Currently we don’t have an open bloggers application. However, if you are interested in blogging for us, please first read our Bloggers Guidelines below, and if you are ok with them please contact, dimplelegs Resident (bloggers/facebook manager), or hjh69 Resident (general manager), via an SL in-world Notecard (IMs get capped).
All our bloggers are expected to have read and accepted the following guidelines. However, we are always open to discuss anything that troubles you, and above all we’d like you to have fun.
♥ Generally we estimate that 2-3 posts per month is a reasonable rate (more is always welcome). We do consider imperative that HEC items at events will always get blogged regardless of what you have blogged already in any given month. Nevertheless, if you think that’s too much, let us know how many posts you think you can handle per month (hopefully not less than 2 per month). It may help you to know that currently we rarely make more than 3-4 items per month.
♥ The private HEC Bloggers in-world group is our current means of “mass” communication. It is your responsibility to follow the group notices, hence getting the posted items too (they get auto deleted after 14 days). Checking once a week should be enough! Event items are expected to be blogged within a week or 10 days max, from the date they appear in the group. If for some reason you can’t follow the above timelines, you are expected to communicate your problem with us.
♥ In the notices of the HEC Bloggers group you will find the Welcome Pack, which includes everything you need (logos, landmarks, links, photography tips, blogging tools, info about the HEC tech used in various products – such as WetAware and HEC RO – and more). Feel free to contact hectic1 for any extra information you may need.
♥ All posted HEC blogger-packs include a “HEC to bloggers …” notecard, with detailed info about the items they contain. Feel free to contact hectic1 for any extra information you may need.
♥ When you blog a HEC item, notify us about your post by sending a group-notice to the HEC Blogegrs group (you all have group-notice rights in that group). Also, you should add/tag “hec-fashion” and “slhjh69” on your flickr photos.
♥ Provided you notify us on flickr, and you have set your photos with the right permissions for us to do so (it’s totally up to you), we include your work in our HEC Blogged (Thank you!) galleries on flickr (flickr allows only “Safe” rated photos in galleries). You also get invited to our HEC – hot elegant clothing group on flickr, where you can submit your work regardless of its rating.
♥ We can also invite you to the public HEC group in-world as a blogger, meaning you will have group-notice rights there too. This way you can let the whole public group know about your post. Please let us know if you are interested.
♥ In the end of each month we expect your Monthly Report posted in the group (a notecard listing your blog & flickr links of all HEC related posts).
♥ All HEC items make full use of SL’s advanced lighting system, called Advanced Lighting Model (it is a setting in the Graphics preferences of your viewer). Make sure you have it enabled when shooting, with at least one light source directed to the HEC item. If you have trouble setting and adjusting light sources, try using either our projector-based HEC Light Control System (available in the bloggers Welcome Pack) or one of our free HEC – Body Lights for ALM Testing (also included as a separate box in most of our products).
♥ Many HEC items come with unlimited colors, and materials especially made for their specific fabrics. Best results in showing off the item details are achieved when setting the item’s color to a dark tone but not too dark (pitch black for example may hide fine details in fabric-texture, seems, wrinkles, etc). It also depends on your lighting setup.
♥ If you (don’t or) can’t post at least the event items every month, and you haven’t let us know what the problem is, we will contact you via a Notecard or via Flickr mail, asking what troubles you. If you don’t get back to us within a few days we are very sorry but we will have to remove you from the group without any further notice.
♥ If the guidelines are repeatedly not followed without reasonable explanation, you hopefully understand that we will have to remove you from the groups (3 strikes is all we can afford).
♥ We deeply Thank you for your support!