Editorial: Do You Feel Like I Am Neglecting Your Social VR/Virtual World on This Blog? Well, Here’s What You Can Do About It!

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I am feeling very irritated this morning. Let me tell you why.

When I write this blog, I choose topics that interest me and engage me, whatever is topmost in my mind, and what I think my readers would be interested in. This is (mostly) a labour of love; I do this because I love social VR and virtual worlds, and I love writing about them. And because I now write about so many platforms, it is inevitable that some will get less coverage. I can’t treat everybody equally; it’s impossible.

But lately, I am getting feedback from certain metaverse-building companies that somehow feel that they have been slighted, if I do not mention them in my blog, even in more general blogposts. (And no, I am not naming names. You can guess who you are.) At which point, makes what I do less a labour of love, and more of a chore, an obligation—in short, a job.

Let me make this perfectly clear: your company has ZERO right to complain to me if I am writing about your social VR/ virtual world (and thereby promoting it) FOR FREE, WHEN and IF I feel like writing about your product. If you are so unhappy with how often I do (or don’t) mention your company on my blog, and you expect me to provide more coverage of your platform, then that becomes a job, for which I expect to be paid. My current rate is US$50 per sponsored blogpost. I do not have an exclusive sponsorship deal with Sinespace, and I would gladly welcome more sponsors.

And if you really want to see your brand name appear on my blog more often, then please consider purchasing advertising space. You’ll find that I have quite reasonable rates, which I will be increasing in the new year, as I now have approximately twice as many viewers (according to my WordPress blog statistics) as I did when I first posted those rates a year ago. So if you want the best advertising rates, I suggest that you lock them in now.

If you are not a sponsor of my blog, or an advertiser on my blog, then I suggest you think carefully before you criticize me for what you see as a lack of coverage of your platform on my blog. If you want me to write about your product regularly (instead of when I feel like it), then you should consider paying me for my work.

Thank you for your time and attention.

You Can Help Us: The Metaverse Newscast Is Looking for Sponsors

My producer Andrew William and I are wrapping up our first season of the Metaverse Newscast show. It’s been great fun to do, but it’s also been a lot of hard work for us, particularly for Andrew, who records the shows and edits the footage to make the final episodes you watch on YouTube.

As we move forward to Season 2, we are actively looking for one or more financial sponsors who would be willing to assist us with this endeavour, in exchange for promotion of their products and/or services on the show. A good fit would be a company working in virtual reality or virtual worlds, but we’re pretty much wide open to any good suggestions. If you’re interested, let’s talk. You can contact me on my contact page on this blog.

If we do not find a sponsor, the Metaverse Newscast will continue, but we will need to scale back from our original goal of one show per month, and just do a show every now and then, as we are able. Both Andrew and I have full-time jobs right now, which sometimes makes it difficult for us to carve out time for this work (which is done in the evenings or on weekends).

If you are a reader of this blog and you know of somebody who might be interested in sponsoring the Metaverse Newscast, please contact me and I will follow up with that person or company, thanks! Any leads would be appreciated.

And—as always—thank you for your continued support of this blog! It means the world to me.