My Blogging Journey Challenge: Bloody Blogger

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It has been about a year since Miss Berry asked us about why we blog. I was truly a “baby blogger” then, having only created this site three months prior. I have changed a lot since then, not just in terms of what and how I blog. There are times I have thought about just giving it all up; I am sure I could spend my time more productively. But then, I have an inspiration for a post or get caught up in a challenge or just crave sharing the photos I have taken and those thoughts just disappear.

Here is what Miss Berry has asked us to do this time around:

Meme instructions: Copy and paste the following questions and answers to your post, delete my answers and input your own. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments (of this post) so others can come by and read your answers as well!

1. Which electronic devices do you use to blog with? I only use Esteban (my pc) to blog. I have the WordPress app installed on my phone, though, and I use that sometimes to reply to comments, particularly when I wake in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep.

2. Do you have a mission statement for your blog, if so, what is it? No, I don’t. A mission statement seems too corporate to me. This blog is strictly for enjoyment – not something I associate with the corporate world!

3. How do you feel about blogs that use their platforms to spread negativity? I don’t read them, unless a particular post is pointed out for some reason. As for how I feel about them, I guess ambivalent is the best term to describe it. It is their blog; they can write whatever they want.

4. Are you a grammar junkie? Do you thoroughly check your blog for errors before posting and/or do you judge other people’s posts if they contain errors? I am a good speller and have a strong grasp of grammar, but I don’t consider myself to be a grammar junkie. I do write in a certain style and some of my stylistic choices would be considered grammatically incorrect. However, I always make sure my posts are readable. I do proofread my posts and I have been known to correct very old mistakes if I spot them much later on.

I am not generally bothered by spelling and grammar errors on other blogs. Many I read are ESL writers and knowing one language only, I admire them. I think the one thing that annoys me is when writers of any kind are lazy and don’t bother to do any type of proofreading and have constant misspellings. Yes, anyone can make a typographical error, but WordPress has a spell-checker and I’m pretty sure Blogger does, too. Use it! *Edit: 12 hours later and I just edited to fix a grammatical error *facepalms*

5. If you could switch blogs with another blogger who would it be? Whiskey Monday. Although she is no longer active, I always loved Whiskey’s blog. Her photos are true works of art, as is her writing. I got to know her a bit in Second Life and she is one of the smartest, funniest, most sincere and truly creative people I have met, in either world.

Thank you, Berry, for your Facebook link to Ziki Questi’s blog post on the upcoming closing of Whiskey’s gallery in world. I was struggling with a photo for this post and I was actually about to give up for the day when I decided to go see Whiskey’s work before I logged off. That is when I saw the artwork that is the background for my photo and I knew what I wanted to do. I know I don’t hold a candle to her talent, but I wanted to pay homage to her creativity.

6. Has your blog/blogging style evolved over the year(s)? How? I don’t know that it has. I have only been blogging for a little over a year so it is a bit early in my evolution as a blogger. I didn’t do credits when I first started and there was more focus on client work. It is still a blog about whatever I feel like sharing on a particular day.

7. What is the most extraordinary thing that has happened to you because of blogging? I am happy to say that I have a rather active group of commenters on my blog. I have developed some very special friendships with some very special people through blogging. Some have been bloggers I have met while doing challenges but mainly it is through blog comments. I only wish Blogger would put in a simpler comment approval system; I find it hard to engage in that format, so I am sure I am missing out on many more friendships and acquaintances just because of their Captcha system!

8. When it comes to Second Life blogs, there are different styles: Fashion bloggers, Lifestyle & Travel bloggers, Informative bloggers, and more. Which style do you prefer and where do you feel your blog fits in? LOL well, I guess a little of each. I probably am more of a fashion blogger than anything else, but I have dipped my toe into each of the aforementioned types at one time or another. I am a bit of a blog junkie; I read a bit of each style. I guess the only type I am not crazy about are strictly look-of-the-day blogs. There is a place for them, certainly; they are just not my cup of tea.

9. What has blogging taught you? Blogging has taught me to be a better photographer – one who still cringes occasionally at a picture, though. It has taught me that when I am having a crappy day there will be someone out there who will leave a comment or hit Like on my blog to cheer me up. And it has taught me that my inventory can reach epic numbers and NOT explode!

10. Share your top 3 tips for new bloggers. 1.) Do your very best to reply to comments and comment on other blogs. It is a great way to network and make friends. 2.) Don’t beg creators for items to blog. Check their picks or store for their blogger’s policy and follow it. 3.) Be prepared to spend a LOT of money!

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Jumpsuit: ISON – v-cut jumpsuit – (black) by Harry Hyx
Shoes: ieQED hots by SigiFaust (previous 21Shoe exclusive)
Necklace: Pure Poison – PP – Leah Necklace – Gold by Shaleene Kenin (Group Gift)
Earrings: Pure Poison PP – Triandre Gold Earrings by Shaleene Kenin (Group Gift)
Ring: Cae :: Promise :: Ring by Caelan Hancroft
Hair: *ARGRACE* Akane – True Red by rika Oyen
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT PetalPink MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) High by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers NAT by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Artwork: Writing by Whiskey Monday (available at The Viewing Room for the next few days ONLY)
Typewriter: floorplan. typewriter gacha / red by Tegan Sara

Pose: aDORKable Poses: Touch Me 5 by Adorkable Peapod

Flat Ebbe Linden Meme: A Walk In The Park

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By far, one of my favourite memes I have completed was the Flat Rodvik Meme. I laughed so hard while I was doing the photos for it, largely because Rod just looked so…ok, I’ll say it – GOOFY! Ebbe, on the other hand, is handsome and stylish. I have no doubt when the new stock avatar he is sporting is released it will be a popular one. But because he looked so much better, I felt guilty about doing to him what I did to poor Rod. No wonder he resigned; I nearly drowned the poor man!

Now that Linden Labs has a new CEO, of course Miss Berry had to do a new “Flat CEO” meme. I have no doubt she has been stalking him simply so she could do another meme 😉 It is a little different this time around, so here is a rundown of the instructions:

Meme instructions: Pick up a copy of Flat Ebbe Linden from my marketplace store for free and take him to one of your favorite places on the grid. Also, share at least three things that you’d like to tell Ebbe. Please remember to leave a link to your post in the comments (of this post) and share your Flat Ebbe picture in the Blog memes flickr group.

I decided to take Flat Ebbe to my favourite place in Second Life: Calas Galadhon Park. But I had a bit of an agenda in addition to just showing him the sights. And that is one of the three things I want to share with Ebbe.

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The Spring Season Challenge: Butterfly Effect

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Once again, I find myself doing an nonseasonal challenge. While I was feeling springy/summery at the beginning of the antipodean autumn, I am still feeling that way now. Perhaps it is because it has been rather warm so far this autumn with quite a lot of rain. Whatever the reason, I am not in the mood to revolt this time around and start up an opposite-season challenge of my own 😉 Instead, I will just play along happily with Miss Berry.

Here is what she has asked us to do for this challenge:

Meme Instructions: Share a spring-themed picture and/or answer the following questions about the season. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments (of this post) and share your picture in the Blog Memes Flickr Group.

1. What is the spring season like where you live? – Living on the east coast of Australia, we don’t have harsh winters. So spring really kind of creeps up on us. It gradually warms throughout the day and begins to be a bit warmer at night. We have rain, but then we do during all seasons (not so much summer, except for thunderstorms). Since we don’t have deciduous trees and we have native plants that bloom all year around the biggest difference is the type of flowers that blossom.

2. What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of spring? – Butterflies, tulips, daffodils – in short, colour! I grew up in the U.S. midwest, so when I think of spring, I think of that transformation from brown grass, bare trees and snow to a green lawn, budding branches and flowers bursting with colour. A close second to the bright colours, though, is the warmth of the sun on my face.

3. Which spring-themed sim in Second Life is your favorite at the moment? – There are so many sims now that change with every season that I love, but the one that stays springy all year around is Wanderstill, Ode, where I shot this picture. It not only doesn’t change for the seasons, it has remained very much as it is now for several years. That is what makes it such a familiar favourite of mine.

While I am not a fantasy-type girl, the butterflies of spring were the inspiration for my photo. I’m not a wings person, either (not counting my Red Wings 😉 ) but these from VERO MODERO are just stunning. They may be meant to be angel wings, but for me, they completed my butterfly effect.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Corset, Wings & Crown: [VM] VERO MODERO / Rainbow Angel Green Red by Bouquet Babii
Panties: Carrie’s Lingerie – CB~wrath collection panties red by Carrie Bridger
Necklace: Pure Poison – PP- Red & Gold Wilda Necklace by Shaleene Kenin
Earrings: [MANDALA] Osenbei earrings/Gold by Kikunosuke Eel
Shoes: Slink Siren Stilettos Gold by Siddean Munro (for Slink High Feet)
Hair: Analog Dog – AD – tootsie – dark reds by Queue Marlowe (NEW!)
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT Terre MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) High by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers NAT by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Pose: ..::Vibe::.. – Free Spirit 05_ by Journey Lorakeet (available at Limited Bazaar)

Location: Wanderstill, Ode

Photo taken with the LumiPro HUD