I’m back!! It’s been a few weeks since I posted anything – sometimes I just need a break to recharge and refresh.
I took a much needed mini-vacation with the spousal unit, did some writing, and, of course, caught some Pokémon!! 😛
In SL, I’ve been working on sets, taking classes, and shopping. Now it’s time to jump back in – I’ve got some great location pics to share, and lots of other goodies.
One thing I’m hoping to do is make some short how-to videos about some of the new skills/tools I’ve learned. I like both teaching and attending classes, but sometimes being able to ‘watch’ someone do something is easier than having them explain it.
Tools and techniques in dance are getting more and more complicated, so it’s always a good idea to add to your skill set. I think sometimes that people make more work for themselves – me, I’m lazy. Show me the easiest way and I’ll do that. 😛
In case you missed it, Shadow, Martin, and Yummy are teaming up to present the Silly Awards. It sounds like a lot of fun (who doesn’t like the chance to laugh at themselves?!), so check it out – details are on the DQ blog.
I came across this tutorial video from Brookston Holiday about creating lights in Second Life.
Graphic resources are always an issue with Second Life – some are lucky to have super-computers that can handle anything SL throws at them. Some are not so lucky and can find themselves slogging through mud (lag) sometimes.
The tutorial shows a great way to create fabulous lighting effects while minimizing the graphics resources needed to see the effects.
If you can’t see the embedded video, click here for the link.
He does a terrific job of explaining how the different light settings work and the affect they have on your lighting in-world.
The tutorial is only 20 minutes long, and it will have you itching to try your own hand at creating better lighting!
I know I will be trying out some of this when creating my sets for dances, and making sure that my set lighting is exactly how I want it. 😀
Best of all, there is he provides a link to his Marketplace store, where you can pick up some of the scene lights he shows for FREE!!
It’s been a very hectic week for me, and I have found myself without much time (or inclination) to blog. 😦
I used to post every day, sometimes twice a day – one written post and then one LOTD post.
I’ve taken on some additional projects and it’s taking me a bit to get used to the lack of free time to write and take photos.
A few weeks ago, I decided that I would stop posting every day and see what happened. As expected, my traffic fell. Which is disappointing, but totally understandable. I don’t read every single post every single day of the blogs I follow, so I don’t expect that from my readers either.
However, finding a happy medium has so far been elusive. I’ve considered changing the direction of the blog (that dreaded ‘niche’ word), but I like writing about many different things.
I love taking photos of fantastic sims and sharing those, and those posts tend be popular. I love taking my LOTD photos, though those are probably more for me than anyone else. 😀
I also love writing about dance – which is the reason I started this blog. I am still involved in dancing in SL, and enjoy it very much. However, I’m not sure that many readers actually enjoy reading about it.
I’ve also become very involved with learning the Artiste tools, and many of my posts have been about that. Certainly a niche group for those posts! 😛
So, if I post less often, please be assured that I am still here, and I do intend to continue to write (and dance, and take photos).
If you know me, you know that I hate having a bloated inventory.
I work pretty diligently to keep it around 30K items.
Once I get over that 30K mark, I will start sorting, boxing, and deleting.
Some things have sentimental value, like pics of friends that are no longer in SL, or items given to me by my loving husband.
I used to hate deleting things, which is crazy, because I am pretty ruthless when it comes to de-cluttering in RL. If you don’t use it, out it goes – usually to a charity so that someone else can get use out of it.
A year or so ago, I quit boxing up extra sizes of mesh items. I have no idea why I did this in the first place – I’m not going to suddenly change my avatar shape enough that I would need them. 😛
Now, when I buy something that comes with the standard sizes, I save the fitmesh (if there is one), I save two sizes (in case my boobs or butt poke through in one) and the rest get deleted.
I am guilty of saving fitmesh for bodies I don’t own, I confess. I’ve considered buying either the Slink body or the Belleza one, so I hang on to those items ‘just in case.’ 😀
I don’t own much system clothing anymore, except for costumes for dancing. Working out how to dance with a mesh body (which can be done) is sometimes tricky with layers, so I will often just opt for my system avatar when I dance.
I am currently sitting at around 35K in inventory, which is driving me bonkers. I need to sort and box up some stuff, which I hope to get around to sometime next week.
A lot of the bloat has come from blogging events. I know that many people think that bloggers only blog to get free stuff, but that’s far from true. Some do, of course, but not the majority.
I blogged for some events because I genuinely like the events and designers, not because I wanted free stuff. Free stuff was nice, of course, but not necessary for me.
I don’t generally buy fatpacks of anything (even shoes!). Mostly because I’m cheap. 😛 But also because I try to pick colors that will provide a variety of options, the same as I do in RL.
I don’t own 14 colors of the same sweater in RL, and the same is true in SL. So when I started blogging for a few events and I got fatpacks of everything, the inventory got overwhelming pretty quickly.
I understand why the designers do it that way – they have no idea what other items you’re going to blog, and giving you a variety of options means more chances that you’ll choose to include one of their items.
But I have no idea how fashion bloggers keep track of their massive inventories. Hats off to them, because I couldn’t do it. 😀
These days, I buy what I like (an in & out shopper, that’s me!) and I delete what I don’t want or need.
I do wish there was some sort of ‘Goodwill’ in SL for transfer items. I have plenty of quality items that I could get rid of, but no one to give them to. 😦
If I could just box them up and drop them off somewhere, so that someone would get some use out of them, that would be amazing!
Sure, I could sell them on MP, but that’s a lot of work for not much return. I don’t need L$ for them, I just hate to delete them if someone else could use them.
Oh, I know it would never work. Set up a ‘thrift shop,’ where people could drop items set for sale to $0L, restrict to avatars who are less than 30 days old. But then people would just make new avis, get all the stuff for free, and then sell it on MP for a profit.
This is an interesting post from Daria over at Mesh Body Addicts.
Some of the pics are NSFW, so be careful before you click over to the full post.
I have to say, as someone who has frequented many of these shopping events, I’ve become much more selective about where I shop.
I do sometimes get early access to events through my blogging group, which is fabulous, because the lag is generally pretty low.
My computer is fairly high-end, however, so I don’t experience many of the issues mentioned here.
I do agree with the issue of people who seem to get into an event and then just ‘park’ there. I’ve also often wondered why most events are ‘full’ at 35-40 avatars, when I’ve been to many shows where there are double that amount of people.
When I shop, I do try to be a polite shopper – I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, I don’t wear a lot of attachments (soo many people walking around with pets attached – very annoying), and I often don’t even wear my mesh body.
I confess, I don’t demo a lot of things. I can’t think of something I’ve bought that I couldn’t make work. I know there have probably been a couple of things, but it’s few and far between for me.
I look at the event catalogues (or on Seraphim) to see what I might want before I go to the event, so I can get in, buy, and leave.
If there’s nothing I really want, then I’ve saved myself a trip, a lot of hassle, and probably a lot of L$. 😛
I haven’t event tried to get into Collabor88 yet, and I’m still seeing notices all over that people can’t get in.
I’d much rather shop an event like Mix, where you get a HUD with LM’s to all the stores and you’re not fighting every fashionista in SL to get in.
The post is an interesting read – make sure you read through the comments as well. 🙂