ZOMG – we’re on NWN!

June 6, 2008

When “The History Of A Virtual Couch” showed up on my blog aggregator, I had a strange feeling in my stomach already. I recalled having submitted this blog to Hamlet Au’s call for new blogs recently, and of course I hoped he might sooner or later check us out and like what he sees. I did not expect it that early though.

Now, as the New World Notes (NWN) are probably one of the most influential and far reaching publications about Second Life, this will surely bring us a lot of exposure. Which is a problem at this time. Why a problem?

  1. Ivanova is upgrading her PC right now, and unavailble
  2. Neither the San Jose’s, nor the Berlins are fully done yet – so we have no merchandise to sell for another few days
  3. Second Life experiences severe technical problems right now, so that I could not even put up a notecard vendor, sign-o-matic or group adder for people who might check out our workshop

In one word: I created a PR disaster! (Well, ok that’s like, five words. Six if you like.)

Of course the GREENE concept blog was open to the public before, but few people knew about it. That was OK, since I wanted to have a “history” before we went live, so that potential clients could get a feel for what we stand for. In fact I started only two days ago to put together a PR list with influential people, blogs and magazines, as well as putting together a press kit.

So now we’re in the same position as some huge corporations were when one of their new releases got unexpectedly leaked to the press a week or a month too early. This calls for damage control!

While I write this, an email from Ivanova comes in:

“There goes my private Slife! 🙂 It figures you know? I have gotten the newly upgraded computer all set up, client installed. I put back all the design work I backed up. And now logins are disabled.”

Yes, Ivanova, you’re right. Don’t plan anything for today. As soon as SL is up and running again, the following needs to be done:

  1. Ivanova work highest speed on putting the final versions up – no time for intricate vendors, just rez them in the workshop and set them for sale, since the pricing has all been discussed already
  2. Peter work highest speed on an introductionary notecard, and set up a notecard kiosk in the workshop

Well, Hamlet, thanks for featuring us, maybe that’s the kick in the rear end we needed to draw the line and go into the limelight. But man, do you know what power you have?

Update 8:44 am SLT: SL was gracious with me and let me rez a notecard vendor. The text inside is not perfect, but at least we have something to give out and can contact the visitors later with more detailed information.

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