This week  Cain Maven, from Maven Homes, wrote a piece as guest blogger on SL Blogger Support, telling us about the challenges a house-builder and architect has when it comes to finding bloggers.

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This weeks guest-blogger, in our new series, is house-builder and Second Life architect Cain Maven.  You will get to know him better in this article he wrote for us. Food for thought, thank you Cain for taking the time in your busy schedule to give us your insights!

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I have a confession to make: I haven’t been particularly good at using blogs to promote my Second Life business. In fact, I have sucked at it. Mostly, this is because I have been lazy or inept, but to a certain extent it’s also due to the nature of the beast. Let me explain. I design, build, and sell houses for a living. For historical and business reasons, I maintain two brands: Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes. Most of the Maven Homes models are small to mid-sized, whereas the latter range from medium to Insanely Big. Now, it doesn’t…

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For ages I have been in doubt as to write a blogpost on this, a rather personal real life thing I learned to live with and which, on a daily basis, affects me and also my Second Life. Just because it is something I deal with every day.
The last thing I want is a pity party, as I am way too old for that crap and I do not wish anyone to feel sorry for me. So why write this down then?
Maybe because I am beyond feeling ashamed, am beyond being bothered what people think and beyond hiding it.

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Interesting read for all those wondering what Blogger Managers do behind the scenes!

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I was approached some weeks ago now to write an article for SL Blogger Support  about the other side of the fence…the life of a blogger manager. As well as being a blogger myself I was also responsible for the blogging team for both MadPea and SwagBag as part of my past role as Marketing  & PR Director for MadPea. I’ve recently decided to move on from there but as blogging is such a love of mine I am sure it will feature in whatever I do next. 

slbs_003.pngBlogging in Second Life has changed a great deal over the last 14 years and there are probably more bloggers in SL now than there was at the peak of SL’s popularity in 2006/2007. I’m told that back then it was much more about reviewing an item and that bloggers felt more of a partnership with the creators they blogged for than…

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Second Life artist Storm Septimus has created an installation on LEA, called “Invictus” – based on the famous poem with the same title by  William Ernest Henley;

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul

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It has been a bit quiet around Biné Rodenberger, the owner of one of my favourite sims Binemist (which closed a few months ago) but I knew she was busy working on a new sim. So I was thrilled when she invited me over to Binemust, her new place, which took her months to shape and decorate for a review. It will open to the public on 15 august. Yup, you will have to be patient!

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But Binemust is worth the waiting. A sim with two islands and a complete underwater world to explore, awesome for enjoying and wandering about and of course: photo shoots. You can rezz your props, autoreturn in set on 30 minutes, which is wonderful!

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I am sure this place will soon become a photographers favourite, and I am truly delighted to see Binés work back in Second Life!

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More links:
Binemust on Flickr
Biné’s  blog
Biné on Twitter