It’s my rezzday in Second Life today – 8 years. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I signed up for CSI Second Life (having no idea really what CSI was either) having seen an article in a magazine about the various famous places reproduced in SL. I thought I’d go take a look.
I arrived, bald, naked and rather disorientated in a place where nobody seemed to know what they were doing or want to help me. Bit like RL really!
I’m not going to bore you with the whole ‘Birth of Meri’ story. I’m sure I’ve told it to many before, in my rocking chair dishing out Werthers Originals.I am going to share with you some of the things I have learned about surviving in Second Life.
- Find people who you have something in common with. My starting point was indie music. I searched on that and found clubs and from that found friends and ultimately a place to call home. A community is your mainstay in Second Life, your friends what keep you coming back.
- Don’t get all hung up on finding a ‘home’ to rent as a priority. Many lovely places allow you to set home to their sim if you join their group. Indeed, several people live in the AAi garden which is very quiet. Sandboxes are fine for unpacking boxes etc.
- Remember to take landmarks and join groups of the places you’ve enjoyed, especially in the early days, that way you can retrace your steps easily and find out about events you might like to attend.
- In the first 30 days of Second Life, do search for those places which give freebies to new avatars, there are various blogs to help with that kind of thing. Also, make friends with people who are already established, they can often point you in the direction of some really fantastic group gifts etc. that aren’t at the newbie/freebie places. Do not collect freebie cars, boats, guns, gestures or houses. Generally, there are tons of freebies falling into those categories and you can end up with an inventory full of clutter. If you do want any of those items, believe me, you’ll want to choose carefully.
- Be nice… you can’t tell who is behind an avatar, it’s both the best and worst thing about SL. So, understanding that someone who appears all tricked out and confident might not be in real life can help you get along in this virtual world. Also, it can help to be a little fluid on your understanding of who folks might be in RL. If you’re friends with a Dragon in SL, obviously you’re pretty sure they’re not a dragon in real life. However, you can be friends with a woman in SL and they are a man in real life – that’s fairly common, as is the other way around.
- Be a little cautious… don’t go telling folks everything about yourself in the real world, unless you’re very sure who they are too and trust them. There have been some ugly stalking cases starting in SL. Don’t click on links you’re given unless you are sure they’re safe, don’t give anybody your password.
- Be prepared to upload money… a lot of people arrive in Second Life thinking they can simply ‘find a job’ and earn lindens (SL currency). It’s not that easy. Many paying jobs aren’t given to new avatars and the ones that are usually involve the sex industry or doing something very boring for a long long long long time to earn 1p. Living a completely freebie SL is possible, but it’s also a complete lifestyle choice. It needs time, commitment and a lot of waiting at lucky boards. I have a friend who does it and I know she’d agree, it can be done, but it’s hard work.
- My penultimate point is this, dear reader. Don’t make SL everything. It can take over. Don’t let yourself be online 12 hours a day. Don’t fool yourself it’s real. Don’t make it more important than your real life. Don’t get into fights with other avatars over who is the ‘Best SL Photographer’ for instance. All professions in SL are bullshit to some extent, with the exception of those people who create items for sale and make enough money to live on it in RL. They can argue, but not us ordinary joes.
- My final point… do not name yourself ‘SexyMinx69’ or similar. This is simply bad form. If one thinks you are sexy, one will say so. It’s not for you to decide you’re sexy. Sexy is in the eye of the beholder. Also, choosing such a name limits your SL – yes, seriously. Choose a name from a book, from a myth, from a movie or something else you like, that way you can be a DJ, a model, a friend, an idiot, a prostitute or well… anything you like, that’s the point.
What to wear in Second Life today?
Visit | Blue Lagooon Marina
Pose | [LAP] Pinup Girl (LAP is closed, sadly)
Shoes | Mikunch Canvas Shoes and socks [5sizes] (Mikunch Mainstore)
Hair | +elua+ Daria (elua Mainstore)
Hat | Severed Garden Sailor Hat (Severed Garden Mainstore)
Top | Addams Emma LongSleeves with laces [Mait/3Bell/2Sli/5ss] (Addams Mainstore : Addams Marketplace)
Shorts | Addams Paloma Shorts with laces [Mait/3Bell/2Sli/5ss] (Addams Mainstore : Addams Marketplace)
Addams new mainstore release – the Paloma Shorts and Emma Long Sleeved Tops are so lovely. They’re very fitted, so I recommend the use of alphas to stop bits poking through when you move, but the fit is very good as usual. The texturing on the top is also something I was impressed by, it looks like it’d wash well, haha.
I did a well lit, no shit picture for you of course. Click to see me huge…
And finally, the crazy dancing video so you can see how everything works in motion 😀