Meme mio!

I’m not very fond of Internet memes. They’re like TV series or soap operas to me. And I’m bad at following shows for more than a few chapters because I’m always doing several things at once, so if something else gets my attention, the repeating task will probably fall behind or be forgotten altogether. But then, I’ve been late at blogging too –as per usual–, so having a stimulus like this particular one to exercise my typing skills comes in handy. In that is at what memes excel: in producing easy/light web content when time runs short. So here are my answers to Strawberry Singh’s 14 questions in the Why do I blog? meme.

  1. How long have you been blogging? It’s been 4 years and 5 months, since December 2008.
  2. Why did you start blogging?  I wanted to add another dimension to my Second Life, somehow. Back then I was doing a lot of landscaping, so basically I thought it was a good idea to chronicle all of the transformations my plot was going through, and in doing so create some kind of directory of my favorite garden centers.
  3. How many times a week do you post an entry? How many times a week? (faints) Meh, I only have time to blog 2 or 3 times a month, at best.
  4. How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis? Fortunately, I’m better at reading blogs than I am at writing blog entries, so I read lots of them, a bunch of which I visit daily. It’s good to know what other people are thinking or doing. It gives you a sense of what’s going on in the world beyond the usual media coverage. As for how many exactly, I have no idea.
  5. Do you comment on other people’s blogs? Not as much as I would like, but yes I comment whenever I feel I have to. After all, you share your thoughts expecting some feedback, isn’t it? If it were otherwise, blogs would be mere collections of personal diaries, for private use only. That’s not the essence of blogging.
  6. Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? Yes I do. Statistics are always fun, and sometimes they even help in the blog’s maintenance. For instance, sometimes I try to blog on weekdays when I know I get more visitors. It’s also interesting to know where your readers come from.
  7. Did you ever regret a post that you wrote? So far, never. There’s no reason to regret what you think… maybe how you say it, but that’s another story.
  8. Do you think your readers have a true sense of who you are based on your blog? I guess my readers think I’m an ent, or that I go around hugging trees every other minute. If that’s the case, they don’t.
  9. Do you blog under your real name? My real name? As in my real SL name? Yes.
  10. Are there topics that you would never blog about? There are a lot of topics I don’t discuss because I lack the time to blog more often. I wish I could write about everything, actually.
  11. What is the theme/topic of your blog? It’s about gardening, landscaping and home decoration in SL, from a simple amateur’s perspective. I put things together as they appeal to me. I have no formal training whatsoever in any of those fields, not even self-taught. Also, my source of income is extremely limited, and since –so far– I buy everything readers see on the blog, I only include the few items I actually use. In that sense, my blog has never been a site for product reviews, but for product showcasing.
  12. Do you have more than one blog? If so, why? Considering I have a very limited supply of free time –that’s the reason why I’m a low profile blogger–, it would be unthinkable to start another SL-related blog. Yet, I have toyed with the idea of starting a second SL blog addressing the Spanish speaking residents. With such a seemingly diverse population across the SL grid, it is almost incredible to have so few non-English non-fashion blogs (that I know of) in other languages. I think there’s a need for that.
  13. What have you found to be the benefits of blogging? I really thought this question would have gone with no answer, but hell, there are a lot of benefits from blogging. When I do a landscaping job –that I know I’ll end of blogging after it’s done– for example, I don’t simply add things at random. I take into consideration the kind of landscape I want to do, the type of geography the place would fit in if it were in the real world, the type of vegetation that would grow in such an environment, the season it is, even when flowers bloom in real life. So now that I think of it, blogging about SL have helped me in learning and understanding more about RL nature.
  14. So, why do you continue to blog? How many times have I thought about quitting blogging? I think that should be the question for me. And the answer would be: many times, every time I blog, actually. I always have that weird “sensation” crawling in the back of my head whenever I start to write an entry, that after spending all that time organizing my thoughts and taking some pictures to accompany it, if there’s really someone somewhere, other than myself, appreciating the effort. That’s why commenting on blogs is so important: it gives us reason to keep blogging.

Cabin on the rocks, and why the Tembo-dai gazebo stole the show

Well, this post’s title has nothing to do with some alcoholic beverage or anything in particular. As it will become obvious shortly, it’s plainly about a cabin set next to some rocky cliffs at the edge of Nowhere –that’s the name of my plot, as regular readers already know. The main character in this installment is POST’s Gunflint Cabin. This little wood cottage resembles the Gnesen Farm Shed released last summer and shown hundreds of times everywhere (including this blog), but while the shed, by design, is limited in interior space (it’s not  a house, though it looks like one), the cabin has extra room to spare if you’re OK with a 10′ x 8′ one-room, rectangular structure, with the only luxury of a stone fireplace to warm your bones on those chilling nights, and several sash windows that you can actually open or close at will during fair weather. In its original state, it’s only 42 LI, but if you resize it (as I did to fit my self) that number will change accordingly (mine is at 37, right now after a minor shrinking).

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There are six versions of the house in the package: one all natural color, another one with red door+frame and windows+frame, and a third one with red door and windows, each of which has a copy switching the back window position, either closer or away from the fireplace. Though there’s no other modification you can do to the structure, there’s still the option of “painting” the walls, floor or even roof to any color you wish. So, for that I say go with the plain one. That’s what I did to change the color of both door and window frames only. That’s pretty cool, you won’t mess anything else.

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And now with this other picture… There’s a little “story” to this one. As it looks right now, this Tembo-dai Japanese garden gazebo from Virtual Nature is literally stealing the place that was originally reserved for one of two similar style items at The Garden event. I opted for this one for several reasons. I really wanted to use Vespertine’s Garden Gazebo because it fits perfectly on that spot (because of its design and color). I was a little bit worried of its 50 land impact value (too high for a relatively simple gazebo, imho), but I bought it anyway. After rezzing it in the woodsy area, though, it turned out be quite small even for me, a below-average-height male avie. My neighbor won’t fit in, I bet (he’s a minotaur sometimes). The most discouraging thing is it isn’t modifiable, so you can’t stretch it to larger proportions. I love Vespertine, don’t get me wrong, but making this particular product no-mod is not helping the review.

Then I went for RageWorks’ Rustic Gazebo. This one is larger than Vespertine’s at only half its LI. That one is lovely, I tell you, but it didn’t pair too well with a rustic dwelling such as POST’s Gunflint Cabin. I promise I’ll use it for something else for sure.

So that’s the story of why the Tembo-dai gazebo stole the show.

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{ Items } Nature: 3D Trees, Magnolia; Wild Spring Tree (group gift from February); Elderberry (green); Triple Beech. XED Design, Garden Crocus (various colors). Studio Skye, Rocky cliffs; Gnarled cherry.  ||  Other items: Studio Skye, parts from the following building sets: Rocky outcrop, Rustic fence, River bank (rocks), Enchanted path, Board walk. We’re closed,  Pond deck (slightly modified). fri.home, Garden lantern (at The Garden).

Minuscule Spring

Every year –it seems– I tend to skip a season in my landscaping duties, but it has never been Spring… until now. I can’t help it though. All I managed to complete was about a quarter of the parcel, and since it’s getting late for the sakura to bloom (the Japanese cherry blossom front could be reaching Hokkaido before I have enough time to finish my planting), I decided to head for the Summer instead. New in the scene: Happy Mood‘s Sweet Grass #06 (available in various colors).