Engage In The World Around You

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The other day a friend of mine asked me what inspires me while working. Such a loaded questions if you ask me. After all, what does inspire a person? Is it the world around them? A theme of an event? Music? Movies? Popular culture? Perhaps even cultures past. Which ever thing out there that inspires you, hold on to it…explore it to all corners of that ‘world’ that is possible.

When you figure out what inspires you, you can then move on to what engages you and your business into the world around it. Some questions you may want to ask yourself:

  1. What inspires you?
  2. What engages your business into the world around it?
  3. What stands in place for inclusion for you and your business?
  4. What about commerce?

I wrote a post about this on my store blog, it holds my answers towards engaging, inclusion, and commerce.

Engagement:

How do you see yourself and your business engaging in the world around it? What is your goal for your business? Is there a community out there that would be better fitting for your business to engage in? Is there a way for you to be able to place yourself within this world? Have you ever thought about engaging in simple talks with people of these communities where you could see yourself engaging?

There is also the idea of engaging to work with another creator, I have had the pleasure to work with a few other creators out there and found I enjoyed the engagement we carried throughout the project and even after the project has been completed.

I, personally, feel that engagement is a very important factor within the world of Second Life. After all, it is a world that is very focused around social interaction to one degree or another.

Inclusion:

the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.

Inclusion greatly ties into the engagement factor of business, but it is still within its own section. How do you and your business included out there in the Second Life business world? What do you do to find yourself included in many things? This is a rather hard thing to place within a digital world, but it is doable.

One of the more common ways is actually all degrees of social media. Social media is a large portion of how information is transferred within the Second Life world. I personally find a lot of my information out through Plurk or Flickr; although, there is still a lot of other forms of social media for being able to remain included in this world. It is a matter of finding what fits for -you-.

Commerce:

 an interchange of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale between different countries (foreign commerce) or between different parts of the same country (domestic commerce) trade; business.

Within Second Life we lean more towards the direction of Domestic Commerce, since by all technicality Second Life is the same country. Or simply, the same world. Have you ever thought about how your business plays into the commerce of our world? How could you become a part of SL commerce? What steps could you, personally, take to find yourself in a better position to have a better foot hold in the world of SL commerce?

One of the things I have had to do, and still do at times, is sometimes I do in fact have to put a little bit of USD into SL to obtain Lindens; however, over time I have been able to take Lindens and transfer them into USD. While it has taken time, more than I would have liked, I have actually been able to make back majority of the money I have put into Second Life.

I have found commerce to be one of the more difficult factors to find a foothold, while I have found something that works for me, it may not work for everyone.

Inspire:

Finally, your inspiration.

Did you know taking something you view as a hobby and turning it into your job can ruin the enjoyment that you, yourself, once held love within? One of the questions you could ask yourself…do you use your inspiration for yourself or for what you think customers will purchase? If you do, this -could- be a fault in your business plan. If you do not truly love the object you are making it is a slim chance that it will sell or perhaps even your business will not get far. Remember, this is not an every time case, but is quite a popular belief among many out there.

Other things you may want to wonder or ponder on…

  • Are you over extended from one source of inspiration? Such as, are you over doing it from -one- thing?
  • Are your source of inspiration all over the place? Being scattered could hinder your creativity on a single project; however, it could be good for your brand on a whole.
  • Is your inspiration something that speaks to you deep inside or are you drawing inspiration from the popular factors of the world around us? Or perhaps both?

Not all of this is a set in stone formula, but perhaps it might help you figure out where you and your business might be struggling. Perhaps not. Sometimes it helps for us to sit back and review these things, more so if it has been quite a while since you last thought about it.

Again…there is so much more information to be shared

❤ Nadia

Previous Posts:
https://thechangelingsaga.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/what-makes-your-brand-you/


CREDITS:

Avatar:

  • Slink AvEnhance Feet Female Mid
  • Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual
  • Exile::Rain or Shine: 9. Extremes
  • .::WoW Skins::. Foxy Darktan Nat (unpacked)
  • :Moon Amore: Helena Dress (Mint)
  • *{Junbug}* Valkyrie Sandals in Light Leather
  • *pm* Fruhlingszeit Eyes – Collector Pack
  • [The Forge] Boadicea’s Headpiece RARE
  • *{Junbug}* Northern Pride necklace Gold Black

Background:

  • Frogstar – Midnight Pond
  • capriccio – Komorebi Ver3.0  [mesh] 02star
  • *alirium* hazy butterfly [L]
  • 3D Trees – willow with roots
  • HPMD* Sweet Garden Grass02 – green

 

What makes your brand you?

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In the world of business, be it real life or within the world of Second Life, having your brand figured out for yourself is a large step. Without a successful brand you will end up floundering to remain afloat in this wild world. Some of you may be asking yourself ‘what is a brand?’ This can easily be answered…

A brand is defined as a name, term, sign, symbol or design, or a combination of them intended to identify the goods and services of business and to differentiate them from those of another.

Still not quite clear? Think of McDonalds, Apple, Nike, FedEx, and so much more. I’m sure a lot of you could come up with a lot of others…those are brands. A brand defines you as you, defines your business as your own. It stands you out from the crowd of others. There are a lot of brands in Second Life that a lot of us could name without a single bat of our lashes and a lot of others would know the store right off the top of their heads. This is branding.

Why is branding important? Without branding you blend into the crowd and this would not allow you to succeed.

A successful brand will achieve these objectives:

  • Articulate your message distinctly.
  • Demonstrate your credibility.
  • Emotionally connect to your target.
  • Inspire the buyer.
  • Solidify loyalty.

As you can see, branding is not all about your company…but how the outside world perceives you and your company. Ask yourself, how do people react to your business within SL? Is it a good or a bad reaction? Why?

How do your want to represent yourself and your business? What is -your- story and how does your brand reflect that? Having your brand be a part of yourself, of your history…of your story will help it achieve a higher level of success as it holds a connection to you in some way. After all, the things we hold closest to us, the things that are a part of our stories, we look after best.

Once you are able to establish the base of your brand you will be able to expand and toy with the ideas of your logo, your colors, your fonts, and even your communication style with your customers. While some people use names for their brands that are close to home, others are a bit more vague…like myself.  My store’s name is {Rook} Poses, or simply {Rook}. Some of you may know of it, some may not. When I sat down to name my store it took a long while to settle on a name that could be catching and held a meaning to myself.

Rook:

  1. a common Old World gregarious crow
  2. either of two pieces of each color in a set of chessmen having the power to move along the ranks or files across any number of unoccupied squares

First and foremost, the rook is one of my favorite birds and second I adore playing chess and the Rook is my favored piece on the board. When I first started out I used an image of a rook flying, a lot of people where confused and after a lot of deliberation I changed my logo to the chess piece and now people are coming to recognize and remember my logo…my brand. While the first time around may not always be the best choice, there is always a chance to change things to better suit your needs…your brand, everything.

Sometimes it is indeed a good idea to check with a few others, people you trust, to look over your branding information to see if it all flows well together. Is it a cohesive unit? Is there a flow? Does it all make sense? Does the brand name go well with the image?

Remember…brainstorm your colors, themes, senses, textures, words, quotes, and what could be first impressions of your business?

I’ll be writing more on this here in the next few days…I know a lot of people that are waiting to follow up on all of this information, so yes, I am starting from the base up. While some of the people I know who what this information are well past this state of setting up…it does help to rehash and rethink…for me it helped find a foothold in my store again.


Nadia

PS: None of this could be possible without a class I took through my college, giving me the chance to meet my instructor and have the chance to meet with her in second life. So, Zinnia Zauber, thank you…


Furniture and Props:

  • {C} Fairytale Mirror- Loyal
  • Frogstar – Little Black Dress(er) – ROMP
  • Frogstar – Hooty McOwlface Tote (Green) – 100 Block
  • Frogstar Box
  • *paper moon* bag
  • .Flutter. ~ Cursed Witch Snuggie Pillow
  • Frogstar – Bunny Boy Chair (Sea Green)
  • Frogstar – Stars Garland (Sour Lolly)
  • Paper Rabbit – Polkie Unicorn – Antique RARE
  • Frogstar – Mini Apothecary Chest (Blue)
  • Little Llama – Fluffy Unicorn Plush

Avatar:

  • .::WoW Skins::. Olga Darktan Nat
  • Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual
  • .ploom. – Megan
  • *pm* Fruhlingszeit Eyes – Collector Pack – We ❤ RP
  • *pm* Burkhart Dress
  • *pm* Burkhart Boots
  • *pm* Runic Necklace
  • [Fetch] Untamed Earrings – Nine – Gacha
  • *Soonsiki~New Age Septum Rings – Group Gift

Lone Shadow

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Coming soon to We ❤ Role-Play from *paper moon*…Turban: Naadir.

I have to say, I love how it was textured. The colors are utterly wonderful…I would say they are rich and muted at the same time, but that just sounds so weird. Either way, the turban is wonderfully done.

If you’re looking for a shirt to pair it up with…you can easily go over to *paper moon* on the top floor and there are actually several choice shirts for men up there that would work wonderfully with the turban…


CREDITS

Skin: Mr. Bloch Skin – Conrad
Eyes: FATEeyes v3.0
Hair/Beard: .Chicago Ink. – Beard & Hair Base
Turban: *pm* Turban:Naadir @ We ❤ RP
Shirt: *pm* Mens Thai Flame Pullover – Red Curry
Pose: Proposer Guy 1

 

Burning Gold

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Looking for an exit in this world of fear
I can see the path that leads the way
Mama never left, and daddy needs me here
I wish the wind would carry a change
Looking through the window to a world of dreams
I can see my future slip away
Honey you won’t get there if you don’t believe
I wish the wind would carry a change

I’ve had enough
I’m standing up
I need, I need a change
I’ve had enough of chasing luck
I need, I need a change

I’m setting fire to the life that I know
Let’s start a fire everywhere that we go
We starting fires, we starting fires
‘Til our lives are burning gold
‘Til our lives are burning gold

Looking for my ticket to a higher place
I can see my chance begin to fade
One step forward and two back again
I wish the wind would carry a change

I’ve had enough
I’m standing up
I need, I need a change
I’ve had enough of chasing luck
I need, I need a change

I’m setting fire to the life that I know
Let’s start a fire everywhere that we go
We starting fires, we starting fires
‘Til our lives are burning gold
‘Til our lives are burning gold

Looking back I see I had the flame in me
I’m the wind that’s carrying change

I’ve had enough of chasing luck
I need, I need a change

I’m setting fire to the life that I know
Let’s start a fire everywhere that we go
We starting fires, we starting fires
‘Til our lives are burning gold
‘Til our lives are burning gold

I’m setting fire to the life that I know
Let’s start a fire everywhere that we go
We starting fires, we starting fires
‘Til our lives are burning gold
‘Til our lives are burning gold

 


CREDITS

 

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Lana Darktan
Hair: Discord Designs – Cosima – Natural Reds
Eyes: FATEeyes v3.0
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual
Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet Female Flat
Makeup: [:T:] Nemesis
Earrings: [Fetch] Linc Earring – Char Wood
Necklace: AZE Puka Shell & Turquoise Necklace
Bracelet: AZE Puka Shell Anklets & Bracelets (Plain & Tiger)
Ring: *pm* Polished Chunk Minerals – Arandis
Tattoo: Letis Tattoo :: Puppis :: H14004 ::
Top: .:subOrdination:. Leather Wrapped Top {Black Classic}
Bottom: The Sea Hole – Odette Culottes – Persimmon
Shoes: Zaara : [Mesh] Janya jeweled sandals *ebony*
Pose: Stand in -VA-VISTA ANIMATIONS-MOST WANTED AO

The Songbird…

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I’m setting fire to the life that I know
Let’s start a fire everywhere that we go
We starting fires, we starting fires
‘Til our lives are burning gold
‘Til our lives are burning gold

Sundays…grand for being lazy and getting work done all at the same time. Heh!

Anyways…

This is the hair that .ploom. has out at The Kawaii Project and frankly…I love it. It has a different feel to it than a lot of other hairs have. I couldn’t exotically place what -is- different, but I love it all the same. I cannot lie, the winning factor of this hair style for me is the braid coiled around the crown of your head.

So…I would swing down and pick it up…you have until Feb 15th!


CREDITS:
Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Lana Darktan
Hair: .ploom. Eskimo – The Kawaii Project
Eyes: FATEeyes v3.0
Makeup: – DAMNED –  Tribal Make up + base hair / 4 Versions | [:T:] Nemesis
Teeth: + Pointed Demon Vampire Teeth +
Crown: .Keystone. Trini ~ Fatpack
Earrings: [AZE] Eger Baroque Ruby Earrings
Outfit: *FOSCA de LE* Jessica Ruby
Pose: .mien. {vocals}

Cozy Sunday…

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Frogstar has done it again, after all…how could they not? I cannot lie, I utterly -LOVE- the items Ravenna Rossini makes for Frogstar. There is a lot of detail into her items, even items that are simple in nature. I -adore- them.

The invitation station is filled with cute little details…from the invites on the top, to the stars hanging off the sides, how each box is labeled in chalk, to the items within the box on the top of the desk.

The metal Kraken and arrow are equally well done…the Kraken comes in blue, gold, silver, and green. The arrow comes in silver, gold, and wood. Each all wonderfully textured.

The Frost Chalk Note Board, also highly detailed, is available out at Frogstar’s main store at the full price, which is still super affordable!


Credits:

$90L -I  Took an Arrow Wall Décor – Frogstar – We ❤ Role Play – Opened Jan 4
$100L – The Metal Kraken wall décor  – Frogstar – The Fantasy Collective – Opened Jan 20
$100L – The Invitation Station – Frogstar – Genre – Opened Jan 15
$125L – The Frosty Chalk Note Board – Frogstar – Past Lazy Sunday

The Soul Cages

Under the dog star sail
Over the reefs of moonshine
Under the skies of fall
North, north west, the Stones of Faroe

Sometimes we suffer a pain that sets us back further than we had ever thought possible. Breaking parts of you that you always believed to be stronger than any other part of your being. Shattering yourself into a million pieces, leaving you to believe there never will be hop to put yourself back together.

But would north be true?
Why should I?
Why should I cry for you?
Dark angels follow me
Over a godless sea
Mountains of endless falling,
For all my days remaining,

What would be true?

Yet, the saying…

“Time heals all wounds.”

there is more truth to these words than a hurting person could ever believe. At the very moment of the hurt there is no possible way that time could make the hurt lesson, or even go away all together. It seems as if there is no end to the darkness…but there is.

There is always hope.

What would be true?
Why should I?
Why should I cry for you?


CREDITS
Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Lana Darktan
Hair: .ploom. – Siri @ My Attic
Eyes: Slink Mesh Lids and Lashes
Dress: *{Junbug}* Margery [Ivory]
Horns: :[P]:- Ribboned Arachzis://Angelic
Face Jewelry: *[MeshedUp]*_Queens Mask Pattern A

Swing: HPMD* Branch Logswing – brown branch
Grass: HPMD* Sweet Garden Grass
Cage: Big Cage From Cadeling Garden

Where I have been…

I have been a little MIA…okay a bit more than MIA.

I ended up getting sucked horribly into my college courses and I had a huge incident happen in my RL that killed my creativity and over all my hope for anything and everything. I had to take time away from a lot of things to mentally repair myself.

I am better now! In both heart, soul, and mind.

So with that, I will be blogging again starting this coming week!


Nadia

Lazy Sundays…

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Guess what? Lazy Sundays is almost here…two-ish more hours from this posting you can go to Frogstar and grab these super cute Retro Side couches…each of them has six poses in them and they are all equally great.

The Retro Side Couch comes in two colors: Bubblegum and Mojito.

Each is only ONE land impact and is materials enabled…I mean…how could you not?

Soooo I’d zip on down and grab one or both before Sunday is over!

Frogstar SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Meadow%20Blossom/190/220/21

Haven from the Undead

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I have been reading a series of books lately that fit well with these items from Frogstar..one I would HIGHLY reccomend. I could hardly put them down…It is the ‘Gameland‘ series by Saul Tanpepper. Anyway…there is the first ‘season’ and then the second ‘season’, which is called Jessie’s Game. There are also a few spin off books which are SUPER amazing. My favorite one is called ‘Velveteen‘, which was very well written and very emotional. I’m currently reading the newest of the bunch called ‘A Dark and Sure Decent’…which like the others…AAAMAAAZING!

ANYWAY…all these items are at the current Level Up round…which I believe there is one more day. UG! I fell behind on my blogging…a LOT of emotional hell exploded in my RL soooo that became SUPER important to me. BUT I am back…and I love LOVE this stuff. I seriously do.

It has pretty much everything you’d need to set up your own zombie safe house…even a portable pooper…with poses! Oh yeah…I laughed myself silly over that one.

So if you have a chance…I’d rush over and play this gacha while you have the chance…I mean…who doesn’t want zombie safe haven items? I mean…REALLY!

 

Level Up SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cleavage/42/65/1701

Frogstar SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Meadow%20Blossom/190/220/21