Sometimes, an event is so big that it brings bloggers out of the woodworks. You can count me as one of those bloggers who spends a lot of time hiding in the woodworks. But I cannot let this event go by without helping to spread the word.
The event I am talking about is the Peace on Earth Hunt (POE). This is the sixth year for this annual holiday tradition.
Producing the biggest and best grid-wide hunt of the year is a monumental task, and Sequoia Nightfire’s willingness to tackle it never ceases to amaze me. [I think she must lock herself away in a closet for the rest of the year, conserving her energy for just this event.]
The POE6 hunt begins in a few hours [December 1st]. So, if you are a die-heart hunter, or simply in the mood for unique gifts from 200 generous designers, then you do not want to miss this hunt.
This is the starting point. Go forth, my hunter friends. And while you are unwrapping all your new gifts, say a special “thank you” to Sequoia Nightfire for making it all possible, again.
You can read all the hints, and get updated information during the hunt, on the POE blog.
I have been reading different fashion blog feeds for about six years. But they do not seem to appeal to me lately. More and more, the style for blogging seems to be no text, just pictures and style cards, pictures and style cards, and titles which have absolutely nothing to do with the blog, but seem to be some secret message to some unknown person(s).
Some time back, I found that I had started skimming the feeds. My only rule was that, a blog without text would be skipped. After a while, I was skipping most of the blogs.
However, I have always stopped for Aria E. Appleford/Bliss Windlow. Her blogs are fun, and funny. The fashion is there but, even without pictures, the text would make the stop worthwhile.
And Tymmerie Thorne, her slightly off-the-wall humor is always worth a stop-see.
I also slow down for Chic Aeon, Cajsa Lilliehook, Harper Beresford and Gogo. They take the time to present text-information with their pictures. Good fashion, good reading.
But I come to a complete stop for Virtual Evangelical. She has such an unique look. No one looks quite like her. I would probably stop at her blog even if she never printed a word. There is always one exception to every rule, and her blog is that exception.
Now, I realize a blog belongs to the blogger, and that person can do anything he-she wants with it. And I fully defend his-her right to post all photos and no text, just as I defend my right to post a blog which is all text and no photos — like this one. And just as I support my right to skim right past the no-text blogs, I support your right to skim past a no-photo blog.
After all, skimming the blog feeds, like blogging itself, is a game without any pre-set rules. You set your own rules for your Blog Feeds Skimming Game.
CAVEAT: Having said all of the above, I will stop at any blog if I see the color purple, like this blog by Lexia Barzane. Purple makes me happy, too.
A few years back, there was a great blog feed, “Planet.WorldofSL.” It was not a fashion feed, but a community feed. When you wanted to know what was happening in SL, you checked Planet.WorldofSL. Anyone who was “Anyone” fed into Planet.WorldofSL.
In one place, you could read the latest from tech saavy bloggers, developers, and Lindens; keep up with the antics of FanBoys, griefers, and copybotters; witness the rise and fall of many different virtual worlds, and the rise and fall of many independent viewers for the virtual world community; and view extraordinary creations found by virtual world travelers.
Planet.WorldofSL was rich with photos, and topics guaranteed to start verbal battles. It was a window to the world of Second Life. In time, it became a window to the whole virtual world community. Planet.WorldofSL pulled us all together, made us into a close-knit online community.
Then, Planet.WorldofSL shut down. I did not realize how much a part of my life it was until it was gone. Suddenly, I was lost, cut adrift, no longer part of the whole. For a while, I searched out the blogs that had fed into Planet.WorldofSL, trying to keep current by following all these different blogs. But no matter how tech savvy each blogger was, I was getting only one person’s opinon and did not have the balance of other viewpoints, the way it had been with the Planet.WorldofSL feed.
Now, we have a new community feed, LIVING SL. Many of the bloggers who fed into Planet.WorldofSL are being syndicated by Living SL. Others are not yet there — like, Prokofy Neva, Gwyneth Llewellyn. Or, have I just missed their first post? And will any of the Lindens post to Living SL?
I recently used the WayBack Machine [a digital library of Internet sites] to find a copy of Planet.WorldofSL, dated August 9, 2006. I enjoyed re-reading the page, it made me feel like I had come home.
I am glad to see a new community feed, but I still miss Planet.WorldofSL, after all this time.
A few days ago, Real Life stepped in and punched me right in the eye.
No, I did not run into a fist. I was KO’d by a windowshade. I could not recreate that freaky event if I tried.
But it is hard to type with one eye bandaged. So, I am just going to kick back, catch up on my sleep, and enjoy the meds.
Did you miss out on TUFF Plus, the recent Group Gift from Ample Avi? If so, you can now purchase this shape at Ample Avi’s inworld locations and on Marketplace.
TUFF Plus – one of a new line of Curvy Slim shapes being introduced at Ample Avi.
TUFF Plus – at Ample Avi today. And be sure to join the Updates Group while you are there. You do not want to miss the next gift shape, coming soon.
I received a note from Xme Xue [owner of Ample Avi] today. Apparently her Yahoo email account has been hacked, and a spam message was sent out to everyone in her address book. Yahoo noticed the unusual activity and blocked access to her account. Unfortunately, it was too late to stop the spam messages.
Xme is closing out her email account, and has spent the day writing letters of apology to each of the people in her address book.
Obviously, Xme is not a happy camper today. As she stated in her note to me, quoting:
“I hope there is a special place in Hell reserved for malicious hackers, griefers and copybotters.”
FYI – Xme has a new Ample Avi shape which she had planned to release to the Ample Avi Update group this weekend. It is a bit different from her usual style. Xme said she may be a few days late with the release, but she is closing her update group on Sunday, in anticipation of the release, and the group will remain closed for two weeks.
So, stop by Ample Avi and join the group while you can. You won’t want to miss this shape.