There was a plurk today on my timeline about how we would feel if a creator would stop handing out review copies, with the idea of… “If you really like my stuff and want to blog it, you will buy it, too.” (There is more to it, but with the many requests of often totally unknown to them bloggers, that is somewhat the mind set).
My first thought was: Of course! After all, I am not normally asking for stuff to blog anyway. But then I started to think… and count… and add things up… and now I am all: “Please do not stop giving out review copies!!!! I wouldn’t be able to do my blog the way I have been doing it for the past 4.5 years if they did!”
I’ll break it down for you:
Nowadays my inventory is pretty much stable at 60k items. That is because I delete and box up a lot these days. It’s quite an educated guess that, if I still had kept everything in folders over the past 4.5 years, my inventory would be over 300k items easily.
Items going from (for example) some freebies and 10L$ uploads, to 150-300L$ hair (like ALL Truth hair from the very first he made, mostly fatpacks), clothing with an average value of 200 L$ per set (yes, cheapies for 50 L$, but also a lot of outfits for around 800L$) a 20L$ decoration for a skybox as well as a lot of skyboxes and houses up to as much as 7k per build and of course skins. My addiction. With an average worth of say 750 L$ per skin and fatpacks of 2 – 7k L$’ worth. Items of which, when you buy them, you will say.. oh well.. in RL it’s only a few dollars… But sjeesh… does it add up!
Let’s say that every “piece” in my inventory actually consists of 10 items contributing towards the inventory count (mesh, prims and even landmarks and notecards which I don’t keep often). With an average of 130k pieces in my inventory and an also average worth of 50L$ ($ 0.20) per piece that would be 130,000/10*50 = 650,000L$ (or 2,600 USD)!!!! That’s quite the hobby and then I am not even mentioning the time investment, the cost of my computer (I’m on my 3rd laptop since I first rezzed in SL), electricity, broadband internet connection and webhosting.
Now I’m lucky enough to have established solid relationships with many creators over the past years. And yet I am still so very grateful when they decide to share their work with me. Yes, I have bought a lot of the stuff in my inventory… but I could only do that because on the other hand, those creators would make it easy on me by dropping their creations on me, so I didn’t have the dilemma of what to buy. I could buy that house…because X was so sweet to send me their latest skins.
But if they all should decide that.. “if you really want to blog it, you might as well buy it.” Then I think I’d follow fairly quickly with “ If I can’t afford it, I won’t blog it” and out the door goes my (and I think many other) blogs.
So.. dear creators: Please don’t stop supporting/appreciating your favorite bloggers by sharing your work and please bloggers.. think twice before you go for free stuff! Asking a creator for a fatpack of skins (or whatever), and then just use it once in a far away picture showcasing some awesome pair of shoes (or whatever it is you blog most) is NOT the way to go.
Then what is? If you find a brand which you would want to feature…. try buying some! Then make it look really awesome on your blog. You could even let the creator know you admire them and have blogged them… once…. twice… and maybe, if they like you as much as you like them, next time they send out their work to the bloggers they like… you’ll be on their list, too!
/end philosophical mood
LOL… this is going to be a long one.. because Sasy posted this in the comments… and I think it’s just too good to just leave it there, so I asked her if I could add it to my post and she said yes!
You beat me to it, and really well too
As many older bloggers know, it is often the stuff that we buy that doesn’t get blogged as quickly as the stuff we are sent, because of a sense of obligation – whether the designer puts that on us or not, the stuff given should most of the time come first.
Mel recently added up that if Whimsy and I rezzed our inventories, we would need upwards of 17 full sims to do so….that is a lot, but we have in my belief and I believe of all serious bloggers EARNED those items.
I am so tired of seeing ‘they just want free stuff’ no, you are wrong, because free stuff we wouldn’t have to wait for, or ask for…it is everywhere nowadays. What we want is to show our readers that your work is as good as you are supposed to believe it is too, and sometimes show the designer how incredible they are also, because often that is a doubt they should never have.
Vendor ads are limiting, and yes nowadays many designers are incredible photographers, I even discussed with a designer recently that they need to leave bloggers something to do lol…the concept has in the past been that we show the blogosphere what you may not be able to with one prim.
I also often see designers complaining about the vendor pic taking process, how much they hate it, how tedious it is. Yet somehow a blogger taking more than one or two pics, on location or studios, with accessories, hair, skins, doing some post process work maybe, adding it to flickr, or photobucket, uploading it to their blog, adding some words, doing the credits for everything and making sure it reaches as many people as it can through feeds and what not IS LESS WORK ? um no, and seeing as so many designers don’t even have a blog, bloggers are the only ones spreading the word further than in world.
So yeah, don’t stop sharing that release with some bloggers you think may do your store some justice, because even if everyone of them has two readers buy from you, that is a win already, and we know the power of blogging, we have all seen stores rise from nowhere due to some blogger finding them and others taking the baton and running with it.
p.s also if you are going to complain about bloggers and blogging please have enough respect for the people that work their asses off to not do it in front of them.
sorry Grazia, I was going to do a post too, I hijacked yours.
Other need to knows: Skin Gaia by PXL Creations (thank you Hart for your enduring support!), teeth by AtomicBambi (it’s so nice we’ve met. You’re a sweetheart!) Glasses by Artilleri (go buy Antie’s stuff… she’s one of the GOOD people!) Helmet by Deco (I don’t know the creator.. but gosh… they have CUTE stuff!) and butterflies by Cheerno (always good for a little touch of edge to your outfit!) and tattoo is from Para designs, one of my favorite ink shops!