Saturday, April 2, 2011

Love and thanks and send your review items to...

Wish You Were Here

O hi, it's me again, briefly.

A few designers have wondered where to send review packs of things that are kind of off-the-beaten path. I'd like to recommend that you peruse the Second Sanctuary feed for some awesome people. Anything free, send to SL*Freestyle, and anything pretty and more mainstream to the lovely ladies at It's Only Fashion. (I recommend these sites because I've worked for them!) Send boy stuff to Gabe Bookmite, who just started working for It's Only Fashion!

Also, I'd like to thank the following people for making me water-damage my MacBook Pro keyboard with excessive snuffling:

Infralovely, Grady Echegaray, Faery Sola, Fricka Morgath, Chic Aeon, and Cajsa Lilliehook.

Thank you also to everyone who sent me the IMs and Plurks and offlines and emails. It's been heart-warming, and (in the acronyms of Winter Jefferson), ILUSM. Reading through these made me feel as if the years I've poured into the blog meant something. I appreciate that so much, y'all. Since quitting, I've used my time to research music for articles, and whenever I miss blogging I snap someone else's photo or post something small to my Flickr stream.


If you'd like to take part in the revival of this cool bloggy challenge, the Same Damned Thing challenge, Cajsa is running it over here. I can't wait to see what you come up with!


Lots of love,


Sunday, March 27, 2011 says goodbye

Click through to Flickr to see who helped usher out my blog.

Dear Second Life,

I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed blogging fashion. It's been an honor, and I had the most fun when I could write with other people.

I'm going to be focusing on real life writing for a while. I'm still going to be playing this game, but I'm just redefining what I play it for.

I'll leave you with a bit of advice from an old SL-blogging warhorse who's managed to blog almost every single day since I began in 2007: If you want to be a good fashion blogger, forget about metrics as a measure of success. Do it for your own satisfaction and for the love of what you do, or don't do it at all.

With respect,

Achariya Maktoum

So long, farewell...
Me and my trusty old horse photo sphere are riding off into the sunset.

Random pointless statistics:

***Total number of posts: 1,722 posts
***Final follower count: 124 followers (thank you!)
***All-time number of page views: 113,587 (from blogger's analytics)
***Most page views in a month: July of 2010, 17,500
***First post: August 8, 2007
***Last post: March 27, 2011, this one.
***Number of states that I've blogged in: Georgia, Ohio, San Francisco, San Antonio, Florida, New York… Probably more.
***Age of my child at the beginning of this blog: 2
***Age of my child at the ending of this blog: 6
***Other SL blogs that I've written for: Rezzables, It's Only Fashion, SL Free*Style
***Number of events that I've blogged: …Uh… No, can't count.
***Number of other people who have been in my blog: 106 posts are tagged "Not Me", but there are more.
***Number of other writers for my blog: Uh. Six or seven other people can post to
***Amount of procrastination i've gotten from this blog: One dissertation's worth at least
***Amount of satisfaction i've gotten from this blog: Priceless.