Here We Go: The Next Berry Challenge

As always, please send your filled out challenges to Berry’s blog. She created them, not me!
  1. How long have you been blogging or vlogging about Second Life?
In the beginning this was more or less a SL Sailing blog.

Since 2011 on my own blog’s first address, since 2015 on this WordPress blog. Before I started my own blog I wrote a handful articles for the official SL Sailing website as curated by Jane Fossett. That was in 2009 I guess. When the infamous MarkTwain White (emperor of Blake Sea) fired Jane, my “job” was gone as well. But I had so much to do with managing the Triumphal Yacht Club TrYC then, I didn’t even think about starting a blog at first.

2. Why did you start blogging or vlogging?

It’s a thing for journalism I always had. I was also a press photographer, writer of stories and a failed novelist in RL long before I started my SL blog. In German, mind you. I’d never dare writing any complex prose in English because I’m stuck on beginner level.

3. How many times a week/month do you post?

LOL, good question … for people who don’t love blogging. I usually post 1 to 8 times a DAY, not week. The style of my posts changes constantly, from simple shower thoughts to the most elaborate pieces with 20 photos and lots of text. Am I a maniac bloggerista? Mayyyyybe …

4. Do you keep track of how many hits or subscribers you have?

Nope. Couldn’t care less. This is my personal diary, read at your own peril. =^.^=

5. Which electronic devices do you use to blog/vlog with?

My Acer POS blogging in a hotel.

Whichever of my four computers is available. Mostly on my main “production” machine, a i5-4690 I assembled myself, running on Manjaro Linux. I only have a cellphone for when we travel, I’d never use that thing to blog. On travels I use a badbad (as in “DON’T BUY!”) Acer 11.6″ netbook, that also runs on Linux. It’s good enough for sending some blogposts tho.

6. Do you monetize your blog or vlogs? If so, do you mind sharing how much you make approximately? (You don’t have to answer the second question)

Orca doesn’t like pressure.

Oh I would soooo monetize my bloggy … if I wouldn’t be so fukn lazy and actually give a fuk about that crap. I guess monetizing your blog, or anything you do, will compromise your effort, restrict you and force you to self-censor. Thanks but no thanks!

7. What has Second life blogging or vlogging taught you?

Nothing! I’m “learning resistant”. 😉

8. Do you feel like Second Life blogging or vlogging takes away from your real life?

Nope. This blog is … not even a hobby. I blog when I have time and feel like it or when I was kissed by the muse. Fortunately I have time to spare. But I never put pressure on myself by setting myself any deadlines n stuff. If I find anything more worthwile to do in RL, I do that then. Fortunately I have this built-in desire to journal and make photos and write about everything, so the blog will never fall by the wayside. It’s just that the content will be more RL in that time.

9. Do you have a mission statement for your blog or vlog, if so, what is it?

Yes, indeed I do! I so got a mission statement! I guess every blogger should have one before even starting to scribble their first posts. Here is mine, as I stated in my first post:

Orca ca 2011, always angry, bruised and fighting.

Voicing my own opinion.
Staying fairly unbalanced.
Maybe even attack people personally.
Being honest.
Being vigilante.

Yes, I was far more aggressive back then and I had some enemies to kill with my words. Nowadays I’m almost ashamed of myself and my soft mellowness. I find it weak and boring, prefered my thunderhead self from the old times.

10. Share your top 3 tips for new bloggers/vloggers.

Berry herself wrote: “Be true to yourself, share the content you want to share regardless of what anyone else says, and don’t do it if you don’t love it and enjoy it!”

I can wholeheartedly agree with Berry’s answer here. In life, and particularly Second Life we’re all wearing a mask anyway, playing our own characters. Why invent yet another fake character for your blog? The readers will notice that it’s not the real you who writes that blog. So I can say with some sense of pride, the Orca who blogs is the same Orca who plays in SL and lives in RL. And that Orca always does what she wants to do and what she feels is right and just. Don’t like it? Too bad, sorry to see you leave, but it’s probably for the best. =^.^=

When you have honest friends: Do what to my what???

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