#SecondLifeChallenge — My Seven Second Life Facts

I bookmarked this post by Strawberry Singh from 2017 — before her joining Linden Lab and becoming Strawberry Linden — ages ago, but never got around to doing anything about it due to… does the ‘all this’ gesture with their hands.

So, as part of my promise to myself to actually blog here regularly in 2021, here are my seven SL facts about myself:

  1. I have always had a female, or slightly female, avatar ever since I joined Second Life nearly six years ago. The thought of changing to a male appearance has never crossed my mind, and frankly I think I’d be very uncomfortable if I did, even more so than if I ever changed back to a more human appearance.
  2. I’ve owned three different types of Linden Home at various points over the years. The first two were the old style, 512 square metre homes — I forget the names, I’d need to look them up on the Second Life website. I do have a soft spot for my current Linden Houseboat in Belissaria, as it has given me the opportunity to try sailing. (With mixed results, but I’m hoping that the completion of Linden Lab’s moving of all SL regions to the Cloud might improve my sailing record.) I’ve not looked at any of the newer Linden Homes, and am not tempted to switch locations.
  3. Music, both played by DJs and performed by musicians and singers in Second Life, is one of the reasons I’ve stayed in Second Life. As someone who is intensely introverted in real life, being able to listen to and enjoy music together with others in a virtual space is incredible!
  4. Related to the point above, becoming a DJ in Second Life, and then a radio DJ on Gorean Whip Radio, allowed me to overcome more of my introversion, while also giving me a chance to share myself through the music that I love. 🙂
  5. I am constantly tweaking my appearance in Second Life, though often in ways that might not be immediately obvious. Part of that has been driven by the evolution of my persona in-world, but I’m also analysing other aspects like the number and weight of scripts I’m carrying on me and the complexity and load times for my avatar. Any opportunity I can find to reduce my script count and complexity is grabbed with both hands!
  6. The colour pink plays a big part in my Second Life. My hair, my clothes, even my furniture! The exact tone varies, and I have been known to turn up in multiple shades. 😀 But there is a method to my apparent madness — it has probably saved me a lot of money by deterring me from buying stuff that either isn’t pink or can’t be coloured pink. (Oh, and my Firestorm viewer is pink too.)
  7. My biggest peeves in Second Life? Definitely gachas, particularly when they contain an outfit I like. Followed by performance lag, and anyone whose avatar is so ridiculously complex that my Firestorm viewer refuses to render them at all.

So, that’s my seven — if you want to have a go, be sure to link to Strawberry’s original post, so she knows about it, and use the #SecondLifeChallenge tag if you’re doing this on the socials. 🙂

This or That Challenge

I forget who brought this to my attention, but I came across this challenge that Strawberry Linden posted to the Second Life Community Forums back in April where she provided a graphic template for people to fill in showing a summary of their Second Life existence.

Since I really need to blog here more often, I thought I’d give this a go, so here’s my summary:

Spiffy’s “This or That” Second Life Challenge infographic
  • The first two don’t need too much explanation, if you’ve read some of my earlier blog posts. 🙂
  • I currently have both a Premium home and a rental parcel in Second Life. I’m not big on decorating or furnishing, but I do like somewhere to put up artwork and other eye-candy. Plus, I can rez stuff when and where I want. 🙂
  • I tend to fly when I’m travelling long distances, and walk when I’m exploring an area in more detail. I’ve also got some boats that I take out onto the waters around my Premium home, as well as a hoverbike that I sometimes use for exploring the interior of the mainland.
  • I mostly buy stuff, although I’ve done some building in the past, and I’m quite willing to modify stuff I own in order to make it more to my liking.
  • Until recently, I was a hoarder, but now I’ve started getting more ruthless in terms of removing things that I’ll never use.
  • I try not to splurge too much on shopping, and mostly I succeed these days. My insistence on a mostly-pink wardrobe does help curb some retail therapy impulses. I tend to wait for sales or clearances so I can scoop up bargains.
  • I am starting to get my inventory into shape, but it’s slow going because I get overwhelmed easily. So I do a little bit at a time, whenever I’m able to. (To be fair, my inventory is pretty minuscule by comparison to some of my Second Life friends, both because I’ve not been here as long and because I’m not a shopaholic.)

Anyway, I hope that gives some of you a chuckle. 🙂