, an immersive medieval adventure park! Where you step out of one world and into another. Expansive landscapes, rivers, wooded paths where you can ride horses, a snow-capped mountain to ascend (don’t fall), a medieval village to drink and spend the night in jail, and a huge castle to prance around like a king (or queen). Built with the photographer, blogger, and machinima artist in mind, the sim is full rez to allow pose stands or small props to be used

Location in the Spotlight Knightfall - III

I can only say, this is all true and surely a great place to explore and use for photo-shoots and machinima, so go there and enjoy – and make sure you add your pictures to the Knightfall Flickrgroup🙂.

Links
SLurl to Knightfall
Knightfall Flickrgroup
Knightfall on Facebook

“How to quickly do your credits” – by Ember Adored

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* I totally didn’t mean for this post to be so long or become a ‘Tip’ post but I felt like sharing so scroll to the bottom for a link for the credits ♥ *

Today I want to show you something that will make blogging a little bit easier!

  • When I am done with my photos, the first thing I do now is copy to my ‘Post draft outfit ‘ as an outfit.
  • Once that is done I right click my Avatar’s name tag and get into the *Edit Outfit* section Via, Appearance – Edit Outfit.
  • Once the window pops  up you will need to hit the arrow beside ‘Edit Outfit’.
  • This brings you to another window with two choices, Outfits or Wearing.
  • Choose the Wearing Tab.
  • Now see the little cog wheel in the bottom left? Click that!
  • Choose Copy Outfit List to Clipboard!

Screenshot via Firestorm, but in LL or other viewer it will look the

It seems like a lot to do but really it’s fast. Then boom boom boom you have this :

Maitreya Tip-Toe FeetShape
CATWA HEAD+EYES ALPHA
Maitreya Mesh Body – Alpha
#Firestorm LSL Bridge v2.20
-{ZOZ}- Mesh Nails 3.0 Long 10 (slink elegant 1) L
-{ZOZ}- Mesh Nails 3.0 Long 10 (slink elegant 1) R
AX-019 Baby Duck AO (Oracul Animation HUD)
CATWA HEAD Bibi V4.10
CATWA HUD Bibi Animations V4.10
CATWA HUD Main V4.9
Entice – Candy Store Bra – FATPACK – Maitreya
Entice – Candy Store Panties – FATPACK – Maitreya
Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet V3.5
Maitreya Mesh Body – HUD V3.5 Lara
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
MINA Hair – Farah (materials)
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.5.1 – L – Elegant1
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.5.1 – R – Elegant1
[NANI] Albino.Lense (Pink)_L
[NANI] Albino.Lense (Pink)_R
Slink Visage – S
.Birdy. Ali VIP Skin – Pure – (Black)
-Glam Affair – Artemis – Suggest Brows shape 5
AVELINE Eyes – Doll-L – Hazel – Iris (M)

Now I go through and remove all that is not shown in the photo like this :

CATWA HEAD Bibi V4.10
Entice – Candy Store Bra – FATPACK – Maitreya
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
MINA Hair – Farah (materials)

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Then I have my usual sequence of items to list:
IE : Hair – Mesh Head –

  • I am still in my look at this point so I grab the names of the appliers I have used for my skin or nails  and add them to the credits.
  • The next thing I do is I have a notepad on my PC. I keep one with most used stores , items & SLurls.

It looks like this:

Then I pretty much fill in the blanks and then I’m off to edit my photos for uploading, simple!

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Well, simple for me! In case you are trying this and have difficulty, give me a shout.
I love to help !

Ember  ♥

Note: the actual credits for all the stuff used in these pics are in my blogpost here!