Stuff from the SL Blogger Support Team
Every month, well quarter actually and sometimes weekly or bi-weekly…well anyway, regularly or when needed the SL Blogger Support Team has meetings. To catch up, talk about what we can do to enchance the group ánd this website for our members and
we drink wine brainstorm a lot.
Last meeting we celebrated, modestly, that we are about to reach the 1300th member and we pondered on how to avoid getting the group killed by its own success.
We love all our members and even though at times things happen – like an overheated groupchat or a flood of applications because a big event is coming up, we still try to focus on being a group that offers SUPPORT for bloggers.
And this is an important topic. SL Blogger Support was founded, by Katya, with the intention to offer support. To bloggers. And build bridges between creators and bloggers. And we think we managed to do that very well, thanks to the awesome blogger community!
The past months though we have seen things shifting, in group-chat mainly and in the applications for new members. It all seems to focus on ‘early access’ and ‘preview access’ to events. And to be honest, this saddens us a bit. Surely, getting early access to events is a perk we appreciate and we do understand it is wonderful to shop in relative peace, when you have blog deadlines or limited time in Second Life.
But the early shopping- or preview accesses is not what SL Blogger Support is all about. It is part of it, but not the main theme. We want to bring bloggers and creators and event organisers together for better communication and help each-other out. Be it for help with a blog, photography, how to get more followers, where to find awesome locations for photo shoots etc. etc.
When the focus, and in some cases..the only reason to join us is to get early access to events, we are losing the initial ideal and losing support.
Again: we love and appreciate the early accesses and are grateful for it.
However, we felt we needed to address some of the side-effects (the amount of applications as soon as a major event is in sight and in a few cases some people actually complaining about some events not giving us access before the crowds come in).
We have – and yeah we hate the word ‘rule’ as much as you do – sent out some rules to event organisers and creators. We also close applications (as in, we will not handle them) the week before a large event opens and open them again as soon as the event is open to the public (example: Hair Fair).
So what are them rules for event organisers, well here they are:
➸ Notices are only used for Blogger Early Access – This is a hard fast rule. This means no notices for looking for bloggers, etc. We have an application process for this on the website.
➸ Please specify dates and times when posting, and landmarks should be included in the notecards.
➸ Please specify if bloggers are allowed to ask for review copies or if the event is ONLY for early shopping.
➸ Do not send out notices for sales, hunts, or upcoming events. There are groups for that in Second Life.
➸ Please keep it to a minimum of two notices a round. We do not want to overload our members with notices.
Not too bad eh?
Also, since the past weeks we noticed we got questions on how to make our members aware of paid positions (like Blogger Managers or PR Managers). We now have this covered in the form on the website here, so creators/event organisers can now also post that they have a vacancy for a paid position. If you are unsure, or have question on how to get your vacancy known, feel free to ask Ember Adored or Caitlin Tobias on how to proceed!
We don’t want to smack everyone with rules and policies, but we do hope you understand that with a (lovely!) community as we have, we need to have some stuffs organised – to keep us sane and keep you all happy!
Photos in this post are from members who added them in our own Flickr Group and who have set the publishing rights to sharing :).