A letter to Bloggers…
Dear fellow Fashion Bloggers [edit: sorry, REVIEWERS then],
Ladies (and a few gentlemen), we need to talk. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I’ve decided to express my concern to the few of you who will read this (It doesn’t have any pretty pretty pictures, so that means only about 5 of you will stop scrolling by it).
People, what is happening to us SL bloggers? We’ve gotten lazy. We’ve become uninspired. We’ve become *gasp* boring. I will admit I’m guilty of the same lately, but I was planning the Strawberry Fields Cafe opening, so what’s your excuse? What happened to actually reviewing fashion? Each day , several times a day, I eagerly open up the feeds in the (naive) hope that there will be something new released, or someone will be reviewing something I didn’t know about before. Instead, I see piles upon piles of freebies (which is good, if you’re a newbie [edit: or someone who doesn’t or can’t spend money in SL ]and need some free stuff, so keep on keeping on, freebie finders), posts announcing contests that are so far away that by the time they come around we’ll all have forgotten about them (except those that make the SAME post every single day, which is annoying, so STOP), or the same person announcing the same new release every 20 minutes.Every day there’s this blogger fighting with that blogger, or this designer stealing from another. PEACE, baby, peace. And Look of the Day…what is up with that? Yes, you’re stylish, and I even like looking at the credits to see if something catches my eye that I might not have, but can you seriously call yourself a blogger if you’re just posting pictures? And I’m not talking about anyone in particular here, ladies, so retract the claws. Also on that note, if you’re given a new release by a designer who expects you to say something nice about their product and then you just post pictures of it and give SLurls, why are you calling yourself a fashion reviewer? You’re not reviewing anything, you’re acting as a catalog!
Reviewers are supposed to give their opinions. I hate the phrase “let the pictures speak for themselves”. If I wanted to just see what it looked like on a picture, I would go to a store and look at the vendor! And for that matter, if I just wanted a list of SLurls, I could just stand around Armidi and right-click-inspect everyone (which I do anyway:P). If you’re calling yourself a fashion reviewer, I want to know your opinion! What do you think of the items that the designers are generously giving you for free? Regardless of what you might think, designers like to know whether people like their items or not. It’s just like in photography- I get a little thrill every time I see someone has commented on a photo I just uploaded. Everyone likes compliments, and you know, even designers want criticism. How are they going to get any better if people don’t give their opinions?
Now, I know I’m not going to make any friends with this post, but here’s what I propose- Let’s put some thought into our blogs. Let’s stop posting every 5 minutes unless we actually have something interesting to say. Let’s post more than just pictures of ourselves looking stylish. Let’s give the designers some feedback so that they might actually WANT to release new items. Let’s stop bitching and complaining about each other because, after all, we’re all in this together. Let’s all stop posting about the same thing (we get it, the Hair Fair is laggy and has lots of hair, who’d a thunk?). Let’s NOT post the same post once a day for a week. Let’s be original, thought-provoking, let’s be interesting.
It’s really not that hard. I know it will take some getting used to, not posting everytime you blow your nose, but use that extra time to maybe find something different to say, or explore some other places in SL you might not have seen. Look at flickr for some ideas. Read someone else’s blog. Go build something. Contribute! Come on people, let’s get back to actually reviewing fashion instead of just being amateur photographers.