Thursday, February 14, 2013

To be continued...

This blog will now be hosted at Wordpress with a new name. Please update your blog readers and blogrolls if you wish to follow.

See ya over there!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Everybody needs a friend

I’m not sure about the logistics of keeping two separate blogs, both of them being personal ones. It’s funny because I have this compulsion to write, hence the two active blogs, yet I also have this strange fear of running out of words to say. I suppose that as long as I still enjoy SL I will always have something to say about it, yes?

Now that I have moved back into my SL home, I have no idea what to blog about. My SLife is pretty boring. Well, I shouldn’t say it is boring. I enjoy it, but how often do you want to read about me chatting with my friends about current events, favourite books, movies and sharing links to youtube videos? If you were to drop by my place, you would most often find me hanging out with a friend doing just that.

On the occasions when I do leave my parcel, it is to go to a Max Kleene performance or a few favourite spots on the grid. I can do almost all of my shopping on the Marketplace. I'm a virtual world homebody. I like my routine. Nothing to crow about at all.

But hey that’s okay. Peace and quiet with my dearest friends are welcome in my world any time.

My virtual life may not be filled with social events or big excitement, but I think what I have is better. It turns out that I happened to find exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for, and I can't say that I have any complaints about that.

Going on four years, and counting

Friday, February 1, 2013

Out of the blue...

I surprised myself this week when I logged in Second Life and spent more than a few minutes standing around, wondering what to do with my pixel self. Lately, I either log out a few minutes later, or get to doing something else in my web browser and completely forget that I was even logged in. Or, I don't bother coming around at all. But this week, I logged in and actually like changed my av’s clothes, bought her some new things and left the safety of my lag free sky platform.

Motivation to spend more time in-world knocked on my door when my long time friend Chuk, asked me to help him with a makeover. It was great fun searching out items for his new and improved look which has inspired me to not only makeover myself, but my virtual world home too. FYI, Belleza still has the best male skins in SL, in my opinion.

I almost forgot about how easy it is to lose track of time when you’re immersed in the virtual world. This week I got a big reminder of that and today I am fighting off yawns in the office. Side note, I say immersed but I don’t expect that I will ever experience that in the same way as I did when I was a young avatar with Second Life wanderlust. Those were the good old days.

This month marks four years for Carrie in Second Life. In internet years, which is just like dog years, that's ages. So by that logic, I’m a SL oldbie. Don’t be fooled by my youthful appearance. It’s all smoke and pixels.

Another thing that is old is my graphics card. I can no longer take pictures (that meet my unreasonably high standards) of places to explore and share here. But I also can’t think of one good reason for me to not dust off this blog once in awhile and share some thoughts about virtual living. Can you?

After four years of an immersive and sometimes intense virtual life, I have come to realize that it is necessary to step back and take a nice long breather sometimes. The great part about this is coming back for a visit every now and again to catch up with friends and “family” who will always welcome me, as long as they are around. 

It’s just like going home.

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