We have an absolutely fantastic group of bloggers. I know we say this every event, but it’s true. Every single event they simply blow our minds. Every single event I sit down and try to find something new to say about this simply astonishing fact. This time I thought I’d ramble a little about event blogging and why we love our crew so.
First thing to remember about blogging is that there’s more bloggers on the grid than one can keep tabs on and that unofficial event blogging always happens as they shop or happen to be in an event-shop’s own list. So as much as in theory including an item or two from the event into a look of the day with a mention where they can be purchased is event blogging, it’s not really what we are after, what we are looking for and why we squee so much about our blogger team.
Event blogging brings the focus to the event itself in one way or the other. It can be a look of the day with the majority of the items from the event, yes. It can be a roleplay story woven within the event theme with its items or sims and you all know by now that I have a bias the size of the grid for those. It can be a review of the event sims with photography: we are all constantly in awe of the photographers we have in our midst. It can be a thoughtful piece of writing about a charity event and the reasons why it is important, it can be a personal tie to the theme, it can be an introduction to the special events within the event… an event can be blogged in a multitude of ways. The best blogger team will have a mix of bloggers to cover all these approaches. We do.
Because of our steady core crowd I have begun noticing more and more that we tend to have the bloggers for each event already without much doing anything, but nevertheless there’s a new blogger application every Cursed event. There’s several reasons for this.
One is that we know very well that a few months in SL is a long, long time. A lot can happen. Having the bloggers already in the group re-apply to each event makes sure that we know they are still active in SL, are still blogging and have the time and interest to blog that particular event. I do remove the bloggers that haven’t applied before the early access of each event because the majority of the review copies are delivered through the group. It would not be fair for the creators to have inactive bloggers in the group that they send their wares through.
Another reason is that we know very well how blogging inspiration waxes and wanes. Sometimes the hobby feels like an obligation, sometimes you don’t simply feel like blogging and want to go and enjoy other hobbies, sometimes RL is too busy, sometimes the theme just doesn’t work out for you. We love our blogger crowd because they always feel so inspired, so excited, so thoroughly involved with the event and we want to keep it that way. It’s perfectly alright to take breaks from blogging. It is not a crime to skip an event: simply don’t apply to one when you don’t feel like it and when the blogging inspiration raises its head again, apply to the next event.
Another consequence for having an established and fantastic blogger team already is that we have very few slots for new people by this point. We do still keep the applications open every event, because each and every time there will be some people appearing seemingly out of nowhere and making my jaw drop with their talent. This particular World Goth Fair we have several new people in that made me gasp and all but spam the invite button to get them in as fast as possible.
So this is to all of you Cursed bloggers: thank you for making the organizer team squee, event after event. Keep up the fantastic work and have some more blogger bordeaux and biscuits on the house.