Remember this? Remember the big red lips? This photo was taken in February 2009. It was the first big grid-wide hunt, the Vain, Inc. Kiss Hunt.
This is the one that started the hunt madness in SL. And it was a lot of fun. Apparently, other people agreed, because an avalanche of hunts followed thereafter.
Back then, I liked going on hunts. I never finished any of them, but I enjoyed them just the same. Later on, I changed my mind completely. I lost my patience with those who felt a hunter should have to work hard to get the gift, those who went out of their way to hide them in impossible-to-find locations. There are stores I have not visited in years because of the tearing-my-hair-out frustration I experienced on one of their hunts.
I recently finished the sixth annual Peace on Earth Hunt in January. And after all the loose ends were tied up and the hunt put away for another year, I still support this grid-wide hunt. No HUDs are required for this hunt, and there has never been a charge for the gifts, not even one cent. I like it when people keep things simple.
So, I have not changed my thoughts on all hunts, just the majority of them. Maybe, there are just too many hunts. Or, maybe, I have become jaded. After all, I started hunting five years ago.
But one never knows the future. This new year may bring a hunt which attracts me like a moth to a flame, and a hunting I will go … or not.
I have never done a meme before and do not, at this time, plan to do another one. But this meme by Strawberry Singh struck a chord within me and made me want to play along.
1. How long have you been blogging? July 2008. I created my blog in 2008 but did not actually post on it until a few months later.
2. Why did you start blogging? A friend opened a new shop, and she asked if I would blog her new releases. While doing so, I found I liked expressing my viewpoint in print.
3. How many times a week do you post an entry? I am, at best, a sporadic blogger, not a weekly blogger, but average 1-3 posts per month.
4. How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis? I check two blog feeds daily, one fashion blogs feed and one community blogs feed. In that way, I am able to pick up bits and pieces of many blogs and fully read the ones which catch my attention that day.
5. Do you comment on other people’s blogs? Rarely.
6. Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? No. I blog because I have something to say. If I tracked my lack of visitors, I would go into a deep funk and never say anything again.
7. Did you ever regret a post that you wrote? No. I may change my mind completely the very next day, based on new information. If so, I will re-post my new opinion. But, at the time I wrote the post, I sincerely believed what I said, so I would not regret it.
8. Do you think your readers have a true sense of who you are based on your blog? Oh, yes. Blog readers are very sharp. They form an opinion after reading just one of your posts, and usually have it confirmed by the second post.
9. Do you blog under your real name? I use my SL name.
10. Are there topics that you would never blog about? I honestly do not know. A lot of subjects catch my attention, but unless one really rocks my boat, I will not jump in and blog about it. So, I cannot say if I will encounter a subject that I would refuse to blog about.
11. What is the theme/topic of your blog? General, everyday things in Second Life, with occasional bits of pretty things thrown in to brighten up that life.
12. Do you have more than one blog? If so, why? I had several. I have an addictive personality so, when I start a new interest, I go way overboard with it. But I found that each blog suffered from my divided attention, so I closed all except this one.
13. What have you found to be the benefits of blogging? Being able to say what is on my mind and then moving on. Occasionally, I find I have been on-target with readers, and it is good to know there are others who think the same.
14. So, why do you continue to blog? My head gets so full of words that it is either blog or burst.
Standing here, waiting and watching, and putting the final items on my Wish List. The cookies and coconut milk are set out by the tree, and I will leave this list on the table with them.
1. I wish skin designers would sell the skins they create for special events, after the event is over. I have missed a number of fantastic skins because I could not get to the event, or simply did not have enough money at the time.
Belleza has a wall in their shop for skins they create for events. I can go to Belleza afterwards and pick up the skin I missed. And Pink Fuel is good about putting up special event skins in the shop.
Glam Affair makes really good fantasy skins for events, and I have missed some that I would like to have had. I am perfectly willing to pay a bit more to buy these skins later, if only I could find them in the store.
2. I wish stores would not discontinue items. I recently discovered the folder containing my favorite older skin was no longer in my inventory. I went to buy another copy and found that it is no longer being sold. [Yes, I know, the new skins are ten times better than the old skin. But the old skin helped create my best "me" look. It is the one I want.]
A number of stores have addressed this issue by creating “outlet” or “discount” stores behind their main stores, where they sell older items at a lower price. Or if they don’t want to use the prims on their land for this, they put the older items on Marketplace. Either way works for me.
3. I wish all designers would label their items as liquid mesh, mesh, sculpty or prim.
Not all of us are looking for mesh all the time. Many times, I want another specific type. I especially wish Marketplace would require all items to be labeled as such and would limit search to the type of item I request.
4. I wish Second Life would start giving out last names again, either a names list, like before, or a last name which I choose.
5. I wish Philip Rosedale was still a Linden. When I think of all the times we made life hard for him at inworld meetings, I wish I could go back and tell him how much I appreciated the fact that he took the time to show up for those meetings.
6. I wish I had joined Second Life a couple of years before I did. I joined in 2007, but just think what memories I would have if I had joined in 2003 or 2004, when everything was new and full of promise.
Most of all, I wish I had been good enough this past year that some of the above-listed wishes would be granted. Still, one must never give up hope. So, I stand here, waiting and watching, and wishing.
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.