Collabor88 is a popular monthly themed event with great designers, and the support of many bloggers in Second Life. When this event was formed, Drinkinstein Sorbet (designer and event creator) asked me personally to be part of the official press/blogging team. I accepted and covered it often on my blog. After over a year of dedicated blogging, aka giving my time and blog space to promoting this event, I was tossed out of the group by one of the managers without a word. I didn’t bother asking Drinkinstein about this, but I felt that it was a poor way to treat someone who helped promote your event since its inception. Once I got over the shock (this happened in December of 2012), I began covering Collabor88 again, on my own, not as part of the press team.
However, this blog post is not about me, it is about my friend and fellow blogger, Willow Zander. You may know Willow from her 7+ years of dedicated SL fashion coverage on her blog and various other group blogs. Like myself, Willow was invited to be part of the press team for Collabor88, and covered it every month without fail. In February, Drinkinstein banned her from the Collabor88 sim, and kicked her out of the group without a legitimate reason. Is this any way to treat your official bloggers?
Willow is too nice to mention any of this on her own blog, and continues to give Collabor88 coverage for designers who sends her review copies. I feel that since she’s not a griefer, copybotter, or has done ANYTHING that would earn a sim ban, she should be unbanned immediately. I wish the designers who enjoys her blogging, and benefits from her blogging, would speak to Drinkinstein on her behalf.
Do you think Willow should be unbanned from the Collabor88 sim? Should she still blog it, even though she is banned?
JuicyBomb readers voted in February, in favor of bloggers not providing coverage for events they are banned from attending.