Emma Portilo “Effective Fashion Blogging”

2010-03-04

[16:59] Herradura Baar: everyone please have a seat – we are starting in just a few minutes
[16:59] Shae Sixpence: ut oh
[17:00] SterlingZen Harbour: you are lucky Jas.. lol
[17:00] Herradura Baar: Hello if everyone can have a seat we will get started
[17:00] Kimmera Madison: thats cuz you bribed me with popcorn
[17:00] Marcus Night: pfft 😛 hey now :)) HI Kimmie
[17:00] Shae Sixpence: LOL
[17:00] Shae Sixpence: hahaha
[17:00] Herradura Baar: I see alot of new faces and many familiar faces here at the workshop
[17:00] Sabine Blackburn: who are you?
[17:00] Herradura Baar: for those new here tonight Model Workshop is not an agency or academy
[17:00] Sabine Blackburn: xDD
[17:00] Shae Sixpence: lol Sabine
[17:00] Kimmera Madison: who is that wannabe on the runway?
[17:00] Rhonda Pennell: I am Rhonda’s evil twin and who are you?
[17:01] Monica Balut: You know … we are over 400 members strong
[17:01] Veronica Krasner: lol
[17:01] Sabine Blackburn: lool
[17:01] Rhonda Pennell: 🙂
[17:01] Xenobia Foxclaw: YAY!
[17:01] SterlingZen Harbour: woot!!!
[17:01] Herradura Baar: we are a network of models who work together to craft our skills and understand the industry along with promoting respectable fashion groups
[17:01] Carilynn OHare waves to Cinna
[17:01] Heydon Milter: ㋡
[17:01] Heydon Milter: Hello Cinna
[17:01] Shae Sixpence coughs, “Respectable…”
[17:01] Cinna Button hugs Carilynn 🙂
[17:01] Rhonda Pennell: hi Cinna:)
[17:01] Carilynn OHare: ㋡
[17:01] Cinna Button: Hi everyone 🙂
[17:02] Herradura Baar: our hope is that we can help our members find opportunities out there in SL modeling – I know it’s tough out there – been there, done that and bought the souvenior t-shirt 😀
[17:02] Sabine Blackburn: hey Cinna 😉
[17:02] Shae Sixpence waves at Cinna.
[17:02] Caffinelover Selona: LOL
[17:02] Herradura Baar: So tonight I’m really excited about our speaker
[17:02] Monica Balut: we maxed out the sim again folks
[17:02] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[17:02] Caffinelover Selona: woot
[17:02] SterlingZen Harbour: .-‘`’-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-‘`’-.
[17:02] Herradura Baar: I’ve met so many new models in my time ere at the wokshop – and one thing I’ve always said”
[17:02] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[17:03] Shae Sixpence: woot for coming early
[17:03] Viola Rookswood: Applause!
[17:03] Maureen Gabardini: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:03] Maureen’s translator: ***** *********** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE
[17:03] Veronica Krasner: Applause!!
[17:03] Caffinelover Selona: lol excatly shae
[17:03] Herradura Baar: “Find other things to do along with modeling” – else you’ll be sitting around waiting for your next fashion show wondering what happened to your career
[17:03] Jasmine Night: LOL
[17:03] Xenobia Foxclaw: LOL
[17:03] Xenobia Foxclaw: too true
[17:03] StarliteStarbrite Constellation: hi Bri
[17:04] Burly Tigerpaw: Hey Nave
[17:04] Herradura Baar: Tonight we have with us Anastacia Markova and Emma Portilo – CEO and COO of Opium
[17:04] Caffinelover Selona: Hi Burly
[17:04] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[17:04] Sabine Blackburn: omg Nave
[17:04] Rhonda Pennell: *:-.,_,.-:*’“’* Yaaaaaayyyyy!!!! *:-.,_,.-:*’“’*
[17:04] Nave Fall: Hye Bur
[17:04] StarliteStarbrite Constellation: hi more
[17:04] Rhonda Pennell: .-‘`’-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-‘`’-.
[17:04] Nave Fall: hey
[17:04] Shae Sixpence: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:04] Veronica Krasner: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:04] Rhonda Pennell: mommy and auntie:D
[17:04] Caffinelover Selona: ☆Applause☆
[17:04] Herradura Baar: One of the top agencies in SL and yes, one I am proud to be a member of 😀
[17:04] Burly Tigerpaw: *******APPPLLLAAAUUUSSSEEE********
[17:04] Veronica Krasner: *:-.,_,.-:*’“’*Yayyyyyyy!!!!*:-.,_,.-:*’“’*
[17:04] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[17:04] More Ying: Hiya Star : )
[17:04] Carilynn OHare APPLAUDS!!!
[17:04] Bearlyhere Quandry: *·.·❤๑♚ APPLAUSE ♚๑❤·.·*
[17:04] Cinna Button: ✿◕‿◕✿
[17:04] Cinna Button: APPLAUSE!!!!!
[17:04] Cinna Button: APPLAUSE!!!!!
[17:04] Cinna Button: ✿◕‿◕✿
[17:04] Rhonda Pennell: _.;:+*’`’*+:;. -=( ( (( HORN )) ) ) =- .;:+*’`’*+:;._
[17:04] Herradura Baar: Emma and Ana gave me the chance to do something I love – blogging
[17:04] Paisley Lancaster applauds
[17:04] Marcus Night: *•.¸’*•.¸ ♥ ¸.•*´¸.•*
[17:04] Marcus Night: .•*♥¨`• APPLAUSE! •¨`♥*•.
[17:04] Marcus Night: ¸.•*`¸.•*´ ♥ `*•.¸`*•.¸
[17:04] Zoey Neutron: ☆Applause☆
[17:04] Monica Balut: .-‘`’-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-‘`’-.
[17:04] ioleJanana Chajit: ..:::APPLAUSE:::..
[17:04] Veronica Krasner: Oooot oooot
[17:05] Herradura Baar: And Blogging is a wonderful way of giving yourself more exposure in the industry. Tonight – Emma Portilo will talk about SL Fashion Blogging
[17:05] Herradura Baar: and we’l also hear a bit from Anastacia at the end
[17:05] Herradura Baar: so let me introduce you to Emma – come on out dear
[17:05] Veronica Krasner: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:05] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[17:05] Anastacia Markova: *•.¸’*•.¸ ♥ ¸.•*´¸.•*
[17:05] Anastacia Markova: .•*♥¨`• BRAVO!!!! •¨`♥*•.
[17:05] Anastacia Markova: ¸.•*`¸.•*´ ♥ `*•.¸`*•.¸
[17:05] Anastacia Markova: Emmmmssss
[17:05] Jasmine Night: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:05] Sabine Blackburn: ☆☆☆ APPLAUSE ☆☆☆
[17:05] Heydon Milter: *** @ ❤ @ ❤ @ ❤ ***
[17:05] Zoey Neutron: ☆Applause☆
[17:05] Liliya Avedon: .:: APPLAUSE!!!! ::.
[17:05] Heyah Oh: YAY! (yay!)
[17:05] Caffinelover Selona: ☆Applause☆
[17:05] Heydon Milter: *#*#* Nice *#*#*
[17:05] Rhonda Pennell: Em-ma! Em-ma!
[17:05] ioleJanana Chajit: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:05] Herradura Baar: Claps Very Loudly!!!!
[17:05] Shae Sixpence: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:05] SterlingZen Harbour: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[17:05] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[17:05] Monica Balut: Yay Emma!!!
[17:05] Marcus Night: *•.¸'*•.¸ ♥ ¸.•*´¸.•*
[17:05] Marcus Night: .•*♥¨`• APPLAUSE! •¨`♥*•.
[17:05] Marcus Night: ¸.•*`¸.•*´ ♥ `*•.¸`*•.¸
[17:05] Bearlyhere Quandry: *·.·❤๑♚ APPLAUSE ♚๑❤·.·*
[17:05] darkevilone Demonia: *******APPPLLLAAAUUUSSSEEE********
[17:05] Paisley Lancaster: Wooot!!
[17:05] Cinna Button: ✿◕‿◕✿
[17:05] Cinna Button: APPLAUSE!!!!!
[17:05] Cinna Button: APPLAUSE!!!!!
[17:05] Cinna Button: ✿◕‿◕✿
[17:05] Herradura Baar: Emma the crowd is yours 😀
[17:06] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[17:06] Burly Tigerpaw: *******APPPLLLAAAUUUSSSEEE********
[17:06] Viola Rookswood: Applause!
[17:06] Emma Portilo: First I would like to say it's quite an honor to be here at Model's Workshop with all of you. I think the workshop is an effective means for models to get together and communicate to help one another grow.
[17:06] Burly Tigerpaw: Yay Emma!
[17:06] Maureen Gabardini: sorry girls have a customer
[17:06] Herradura Baar: Claps Very Loudly!!!!
[17:06] Maureen's translator: sorry girls have a customer
[17:06] Emma Portilo: I thank Monica and Herra as well as the rest of their team for all their hard work in bringing speakers to all of us each week. It's also good to see all of your lovely faces here tonight and being a part of this.
[17:07] Emma Portilo: I am here to speak to you about blogging tonight. My name is Emma Portilo and I am COO of Opium Fashion Agency as well as General Manager of the Opium Fashion Agency blog. Also here tonight is Anastaci Markova, the CEO and owner of Opium Fashion Agency.
[17:07] Herradura Baar: Claps Very Loudly!!!!
[17:07] StarliteStarbrite Constellation: hi T
[17:07] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[17:07] Veronica Krasner: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:07] SterlingZen Harbour: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[17:07] Carilynn OHare APPLAUDS!!!
[17:07] Tia Ryba waves quietly
[17:07] Emma Portilo: One of my primary functions is to manage and run the very successful fashion blog that we have.
[17:07] Caffinelover Selona: ☆Applause☆
[17:07] Caffinelover Selona: HI Tia
[17:07] Tia Ryba: hi everyone ㋡
[17:08] Emma Portilo: Our blog has become a much sought after blog of high standards that bloggers want to contribute to and that designers want to be blogged by.
[17:08] Rhonda Pennell: hello Tia *hugs:)
[17:08] Sabine Blackburn: hey Tia 🙂
[17:08] Veronica Krasner: hi tia 🙂
[17:08] Emma Portilo: We have testimonials from designers who will tell you their traffic increases and sales pick up when we blog them.
[17:08] Emma Portilo: We now receive more than 1,500 hits per day on our site.
[17:08] VISTA ANIMATIONS V2.0 IRRESISTIBLE MAN AO V.2U 1: Touched.
[17:09] Emma Portilo: If you haven't seen it, you should take a look at http://www.opiuminsight.com/.
[17:09] Emma Portilo: We cover fashion, tips, fashion related news, and some other general topics as well. Our primary focus, however, is fashion.
[17:09] Emma Portilo: The blog is a collaborative effort of many successful and reputable bloggers that are part of Opium Fashion Agenccy.
[17:10] Emma Portilo: There is not just one blogger that makes it a success, but rather it is a team effort.
[17:10] You decline V I T A L Promotions Assistant [Your Name] from A group member named Charlie Absent.
[17:10] Emma Portilo: I, personally, have been blogging about Second Life since last summer.
[17:10] Emma Portilo: I have blogging experience prior to that, of course, but not on a regular basis
[17:11] Emma Portilo: I didn't understand why someone would want to bother reading about my personal views on things. Actually, I still don't know why someone would want to read my personal opinions on things. LOL
[17:11] You decline The 'Un-named club from A group member named Gem Henly.
[17:11] Rhonda Pennell: I just skip them dear
[17:11] Xenobia Foxclaw: LOL
[17:11] Rhonda Pennell: a joke:)
[17:11] Veronica Krasner: rho 😄
[17:11] Rhonda Pennell: *smiles yes sweetie?
[17:12] Emma Portilo: There is information about Opium available on the stage for you to take, btw.
[17:12] Emma Portilo: I thought I'd start off with the basics for blogging.
[17:12] Emma Portilo: Let's get really basic….What is a blog?
[17:13] Emma Portilo: A blog (a contraction of the term "web log") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material.
[17:13] Emma Portilo: It is important to have a way to allow users to interact with the blogger via comments or email as well. Most blogs allow comments in response to a post.
[17:13] Emma Portilo: This means of interaction can be very useful because it allows a format wherein a dialog can develop on subjects.
[17:13] Second Life: Your object 'MIW5 Vote Cards' has been returned to your inventory lost and found folder by you from parcel 'Model's Workshop' at Sekmet 147, 233.
[17:13] Emma Portilo: So, you may be asking yourself, why blog?
[17:14] Emma Portilo: You may even acknowledge that it's beneficial for the designer that gains exposure to be blogged, but what's in it for the blogger?
[17:14] Emma Portilo: I'm sure many of you are well established in your careers and have been around the block a time or two.
[17:14] Emma Portilo: Even if you're not experienced and are new, you probably know that one of the best tools you have for getting yourself out there is word of mouth. Another tool that is helpful is face time as well as networking.
[17:15] Emma Portilo: Even if you're not experienced and are new, you probably know that one of the best tools you have for getting yourself out there is word of mouth. Another tool that is helpful is face time as well as networking.
[17:15] Emma Portilo: All of these things are reasons why you would blog as a model in Second Life.
[17:15] Monica Balut accepted your inventory offer.
[17:16] Emma Portilo: By blogging you are, in essence, creating an ad of yourself that is marketed to everyone who sees your site.
[17:16] Emma Portilo: The more you blog, and the more consistently you blog, the more hits you will receive.
[17:16] Cinna Button: lol
[17:16] Emma Portilo: The more hits you receive, the more you are out there. The more you are out there, the better your chances are of being sought after.
[17:16] Emma Portilo: You can see where I'm going with this. It's an effective tool for getting yourself out on the market and having your name known.
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[17:17] Emma Portilo: Of course, if you can join in an established blog that receives hundreds or thousands of hits per day such as Opium, this would increase your level of visibility.
[17:17] Emma Portilo: Blogs like Opium, however, are not easy to get into.
[17:18] Rhonda Pennell: I had to sleep with so many people!
[17:18] Xenobia Foxclaw: LOL
[17:18] Sabine Blackburn: oO
[17:18] Shae Sixpence: hahahahaha
[17:18] Shae Sixpence: omg
[17:18] Herradura Baar: oh my
[17:18] Shae Sixpence: lmao
[17:18] Rhonda Pennell: *giggles
[17:18] Emma Portilo: lol
[17:18] Emma Portilo: We do seek out experienced writers
[17:18] Herradura Baar wonders if she should put that into the transcripts?
[17:18] Sabine Blackburn: lmao
[17:18] Shae Sixpence: I vote Yes Herra
[17:18] Emma Portilo: We also ask that you take your own photographs and style well.
[17:19] Emma Portilo: The designers that supply us with items do so because they know we have a staff of professionals who style with class, photograph well, and write well.
[17:19] Emma Portilo: That being said, I do feel you have to be able to write to be successful. Writing with proper grammar and correct spelling goes a long way toward coming off as a person that is educated and knows what they are talking about.
[17:20] Emma Portilo: We all make mistakes from time to time, but if you're putting yourself out in front of the public, you really want to put your best foot forward so you can shine. This is one of the keys to being able to blog and becoming successful.
[17:20] Emma Portilo: So, let's say you know how to write, but your skills at photography need some help.
[17:21] Emma Portilo: This is the point where I would suggest finding a Second Life photography class or brushing up on Second Life photography in general through the wiki. One helpful page is located here: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Windlight#Torley.27s_WindLight_settings.
[17:21] Emma Portilo: Then practice, practice, practice. Learn how to frame up interesting shots, learn the rule of thirds, learn how to adjust the settings, and learn how to save them.
[17:21] Emma Portilo: Learn to crop, learn to use Photoshop or even Gimp. It is our philosophy, however, to not overdo the photoshop effects, but to show the true product we are reviewing.
[17:21] Herradura Baar: what is the rule of thirds?
[17:22] Emma Portilo: The rule of thirds is a photography term that refers to breaking the picture into thirds
[17:22] Herradura Baar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thirds
[17:22] Rhonda Pennell: a simple rule of image composition, for instance putting the object of focus into the center third
[17:22] Emma Portilo: thank you Herra and Rhonda
[17:23] Emma Portilo: your eye is not drawn to the center of the photograph as you may think
[17:23] Emma Portilo: so the rule of thirds is important for framing up your subject
[17:23] Emma Portilo: A blog post without an image or photo of some sort will be less interesting to a user than one that contains visual aids of some sort. I try to include some sort of image or photograph even in my personal blog.
[17:24] Emma Portilo: However, that being said, you also want to make sure that the image in the post is one that contributes to the value of the post.
[17:24] Emma Portilo: For example, If I put an image of me riding a horse while discussing tips on how to adjust hair, it's not adding anything of value. However, if I put an image of different hair positions as an example, it would probably help the user to visualize what you are trying to get across.
[17:24] Emma Portilo: So now you know how to write, you're learning photography or know how to take ok pictures. You've decided you want to give blogging, and giving yourself some face time, a shot.
[17:25] Emma Portilo: What's the next step to becoming a blogger? Of course you can always come to Opium and take my blogging classes.
[17:25] Burly Tigerpaw: *GIGGLES* :)~~~~
[17:25] Rhonda Pennell: what if you are writing about the horse's hair?
[17:25] Emma Portilo: . In addition, a good next step I would recommend is setting up a personal blog site.
[17:25] Shae Sixpence: lol
[17:25] Rhonda Pennell: *ducks:)
[17:25] Shae Sixpence: haha
[17:25] Viscount Menatep: lol
[17:25] Cinna Button: hecklers in the crowd tonight *giggles*
[17:25] Opium Easel Info / Model Workshop owned by Anastacia Markova gave you 'Opium Elite Fashion Academy Application' ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sekmet/162/238/302 ).
[17:25] Opium Easel Info / Model Workshop owned by Anastacia Markova gave you '!Opium Elite Agency and Academy' ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sekmet/162/238/302 ).
[17:25] Opium Easel Info / Model Workshop owned by Anastacia Markova gave you 'Opium Elite Fashion Academy Info' ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sekmet/162/238/302 ).
[17:25] Emma Portilo: Rhonda, I have something really special for you to blog next 😉
[17:25] Emma Portilo: lol
[17:26] Rhonda Pennell: oh dear *laughs:)
[17:26] Shae Sixpence: oh my
[17:26] Xenobia Foxclaw: LOL
[17:26] Shae Sixpence: Sucks to be you sister woman
[17:26] Rhonda Pennell: we shall see:)
[17:26] Emma Portilo: There are a number of sites where you can set up a free blog and wordpress and blogspot are two such tools. They are some of the biggest sites out there for this purpose. They are fairly easy and intuitive to use.
[17:26] Emma Portilo: I won't go over the details of each type here tonight, but I will say to check both out as they each have different strengths and weaknesses.
[17:26] Emma Portilo: Sign up for a free account and check them out and decide which you are most comfortable with and go with it.
[17:27] Emma Portilo: You can also blog on the social networks like pixelook and moolto.
[17:27] Shae Sixpence hearts Avatars United.
[17:27] Emma Portilo: Sites like blogspot and wordpress, however, will allow you to set up the look and feel of your site. It will be beneficial to you to select a style of presentation that reflects your tastes.
[17:27] Emma Portilo: Your blog can be an extension of your resume by presenting who you are, how you style, and what you do.
[17:28] Emma Portilo: Once you've worked at blogging for a while and feel confident in your skills at publishing posts, you could then start to seek out joining up with a blog that is a joint venture such as Opium's blog.
[17:28] Emma Portilo: There are tips and tricks to writing an effective post and to marketing your own blog effectively, but we won't get into that here today.
Much of that information is included in the Opium Elite Fashion Academy's blogging course. The course gets into the details of blogging on a much deeper level.
[17:28] Emma Portilo: The course also offers critiques on blog assignments for the class.
[17:28] Emma Portilo: Opium's blog is actually syndicated through the RSS feeds and through the major fashion feeds of Second Life. What does that mean though?
[17:28] Herradura Baar: when is the next classs?
[17:29] Heydon Milter: Do you ever have days when you think you don't have anything to blog about?
[17:29] Emma Portilo: The next class will be set up when the enrollment level is reached
[17:29] Monica Balut: How much is the course Emma & How do pple sign up?
[17:29] Emma Portilo: The information for the course is in the board up here on stage
[17:29] Emma Portilo: there aren't many days we don't have much to blog about
[17:29] Emma Portilo: but there are days it's hard to think of what to write
[17:30] Emma Portilo: so that's the days I am thankful this is a collaboration and there are others who will be helping fill the space
[17:30] Heydon Milter: Writing casually in IM is one thing but to write well consistently takes effort.
[17:30] Caffinelover Selona: when you blog what if something you dont like about the outfit do you tell the truth?
[17:30] Emma Portilo: yes, it take effort to write consistently
[17:30] Monica Balut: There are days when Emma is begging pple to blog
[17:31] Emma Portilo: I always tell the truth about what I'm blogging about
[17:31] Emma Portilo: there are times when I don't blog something if I feel too negatively about it
[17:31] Emma Portilo: but there are always things I can find to say positive about most things
[17:31] Emma Portilo: we focus on the positives of fashion for the most part at Opium
[17:32] Emma Portilo: Syndication is when readers, or major blogs, pick up your articles and re-publish them or push them out through their sites for reading. Some of the major sites for this purpose are iHearts and Fashion Planet.
Some of these sites also offer to link to your site if you link to their site as well. That can help in generating traffic for the website.
[17:32] Emma Portilo: Some of the key elements, which I'll get into more detail about in a minute, to creating a successful blog is quality, consistency, tags, being responsive, concentrate your focus, creative catchy headlines, utilize RSS (Really Simple Syndication), and promote.
[17:32] Emma Portilo: Creating a quality post that adds value to the readers. Offer quality over quantity. Readers will not return to a blog if they do not feel there has been value added.
[17:32] Emma Portilo: Being consistent is also very important. Posts should be created consistently to draw readers back regularly and continuously.
[17:33] Emma Portilo: Fresh new material should be added at regular intervals to assist with this process. This will help to keep readers interested and checking for new information on a regular basis.
[17:33] Emma Portilo: Tags should be added to posts, assuring they are relative to the subject, to be picked up by searches.
[17:33] Emma Portilo: Be interactive and responsive to your readers. Respond to emails and questions in comments and do so in a timely manner. Doing so helps to acknowledge that you care about the subject matter and will keep them interested as a reader.
[17:33] Emma Portilo: Assure that the focus is not entirely self-centered so others can relate to the content. It's okay to relate information pertaining to oneself, however, one must also make sure that it is something others can relate to or will find interesting/pertinent.
[17:34] Emma Portilo: Create catchy headlines as it is your chance to make an impression and capture the curiosity of the readers. This helps to draw them into the post and will keep them coming back.
[17:34] Emma Portilo: Utilize RSS for blogging. RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, is an automated feature of the wordpress templates.
[17:34] Emma Portilo: They assist by making the reading of the materials easily available for readers in one place rather than having them go to several different sites to read blog content.
[17:35] Emma Portilo: Therefore, I should provide the RSS feed in a manner and location on the blog that makes it simple for RSS users to find and use.
[17:35] Emma Portilo: Finally, promote the blog to everyone at every chance you can. Add it to your profile picks. Talk about it when you can. Promotion of your blog by word of mouth will be key to your success.
[17:35] Emma Portilo: There is so much more we could talk about, and we got into more depth in our classes, but at this time I'm going to open it up for questions.
[17:36] Caffinelover Selona: how often do you blog
[17:36] Emma Portilo: I blog usually at least once a day, but remember there are several of us working on this blog
[17:36] Herradura Baar waves hand – I'm one of them 😀
[17:36] Emma Portilo: we like to have at least 4 or 5 posts in a day
[17:36] Emma Portilo: and would prefer to have 8 to 10 in a day
[17:37] Heydon Milter: Do you have an editor to review posts before they go public?
[17:37] Emma Portilo: I think it depends on the type of focus you have whether or not you include text
[17:37] Emma Portilo: there are blogs that focus on photography only
[17:38] Emma Portilo: and if that is your focus and that works for you, that's great
[17:38] Emma Portilo: our focus is fashion so it wouldn't really work for us
[17:38] Monica Balut: a picture without words leaves too much to be imagined
[17:38] Emma Portilo: regarding the other question no, we don't have someone that edits the posts before they are published
[17:38] Emma Portilo: when you begin with us we review your posts for quality
[17:39] Katina Magic: could you please shout your questions so it doesnt look like Emma is talking to herself please
[17:39] Emma Portilo: and offer critiques, but most of our bloggers come to us with experience
[17:39] Emma Portilo: hahahahaha
[17:39] Nave Fall gave you Model's Workshop Fashion Show Bootcamp draft.
[17:39] Emma Portilo: I do talk to myself
[17:39] Viscount Menatep: How do you go about picking a good subject/item to blog about?
[17:39] Emma Portilo: Well, for instance, we have posts called Opium's Closet
[17:39] Emma Portilo: where we choose an item we love to blog about
[17:40] Emma Portilo: so you go through your inventory and pick something
[17:40] Emma Portilo: preferrably something that inspirews you
[17:40] Emma Portilo: inspires*
[17:40] Emma Portilo: a lot of our posts at Opium are inspired by the outfits themselves though
[17:40] Nave Fall gave you Model's Workshop Fashion Show Bootcamp draft.
[17:41] Emma Portilo: whereas with a more personally focused blog you might have to come up with topics….
[17:41] Emma Portilo: in fashion there is always something new and exciting to blog about
[17:41] Emma Portilo: at least it seems that way to me 🙂
[17:42] Emma Portilo: any other questions?
[17:42] Emma Portilo: At this time I'd like to invite Anastacia Markova to the stage
[17:42] Herradura Baar: Claps Very Loudly!!!!
[17:42] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[17:42] SterlingZen Harbour: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[17:42] Veronica Krasner: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:42] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[17:42] Viola Rookswood: Applause!
[17:42] Caffinelover Selona: ☆Applause☆
[17:42] darkevilone Demonia: *******APPPLLLAAAUUUSSSEEE********
[17:42] Emma Portilo: she is our CEO and owner of Opium
[17:42] Lulu Breuer: ☆☆☆APPLAUSE☆☆☆
[17:42] Carilynn OHare APPLAUDS!!!
[17:42] Sabine Blackburn: +*✰*+*'*•.¸ APPLAUSE APPLAUSE ¸.•*'+*✰*+
[17:42] Heydon Milter: *** @ ❤ @ ❤ @ >> AAaaaaplllaauuusssseee !!! <<<>> AAaaaaplllaauuusssseee !!! <<<<
[17:50] Anastacia Markova: We dont have time to go into a full discussion on Proper Model Etiquette tonight, but hopefully, one day soon we can . it is One of the most important things.. that people overlook. And it can make or break you in a moments notice.
[17:50] Anastacia Markova: Even when you blog you are branding yourself. The way you speak of the designs..the designer and yourself…will be well remembered….when rememebring etiquette…:) So get blogging..and get out there!..Brand yourself as being a pleasure to work with.. and you;ll have alot of work 🙂
[17:50] Anastacia Markova: Are there any Questions I could answer for you before we go?
[17:51] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[17:51] Emma Portilo: (`'·.¸(`'·.¸:•.•:*¨*☆
[17:51] Emma Portilo: APPLAUSE!!!
[17:51] Emma Portilo: ☆*¨¨*:•.•:¸.·'´)¸.·'´)
[17:51] Heydon Milter: *** @ ❤ @ ❤ @ >> AAaaaaplllaauuusssseee !!! <<<<
[17:52] Anastacia Markova: *•.¸'*•.¸ ♥ ¸.•*´¸.•*
[17:52] Anastacia Markova: .•*♥¨`• BRAVO!!!! •¨`♥*•.
[17:52] Anastacia Markova: ¸.•*`¸.•*´ ♥ `*•.¸`*•.¸
[17:52] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[17:52] Emma Portilo: Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to be here with all of you!
[17:52] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[17:52] Herradura Baar: If you are interested in any of the programs Opium offers please touch the sign next to me
[17:52] Herradura Baar: And if they didn't tell you – http://www.opiuminsight.com
[17:53] Herradura Baar: http://opiuminsight.com/
[17:53] Monica Balut: Have you all noticed how well Ana types?
[17:53] Herradura Baar: OK I said I had 3 annoucements!!!
[17:53] Katina Magic: psst
[17:53] Rhonda Pennell: yes, and Emma as well
[17:53] Herradura Baar: First announcement – we learned a bit about blogging tonight
[17:54] Herradura Baar: of course blogs like Opium are hiring but they want experience – how do you get experience?
[17:54] Xenobia Foxclaw: Blog
[17:54] Herradura Baar: well we at the Model Workshop will help out with that
[17:54] Heyah Oh: mhm
[17:54] Shae Sixpence: oooh were getting a blog!
[17:54] Shae Sixpence: Say it is!
[17:54] Shae Sixpence squeals.
[17:54] Rhonda Pennell: homework!
[17:54] Monica Balut: WE have a blog
[17:54] Herradura Baar: We are going to setup our blog this month and open it to Model Workshop members to blog about SL fashion
[17:54] Shae Sixpence: woooooooot
[17:54] Rhonda Pennell: wow:)
[17:54] SterlingZen Harbour: cool 🙂
[17:54] Heydon Milter: *** @ ❤ @ ❤ @ ❤ ***
[17:54] Heydon Milter: *#*#* Nice *#*#*
[17:54] Carilynn OHare: Wonderful!
[17:54] Shae Sixpence: I am all over that like white on rice.
[17:54] Viola Rookswood: awesome!
[17:54] Caffinelover Selona: ☆Applause☆
[17:54] Herradura Baar: mind you, we're not like Opium – no one is giving us clothes to blog about
[17:54] Rhonda Pennell: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[17:55] Lulu Breuer: alright
[17:55] Nave Fall: You never know about that
[17:55] Nave Fall: we might find some some place
[17:55] Herradura Baar: BUT….you can blog about your favorite outfit, store review, show reviews, fashion tips – anthing SL fashion related
[17:55] Herradura Baar: and you can use our blog site to build experience – so when you send your resume in to a place like Opium – you can show them your experience 😀
[17:55] Rhonda Pennell: you know Nave, I was just thinking that perhaps…*looks at Kimmera:)
[17:55] Nave Fall: shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
[17:56] Rhonda Pennell: *giggles
[17:56] Kimmera Madison: uh oh
[17:56] Herradura Baar: We are finishing up the details and all blogs will be pre-approved before posting and it is for members only
[17:56] Xenobia Foxclaw: LOL
[17:56] Heydon Milter: smart
[17:56] Herradura Baar: So that was annoucement #1
[17:56] Heydon Milter: lol
[17:56] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[17:56] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[17:56] SterlingZen Harbour: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[17:56] Viola Rookswood: Applause!
[17:56] Herradura Baar: Annoucement #2 – there was some contest recently wasn't there?
[17:56] Heyah Oh: \o/
[17:56] Herradura Baar giggles
[17:56] Nave Fall: ruhhh rohhhhh
[17:56] Katina Magic: tp me
[17:57] Rhonda Pennell: well umm *scratches the back of her head
[17:57] Shae Sixpence: Lil one.
[17:57] Heyah Oh: oh…
[17:57] Herradura Baar: we have 54 entries this month and almost everyone got at least one vote
[17:57] leelee1974 Silvercloud: *bites nails*
[17:57] Xenobia Foxclaw: wow
[17:57] Rhonda Pennell: something about jeans and a t-shirt
[17:57] Shae Sixpence: wow
[17:57] Rhonda Pennell: _ _ _ _ ___
[17:57] Rhonda Pennell: | | | | | | | | \ /
[17:57] Rhonda Pennell: | | | | ___ | | | | | |
[17:57] Rhonda Pennell: | |/\| | / _ \ | | /\ | | |_|
[17:57] Rhonda Pennell: \ / \ | | (_) | | / \ / _
[17:57] Rhonda Pennell: \/ \/ \_ _/ \/ \/ ( _)
[17:57] SterlingZen Harbour: ….uuummm… yup!
[17:57] Viola Rookswood: how cool
[17:57] Herradura Baar: a common comment I got from judges "There are too many good ones to pick from"
[17:57] Xenobia Foxclaw: good
[17:57] Cinna Button: That's good! 🙂
[17:57] Herradura Baar: So again we are doing 12 finalists for the runway show next Saturday morning
[17:57] Rhonda Pennell: that is great it speaks for all of us:)
[17:57] Xenobia Foxclaw: .a
[17:57] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[17:57] Herradura Baar: you guys ready for the finalists?
[17:57] Veronica Krasner: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:57] Cinna Button: ✿◕‿◕✿
[17:57] Cinna Button: APPLAUSE!!!!!
[17:57] Cinna Button: APPLAUSE!!!!!
[17:57] Cinna Button: ✿◕‿◕✿
[17:57] Heydon Milter: *** @ ❤ @ ❤ @ ❤ ***
[17:57] SterlingZen Harbour: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[17:57] Heydon Milter: *#*#* Nice *#*#*
[17:57] Shae Sixpence: Yes!
[17:57] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[17:57] Zoey Neutron: ☆Applause☆
[17:57] Lacey Firehawk: yessssssssssssssssss
[17:57] Caffinelover Selona: ☆Applause☆
[17:57] Xenobia Foxclaw: yes
[17:57] ioleJanana Chajit: ..:::APPLAUSE:::..
[17:58] Rhonda Pennell: *bites her CCD prim nails
[17:58] Herradura Baar: btw after I annouce them I will share the flickr site with you
[17:58] Burly Tigerpaw: letter ripppp
[17:58] Herradura Baar: and the order is how they are listed on the flickr site
[17:58] Herradura Baar: our first finalist
[17:58] Herradura Baar: #3 Carilynn Ohare
[17:58] Viola Rookswood: Applause!
[17:58] Cinna Button: ✿◕‿◕✿
[17:58] Cinna Button: APPLAUSE!!!!!
[17:58] Cinna Button: APPLAUSE!!!!!
[17:58] Cinna Button: ✿◕‿◕✿
[17:58] Shae Sixpence: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:58] Xenobia Foxclaw: /s
[17:58] Heydon Milter: *** @ ❤ @ ❤ @ ❤ ***
[17:58] Heydon Milter: *#*#* Nice *#*#*
[17:58] Veronica Krasner: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:58] Monica Balut: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[17:58] Zoey Neutron: congrats!
[17:58] Caffinelover Selona: ☆Applause☆
[17:58] Carilynn OHare: omg!
[17:58] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[17:58] Rhonda Pennell: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[17:58] Lacey Firehawk: ..:*❤——AWESOME!!—-❤*:..
[17:58] Lacey Firehawk: —–*☆.¸('*.¸❤¸.*´)¸.☆*—–
[17:58] Lacey Firehawk: ..*-:¦:———————-:¦:-*..
[17:58] Lacey Firehawk: —–¸.☆*(¸.*´❤ `*.¸)`*☆.¸—–
[17:58] Lulu Breuer: ☆☆☆APPLAUSE☆☆☆
[17:58] ioleJanana Chajit: ..:::APPLAUSE:::..
[17:58] Herradura Baar: #7 CindyS Tatham
[17:58] Rhonda Pennell: yay Carilynn:)
[17:58] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[17:58] Carilynn OHare: Thank you!
[17:58] Herradura Baar: #10 Rhonda Pennell
[17:58] Zoey Neutron: ☆Applause☆
[17:58] Rhonda Pennell: Cindyyyyyyyyy:)
[17:58] Veronica Krasner: *:-.,_,.-:*'“'*Yayyyyyyy!!!!*:-.,_,.-:*'“'*
[17:58] Rhonda Pennell: ~*~ OMG ~*~
[17:58] Rhonda Pennell: ~*~ FAINTS ~*~
[17:58] Herradura Baar: #11 Amberlea Nitely
[17:58] Tanaya Baxton: ********APPPLLLAAAUUUSSSEEE********
[17:58] Rhonda Pennell: ohmygod:D
[17:58] Rhonda Pennell: *:-.,_,.-:*'“'* Yaaaaaayyyyy!!!! *:-.,_,.-:*'“'*
[17:58] Herradura Baar: #12 Burly Tigerpaw
[17:59] Shae Sixpence: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[17:59] Veronica Krasner: Applause!!
[17:59] Cinna Button: ✿◕‿◕✿
[17:59] Cinna Button: APPLAUSE!!!!!
[17:59] Cinna Button: APPLAUSE!!!!!
[17:59] Cinna Button: ✿◕‿◕✿
[17:59] Heydon Milter: *** @ ❤ @ ❤ @ ❤ ***
[17:59] Heydon Milter: *#*#* Nice *#*#*
[17:59] Zoey Neutron: ☆Applause☆
[17:59] Lacey Firehawk: ..:*❤——AWESOME!!—-❤*:..
[17:59] Lacey Firehawk: —–*☆.¸('*.¸❤¸.*´)¸.☆*—–
[17:59] Lacey Firehawk: ..*-:¦:———————-:¦:-*..
[17:59] Lacey Firehawk: —–¸.☆*(¸.*´❤ `*.¸)`*☆.¸—–
[17:59] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[17:59] Emma Portilo: (`'·.¸(`'·.¸:•.•:*¨*☆
[17:59] Emma Portilo: APPLAUSE!!!
[17:59] Emma Portilo: ☆*¨¨*:•.•:¸.·'´)¸.·'´)
[17:59] Zoey Neutron: congrats!
[17:59] Herradura Baar: #14 Lauren Mureaux
[17:59] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[17:59] Viola Rookswood: Applause!
[17:59] Caffinelover Selona: ☆Applause☆
[17:59] Marcus Night: *•.¸'*•.¸ ♥ ¸.•*´¸.•*
[17:59] Marcus Night: .•*♥¨`• APPLAUSE! •¨`♥*•.
[17:59] Marcus Night: ¸.•*`¸.•*´ ♥ `*•.¸`*•.¸
[17:59] Herradura Baar: please hold your applause
[17:59] Rhonda Pennell: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[17:59] Herradura Baar: #18 More Young
[17:59] Shae Sixpence shuts up promptly.
[17:59] Herradura Baar: #33 Laylah Lecker
[17:59] Rhonda Pennell: *laughs now it is too quiet
[17:59] Herradura Baar: #35 Puhi Rotaru
[17:59] Cinna Button: *sits on her hands* 😦
[17:59] Herradura Baar: #38 Sazzy Oh
[17:59] Herradura Baar: #43 Tanaya Baxton
[18:00] Herradura Baar: and our last finalist – #48 – PureBeauty GossipGirl
[18:00] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[18:00] Rhonda Pennell: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[18:00] Shae Sixpence: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[18:00] Cinna Button: now?
[18:00] Marcus Night: *•.¸'*•.¸ ♥ ¸.•*´¸.•*
[18:00] Marcus Night: .•*♥¨`• APPLAUSE! •¨`♥*•.
[18:00] Marcus Night: ¸.•*`¸.•*´ ♥ `*•.¸`*•.¸
[18:00] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[18:00] Heydon Milter: *** @ ❤ @ ❤ @ >> AAaaaaplllaauuusssseee !!! <<<>> AAaaaaplllaauuusssseee !!! <<<>> AAaaaaplllaauuusssseee !!! <<<<
[18:04] Heyah Oh: ooooooo
[18:04] Xenobia Foxclaw: oooh, sounds challenging
[18:04] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[18:04] Caffinelover Selona: ☆Applause☆
[18:04] SterlingZen Harbour: ohhhh…mmmm…
[18:04] Nave Fall: it will be FREE
[18:04] Heydon Milter: *** @ ❤ @ ❤ @ ❤ ***
[18:04] Heydon Milter: *#*#* Nice *#*#*
[18:04] Xenobia Foxclaw: YAY!
[18:04] Shae Sixpence: Dang, I missed it.
[18:04] Nave Fall: not another word
[18:04] Carilynn OHare: ㋡
[18:04] Heyah Oh: ☆Applause☆
[18:04] Cinna Button: what did he say?
[18:04] Cinna Button: I didnt see anything
[18:04] Nave Fall: thank you
[18:05] Rhonda Pennell: wow:D
[18:05] Nave Fall sips it
[18:05] Bearlyhere Quandry: ☆Applause☆
[18:05] Nave Fall: zips
[18:05] Caffinelover Selona: fashon show and boot camp;
[18:05] Xenobia Foxclaw: LOL
[18:05] Rhonda Pennell: [06:04:23 PM] Nave Fall: the name is " The Model's Workshop and Tres Beau Designs – Fashion Show Bootcamp"
[18:05] Caffinelover Selona: for modelworkshop and tres beau
[18:05] Herradura Baar: " The Model's Workshop and Tres Beau Designs – Fashion Show Bootcamp"
[18:05] Shae Sixpence: I was raised by a Marine… bring bootcamp on.
[18:05] Nave Fall: I forgot to shout sorry
[18:05] Rhonda Pennell: I wear boots…bring on the boot camp
[18:06] VISTA ANIMATIONS V2.0 IRRESISTIBLE MAN AO V.2U 1: Touched.
[18:06] Herradura Baar: Ok because you folks were so wonderful I have 2 more quick annoucements
[18:06] Herradura Baar: Next week we have Oonpapamaumau Snookums, the creator of PhotoLIFE as our guest speaker
[18:06] Shae Sixpence: Yay
[18:06] Xenobia Foxclaw: \o/APPLAUSE\o/
[18:06] SterlingZen Harbour: wonderful!!!!!!
[18:06] Heydon Milter: *** @ ❤ @ ❤ @ >> AAaaaaplllaauuusssseee !!! <<<>> AAaaaaplllaauuusssseee !!! <<<>> AAaaaaplllaauuusssseee !!! <<<<
[18:09] Shae Sixpence: Euro workshop is insanely packed
[18:09] Shae Sixpence: come an hour before hand
[18:09] Shae Sixpence: my goodness
[18:09] Rhonda Pennell: wow
[18:09] Rhonda Pennell: 🙂
[18:09] StarliteStarbrite Constellation: it got stuck
[18:09] Shae Sixpence: Someone sat in my seat last week. I was like… uhm..
[18:09] Shae Sixpence: Scuse me..
[18:09] Shae Sixpence: I sit there
[18:09] Shae Sixpence: LOL
[18:09] Herradura Baar: ok that's it – time so socialize
[18:09] StarliteStarbrite Constellation: rofl
[18:09] Caffinelover Selona: lol
[18:10] Herradura Baar: if you have questions for Ana or Emma – I believe they are still here 😀
[18:10] Nave Fall keeps his mouth shut tight
[18:10] Shae Sixpence flashes Nave the evil eye.
[18:10] Rhonda Pennell: well time for me to sleep happily:)


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