On To New Challenges

1 ABC 30

And so it goes. Thirty days, 35 posts and a sense of completion. And a bit of sadness that we have come to the end of the iRez Avatar Blogger Challenge.

I admit to feeling a bit of trepidation when I began the iRez 30 Posts In 30 Days challenge on June 1. I wondered if I really belonged – I am a “baby blogger,” having started this blog less than six months ago. I’m not on the radar of the big-name designers or movers and shakers in Second Life. I just take pictures, add a few words and slap them on the internet. I have a few loyal followers, to whom I am eternally grateful, but I’m not in the Big Leagues of SL blogging. But I took the plunge alongside some amazing chroniclers of our virtual world. And I’ve discovered some fantastic new blogs and even more amazing people along the way.

I want to thank Strawberry Singh who has been an inspiration to me since before I started blogging myself. It was her post that drew my attention to this challenge, and although I can’t find the original post now, just check out her blog (if you haven’t already). She is not only an incredible photographer, she is amazingly generous in sharing her knowledge and encouraging other bloggers. She’s a peach among berries 😉

And I especially want to thank Vaneeesa Blaylock for putting this challenge together. For setting up the ABC Gym so each blogger had his or her own workout station. For getting us together for photos and giving us space at LEA11 to display our meme photos. And for her inexhaustible energy, wit and insight. She is an artist by profession, but what I recognise most in her is her caring, giving soul. I may never have met her had it not been for this challenge, so for if no other reason than crossing her path, I’m so happy I participated.

Yesterday, Vaneeesa pulled as many participating bloggers together for one final photo shoot. Our formal shot is the one above and includes 11 of the (at least) 29 bloggers who participated in this challenge. It was a tricky shot – group photos are a bitch! – but we all snapped away, memorialising this special group. I’m proud to have been among their numbers.

When we finished, in true Vaneeesa style, on the count of three we all dived into the water. A metaphorical baptism, sending us out into the world as members of the ABC Crossfit Gym, ready to follow our hearts, having learned something from this experience. For each blogger, it will be different lesson. But no doubt, one that will be long remembered.

1 ABC 30 Wet

And now, on to new challenges.

16 thoughts on “On To New Challenges

  1. Mish Palianta July 1, 2013 / 9:31 am

    Awesome work!! I”m sure you’ll have many more challenges ahead and will keep on conquering them one by one!! You rock!! xoxo

  2. Kitty O'Toole July 1, 2013 / 11:43 am

    You have created a great blog Peeps, be proud!

    Wish I could have been at the photo-sesh, but alas RL work prevented me. Look forward to your future postings petal!

    =^..^=

    • PeepSideshow Darkward July 1, 2013 / 12:40 pm

      Hugs, Kitty 🙂 Thanks so much. I’ve come to love blogging so much that I may slow down, but I can’t see me ever stopping. Consider that a warning! 😀

  3. Bumblebee July 1, 2013 / 5:23 pm

    Peep you keep inspiring me to go beyond what I thought sl blogging was all about, thank you for that. I had a wonderful time meeting you and the rest of the ABC crew and you’re spot on about group photos lol! I say charge triple rates plus a shopping spree for would be clients 😛 (teasing!)

    Mahalo my friend and eagerly waiting for your next posting!

    • PeepSideshow Darkward July 2, 2013 / 7:20 am

      Hugs, Wendz! It was good meeting you too 🙂 I’m sorry I had to rush off, but you know how those poseballs get tangled in inventory 😉

      Thank you for the lovely compliment, although my blog is about as organised as my inventory…and my mind! God only knows what I’m going to find 😀

  4. Vanessa Blaylock July 3, 2013 / 10:53 am

    aww, aren’t you the sweetest thing! it was so awesome meeting you and our many partners. And wow! Your “jump in the water” shot is awesome! I totally botched that one! Missed it entirely!

    • PeepSideshow Darkward July 3, 2013 / 11:01 am

      Oh, I had to get the baptismal shot! All those pretty frocks clinging to our pixels? 😉

      I meant every word. I feel a bit of a letdown now that it’s over. Hugs, Vaneeesa of many eee’s 🙂

      • Vanessa Blaylock July 3, 2013 / 12:08 pm

        aww, we’ll totally hang out, right? Go shopping? Or dancing? Or look at art?

        I guess you won’t be doing the Sunburn thing or the Alt Ball thing with us since you have some quirky obsession with being asleep at 3 in the morning… but I’ll see you SOOON!

        xoxo

      • Vanessa Blaylock July 3, 2013 / 12:59 pm

        yay, let’s do it!

        Also, we can meetup and maybe install some BBQ stuff for the Sunburn thing on Saturday — you can leave your “mark” (yuck yuck) without even being there to get burned! 😀

      • PeepSideshow Darkward July 3, 2013 / 1:09 pm

        I’ll be thrilled to! Sadly, my wiener, spatula and apron aren’t transfer, but I’ll be happy to rez the BBQ, complete with burgers and franks! The poses still work, so if anyone wants to man (or woman) the grill, it will be good to go 😉

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