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Monday, May 18, 2009

UPDATED: Unappreciated? Not by me

First, an apology: If you dropped something on me during the past few days, I guess I didn't receive it. Today when I logged on, I got a couple of notes referencing review items and even a personal gift, but the items weren't there.

Ugh.

SL needs a better way to deal with RL vacations, rather than just CHOW DOWN on all forms of communication while I'm gone.

Speaking of the recent Blogger Appreciation Week (well, oops, I was before I edited this post), I guess I'll be the one to say what the hell? 

I've been a little out of the loop, so I'll admit right off the bat that I may not have all my facts straight. From her blog, it looks like Callie Cline declared it. 

And from what I could gather from the "OOOOH! Look what I got during Blogger Appreciation Week!" blogs and photos, it looked like it was geared toward fashion bloggers, specifically members of the Fashion Bloggers Group.

But hell, I was out of town most of last week, so what do I know?

<---- Queen of Wrong. Wears lopsided crown with humor.

I regularly read about five fashion bloggers at most. And those are the ones who actually show creativity and insight into ways to create distinctive looks, rather than the ones who blatantly fawn over a particular designer in each post or simply rave about a new release. They're the ones who challenge my imagination. They're the ones who write as well as they dress.

Although fashion bloggers can be fun to read and, yes, meet an important need for people who have a strong interest in fashion and provide valuable publicity for content creators, I'm more impressed by as well as extremely appreciative of the "all-purpose bloggers," as my friend Elizabeth calls them -- the ones who strive to show the many sides of Second Life, the ones who discuss relevant SL issues, the ones who share their accomplishments and disappointments -- hell, the ones who get out there and LIVE Second Life, so to speak, and then take the time to share what they've learned, even if those lessons are painful.

In my opinion, these are the bloggers who truly illustrate that Second Life is so much more than just a game of virtual Barbies. These are the bloggers that truly express the meaning behind Second Life, and the effect it has on so many real lives. 

Frankly if we judged SL by blogs alone, without these "lifestyle bloggers," we'd all look like a bunch of kids playing dress-up (no offense, fashion bloggers, and I mean that sincerely). 

The sad thing is, so many of the ultra-fabulous all-purpose bloggers won't ever get an "appreciation week," mainly because, despite their stellar writing skills, touching insights or hilarious observations, they're not as well-known or widely read as the names on the fashion feeds or the cluster of writers on some of the more popular group blogs.

Does this sound like a "Wah wah wah, I didn't get 'appreciated,' invited to a Blogger Appreciation Party or showered with gifts all week" post? Sure it does! But that's not my intention. My intention is to point out that there are so many bloggers out there who are just as worthy, if not more so, of appreciation. 

It's the joyous mix of bloggers out there that makes the SL blogosphere so great. Creating a "Blogger Appreciation Week" seems somewhat pointless if it fails to spotlight new faces and new perspectives. If you're really going to have a Blogger Appreciation Week, promote it further in advance, give new or lesser-known bloggers a chance to shine, and do a better job of publicizing instructions on how to get involved or "be appreciated." 

(My bad, but I'd never heard about the Fashion Bloggers Group before last week. How was I supposed to know I had to join the group in order to be "appreciated"?)

If not, hell, just call a spade a spade and declare it "Fashion Blogger Appreciation Week" instead.

A reader commented that any blogger -- not just fashion -- could have sent a request to join that group and participate in last week's activities, but again, how were we supposed to know that?

I'm prepared for the fact that this post is going to tick people off, but to me -- an Average Jill who spends hard-earned lindens on content creators' stuff and writes honest posts about the things I like -- many posts about last week's events (with some exceptions, including the awesome posts over on Lifestyles of the Broke and Notorious) really just sort of looked like "Hey, the cool kids are getting together to celebrate and get EVEN MORE free stuff than usual!" 

And don't get me wrong -- I read and admire a lot of those "cool kids," and yeah, there's definitely a reason why a lot of them are cool. You'll find some of them in my blog roll. But if you look over there, you'll also spot several names you may not recognize. I encourage you to take the time to check them out. Many of them are just "commoners" (as I once sickeningly heard a glamourous girl refer to people who weren't SLocialites) who write about joy, heartbreak, fun, forming connections, exploring new worlds and trying new things. They're opening their lives to you, they're opening their hearts to you -- hell, they're giving you a glimpse of their souls.

You're not going to find a lot of them hanging around fashionable parties. You're not going to see them flitting around in high-society SL circles (a laughable concept in itself), making Plurk headlines or landing on popularity lists. 

But I bet you'll learn something from them. Or laugh with them. Maybe you'll even cry with them. At the very least, I do hope you'll appreciate them.

Despite their talents and hard work, unfortunately, many of them didn't get showered with Blogger Appreciation Gifts last week or invited to a big "You're Fabulous!" bash. (And yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it was supposedly open-house, but you get my drift.)

They get a standing ovation from me though. 

9 comments:

Lizzie Lexington said...

Yay Emerald. I guess the bigger question would be how do we define a fashion blogger? I mean is Lizzie a fashion blogger...I would have to say kind of but in some ways no. I rarely do reviews, I don't know jack about what makes a skin good except "this skin doesn't make my lips HUGE and rarely blog new releases.

Would I call Emerald a fashion blogger? I would say yes! You talk about bargains for the average gal and this is most of SL.
So keep doing what you are doing Em!

Krissy Muggleston said...

The designers' motivation for this Fashion Bloggers Appreciation Week stems from the fact that fashion bloggers are content promoters. The designers don't have a vested interest in showing us 'all-purpose' bloggers appreciation because we don't make it our mission to promote their business like the fashion bloggers do. That's my opinion. :)

Peter Stindberg said...

I love you, Em, can I have a prim baby with you?

(and why is the captcha for this comment "mammus"?)

Laleeta Xue said...

Hmm…

I know for a fact that one of my friends who just has a personal blog asked to get in the group and was accepted because it was supposed to be for all bloggers and not just fashion bloggers even though the group's name says otherwise.

It’s very easy to complain but did any of you actually ask to be a part of it? If you all were waiting to get an invite without contacting anyone then maybe you are the one in the wrong. With all the bloggers out there it would be preposterous and kind of self centred to wait for someone to invite you.

I am no fashion blogger, at least in my mind. Still it said *blogger* appreciation week so I asked if I could get in and was invited.

I don't know squat about SL fashion. For reals. Most of the time I don't even know the bloggers and designers’ names. So I think it's a bit too easy to say that it was the "cool kid" party/gang. I know I was in there and I know I had a lot of fun in group chat and I sure as hell ain't part of the cool kids.

chestnut rau said...

When I saw the Blogger Appreciation posts I said to myself "that is nice" and never gave it another thought. I am clearly not a fashion blogger (see every photo on my blogs) so it never occurred to me that the fashion designers should make a show of appreciating me.

I have to agree with Krissy. Callie recognized that fashion blogers provide free advertising and suggested a little recognition is in order. I can't really argue with that.

If any designers want to drop stuff on me I promise to take (bad) photos and list your slurl. I will probably write snarky text that makes it clear I don't take fashion all that seriously but that is the risk you take.

(So do you guys think that will get me a little appreciation?)

crickets

ok. I guess I will go back to events.

Emerald Wynn said...

@ Lizzie - hell no, I'm not a fashion blogger. :P

@ Laleeta -- yeah, I realize the event was for the Fashion Bloggers Group, and that you could request to join.

This post isn't so much a complaint as it is an eye roll. Call it "Fashion Blogger Appreciation Week" if the thing is just geared toward fashion bloggers. Simply calling it "Blogger Appreciation Week" excludes a helluva lot of fantastic bloggers (and NO I'm not talking about me).

chestnut rau said...

But you *are* a fantastic blogger Emerald!

Lizzie Lexington said...

@Laleeta - I was actually asked to join I believe the day the group was started but I don't consider myself a "traditional" fashion blogger. I use the fashion as a backdrop for the stories I tell. So its still fashioney yes. I was just kind of posing the question "What defines a fashion blogger in SL."

@Emerald - you must accept your inner fashionista my friend. It is the first step in your SL fashion 12 step program LOL. You are a fashion blogger and an all purpose blogger! And you should wear that tag proudly.

Emerald Wynn said...

To Laleeta's point, I guess my question is . . . how were we even supposed to know to contact or join the Fashion Bloggers Group if we wanted to be part of Blogger Appreciation Week?

It's not that I was "waiting to get an invite" - it's just that I had no clue that the week centered around members of that group until after the week had passed and I read the blogs about it.

Unfortunately we all don't read Callie Cline's blog. And some of us don't live and die by Plurk. Word of mouth got to some people, but many bloggers were in the dark about the whole thing. So to them, it just seemed a little, well, ouchy. If it would have been labeled "FASHION Bloggers Appreciation Week," I think it would have cleared up some of the confusion and the tongue-in-cheek "Hey, I didn't get appreciated with a Malt jacket!"-type remarks I heard yesterday.

Again, it's not so much as complaining as it is saying, "what a shame." The idea is a great one. I hope it's better organized and more all-encompassing next year if Callie or anyone else really wants to take on the huge task of globally appreciating bloggers.