Greetings, Chroniclers and Heralds 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!
The review copy blogger room is open! Merchants are setting up depending on when they are ready, so keep checking back daily. The blogger room is in Ode, and you can visit it right here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ode/122/115/2531
After you have blogged Fantasy Faire, please let me know by using this newfangled post-reporting form: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/post-reporting-form/
Fantasy Faire Flickr is now set to opt out. It won’t count toward the group-limit you add your pictures to. I will switch it back off about a week after the Faire closes, but until then it stays firmly opted out.
***If you have read this page before, everything below this line is old news. If you haven’t, please read it: things have changed slightly!***
The event dates are April 23rd – May 10th, 2020.
The official blog: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/
The flickr group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/fantasyfairesl/
Blogger Info: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/blogger-info-2020/
The Press Release with poster & banner: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/press-release-2020/
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.
There will be an early access for bloggers on April 22nd, a day before the Faire opens. More information about this through group notices or my blogger mailing system, which will send you a notecard.
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 this year. After so many years of testing various scripted systems, we have finally decided that SL will always find ways to make things glitch, and it’s best to go as simple as possible. The blogger room is in Ode, and you can visit it right here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ode/122/115/2531 — keep visiting at least daily, since merchants are still setting up.
Just like the previous years, our shopping guide has straight booth slurls to all the stores in the Faire. https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/shopping-2020/
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 will be sent in 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. Note: it is set opted out now.
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.) 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, 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.