The show goes on…
Yesterday, I made the announcement that I would be stepping down from the [SL] Blogger Support and handing over the reigns to Caitlin and the rest of the team. This decision did not come lightly, since this group had been a part of my life for over four years. For the past year or so, I have barely blogged, due to RL and other obligations, but I have still watched as the group has grown and flourished.
When the group first came to fruition, it was a gamble. The blogger community was large, but not as large as it is now. I had been following the shirt tales of bloggers such as Strawberry Singh, Gorgeous Yongho, Harlow Heslop, and others to name a few. I was a newbie to blogging as well when this group started, still getting my feet wet and learning all the different ways on how to maneuver myself in this community. Second Life is a large and thriving, complex and diverse atmosphere that is in constant change. Events come and go, stores close, new stores open. People change, who is hot one day is no longer a month later. One mis-step in this world, you can be cast off, or escalated into notoriety.
The group was meant to be a place where bloggers and designers could come together to talk about writing, photography, shopping and tutorials. As the group started to grow and move forward, we emphasized challenges, encouraged new sims, new stores and brought a chance for designers and events to search for amazing bloggers. We expanded into social media: Facebook, Plurk, Flickr, etc. We have had contributors to write blogs on the website, team members in the group to moderate and help. We’ve had lively discussions on what is correct, or not correct, and even there has been squabbles.
Another thing that the support group stepped into was a chance for events to utilize the group for advance blogger days. A chance for bloggers to shop early at events, as long as rules were applied and everything was respected. I have enjoyed allowing this feature to happen, but at the same time I am saddened by it. The group is a place for bloggers to learn, and come together, not to gain access to events. I don’t want to go on a soapbox, but if this is what this has become, then I believe we have lost sight on what blogging and shopping used to be. I do believe the community is better than that.
But enough about that – Thank you to all that have made this group amazing and great, and have built this world into an ever-evolving life.