Here’s a fun look I put together for Hello Tuesday. Isn’t the LivGlam top and skirt divine? Below the cut you will find my response to last week’s 20 Personal SL Questions meme from Strawberry Singh. Yes, it took me forever to finally get around to participating!
Dress: LivGlam – Says My Heart (found at the mainstore as part of Hello Tuesday)
Necklace: EC Jeweler – Wings Necklace (found at Cosmopolitan Sale Room)
Shoes: Essenz – Seattle (found at Cosmopolitan Sale Room)
Nails: ZOZ – Summer Beach Polish (found at Cosmopolitan Sale Room)
Hair: Little Bones – I Get Around (free group gift)
Pose: Mien – Early 3 (found at Pose Me Amazing)
Candle and holder: Junk – Wannabe Boho – Lantern (found at The Arcade)
Phone: Tres Blah – Rotary Phone – pink (found at The Arcade)
20 Personal SL Questions
1. When and how did you discover Second Life? In 2008 I was spending the summer with uncle in Virginia. The evenings after work and weekends were pretty boring. The July issue of a science magazine was laying on the table one day so I picked it up and saw that a featured article was about the ways universities were using Second Life. It intrigued me.
2. Did you know about virtual worlds before or was this your first experience with them? For the most part this was my first experience with them. Actually, the first time I heard about SL was via MTV around 2006/2007. It looked too complicated so I didn’t finish downloading the viewer.
3. Has Second Life met your expectations? I didn’t have any expectations when I first started playing except that it would be easier to meet people. Also, I had no idea there would be such a sexual component to it.
4. If you could teleport back to the first ten minutes of your avatar’s slife, what would you tell yourself? Three things: One, don’t choose Sorbet for a last name. Total regret with that one. Second, read everything carefully before you click “OK.” Not paying attention was how I got bitten and ended up in Bloodlines. And finally, start blogging earlier.
5. How long did it take you to master avatar flying and driving vehicles inworld? It only took a couple days.
6. Do you have a mystery alt? No. I have multiple alts but I can’t remember any of their names and I’ve only used each once. Having alts isn’t for me and I don’t see a purpose in it.
7. Is your SL avatar a reflection of you, or someone you wished you could be? She’s somewhat a reflection of me in terms of coloring. She’s about 10lbs thinner than I am, so in that respect I’d like us to be more similar.
8. Is there an individual you met in SL that inspired you in your RL? How? There really hasn’t been with the exception of some people I met that made my resolve stronger to be a social worker. Their strength inspired me to pursue graduate school.
9. Do you feel it is easier to create stronger bonds/relationships with people you meet inworld as opposed to the real world? It’s easier to create stronger bonds until those people disappear. In that way, it’s tougher than RL.
10. Did you ever imagine or believe people could fall in love with someone they never met before Second Life? I’ve always believed that you can form a connection with someone and have it develop into love whether or not you’re with each other all the time.
11. How has your perspective of dating changed (or not) since you started playing second life? My perspective hasn’t changed. It’s not something I do. Tried it but not my thing. RL is WAY better.
12. How has your perspective of employment changed (or not) since you started playing second life? Well, I want to work less in real life so I can spend more time in SL. haha. That’s probably not a good thing and just means I’m addicted.
13. Name three things in both your lives that overlap each other significantly. The friendship with my best friend Kat definitely overlaps. So do my love of photography and exploration/travel.
14. If you could live your life more immersively in a virtual world, would you? (Kind of like the Matrix) Yes, I think that would be amazing to some extent. I’d always want the option to leave it, though. Comparing it to the Matrix might be a little too intense.
15. How do you think behavior changes for people if they’re inworld vs in real world? Why do you think that is? People are not as cautious or caring in SL to a large extent. They can hide behind their computers so I think as a result there is more manipulation. On the positive side, I think SL is great in that people with mental illness or disabilities can do things which are difficult for them IRL. There are definitely supportive communities out there where people are more open about sharing themselves.
16. How has second life consumerism changed your perception of spending habits, the value of money, the need to be “bleeding edge” with fashion? I’m way more stylish in SL than RL. It has allowed me to explore the stylish/fashionista side of myself that I don’t have the money for IRL. Every month I can spend $60 in SL and it gets me a great deal of items. In RL that might get me a dress at Target. It stretches way farther. Believe it or not, SL has helped me save money. In the past I was a pretty big shopper.
17. Do you think virtual worlds like SL drive and redefine human interaction or do they narrow and limit it? To me, it’s just a new way to interact with people. As a reserved individual who lives in a small town, I don’t hang out with people much. SL makes our world smaller and has the potential to bring us closer together. There is potential for fostering community. That belief is a big reason I started Avatars of Second Life.
18. If technology progressed tomorrow to allow you to send emotions to people the way you’d send text or voice messages, would it enrich your SL experience or infringe on it? It would, but only if there was an option to accept or reject the emotions. Otherwise, I think it could make SL more toxic. The sharing of emotions would make things easier for those who hang out with a lot of people or have a love interest.
19. Name three skills you attribute to having learned or honed in second life alone. Photoshop, using social media and my eye for fashion/styling.
20. If your grand kids googled your Second Life Avatar’s name, would they be intrigued, disgusted, proud or something else? They’d probably find my avatar pretty boring. All she does is take pictures and blog. By the time I have grandkids there will be way more interesting things to do on the internet than Second Life.
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