As a blogger, I think the general perception of the sl public is ‘they do it to get free stuff.’ I felt like addressing this generalisation today, I don’t know why, it’s random day! Part of being a blogger is indeed recieving ‘review copies’ of items (ie. the ‘free’ stuff everyone speaks of) but the work that bloggers put in to the pictures they create… well, it justifies the ‘free’ part.
So let’s look at that perception. The facts are quite simple – a good blogger can take days to create an image that they’re happy with, in fact the one above took me 3 days of just setting up, planning an outfit and buying (yes, BUYING) the outfit I’m wearing! I like my photos to create a story, to have their own narrative (albeit, that narrative may be only known to me at times haha). The jeans I bought at TMD – and I bought them because I have a very simple rule. I always buy creativity. These jeans are mesh body fitmesh (for Maitreya and Slink), they are unisex and the best part… they come with an applier HUD for the body shadows. Yep, I’m not joking. The artist (being SPIRIT) had the foresight to create torn mesh, knowing how unrealistic ‘torn’ mesh can look at times… and addressed that issue by including system, Slink and Maitreya shadows as tattoos. How awesome is that? How could you not buy that? So simply, I did!
Now let’s talk about the top – this tank is from Miss Chelsea (at FaMESHed) and this I purchased because simply, I was glad to finally see a midriff tank that was a bit on the ‘baggier’ side. That was the first one I’ve seen, so bang – bought it! (In case you’re wondering, I do work in SL to support my shopping… uh… habits) haha. Now this isn’t to say that I don’t try my best to become a blogger for designers who’s work I respect – because in that way, it’s an honour to be part of their team and share their vision. Case and point, Rebel Hope (who’s work I love) is a recent sponsor of my blog. Why? Have you SEEN THESE SHOES?! Quite possibly the most detailed sandals I have ever seen, right down to the jewellery….. This is an un-edited, un photoshopped picture in midday lighting, just to show you how awesome they are on their own…
I could go on and on but the point to my rambling is this – when you read a blog, or comment on a blog… don’t assume that the blogger is a ‘salesperson’ or worse yet, a person who’s just after ‘free stuff’. Yes, they exist, but let’s pay them no mind – quality bloggers do what they do for the love of it, the excitement of the creativity of others, and in my case especially, the want to share knowledge with others. Leaving mean comments, or treating all bloggers badly because of perceptions… well it’s just not nice, and it can hurt (I’m not talking about me, but a friend).
So in summary, if you can’t say anything nice…. well say nothing! 😉 ♥ Okay on to another topic – who’s using the new Firestorm? I am (obviously) and all other issues aside, I have had a blast playing with the new Snapshot filters!! There is seriously a newspaper one, making your image look like it’s from a newspaper. In the image below I’ve photoshopped to give it a story etc, but hey – want to join in? Take a pic using the ‘Newsprint’ filter in the new Firestorm and share the link in the comments so I can see it! Fun!
I’m doing a terrible job of camping in:
Mesh Body – Lara by Maitreya
Hands – Slink Bag (L) and Slink Casual (R) hands by SLink
Skin & Shape – Penelope (Makeup 4, Skin 4) by Hush Skins (Maitreya and Slink appliers also used)
Tattoo (dirt) – Raven’s Dirty v5.2 by RAV3N (Maitreya, Omega, Eve, TMP, Belleza + Slink Visage appliers available) Hair – Wet Lucy by ^;^CaTwA^;^
Top – Simply Black Tank by Miss Chelsea (Available at FaMESHed) (Includes Maitreya, Belleza and Slink fitmesh versions)
Jeans – Wayat Boyfriend Jeans by SPIRIT (Available at TMD) (Includes Maitreya & Slink fitmesh versions)
Shoes – Laguna Sandals by Rebel Hope (Available at FaMESHed) (Includes Maitreya, Belleza and Slink versions)
Toenails – Desert/Silver Pedicure by Alaskametro
Pose – The Blues (Kneeling set) by Image Essentials
Scenery – All backdrop/garden items shown are from the amazingly detailed and well priced Chez Moi!! What you’re seeing is the Camping Line Up, which is a set! Featured above from the set are 2 sets of 10 trees; Trunk; Tent; Jeep; Bonfire; Table with Lamp; Map (which I obviously did not use lol) and flashlight; Logsquirrel; Picnicbasket and Grass! Check it out HERE.