Merchants: A chance to get out in front of new Second Life residents

MadPea’s first free-to-play game, The Ghost Town, launches on the 19th December at the Firestorm Gateway. MadPea seeks 20 merchants to provide themed prizes for the players. MadPea and Firestorm will promote participating vendors to their customers of the future before anyone else.

MadPea seeks prizes that enhance a new user’s Second Life experience. They’d prefer wearable items such as

  • clothing
  • skins
  • mesh body parts
  • hair
  • avatar accessories
  • pets
  • wearable vehicles
  • companions
  • and AOs

If you’d like to support this effort, please complete this form and answer every question.

The deadline for applications is December 12th. MadPea will select the vendors they feel are a perfect collaboration for this adventure and contact them.

Some background

A few weeks ago, MadPea Games and Firestorm announced a partnership with regards to the Firestorm Community Gateway. We asked MadPea to provide some experience-led games for users to show them the possibilities of Second Life.

New residents, who stay and play, in our virtual world are essential to the continued success of our grid. Linden Lab continues to work to attract new residents. Soon, Firestorm will do the same. Residents can do their part to ensure that new users engage in the rich, user created content that is on offer.

We hope that by playing MadPea games, new residents will learn skills that will help them over the steep SL learning curve. They’ll also have some fun collecting prizes.

More information

For more information about becoming a vendor, please contact Tichelle Teebrook in world. For more information about MadPea or their collaboration with Firestorm, contact Kess Crystal in world, or kess@madpeagames.com

Canary Beck, Firestorm Marketing Manager & Administrator of Blogging Second Life

87% of Second Life Blogs are about fashion while many niches still exist

I’ve charted our most recent Blogging Second Life statistics and can share that 86.8% focus on Second Life fashion. The total number of blogs in the list are 1,680, and here’s how the chart breaks down:

Blogger Niches

Long-term readers of this SL Blogger Support may recall seeing similar numbers in March 2015, which showed similar proportions. At that time, nearly 87% of Second Life blogs in our database were about fashion, with 1,308 blogs listed at the time.

Here’s the data as a table:

Category Counts n=1,680
1 – Fashion 1458 86.8%
1 – Editorial 49 2.9%
1 – Travel 37 2.2%
1 – Roleplay 30 1.8%
1 – Variety 30 1.8%
1 – Home & Garden 29 1.7%
1 – Arts & Entertainment 19 1.1%
1 – News 12 0.7%
1 – Current Events 7 0.4%
1 – Business 5 0.3%
1 – Directory 4 0.2%

Breaking fashion blogs further down, we now have more Second Life fashion bloggers focusing on women’s clothing than my earlier stats showed:

Second Life Fashion Blog Niches

In our statistics from March, only 66% of fashion blogs were about women’s fashion. Blogs about men’s fashion however have increased in proportion since last March, growing from 8% to 10.5%. Clearly, there are many areas that remain under-represented in the segments above, which may be open to niching.

I thought I’d also share some insight into the proportions of store categories we have in our database (n=1,880):

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Clearly, more variability exists in Second Life stores than does in Second Life blogs, with stores that label themselves “apparel” representing 53.2% of the pie. This table is here:

Category Count n=1,880
1 – Apparel 1001 53.2%
1 – Avatar Accessories 264 14.0%
1 – Home & Garden 217 11.5%
1 – Avatar Components 209 11.1%
1 – Animations 55 2.9%
1 – Building and Object Components 36 1.9%
1 – Buildings and Other Structures 36 1.9%
1 – Animals 11 0.6%
1 – Complete Avatars 11 0.6%
1 – Gadgets 7 0.4%
1 – Art 6 0.3%
1 – Breedables 6 0.3%
1 – Recreation and Entertainment 6 0.3%
1 – Celebrations 4 0.2%
1 – Gestures 4 0.2%
1 – Scripts 4 0.2%
1 – Weapons 3 0.2%

This data reveals that there may be opportunities to niche in categories where fewer advertising blogs focus, namely: avatar accessories, home & garden, avatar components, animations, and buildings.

Of course, if you have no interest in using your blog to promote Second Life products, there are plenty of niche opportunities still available for those who wish to go into areas other than fashion.

If you’re not yet listed on the Blogging Second Life database, please do so here to be included in this data.