Wednesday, September 28, 2016

School for Blogging?!

School is in session and instead of being one of the bad kids that sits in the back of the class I want to learn a few things...
I'm going to put out a call to the SL Blogger community as I'm both curious to learn more and also kinda intrigued about the way in which other bloggers are doing things. I love what I do, I love the pictures that I am taking and I love being creative in the way that I am, but I'm starting to feel like I haven't and don't do enough... Normally I prefer to blog what I love, but any time I've applied to blog for things I get no response, and therefore I am left wondering what if am doing something wrong?!
So I have questions, maybe if you have insights into things you'd be willing to share...
I dressed for School, I'm in a classroom, I'm willing to learn... Teach me!
Regularly reading the useful articles that are posted on the SL Bloggers Support website, and listening to the conversations that go on within the group really does help, but there are still questions that stick in my mind, and the best place for me to get my words straight and into some kind of sense is here... Please feel free to comment and leave me answers!?!
I've been blogging for over 5 years now and compared to some I still get fairly low statistics when it comes to page views and Flickr likes - the two main things that seem to be a necessity to creators and event planners seeking bloggers - and I cannot work out why. I LOVE the pictures that I take, but am I doing something wrong? If I want to get work as a blogger for events or stores should I be focusing more on the fashion, do artsy photos work less effectively for promotion, or am I way off the mark?
I feel like my photography style has come a long way in the last few months, although part of me is more than a little narked off with my PC because I cannot seem to get shadows working - which drives me bonkers - I would love a super computer if anyone has one going spare LOL...
Then there is the subject of Social Media... I know that a lot of people say posting on various media sites is a good idea, but as a bit of a noob I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO!?! I use Flickr - that's an addiction - but I just deleted my RL Facebook account because I cannot stand Facebook with a passion! I have pinterest, but don't make as much use of it as I should for SL really, and I wouldn't even know where to start when it comes to things like Twitter or - what's that other one that everyone uses - Plurk?! Sticking with Flickr right now though, because that's what I know how to use LOL, I see people post and repost their pictures to get more air-time near the top of people's lists... Is that something that I should be doing? Is it common practice? That seems a little bit sneaky to me, it's just a way to get more likes from the same people that have already given you a star isn't it?!
Please don't get me wrong in all of this, I LOVE what I do and love the fact that having a blog gives me a chance to be creative and express myself in ways that I simply could not do in RL, yet sometimes I see others and think what am I doing wrong?! I KNOW that comparing myself to others is silly, and yes I do it far more than I should, but at the end of the day it's human nature, we want to be the best that we can in whatever it is we're doing right? Survival of the fittest, or should that be Promotion of the bestest? I'm not sure.
Regardless of what I learn from asking about all this I will be carrying on, I cannot give up an addiction to blogging that easily, and even if people don't want me on their blogging team maybe that's a good thing as it gives me more freedom?!

What is she wearing;
Hair: Magika - Empty Gold in 02
Skin: Glam Affair - Seya in Europa 2
Glasses: Rebellion - Savant Specs
Tattoo: [White Widow] - Whiplash 2
Collar: Kibitz - Multi Use Collar
Jacket & Dress: INES SCHRIDDE Couture - Dress Jacket in Red (Available until October 1st at Whore Couture Fair)
Boots: REIGN.- ALL STAR THIGH HIGHS
Pose: Signature Pose - Not this time

Monday, September 26, 2016

Finding Peace

Yesterday was a sad day in our RL home... HellBone and I lost one of our awesome sauce pets, our little Chicken - Bontje - passed away, we think most likely due to old age but the tough old bird fought till the end really trying not to let it beat her. She was the leader of our little chicken pack - we used to jokingly say she was more of a rotweiler than a chicken - and this morning was strange not being able to hear her talking away as the sun was coming up.
Still at the end, all day yesterday, it felt like she was trying, struggling, and although I hope not, suffering... Today I hope that she is at Peace, scrabbling around somewhere lovely with an endless supply of meal worms and sweetcorn, and a soft warm straw bed... It's bringing a tear to my eye just thinking about it... I hope she is at Peace...
A peaceful backdrop was easy to find, I wanted somewhere that I could think and create some positive thoughts in my mind... I found just the right location at my favourite photo spot - WHOLE WHEAT - where they have a mini Peace Garden photospot set up...
I was not fancily dressed, merely comfortable in my Real Worn Out Jeans - from Addams - and my Madori Open Plaid Shirt - from Blueberry - but comfort was key as my emotions are a little tattered right now...
Although I am now at work I am planning on trying to relax and find myself some inner peace... As much as feelings hurt things will heal and right now I'm just happy to think she's not suffering anymore!

What is she wearing;
Hair: Truth - Opal in Reds
Skin: Glam Affair - Seya in Europa 2
Tattoo: Identity - Deep Within
Shirt: Blueberry - Madori Open Shirts in Plaid 4 (Available until October 6th at Collabor88)
Bracelets: RealEvil Industries - Surya Rings Collection RARE
Pants: Addams - Real Worn Out Jeans in White
Pose: Signature Pose - Portrait Pose 7

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Whooping HellBone's Ass

Last night was FUN! I had a few drinkies with some of my favourite people and didn't stop laughing right up until the moment I logged out of SL for bed! I REALLY needed it, I needed some time to just let loose and laugh like a crazy loonpants... This morning though I woke up feeling crappy with cramp in my legs and sneezing almost constantly! So today I will be taking things a little easier, until I have to work this afternoon at least. I need to do some chores, but that's it NOTHING more! 
Except perhaps, beat HellBone's butt on a game on the Playstation?! 
This is a pose from Come Soon Poses but it's perfect for a Lazy Sunday Morning right?! The pose I've used is called Love Games - and this is pose 1 in a series - which you can win for yourself at You Gacha until September 30th. 
I cant play on the Playstation for very long, it tends to make me sick - I get really bad motion sickness - but today, for just a little while I'm about to whoop HellBone's Ass! 

What are they wearing;
Rudh:
Hair: TRUTH - Amoret in  reds
Skin: Glam Affair - Seya in Europa 2
Tattoo: [White Widow] - Spotlight
Top: Addams - Gizern Mesh Top in Light Grey
HellBone:
Hair: Damselfly - Zale
Skin: 7 Deadly s{K}ins - Judas B5a T2
Necklace: TonkTastic - Dogtags
Watch: ZED - MESH Leather Watch Bracelet
Pants: Lapointe & Bastchilde - Swear Baja Denim Shorts
Pose: Come Soon - Love Games 1 (Available until September 30th at YOU Gacha)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Seeking Viking Men!

I've been watching a TV show on the History Channel - yes my inner geek is very happy at the moment - called Barbarians Rising recently... It's a docudrama about the so called barbarians that took on the Roman Empire in an attempt to save their homelands and people, and actually it's pretty good... Having studied Archaeology I tend to get a little bit geeky and will sometimes be known to shout at a screen that "that isn't right" so the fact I'm thinking it's good is telling you something LOL...
It's also gotten my blogger mojo working in overdrive... I WANT TO DO SOMETHING BARBARIANISH!!! Only problem is, I don't want to stick to true Barbarian... I want to give it that fantasy, sexed-up, video game style Barbarian Warrior Girl twist... SO that's that I did LOL... 
It's really not hard to find the right bits and pieces in SL to make an outfit like the one I wanted... I really didn't need to look all that hard for it - in fact I got very lucky that I'd been sent all the items I needed as a blogger, which is one of the many perks I guess - yet once the pieces were added together, I was more than happy about the fantasy, sexed-up, video game style Barbarian Warrior Girl twist look I'd pulled together! 
The basis of the outfit was this awesome outfit from Lassitude & Ennui - for the current round of We <3 RP until September 30th - is the Conqueror Set, shown here in Steel... It went perfectly with the accessory I chose to add from Paper Moon. The Necklace of Da'at is Paper Moon's release for The Secret Affair this month - I'm hoping that the large stone in the middle will distract from a few of those bruises that she's been getting in fights! 
Now before I finish running around like a Barbarian Warrior skank - lol - I wanted to share details of the sim with you... This was taken at Skarvald, and I highly recommend it if you're looking for a Vikingesque location, either to roleplay or take pictures in... Just don't forget your observer tag if you do head into the location! 
Excuse me though, I have Viking Men to Conquer LOL... 

What is she wearing;
Hair: Truth - Kora in Reds
Skin: Glam Affair - Seya in Europa 2
Face Wounds: {PSYCHO:Byts} - Badass Fighter Wounds
Lipstick: {PSYCHO:Byts} - Sadayakko Lipsticks (Available until September 30th at Cosmetic Fair)
Necklace: Paper Moon - Necklace of Da'at (Available until September 29th at The Secret Affair)
Bite Marks: antielle - Appetizer / Bites & Hickeys (No Longer Available!)
Bruises: Ama - Hickies
Outfit: lassitude & ennui - Conqueror Set in Steel (Available until September 30th at We<3 RP)
Pose: Image Essentials - Trendz

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Waiting and Watching

The days are getting shorter and the nights are beginning to close in earlier... Autumn is really on it's way... Not that I am complaining, I LOVE Autumn and everything that comes with it... The cooler air, the feeling of a desire to hibernate and not forgetting Halloween of course, but I love the fact that it gets darker earlier...
So now I stand here in the early evening, pensively waiting for my favourite Holiday of the year - Halloween - like a mistress waiting for the arrival of her lover... Excitment hanging in the air like a smog cloud...
I love the atmosphere in the photo that I have chosen to use today, a lonely mistress waiting for her lover in the dark smoggy night...
The dress used is one from Petite Mort, a Lexi Lace Up Dress in Bone, is available from the Whore Couture Fair until October 1st, and as sexy as it is from the front, the back view is just gorgeous... I love the soft lace look, the laces and that voluptuous curve that it gives a bottom.
Her lover must be one lucky man for a dress like that...
She can be excited about that, and I on the other hand will be more than a little excited about the arrival of Halloween in a month... Expect lots of Blood, Gore and Horror... I cannot wait!!!

What is she wearing;
Hair: Magika - Five Minutes in 02
Skin: Glam Affair - Seya in Europa 2
Tattoo: [White Widow] - Spotlight
Dress: Petite Mort - Lexi Lace Up Dress in Bone (Available until October 1st at Whore Couture Fair)
Pose: Signature Pose - Portrait 8

Monday, September 19, 2016

Time for an Adventure!

I was stuck at home all weekend this weekend! Not that that is ever a bad thing but it meant that I was able to be a bit of a busy bee when it came to things like getting some pictures taken and edited... I still maintain the fact that being a blogger, one of the worst things you need to do is make lists with urls of all the locations where you got things! There must be a simple way of doing it?!
I edited so many pictures that I have way too much choice and had to play 'eenie meanie miney mo' when it came to choosing what I would share this morning... THIS was the winner, this was the mo!
My MC Sister Lil recently made over her land again, going for a farmy feel, so we jumped into a car and went exploring!
The car that we are using is actually a pose prop from Come Soon Poses... It's one of those items for the newer secret collection style events that has hit the SL scene as of late, this time the men's version known as the "Swag Bag!" Swag Bag is like the Luxebox which I mentioned before. You pay a set price for a secret item from a handful of designers and will not know what it is until you open it. I know a LOT of people that still like the luxebox but I remember being sorely disappointed after all of the hype so I'm not sure I buy into this type of event - but hey cannot please everyone all the time right?!
This pose from the September Swag Bag does please me though... It's the perfect amount of awesome and silly, that works so well with Lil and I! This is the Come Soon Adventure 02 Pose, and it comes complete with the awesome car! It was just Lil, Me and the countryside... OH and her Ferret Pet - from Jian - that stowed away in our adventure car!
I wonder what Lil sees through the spyglass... I wonder why I didn't put black paint on the end of it before I gave it to her to look through lol... I'd have loved to see her with a ring around her eye... Such Comedy LOL...

What are they wearing;
Rudh:
Hair: yumyum - 81 in Red
Skin: Glam Affair - Seya in Europa 2
Top: Blueberry - Tank Top Group Gift
Lil:
Hair: Truth - Jill in Gingers
Top: SPIRIT - Neal Tank Top
Pants: GizzA - Emma Bib Overall in Retro Washed
Pet: JIAN - Ferrets in Companion
Pose: Come Soon - Adventure 02 (Available in September's Swag Bag)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Shooting the Messenger

Everyone always seems so keen on shooting the messenger... Over the past few days I've noticed that it always seems really easy for someone to get mad at you when venting their frustrations, even though you may not be the root cause and may in fact be the one trying to help them. It's something I've noticed more and more with the job that I now have in Secondlife - I always feel so bad for the people that I am here to assist, especially as most of them have no knowledge of a virtual reality like Secondlife. Still, I have definitely learnt a little more about how to diffuse a situation and turn those frustrated people into happy campers... 
Rudh on the other hand is a cause of trouble LOL... Least she is today... Today she's been caught shooting, someone else moved in on her patch hehe... 
Not her MC Patch - no one touches that - but her patch that she works in... All hookers have their patch right?! The place they like to go to scout for business! Rudh's patch of choice is at Dead End City, the perfect place for a hooker to watch the cars drive by... Someone was in her patch this morning... Someone is no longer an issue... The police are an issue! I need to find somewhere to stash my gun! 
The dress she chose to wear today is one from Elegance Boutique - I loved it because of the asymmetrical shape and the strapping. It can be dressed up or down due to the fabric textures used and it's a great dress, if you don't mind showing off your knickers! OR you could be daring like Rudh and go pantie free?! 
Talking of things being free though, hold my gun and I am running free LOL... 

What is she wearing;
Hair: DeLa - Emily in Reds (Available until September 23rd at Uber
Skin: Glam Affair - Seya in Europa 2 
Tattoo: Identity - Deep Within 
Collar: Kibitz - Collar Collection Gacha Item in Elsa Collar 
Dress: Elegance Boutique - Amara Dress in Black 
Bracelets: RealEvil Industries - Surya Rings Collection RARE 
Gun: Zenith - Secret Agent Gacha Item in Gun Black 
Boots: #EMPIRE - Freesia 
Pose: Image Essentials - Expressive 15 (Available until September 30th at Designer Showcase