Conversations about the Flickr accounts changes are running rampant throughout Second Life and on the internet. For myself, it is going to be a no-brainer with some research. I have a free account and with the announcement that free accounts keep a max of 1000 photos, I felt I could continue on for a while. That thought was I had a ways to go but last night I found out I had over 600 photos posted. Wow.
This knowledge has set me out on a search today to find another spot where Second Life Residents are welcome and where I can post to my heart’s content. In looking back through my photos, I realized how precious some of my SL memories are. And how they document my lovely friends I have there. I am so grateful to have a place to escape real life and also one where there are people who are doing the same with me. Some of those people know me so much better than anyone in my real life. SL friendships are very important to me.
So with my search for an online photo place, the first site I found wasn’t just a photo sharing place. It was the Second Life counterpart to Faceboook!!! My little heart has jumped for joy a couple of times since I signed up this morning and with a fellow SL writer as my friend number one, I am impressed with it. Everything you do is just like FB, from posting, liking, commenting, etc. So no learning curve there. The name of it is OnLinker.
The cover of my NaNoWriMo novel that I posted on OnLinker. So easy – I love it. I am now trying to persuade all my SL friends to join. If you are on OnLinker or join, please friend me!! https://onlinker.com/KatJamez
And let’s not forget about old school posting to your Second Life feed which is pretty much another FB-like feed. https://my.secondlife.com/katjamez/
Imgur is a free place with lots of storage and easy to use. I used the copy and paste URL way of posting a couple of images I had posted on Twitter and it worked – very quick. You can also drag and drop from your computer. Alas, I guess WP blocks it. 😦 And it didn’t play well with Twitter when I tried to share either. But still.. it’s free.
The other “r at the end” site: TUMBLR. This is a blogging site where you can post tons of photos. I did find this site unlike the others will let me copy and paste from my snipping tool. Quick and easy and also with the option that so many of us like about Flickr – it’s public. People can like and reblog your posts too and other sharing options. I forgot I even had this account, but I like this too – it’s easy and feeds my standard operating procedure of snipping everything. My Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/kat-jamez
And last is Gyazo. This was introduced to me a few weeks ago by a SL friend. It is quick and easy – a great way to show others you are chatting with inworld something instead of paying $10L to upload a pic. You do have an account and can share the link in chat. Easy. I downloaded it to my desktop and you click on it and use your mouse just like when you are snipping. It immediately gives you the link by bringing up your browser. There are several ways to share: direct link, html, Twitter, etc.
I hope I have given you some viable options and the ability to run away from Flickr. They will not hold me or my photos hostage. Sharing media is an important thing in my second life. 🙂 I can see from the options above that I want to see how OnLinker pans out. I think it will. And my Tumblr blog shows some promise too – something I had forgotten about. Put that link right back on my bookmarks bar!
NaNoWriMo Update: I am enjoying myself so much this year during NaNoWriMo. I have half of the words I should have, in the quest for 50,000. But no pressures, this year. I am so happy that I am able to fully participate with my weekends free and dropping into Milkwood each evening. I have written something every single day this month so far and am proud of that. And the best thing that can happen, has: my characters have started to act on their own. Ha! I was writing last night and the two “good” characters that I love and was planning great things for – well, they turned shady in one conversation and have somehow dragged a new character (a preacher) into it and made him the villain. I just sat there after I wrote it and said, “WTH just happened?!!!” Great FUN, Great FUN 😀
Also Harri changed the table and brought more seats to Milkwood (where I write inworld) and it is just gawjus. I love it. The people I write with all the time have been added to, with a gob of new people, and I have even made a few new friends. Second Life is good ♥
I hope all of you are having just as great of time with your writing and your characters. Good words everybody, good words!