Learning and Sharing as a Blogger

Since we launched the Blogger & Vlogger Network the importance of collaboration, networking and support within the blogging community has never been more clear to me. Yesterday we had Strawberry Singh come along and do a live presentation on the importance of social media and a couple of things struck me while listening to her….

Secret Garden

Yesterday was the first real Spring day in the UK where there was heat in the breeze as well as the sun in the sky. I saw my first bumble bee buzzing around too so it must have been warm! There’s something about the sun and warmth of Spring that lifts the spirit and makes…

Running Up The Hill

Being a blogger can sometimes feel like pushing treacle up a hill. No, this isn’t going to be a blog post about a blogger bitching about how hard done by they are. It’s an awesome job and I’m extremely privileged to be able to share my blog with you.  When I first started blogging I…

In a League of its Own

I’m putting together a DJ set for later today right now and I’m being hampered by a song that totally doesn’t fit the set but won’t get the hell out of my head. It’s Corinne Bailey Rae’s ‘Put Your Records On’ .  It’s a pretty ‘feel good’ tune and maybe that’s why it’s stuck in…

Let the Music Play… What do you like to Hear?

I was chatting with my friend Sady the other day about the music I play at my DJ sets and it got me thinking about how to get the right balance for the audience at my sets. This isn’t about what genre of music you play, though for the record, my preference is for alternative…

Carpe Diem

I’m taking part in something that got started in a Plurk conversation over the weekend by Sophia Harlow and Blogtober was born! I really had a slack week blogging last week due to numerous other SL work commitments but generally the idea is that I will blog every day from now until the end of…

All Around Me are Familiar Faces

My sister and I are like chalk and cheese. There is a 7, almost 8, year age gap between us and the circumstances we were brought up in were very different. My parents were stricter with me and financially they were struggling which is part of why they waited 7 years before having another child….

If You Think You Can, or You Think You Can’t, You’re Right

Henry Ford’s phrase “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you‘re right.” has been at the top of my mind this morning as I watch the overnight news from the Rio Paralympics. Dame Sarah Storey becomes the first female British paralympian to win 12 gold medals as…

Let the Shadows Fall Behind You

I admit to being a bit of an ‘ostrich’ and burying my head in the sand especially when it comes to real life issues but it can also be true when dealing with uncomfortable situations in Second Life too.  I can be prone to procrastination on real life tasks etc mainly because there is much…

One Day My Prince Will Come

The phrase ‘you gotta kiss a lot of frogs’ before you find the prince never much appealed to me in real life let alone in SL. In SL you’re expected to go a lot further than kissing before your prince will reveal himself and that doesn’t much appeal to me either.  I’m not judging. If…

Look for the Bare Necessities

Everyone’s a critic! I’ve noticed it a lot this week in Second Life particularly. Now, I believe constructive criticism is important. To self-critique ourselves and our work is vital if we want to improve either as people or to create better products or services. But there is a chasm of difference between feedback and just…