She’s mad as hell and she’s not going to take this anymore!
Like the sparks that light the forest ablaze in the dog days of summer – Second Life bloggers left, right and centre are finding the courage to step up and publicly air their frustrations with the Second Life Blogger – Designer Vicious Cycle. Today, Second Life blogger and SLBS member, Shae Marquis published a vehement post explaining why she’s opting out of this particular rat race, and choosing to “blog free”.
In a remarkably passionate post, Ms Marquis relates an appalling story of how her “sponsors” discarded her from their groups following her two-week break from Second Life, during which a medical crisis forced her to be hospitalised – despite immediately informing her “sponsors” of her absence from her hospital bed.
“This is where my happy-joy-joy blogger illusion bubble began to dissolve,” she said, “I just felt like blogger teams usually have 15-20+ bloggers, one taking sick leave would be ok for a relatively short time. Nope. I guess not.”
In her post, Ms Marquis relates her views on several points that have been covered in both my post and reader comments on this subject yesterday, and Lici Le’s post and reader comments several days ago.
Here’s one particular view that sticks with me: “If I’m only blogging items simply because they’ve been released, whether or not I actually love them, that means I’m not really blogging at all – I’m just a glorified sale flyer. I’m not ok with that.” (My emphasis).
After reading her post, I spoke to Ms Marquis in private, and asked her a pointed question:
Have you only felt brave enough to share your thoughts openly AFTER you felt you had nothing to lose (e.g. “sponsors”)?
“To be perfectly honest, yes… When it came to opinions the fear was real. Worrying if a ‘sponsor’ would drop me because I shared a public opinion on how things are done.”
Her answer didn’t surprise me, which is why I asked the question I did. What worried me more, was what she said next:
“You never know if you’re going to be nailed to the wall by other bloggers either. I’ve seen bloggers get simply ambushed by the cliques because of very valid opinions they held.”
Is there a conspiracy of silence among Second Life fashion bloggers, that by unspoken consensus they feel other bloggers can’t mention, discuss, or acknowledge the frustrations they might feel as a result of exceedingly demanding designer expectations? I’d be curious to hear your views on this in the comments.
Read Ms. Marquis full post here.
Photo credit – used with permission: Shae Marquis