Blogs: They Are Difficult

I am considering taking a new direction with you, blog. Instead of being all fashion-y and proper you may be more colloqueal and casual. Maybe.
Genereally the problem with blogs is that they take time and this is time I require to level up several characters in Aika so I can get free move-speed crystals thus decreasing my chances of being stuck at the back of a raid to be picked of by Evolutions and Zhie. And the problem with fashion blogs is everyone and her Ozimals rabbit has a fashion blog. (I am waiting for little bows and stuff you can put on those rabbits…) So to have a successful one people actually want to look at it’s even more important to spend a lot of time working on looks and taking awesome photos and I don’t know if I have the skills or effort-ing abilities for it. x:
But then there are major elements of me saying: “Why not just go back to your blogger blog? It’s all colour co-ordinated.” I am considering it but my old blog did end with a lot of emo boy posts that I would be fairly embarressed if people found as I always am with any kind of whiney, emo and generally questionable post that may generate feelings of boredom and snark from on lookers. If I had to read five pages of ‘woe is me, there’s this boy and then there’s me and I’ve messed up and lost my mind and he doesn’t care, boo-hoo’ I’d potentially be pretty irritated by the author. So I made this blog so I could have a cleanslate and go for a professional white and shiney blog, which already appears to be backfiring. I may just not be a white and shiney person. I’m very much a hoarder (woo, 106k) so maybe all my blogs are doomed to be messy, unfinished and thought-up-on-the-spot.

If I’m going to redirect you, blog, I have to implement rules. I don’t know quite what those rules are though. They may go like this:
1. No whiney-boy posts ever.
Whining (Whineing? Whine-mongering?) is permitted if something major in happens that is not satisfactory to the situation. For example: SL finally eats your inventory.
Boy posts are permitted if you meet an actual person and how awesome everything is going and you can’t be on SL much because you’re actually participating in a normal, adult lifestyle.
2. Avoid too much ranting, attempt to keep stuff light hearted.
It goes without saying that I have shape issues. And I’m an uneducated feminist so I have issues with over-sexualism in the SL fashion scene. And some other minor grievances. Sometimes a nice, organised shape rant is good (cue the “It’s my choice, it’s my SL, I do what I want” rage) however not every day because nobody really gets your shape issues.
Rants about related able things in good humour are good.
3. A photo with every post regardless of what or how bad that photo is.
Photos are good, they make everything appealing. The thing about photos and blogging is that every blogger wants epic Strawberry-Singh-photos but epic Strawberry-Signh-photos require a lot of stuff. One of those stuffs is a decent computer of which I am lacking. My computer is currently suffering nervous break downs every now and then. Seriously, it just stops working and you have to restart it and kick it to get it to run again. <.<
Another stuffs is organisation skills and time, I guess I have all the time in the world though? x:
Also, I don't know where to put these pictures. I kind of just want to upload them to WordPress if they're not going to be spectacular. There's Photobucket but I don't know if that eventually gets full? Hm.
4. It's probably good to have a subject in mind to focus on before you start blogging.
Otherwise you just end up with pages of… This really. Lots of "what to do, what to do, ho hum". I don't know. I get ideas and I go "I so have to make some kind of awesome statement about this, it'll go like this" and then I start blogging in my head and it sounds amazing. Then I go to write things and it's like "Hi, I see you are writing more text walls to no-one" but maybe things will even themselves out? ._.
5. I can't think of anymore. Shorter posts are probably better? ._.

I think this is a satisfactory 'I-have-not-given-up-on-you-yet' blog post. I took this picture of plants you could grow at Stray Pig that I thought looked pretty awesome but as I haven't decided how to upload pictures I am already defying Rule Number Three and posting without an image. Sadface. ):

Once I Get This Done…

It will be plain sailing…

I’m making a rediculously organised, concise list of stores that nobody will ever use. ): Well maybe I’ll use it but everybody else will forget about it. :/
It’s intensive. It takes up a lot of time and reasearching but once I get this out the way it’s jsut a few hours of picking new outfits and taking photos every week or so, we hope. x:
I know there’s a few good lists already out there but I’m going to do this. x: I don’t think they’d include as large a range as me. I’m finding so many little Japanese shops I never really hear of and some new furniture ones from the Fashion Avenue feed.
I’m hoping every store is a store I would buy from (if I was a millionaire) although they may not nessacarily feature on the blog much, if at all. That’s why I’ll be using the post tags to list which stores are used. :3
This is why I’m not allowed to have a public blog, I think too much. x:
Anyway, I have a few places I need to visit today then it’s on with the link updating. I wish I could find someone to get the SLURLs for me and tell me exactly what the store is selling. x.x
I will be filtering out stores I don’t feel have very good quality stuff ’cause I’m elitist. ): But I will be keeping in a lot of stores that use templates. Not stores that just go straight from the templates, I don’t think but noticable template users.
I am considering doing a home and garden section and a texture page because people will ask me where they can get prefabs or furniture or plants from and I’m sick of not knowing. x.x

And I’ve discovered a decent way to reduce lag – go back to taking photos without windlight. Sometimes I forget you can get a decent photo without it if you’re jsut doing studio stuff. I bet it’s better with windlight, it’s alway better with windlight (so long as you know what you’re doing) but I think I can sacrifice it.

A Start…

So this blog’s been floating empty in cyberspace for a while now and I think I really want to give this a shot. I’m not sure why. When I see blogs I can’t help but think ‘I can do that’.
I admit I never read the feeds, I read freebie blogs and it’s becoming a fairly sporadic event. I’m kind of beginning to see why. I’m running through blogs to add to my blog list and they’re not really catching my attention, I’m not sure who to add. You might be really artsy and you might have photo-shopping skills of win but I’m not really seeing the style. Maybe it’s because I’m a colour-balancer who learnt all her outfit designing skills from GaiaOnline and not a fashionista up to date on the new season? x: (I’m working on that bit actually – in this season is clothes that look like underwear and apparently denim but still no return of the flare. ): )
And then there’s the freebie blogs. I love freebie blogs, they got me most of the clothes I have but let’s face it some of them aren’t really fashion blogs.
I wish I could create my own feed, I’m so not getting this Bloglines thing. x:

I don’t have very good photo skills. There was one point where I was kind of pleased with them but now they’re kind of bleh again. I don’t have a very consistant photography style, which annoys me a lot actually. I totally wish I could hire Prue or Narita to do it because they’re photo skills are pretty awesome but I’m going to learn this. x:
I’m considering getting a new graphics card for my birthday in the hope if it doesn’t help my photo skills at least it will help my lag issues.

And my other issue would be of course money. x: Prue says “you blog what you have” but sometimes I don’t have something that compliments something I’m working on. And of course there’s always that moment you see something and go “that’s awesome, I need that, I can use it” and then there’s the ten sales on every week.
I’m going to blow some of my last money on textures and try for a live model job or two this month, I’m almost certain of it. It would be of major assistance to me if SL would rez my skins so I could take photos.
I’m currently earning all my L from Earn2Life, it’s actually pretty decent when you think about it: TP – get paid, but I don’t know how often it updates despite having it for a while.
I thought about getting a credit card and putting money into SL but all I have is savings from birthday money. I want to be disciplined and say only £10 a month but there’s so many sales and bargain days and special items it would last a week and in five years time or ten years time or who-knows time I think I’ll regret having put money into SL when I want a holiday or whatever people are spending money on. With my energy levels, fatigue and general self-esteem a job’s still not looking like a good idea but I have asked the job centre to help me out, I”ll try something and see if I can do it. If I’m making money putting money into SL might not look so bad.
I thought about buying some full perm things and making my own stuff but I know I’m not creative enough. To make money on a store you have to network and you have to be constantly working and thinking and releasing new things and I am constantly procrastinating and mind-blocked. Which isn’t a great way to start a blog but it doesn’t have to be like an everyday thing, there are no [what’s the word x.x]. x:

Oh and I need to sort my inventory properly. I’ve been boxing up tan skins and some of the darker skins and any clevage options. I guess I’ll need those if I’m going to play around for shapes but for now they get deleted. x: I need to box or delete just plain ugly skins. I can’t really delete skins, I am very much a skin whore. :/

Anyway, on with the blog fixing. I want to get a decent set of blogs and store links up before I go on to proper posting. I don’t know whether to do store blogs yet, I’m thinking no, as awesome as they are, it’s a lot of work to go through the whole store list seeing if they have a blog, a personal feed really would be awesome. I have no idea how feeds work. x.x
I don’t really like WordPress, I don’t know whether to stick with Blogger but I guess it’s too late now? x: Category, Tag, what’s the difference?
And I totally modified my typing so there were sections with paragraphs instead of just being long run on paragraphs so if it seems weird, I was only trying to make the journey seem shorter. x:
And the word was obligations.