This post may not be popular with everyone, but I have seen drastic changes going on on the Fashion Planet - World of SL Feed and I am not entirely sure they are positive. Please feel free to COMMENT, I will post all comments received, I want to know if you agree or disagree.
In the last few weeks, there have been dozens of new Blogs added to the feeds. I say WELCOME! I am always happy to see new content and hear new voices. I think it is absolutely necessary that the feed list is updated and these blogs get their place among the hundreds of others. There are some on the feed list that have gone dormant, or are no longer valid addresses, so NEW is good.
I also want to say that even though I waited about 6 months, posting every day to my personal blog before getting added to the feed, I have no issue with brand new bloggers with only a few posts showing up on the feed. I don't run it, it is not my place to decide.
What I do have a problem with, is people not respecting the fact that the feeds are a very busy place, and though the audience for them is relatively small, I get incredibly frustrated when people:
A) Repost of the Same Entries Day after Day for Weeks on end. I mean WORD FOR WORD same pictures, repost after repost with titles like "What's New @ [Insert Store Name Here]. For daily consumers of the blog, this is a real turn off.
B) People repeatedly posting NON-FASHION RELATED information on the feeds. I am not talking about things like "I am getting disillusioned with SL" or "My RL is preventing me from posting", or "I am having problems with the new viewer, my computer, etc." that is related in my mind. I am talking about things like posting a Non-SL related survey or fad that is going around, and everyone on the feed does the same thing at the same time, clogging the feed and choking out the Fashion related content.
C) People not using "CUTS" for incredibly picture intense posts, or even worse, people breaking up a single posts into DOZENS of smaller posts on the SAME DAY, meaning they dominate the feed with 10 posts in one day, and you can hardly find any other bloggers posts on the feeds. This is tantamount to "Boggarting" the feeds, taking them over for your personal use, and it is very much like SPAM.
D) People posting Fashion Shots, Images of Clothing and Accessories with NO CREDITS what-so-ever. I don't mind if the SLURLS are not all present, but if you aren't even able to say who made your clothes, you are not giving credit where it is due and it is just frustrating.
E) People CHANGING THE TIMES on their posts, so that they remain at the top of the feed. We each get about 24 hours on the feed, and that is pretty darn generous considering it is a free service for bloggers. I just think it is unfair to fiddle with post times to remain on the top of the heap.
F) New Store Blogs added to the feed that then list EVERY ITEM they have ever made in the same day. Please, break it up over a few days at the very least, it is just overload. Again, like SPAM.
The reason I am posting this, is simply because I can not imagine I am alone in this. I just want people to understand that when I see one of the above things happen, it does not cause me to stop and look at your posts, what it usually does is cause me to scroll right on by, and perhaps after repeated incidences, avoid reading your posts entirely in the future.
As a blogger that almost entirely BUYS what I wear, and does not openly solicit Review Copies, I am not only a blogger, but a CONSUMER of the Feed, and possibly a CUSTOMER. You may not realize how much you may be turning off your potential customers when you do one of the above things, and I am sure that would not be your intention.
Again, I welcome any COMMENTS. If you disagree, tell me why you feel differently. If you have another pet peeve to add to the list, please do.
Thanks for reading.