Morning you cheeky bloggies! Christmas is ever closer and I’m all decorated up in the house. It’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas now. I’m sorry the blog is having to take a back seat for a while, it’s not that I don’t care about it (or by extension, about you), it’s just that there’s so much else to do.
I thought today I’d take part in Cherri’s #19questions blogger challenge! So here we go…
When did you start your SL blog/vlog?
Would you believe, I started blogging about Second Life in 2010! That’s almost 10 years ago. I didn’t start it as a fashion blog, just an SL blog which talked about the crazy stuff that went off at my DJ sets and my club, as well as a bit of shopping related stuff to show to my friends. It wasn’t until 2014 that I began to blog for clothing designers on a regular basis. You can see my ReadMeri blog archive here.
How would you describe your vlog/blog (decor, fashion destinations, RP…)
Well, it’s primarily just my blog now. I blog about the things that happen in both my lives and I punctuate each post with a dose of Second Life Fashion. I have dabbled in decor in the past, but it’s not a strong suit of mine, so I tend to keep it simple now (K.I.S.S.). I do enjoy writing fiction too and so sometimes I’ve written fiction posts and I’m never sure what the readers make of those!
When did you start SL and what brought you to SL?
I started in April 2008. I had read about Second Life in Cosmopolitan magazine the year before. It was a piece about how famous places had been reproduced in SL and I fancied coming on to see some of them. I did make an avatar in 2007, but my computer really wasn’t up to the job of rezzing everything and I was most confused and decided to leave it until I got a new laptop – which I did in Spring 2008 when I made Mericat Ireland.
What inspired you to become a vlogger/blogger?
Nothing did, really. I just fell into it. I used to take pictures of what I’d managed to buy at Collabor88 to show a friend or two and post those and it just sort of happened after that. I had a couple of designer friends and they encouraged me to blog their stuff and then I applied to a few more and there you have it.
What’s you favorite thing to blog and why?
Ooh. Difficult. Well, it’s worth saying I love everything I blog or I wouldn’t blog it. If I had to choose things to be my favourite I’d say I love separates (even though many things come as sets, I think it’s easier to show individual style with separates) and I love hair! So yeah… there you go.
What strength do you have that has helped you as a vlogger/blogger?
I think I’m very open about myself and my life, which helps me to burble on and hopefully entertain the readers. I’m aware that I’m not a traditional ‘fashion blog’ in that, for me and I hope for the people who visit, it’s more about what I’m writing than what I’m wearing.
How do you motivate yourself to stay active & fresh with your vlog/blog?
I’ve always got something to tell you about!
What’s the last thing you bought in SL?
Hmm… hair I think. Even though I have two hair sponsors, you really can’t have enough hair. You need different hair each time, although I do re-use hair of course.
Would you say your avi is an introvert or extravert?
I would say she is me and therefore reflects how I feel at the time. I’m an ambivert – by that I mean that I’m often extroverted but I would just die if I didn’t get alone time to recharge.
How do you feel about SL relationships (romantic & friends)?
I LIKE THEM. 😀 No seriously, when things got tough in my first life, I had to take a break from SL and from blogging and just about the only thing I missed was my friends. Friends are friends wherever you find them and although SL is kinda transient (ie. some friends leave and others come along), there are people who never leave your heart, and in some cases, make their way into my every day first life.
Where is your avi right now? (mainland home, sandbox, event, stuck in a TP (lol)….)
The last time I saw her, she was on the deck at home, but sometimes I log on and she has messy hair or a shoe missing… I don’t think she can be trusted to be where I left her and may have gone out shopping or dancing or something.
What are your favorite things to do on SL?
I like to do photos very much (that’s fortunate) so as well as doing my blog pictures, I try to get along to Photohunt every other Monday. I haven’t got the last few times but I will go back and enjoy it. I also shop, I like shopping, but I liked it more when I allowed myself to upload money. Now I’m poor!
What is your favorite SL fashion & decor style?
Indie/casual/boho/girl-next-door. I don’t like tight dresses and heels much. I think that look has been overdone in all worlds. I like to show my personality through what I wear.
What new changes/developments in SL do like/dislike?
I like mesh! I like mesh fitted for mesh bodies. I like avatar physics and er… shoes. 😮 Not sure if that’s the kind of thing you had in mind Cherri 😀
What is your pet peeve in SL?
People who name themselves thusly – ‘Sexykitten02’ or ‘MasterDong’. As far as I’m concerned, sexiness and mastery and traits such as that are subjective and therefore it is not for the avatar to decide that everyone should perceive them as sexy or a master of the dong. I know… so pernickety aren’t I?
What valuable advice would you give to a new vlogger/blogger?
Just keep doing it. Initially you’ll buy all your own clothes and blog them. So do that. Then find a sponsor or two (and don’t expect the best of the best to say ‘OOH… another person began blogging, I have to give them all my new releases). It takes a bit of time and effort, so just keep doing it – oh! and watch Youtube help videos on photo editing and do’s and don’t’s. It all helps you look good at what you’re doing.
What is your favorite SL memory?
Meeting Thom. You’ve all heard it a thousand times before I know… I tp’d to an indie club, it was closed. I landed on his head (for he was standing on the rez point). He was cool, I was a bumbling idiot dressed like Dolly Parton with no AO. I ran off to a sofa and tried to sit on it, I bounced up and down on the sofa not succeeding in sitting for several minutes as he watched. I eventually sat down and he joined me and the rest, reader, is history.
Is there anything you have learnt in SL that has helped you in RL?
Yes, I’ve learned that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Or sometimes you can, but only in SL. People in SL are what they want to be, so if you see someone with enormous jubblies who is ten foot tall, you can think ‘Yeah, you go, girl!’ and it doesn’t matter if they aren’t that way in RL.
I’ve learned people are fascinating and infinitely different to each other. I’ve learned that guys who talk easily and have a sense of humour are like catnip for women. I’ve learned that if women didn’t have the constraints of being smaller and constantly in a position of vulnerability in RL, they’d be much more sexually aggressive, as many women are in SL and that really surprised me!
What is the one thing you want everyone to know about your avi & vlog/blog?
My heart and mind are open for all comers, but you only get to mess with me once.
So, that’s about it from my #19questions challenge. How about you join in too? Thanks Cherri for setting it up ❤
What ARE you wearing?
Visit – The Forest 2019 Winter Wonderland & Pemberly Hollow
Hat & Hair – lock&tuft – shep, prev man cave
Tshirt – !Female Poison! Rock T-Shirt
Boots – REIGN.– OBSESSION BOOTS
Jeans – Addams // Kenadee Moto Jeans
Jacket – Cynful Fur Jacket – Cropped Collabor88
The gorgeous fur jacket from Cynful is available right now at Collabor88. You can get it in Maitreya Lara, Slink Hourglass, Belleza Freya, Legacy Female body types and get the following in the packs –
Single Color Hud: Short- + Long Sleeved Version. Each Version comes in 3 Lengths (Long, Medium + Cropped), 8 Zipper Metal Colors + On/Off Options
Fatpack: 30 Fur Colors, 8 Zipper Metal Colors + On/Off Options
The Lock&Tuft Shep hair is coming to you a little late as the Man Cave event finished last week – sorry L&T!. You should be able to pick it up at the mainstore linked up above. It’s dead cute whether you’re a man or not. You can resize it to fit too. It has a colour HUD for the hair and one for the hat too. Delish.