I joined Second Life in October, 2007. I discovered Second Life by chance. I have a great interest in art and one day read about an artwork that was being shown in RL and SL at the same time. I had never heard of virtual worlds before this, rarely played computer games and nothing online, nor had I ever participated in chat rooms. But I decided that I wanted to see what the artwork looked like in SL, so I joined, thinking I would just pop in, see the work and leave. That was almost 2 years ago.
I was immediately fascinated by this new world and kept coming back. I finally found the artwork I had been looking for and in the process discovered all sorts of other things – how to change my avatar (after many false starts and embarrassing moments), walk around (not as easy as it sounds, but anyone in SL will understand that), fly (even more challenging than walking, fortunately we are resilient in SL), make friends and find places I enjoyed visiting again and again.
Not long after joining I discovered that CNN was starting a group of ireporters to write stories about Second Life for their ireport blog. Writing had always interested me, so I decided to give it a try. I will never forget the first time I posted a story and seeing it appear on my computer screen! It was a feeling of nervousness, excitement and exhilaration which has never gone away, and I don’t think ever will. I continue to post stories on the ireport website, mostly to do with the intersection of SL and RL, since that has been my great interest since day 1, but occasionally on other subjects, too.
While at CNN I became friends with an avatar named Janey Bracken. She joined the CNN ireporters group around the same time I did. Janey went on to become the assistant editor for Virtually London (lite), a blog about the London sims in SL and she invited me to work as a reporter. I began writing for Virtually London (lite) in July, 2008, and not long after that moved into one of the sims, Chelsea, where I now have my SL home. Janey went on to become the editor and owner of the blog and one of my dearest friends. Together, along with fellow Virtually London (lite) reporter pixi Piers, we started another blog named Our Virtual Trilogy. On that blog we take a look at the lighter side, usually, of Second Life.
Now I have decided to start a blog of my own. I don’t know where it will lead, but I hope it will be to somewhere interesting, and since you are reading this, I hope you will come along.