Greetings, Chroniclers of the Fairelands!
Here will be all the important info you’ll need to blog Fantasy Faire well and thoroughly.
THE NEWS OF THE DAY! Updated April 21, 2022
Blogger Room is open! The landmark/slurl is in Backstage group notices, Blogger Info Station notecard and pinned in #bloggers channel in Backstage Discord.
When you visit it, do not buy any boxes. The boxes that can be bought are empty, and meant for merchants to fill.
When you see a box that has a vendor ad or other not-like-others picture on it, just click it to receive the review copy.
Once you’ve made a post/picture about Faire, please report it. The link to the form can be found in the notecards sent by Blogger Info Station, pinned in #bloggers channel at Backstage Discord, or can be acquired by just IMing Sonya Marmurek.
DISCORD #BLOGPOSTS CHANNELS
There’s #blogposts channels in both the public and private servers, public one of course having a bigger audience. If your name is turquoise, you’re tagged as a blogger and can add LINKS to your posts/pictures in those. Please just add a link, no comments or rambling. The idea is that they form sort of pseudo blog feed, scrollable post after post. Discord is not obligatory, so ignore this if you’re not there.
This is a good moment to double-check that if you use Discord and are in Backstage server that your name is in turquoise and you can see #bloggers channel. If not, contact Sonya Marmurek so I’ll tag you accordingly.
The public Fantasy Faire Fans: https://discord.gg/cxN5NEzBe5
The private Fantasy Faire Backstage can be found in any of the notecards I’ve sent you. If you’ve lost all, just IM Sonya Marmurek.
If your Discord name is not your SL name, consider changing it to such just for those servers with nickname.
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The event dates are April 21 – May 8, 2022.
The official blog: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/
The flickr group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/fantasyfairesl/
The Press Release with poster & banners:
You need to be in * * Fantasy Faire Backstage* * group. If you aren’t yet in and you’re accepted, there’s an invite coming your way at the same time as the acceptance IM. If you didn’t get it, please IM Sonya Marmurek for another. Invites are super broken lately, so it might be possible we need to be both online at the same time for the joining to succeed. Don’t panic, we’ll get there eventually!
BLOGGER MAIL AKA NOTECARD DELIVERY
I’m sure most of you are familiar with this: I send notecards to Faire bloggers with a sort of mail subscribo kind of system. That way my rambles don’t spam the Backstage notices and drown out stuff like Quest Prizes Setup or whatnot other important merchant info. If you have auto-accept on, it’s possible that the notecard just appears in your inventory and you never notice, or — as all things in SL do at some point — it glitches and fails. This is why we are more and more moving to Discord.
Fantasy Faire is now available also on Discord. The public Fantasy Faire Fans channel for chatterage is at https://discord.gg/cxN5NEzBe5 — but there is also a Backstage one. Since that is not a public channel, the invite to that can be found in the notecard you received when you were accepted. There’s #bloggers channel in the Backstage for you to chat with each other and for me to pin important information in, and #blogposts channels for you to add links to your Faire posts to, as well. Those proved to be quite nice pseudo blog feeds last year!
There will be an early access for bloggers on April 20th, a day before the Faire opens. More information about this through group notice and Discord.
EARLIER THAN EARLY ACCESS
Every year there are some bloggers who try to get into the Fairelands before they’re allowed to. The only reason this is possible is because we have always wanted to let the bloggers stay with the merchant group for easy communication and the shared experience of being Fairelanders together. If I keep catching people who think that the rules do not apply to them, I might have to separate bloggers into their own group to enforce the rule that has been based on everyone’s honor and word until now. So please, please be patient and do not even try to get into the Fairelands until you are allowed to. The Fairelands are not ready to be visited or photographed until the official early access, and any extra people going around is distracting the world builders and organizers. In addition, it would be incredibly unfair toward the people who do follow the rules.
Please remember that you should not post any pictures taken in/of the Fairelands until the Faire is open. This means the pictures you will take in the regions themselves during the early access. The Fairelands are a huge secret until opening, and there should not be any leaked spoilers. Review copy posts are perfectly fine, as long as those early ones are not taken in the Fairelands.
The merchants are not obligated to give out review copies, but they can if they wish. The review copies will be set in a blogger room and the whitelisted bloggers can simply click what they want to receive it.
IF YOU CHOSE JUST THE EARLY ACCESS
In the application there was an option to state that you want just an early access, no review copies, and you’d buy what you want from the Faire. If you picked this option, you indeed do not have access to the review copies and therefore of course there’s no obligation to use any of them. However, that means that I expect blog posts about the Faire instead, and more than just your own looks taken within the Fairelands. Since you got early access without any product-usage ties, you should make posts about the event itself. Whether it’s a guided picture tour through the Fairelands, a Literary Festival report, a quest walkthrough, a story of taking part in a roleplay within the Fairelands, even a late night party report from one of the DJed parties, or maybe a bit of journalism about Lindens in a cage… that part is up to you. But do your best to blog about the Faire, the Fairelands, and the events within.
IF YOU CHOSE REVIEW COPIES, PART ONE
In the application you could state that your computer cannot handle the Fairelands enough to do high quality photographing there, or that your personal blogging style is focused on making looks. If you picked that option, you have access to the review copies, and I am expecting you will make good use of them. I do not want to see modern looks where you have used nail polish that is sold at the Faire masquerading as a Faire blog post. Make actual fantasy looks where majority of the look is from the Faire review copies. Use furniture and landscaping offered as review copies to make a setting in your home studio to take pictures in. Remember to report the posts you make so the merchants can see they’ve been blogged. I am also warmly recommending taking region pictures in the early access if you can take good quality pictures then, at least. Then you can sneak those in a post with a fantasy look, set it as your character’s home land or some such. If you like to visit events, or for example go to the dance parties, it would be a brilliant combination to make a fantasy party look with some review copies, take high quality pictures of that, go party and have fun, and write about that party when you post the look. There’s plenty of ways to combine the Fairelands and the events to your blogging even if your computer cannot handle the Fairelands at high settings once it’s open.
IF YOU CHOSE REVIEW COPIES, PART TWO
If you chose the ‘Both!’ option in the application, you will have access to the review copies and I’m expecting fantasy characters adventuring in the Fairelands as the resulting pictures. All the ideas and suggestions described in the two paragraphs above work for you too, of course. Since you get review copies, I’m expecting you make good use of them and to report your posts so the merchants can see they were blogged (link updated later). Since your computer and blogging style works with Fairelands photography, I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of your characters in the Fairelands. Feel absolutely free to do event blogging as well, Fantasy Faire is an event with events, after all.
Just like the previous years, our shopping guide has straight booth slurls to all the stores in the Faire. You can find them here. If you make early review copy posts before the Faire is open, you can link to the website instead of Fairelands and update the correct slurls later.
EVENT POSTER & IMAGES
The official event poster and banner are available on the Press Release page. Feel free to use the images in your blog posts, but please keep the image ratio intact. However, please note that you are not allowed to upload them to Flickr as is, because that implies that you created the image, which of course isn’t true. Flickr is not a blogging platform, it is an image-sharing platform, so its inherent rules are different. If you want to celebrate the Faire coming soon with a Flickr picture, rather take a picture of yourself with the in-world poster or the Faire Emblem and upload that. The in-world promotional materials are available in the group notices of Fantasy Faire Backstage.
Fantasy Faire flickr group is only for Faire-related pictures: not for general fantasy-pictures. Pictures taken in or of the Fairelands (the regions) are always welcome. Pictures that have just some items from the current Faire are welcome only when it’s still relevant, aka before or during that particular Faire. If you like to add your pictures to zillion groups and think you might make accidental mistakes, feel free to leave the group for most of the year, and join back in when it’s Faire Season!
Faire’s flickr group is NOT opted out for most of the year to discourage spamming, but for the duration of the Faire I will set it opted out, so it won’t count toward the group limits. Most of the year it absolutely will. The group will be set opted out about a week before the Faire, and will remain so for Faire’s duration and about a week more.
BLOGGING THE FAIRE
How do I blog the Faire?
With love and inspiration! Whether you make fantasy looks out of review copies and visit the Fairelands to take pictures there or you want to focus on the lands themselves and the events, not the avatars and items, it all works out! If you are not sure how to approach Faire blogging, the blogger challenges are an excellent start!
What if my computer can’t handle the Fairelands with good graphics?
I hope you took a lot of landscape pictures during the early access, you could use them as character-building inspiration and a tie-in later. That way you can use a studio-look and a landscape picture in one post, bringing that touch of the Fairelands into the post. (But by the Bard Queen, don’t morph the two together as a picture unless you reaally know what you’re doing.) If your computer can handle it, I always always prefer character pictures taken in the Fairelands, but I know it’s not always possible, so that’s a good compromise. Another option would be to visit the Faireland events in low graphics, have a good time, maybe join a roleplay session, see a dance performance, become inspired and then make a character look with review copies in your studio based on that. Cover the bridge by writing about the events and the Fairelands, even if you weren’t able to take pictures. I always favor, approve and encourage writing.
You said something about challenges?
The challenges are not obligatory, they are my way to show different ways to blog the Faire. If you are not familiar with blogging more than review copy items, they are the ideal and easy-guided way to blog the Faire. Most of them can be done anew every year, too!
What about those events?
Fantasy Faire has Literary Festival, roleplay groups active in the Fairelands, DJed parties, dance, music and particle performances, tabletop gaming, jail & bails and of course the immersive HUD-based Quest. Take your pick based on your interests and go have fun, and see if you can turn the fun into a post, too!
Do I have to blog about Relay For Life?
It’s not obligatory. If you don’t have any personal ties to the charity, and want to focus on the review copies or fantasy exploration or any other facet of the Faire, you absolutely can. However, if you do want to blog about RFL, please do so.
How many times do I have to blog the Faire? How many review copy items do I have to showcase?
Up to you. I do naturally expect that you blog the Faire, and that you blog it to the best of your abilities. That’s what you signed up to do, after all. I am hoping you will blog the Faire several times, but how often and in which way is up to you. What I really really hope is that you’ll visit the Fairelands, become inspired, have fun in there, and blog with that spirit and enjoyment.
What about blogging furniture and landscaping?
Furniture and landscaping blogging can naturally be done wherever you normally do that, for example your own studio. No need to set up a living room in the Fairelands, in fact, please don’t. The world builders might toss the whole set back at you and aim at your head. You can rez props in the Fairelands for pictures, but please pick them up immediately after.
Review copy usage (aka just-a-detail doesn’t count)
Please use common sense with blogging. Surely it’s easy to realize that a blog post or a picture where you use eyes or nails or a tiny earring that is being sold at the Faire while the rest of the picture or post has absolutely nothing to do with the Faire does not really count. You do not have to use review copies that you do not like, but if you don’t like anything, then I’m expecting pictures and blog posts from the Fairelands, or the events within, or Relay For Life to balance that.
PS. If you need to withdraw from blogging the event, please let me know. RL happens, it’s alright. Also if you have any blogging related questions, I’m the person to contact either in-world, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.