‘…sometimes we push each other so much, we forget the other still needs to breathe…’
It’s been a while since I blogged, and writing on this empty notepad seems so foreign and long ago… how melodramatic!! During this time of not blogging, I’ve seen my favorite bloggers slowly taking breaks and leaving SL; I’ve often wondered if I too should follow suit and just leave. Every time I think of erasing my blog, I think of all the reasons why I initially begun to blog and can’t bring myself to really “pull the plug” so to speak.
Obviously the joy comes from loving the different clothes available in Second Life, after all that’s what spurs most of us fashion bloggers too eh? I too realize that writing is also another reason why even though I could simply post images and different looks with no words accompaniment — I just can’t do it. It may be mundane to write about how wonderful a pixel garment is but I find it a joy to really get down to the nitty gritty of things. When I read someone’s comments about the work that I do I smile and think about the effort they put in to look at your work and bother to comment. So as a blogger… it seems like putting in a bit of effort to actually write isn’t really too much to ask for when we’re blessed with such wonderful art to showcase.
It’s funny how now I hear about review copies being asked and sent on both bloggers and designers part. When I started blogging, I don’t remember requesting for review copies because I always felt isn’t the work done by a designer when creating a meticulous piece of garment in Second Life, not enough payment for a fashionista? Sure it’s hard to come up with the cash to purchase every new item made in Second Life (Happens nearly everyday!) — but to request for review copies to be the only thing you blog about… really? How ethical is that? I guess it’s up to personal believes and tastes.
I won’t try to stand on a high horse and say I’ve never received review copies because I have indeed received them through my stay in Second Life. It makes me happy knowing someone actually believes in me enough to blog their work… but yet recently i’ve heard of designers who sends out review copies and get mad when their items aren’t being used in blogs. Designers have a free will of sending out review copies. If someone asked for it, you gave it and they didn’t blog it; sure you have every right to get mad. But if you dropped them randomly, please understand that things come up now and then. The pressure of having to blog everything thrown at you, yes, I use the word thrown — can really take it’s toll on you.
Regarding crediting, I take the liberty to credit every single thing I wear together with the pose used (occasionally I slip up on this) and include SURLS because I want to. Not because I need to. I think this is something a lot of us have to get used to in the world of SL fashion. We’re so spoiled with bloggers crediting every single thing that when something isn’t, we assume that the blogger isn’t doing their “job”. I have to say, blogging was never a job to me, nor to many bloggers I know out there. We blog because we enjoy doing it and we take out a little bit of time in our lives to do it. It’s not something one can do with a snap of ones fingers… or if that’s possible, well, good for you!
This little post is just little thoughts I manage to scramble along the way of being away from blogging these past few months. Ramblings of my own little quirky brain. I don’t expect everyone to agree with what I say or even read what I wrote. But hey, that’s what your own private blog is for. As Designers have every freedom to create whatever they wish, we have to realize Bloggers have every freedom to blog what they want, when they want to and do whatever they wish to with their blog.
Occasionally I think Designers need to cut the Bloggers some slack, and Bloggers need to start appreciating their Designers more. If we both show each other some respect, I’m sure it’ll be a more inspiring place to be in for everyone ^^
With that… hope to start blogging again… cause I MISS BLOGGING!! <3