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First & Recent Challenge

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First & Recent Challenge

Meme instructions: Share a side by side comparison of your first blog picture beside a recent picture of your avatar. Don’t forget to share the link to your image in the comments and add your pictures to the Blog Memes flickr group.

I believe this meme idea was given to me by Ms. Trixie Cliassi last year. The idea was to share a comparison of your first blog post to your most recent or new one. I’ve just taken a new snapshot similar to the old one of what my avatar looks like today. She also asked us to share our thoughts on how we feel we’ve improved as photographers or bloggers.

So here is a link to my first blog post ever, where I grabbed the older picture from. As you can see right away, I’ve learned how to edit my lashes properly. I think my photography style is still similar, I like bright, clear images that show the items well. But what has changed drastically is the quality of the items I’m wearing. Of course that doesn’t have a lot to do with me, but instead the improvements of Second Life itself with the introduction of shadows and mesh and also the talent of the content creators that make us all these items to wear. Apart from the images themselves, I think my writing has also improved, at least I hope so.

If you don’t have your first blog picture available or prefer to use a different newbie picture, feel free to do so. The point of this post is to talk about how much we’ve changed and grown since the newbie days. I haven’t processed the 2015 picture since the 2007 one was not processed in photoshop, I figured I’d let them both be raw shots.

I’m still feeling quite under the weather, but I am on antibiotics so by the end of this week I should be feeling a lot better. I’m hoping to catch up on all your responses from the previous two memes as well as some blogging of my own this week. Wish me luck and I hope you can participate! <3

Please remember that you can participate in any of the memes/challenges at any time. You’ll find them all under my Blog Challenges category along with other memes and challenges I’ve done over the years. You don’t have to have a blog to do this challenge, you can share images/words on any social platform.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day and in celebration of that, last week, YouTube started a global #DearMe initiative to inspire and empower young girls everywhere. They asked popular female youtubers if they could go back in time, what wisdom would they share with their teenage self? That resulted in this wonderful #DearMe challenge that has exploded all over the networks with thousands of inspiring and encouraging videos and words being shared all over.

I thought it would be a neat idea to bring this into Second Life and thought about doing the #DearMe challenge for this week’s meme but since I try to keep the focus of my memes and challenges on this blog around Second Life, I realized it wouldn’t work so well. I still wanted to share the initiative in today’s post though because I think it has a very important message.

What would I say to my teenage self?: “#DearMe you may not feel like the brightest or most confident amongst your family and friends right now, but you will grow to become a smart and confident woman that will teach and share her knowledge with many others. So don’t think you will amount to nothing compared to your siblings or friends. You have a lot to offer and people will find the things you do inspirational. Trust yourself and follow your instincts.”

I guess this week is two challenges in one. If you do have a real life blog or don’t mind sharing RL challenges on your SL blog, I hope you do the #DearMe challenge as well.

Credits to 2007 image: Flickr
Credits to 2015 image:
*Skin: -Glam Affair – Katra skin [ India ] 06 F by Aida Ewing (coming to Skin Fair)
*Mesh Eyeliner: –Glam Affair– Couture Eyeliner no.03 by Aida Ewing
Mesh Eyelashes: Mon Cheri “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Olivieri
*Eyes: IKON Charm Eyes – Storm by Ikon Innovia
*Hair: TRUTH HAIR Bexley by Truth Hawks
*Mesh Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 by kikunosuke Eel
*Necklace: [MANDALA]Pearl-Rain-Season3(BLACK) by kikunosuke Eel (@ ShinyShabby)


Strawberry has been a Second Life Resident since 2007 and a Linden Lab employee since 2019.

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