I’ve never fallen from quite this high
Falling into Your ocean eyes
Those ocean eyes…
Nothing like being away for a short while to make you want a *true* vacation. Lol.
Lately, it seems bloggers are being debated again. There is this idea that permeates a lot of peoples’ thinking that blogging is a ‘job’… and that we are paid, as bloggers. I cannot claim to speak for anyone but myself on this particular topic, however, I will give my personal opinions here – since this is my space to do that.
Though I’m going to address them in reverse…
The second notion that I keep hearing a lot is that bloggers are ‘paid’, because we are given free products to blog. My personal stance has always been… no… that is not ‘payment’. That is a tool with which to do the ‘job’ that you feel I have. If the job is ‘promote this thing for me’ and yet the thing is not given, to be promoted, then what separates a blogger from a customer? Why keep a team of bloggers? No, the item to be promoted is the tool with which we can do our ‘job’, and is in no way, shape, or form a payment of any kind.
Does that mean I’m ungrateful for the products I am given to blog? Absolutely not! Even though I am rarely a ‘review’ blogger, in that I don’t often write specifically about products I’m wearing within these posts, I do still denote products that were given to me with a “*”, as opposed to those that I bought myself. I am incredibly grateful to those designers who entrust me with their designs – however, none of these designers ‘pay’ me.
We are there on a volunteer basis. We have ‘volunteered’ ourselves to follow a contract of sorts – in that there are expectations set before us, but it is not a matter of, “You do this job, you get paid.” We’re all volunteers here, and can be let go – or, conversely, can choose to leave – at any time.
Now that I’ve addressed the ‘payment’ situation, I think my opinion on whether or not this is a ‘job’ will make more sense.
If I’m not getting paid, sorry… it’s not a job. Lol. There are other things I could be devoting my time to in SL that would actually make me lindens that I can cash out into RL money to do RL things with. Instead, I spend a lot of my spare time blogging. And you know why?
It’s my HOBBY. It’s something fun that I do. And if there are Designers who happen to enjoy what I do with their products enough to trust me with them in the future, then wonderful! My hobby and my fun can benefit both of us – however, ultimately, this is *my* hobby.
Perhaps this is why I’m not terribly bothered when someone brings me into their blogger team, demands that I change xyz about my particular blogging style – which has been more or less the same for years – and then boots me when I don’t change for them. I won’t apologize for their lack of paying attention to the style with which I blog, and I won’t change my HOBBY for anyone but myself.
This is what I do for fun. Hell, SL is what I do for fun, and blogging is what I do for fun WITHIN SL.
There are too many RL sources of stress for me to turn SL into a source of stress too. So for me, this is not a job. I’m not paid for it. This is just something fun I do, and I enjoy working with Designers in order to continue to do it. That’s all. ♥
Shape || Mine
Body || Freya Body (v5.0) | Belleza
Skin || Lisa Skin (Sun Tan Tone) | Studio Exposure
* Hair || Livia Hair (Multitone 1) | Truth Hair | Uber | new!
* Dress || Tiviyah Knotted Dress | Cynful | Mesh Body Addicts Fair | new!
– So I was out of town when this item was added to Cynful’s Blogotex, and I didn’t even notice until I was looking for something to blog tonight that this was there, and it was named for me! Tysm to the Cynful team for continuing to entrust me with your designs, and for this awesome surprise when I came home! ♥
Shape || His
Body || Jake Body | Belleza
Skin || The Man Skin (Sandy Tone) | L’Etre
Hair || Bruno (Brown) | VoltHair
Shirt || Reece Henley Shirt | Cold Ash
Shoes || Jammer Sneakers | Kokoia
Watch || ReVox MCX Watch | RealEvil Industries
Pose || I’m Into You Pose 1 | K&S
Location || Baja Norte
Blogging Tune || “Ocean Eyes” – Billie Eilish