Blogging A Tattered Page was a challenging task to even consider when we began planning how to handle this aspect of the event. It was felt rather strongly that if the creators are reading the book for the event it really was not too much to ask the bloggers to do the same. After all, this event is about books and our shared love for the books and we wanted the blogging to reflect that.
This also meant that the requirements and the emphasis for selecting bloggers should be strongly on writing and creating stories. We knew that items themselves would be highlighted by any blogger who takes a liking to them, but we wanted the official blogging of the event to truly focus on writing, on stories, on the book.
The results so far have been astonishing. I feel we did the right call in focusing on the imagination and inspiration brought forth in both writing and pictures. I always admit my personal bias toward storytellers and this event made me very happy for allowing me to fully encourage them, to forget fashion shoots for a moment and just enjoy the process of turning a story into pictures and words.
I also wish that seeing more of this type of blogging will encourage others to try it out, too. Others who might like it, but have been hesitant because they thought it’s not an approved format. There is no one strict model of right and correct SL blogging. There simply isn’t. Different events require different approaches though, and not all blogging styles fit all the events, or creator-styles. However, I would always suggest that every blogger does what feels the best to them: it is your hobby, your labor of love, a work of creativity. Your style and approach will not fit all the events ever, but that is alright. We should not blog to fit into others’s approaches, we should blog because we enjoy the process.
I repeat what I said in the notecard that I sent to ATP bloggers: I know SL bloggers are generally seen as pretty picture takers, but I believe we can be much more. I trust all of you to be much more. I know all of us take beautiful photos, but I challenge all of you to find the words to match them. Don’t be afraid to write, never be afraid to write: it’s a true pleasure of its own, shaping emotions and ponderings into words one by one until they reflect fully what you feel, become a shared and expressed thought, for what else are our thoughts but feelings given shape in words?
Thank you, and keep on writing!
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