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Largest Second Life Blogger Directory Again Available for SL Blogger Registration

I am very happy to invite you all to register your Second Life blog on the largest SL blog directory1,200 Second Life blogs and bloggers are already registered. 1,700 Second Life stores and creators are registered. We have recategorised all the listings to make them easier to find. The sheets now dynamically filter the data you are looking for into embedded spreadsheets placed in 25 new blogger pages and 58 new store pages.

Why should your blog be on this list?

Store owners and creators have used these lists to find bloggers to approach to blog their products since 2011.

Benefits for the SL Blogger:

  • People interested in what you blog about will find you in the category your blog is listed much faster than they’ll find you on Google
  • You can use the listings to more easily find other bloggers in your niche
  • You can potentially find niches that fit your interests that may still be unfilled
  • You can use it to find store owners that you might want to approach
  • You can discover store categories that fit your interests, and that might be over or underserved by other bloggers

We have also totally streamlined registration and listing. But don’t worry, when you register your blog or store, the system still adds your registration details to a staging sheet for verification by a real human. This is important, because good directories need to be manually reviewed so that they don’t end up being junk link depositories that no one ever bothers looking at.

An administrator will confirm your listing, and then add it to the master sheets. This will reduce the time and labour involved in adding new entries, which should speed up the process of getting your submissions listed. This process should make sure that this blog and store directory not only stays the biggest in Second Life, but also the most up to date and reliable.

When I asked bloggers in this group about what they wanted to know about growing traffic to their SL blogs, many said that one of the biggest problems we have is that there are so many Second Life residents that are hardly aware SL blogs exist.

I’m aiming to find ways to make Blogging Second Life the entry point for residents who do not yet read SL Blogs, to help them discover all the richness of the SL Blogosphere that they might not yet even be aware of.

Just imagine the traffic your blog might see if we could increase the amount of residents reading Second Life blogs. Redesigning the directory was the first step, now we’ve got to get every current Second Life Blogger on it!

Why did we redesign Blogging Second Life?

Near the end of January of 2015, I was doing some research on Second Life blogs for a post I was writing for SL Blogger Support about niching your blog. It had been a while since I visited Blogging Second Life, and there I found a very long alphabetical list of bloggers. As I was reviewing the listings, I noticed duplicate entries, categorical inconsistency, and an inability to sort the listings to find what I was looking for – all symptoms of a database built over years, by multiple contributors, with little in the way of data rules.

As I reviewed the old HMTL listings for both the bloggers and the stores & creators, I considered the massive amount of work and time the site administrators must have spent in transcribing data from form submissions, then formatting them one by one in WordPress. All of this was clearly a labour of love that no doubt required hours and hours of effort among people who were juggling many other responsibilities, in both Second Life and real life.

I figured, if I could just categorise the listings appropriately in a spreadsheet, I could display dynamically filtered sheets embedded in WordPress pages – thereby eliminating the need to transcribe, link, and even manually update new entries. We could, effectively, crowd-source the work.

Dynamically filtered sheets of blogs or stores into webpages would not only help visitors of the site find things in more ways than an alphabetical list (by category, for example), but it would also be easier for the administrators to find and cut duplicate entries, keeping the resource up to date and reliable.

The more consistent these categories were between stores and bloggers, the better. In theory, this change would not only help new bloggers more easily find stores and creators to approach and blog about, but it would also help new creators find bloggers that were more likely to blog their products.

How did it happen?

Kilolo Jenkins and Evelyn Hartshon, the administrators behind Blogging Second Life, liked the sound of my proposal, and after seeing a few of my prototypes, put their trust in me to make it happen.

Both worked for months to clean-up the spreadsheets by removing duplicates and adding missing URLs for both profiles and marketplace listings, and categorising the listings along my suggested recategorisation scheme. Finally, I made up the filtered sheets, and embedded them into the pages that make up the bulk of the website today.

Forms are now available on every page that you find listings. Every category and sub-category – for stores and bloggers alike – is displayed on the sidebar navigation. We’ll add more categories over time as they are needed.

Personally, I am now very happy to see the listings sorted this way. While there is admittedly some latency in bringing up some of the longer embedded spreadsheets, once they load they really sing, and are completely searchable. Further, the specificity this data now enables bloggers and creators to spot niches of opportunity in their own and each other’s lists that might have been before hard to spot. Niching is something I think is very important.

I hope you enjoy and make use of the new Blogging Second Life. Please leave your comments on what you think of the new format.

Please spread the word that registration for bloggers and creators is again open, and thank you for your continued support of and involvement in this unique and valuable resource.

How to register your Second Life blog:

1. If you are unsure if you have registered already, search the A-Z SL blogger listings for your avatar name to see if you are already listed. (If you feel you have been miscategorised, or your blog has evolved into a different niche, please leave a comment on that page and we’ll review your listing.

2. If you are not yet listed, complete this registration form (or the form you find at the bottom of that list):

3. Give the administrators a day or two to confirm your listing (they will check your listing for duplicates and visit your site to check for the right categorisation)

4. If you’d be so kind, please add a link on your blogroll to Blogging Second Life, and follow the blog for future updates to this resource. If you’d like a tile for your site, you can download this image below, add it to your sidebar, and link it to: http//bloggingsecondlife.wordpress.com

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Right-click and choose Save Image As

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12 Comments on “Largest Second Life Blogger Directory Again Available for SL Blogger Registration

  1. Reblogged this on Canary Beck and commented:

    I’ve been working, alongside a couple of other very committed people, to update and redesign Blogging Second Life – SL’s biggest directory of blogs and stores / creators. If you’re a Second Life Blogger, you might be interested in getting on the list and learning more about what this project is all about.

  2. Hi Becky! I don’t see the registration form.

    • Nevermind, it just appeared 🙂

  3. My only advice is giving them more than a couple of days. Please keep in mind that every avatar in SL, regardless of what they do inside of SL have real lives that should ALWAYS take precedence and should be respected. This is a service that both Evelyn and Becky are offering without receiving compensation of any kind; in short, they volunteer their time to help everyone out.

    I for one am very grateful for the work that was done prior to and after my time with TSCL. Thank you Becky and Evelyn for all that you do!

    • awww Thanks Kilolo!
      Natalya is also helping with adding the bloggers list. Both her and I have new babies that take up a lot of our time so we only have limited time to dedicate to SL (usually when the babies are napping)

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