Do you remember what your first time in SL was like? Did you have any friends, did you know anyone or how to do anything?
I've only been on Second Life for two months now but I do feel like I've came a far way. When I first joined I didn't know anyone or how to do anything so I didn't log back on for another week. When that week past by I started going on SL more not really doing anything to be honest. Haha. I still didn't know anyone so I would log on and spend hours staring at pretty clothes and trying to figure out how to do things. I definitely read a lot about SL once I joined and about the different things it offers. After another week or two I got a small gist of things. I like to thing I progressed faster then most since most of the friends I eventually made seem surprised since I had a pretty decent avatar. (Spent 5$ dollars to get rid of the ugly starter avatar skin and buy pretty hair and clothes. Lol) Even though I think I've adapted pretty well I do know there are some things in SL I still don't know about and am thankful for all those SL blogs that help spread the word.
I first joined in the autumn of 2006. I'd heard some stories in the news about this virtual world where people could get up to anything imaginable, so I signed up to take a look for myself...
I'll be honest, for a long while, I had no idea even how to leave the Beginners' island, and my computer sucked, so for a few months I was convinced the place sucked, too, but then I upgraded a little and was finally able to begin exploring.
What I found blew my mind! I practically gave up sleeping for a while, just to spend more time inworld. I made friends, started a business, made stuff for my own amusement...had a great time, all told.
There's been some RL hiccups - bad health, losing my job - that have taken me away for a while over the years, but I'm still here...on my second avatar and my seventh year and it doesn't look like I'm going away again anytime soon!
I actually joined Second Life for a media assignment. We had to pick an online game/social network to write about and a friend of mine suggested to do the assignment on SL! After I had finished the assignment, I found myself logging on and just exploring different areas. A really nice person IM'd me and helped me get used to all the settings such as how to edit my shape and how to spend my Lindens on the Marketplace! An hour a day became 2 hours and then 3 hours which meant more friends and more experiences!
I'll never forget the day I accidentally stumbled on SL! When I first rezzed,I wandered around, walked in and out of peoples homes willy nilly, and just did all the typical noob things...lol! It was absolutely AMAZING to me. I recruited my RL best friend since 3rd grade, we became sisters in SL for many years. We had a group of very tight friends, loves that broke or hearts, broke a few ourselves! Most of the old group has moved on, one passed away. I'm still around, though. I love SL and all of it's possibilities!
I remember meeting a super HOT Aussie guy the first place I got tp'd to out of Welcome island or whatever. He was super nice and helped me out. I met another guy at a beach and he bought me a new skin. I guess I looked pretty bad back then LOL
Then I got frustrated and took a break or two. But I finally came back, and I really enjoy it. It's a nice place to relax and make a little Linden :)
My first time in SL was really confusing but after few weeks of running around with my head chopped off i got organized and started earning money by end of the first week i made my first hundred :D I also did a lot of clubbing but today i am nore cautious to what i do now since there is a lot i wont tell
Raven, totally understand who you feel when people are telling you you could look better. I had that same problem when I first joined. My first friend on SL didn't like my shape and was constantly pointing out what was wrong with it. I kept telling her that I would fix and she was like your better off getting a shape someone else made. I tried it and really hated because, not going to lie, it was a really ugly shape. I said the face was really weird but she said it was better then the shape I had. Needless to say I stopped talking to her and unfriended her. I like the shapes I make, I don't care if they're realistic or not or fit the "standard sizing".
Oh, I remember when I first signed in, almost the first person I met just handed me a free shape and skin! To be honest, I was grateful, as I had no access to money with which to buy anything decent, and back then there wasn't the wealth of free shapes and skins that you find these days.
A couple of years later, I met an obsessive shape meddler who would insist on spending hours with me in edit mode, tweaking this and adjusting that....the net result was a face and body that neither of us liked, so he bought me the same shape, skin, makeup and tattoos as his ex! Yeah, not creepy much! That was when I knew it was time to block and move on...
Now, I have my own highly modded shape. I recently found a freebie shape with a really lovely face, but a horrible body, so I wrote down the numbers for the nice face and manually adjusted it onto my nice body. I'm very happy with the result!
I don't blame people for pointing out how bad I looked, but it got a bit depressing. I have to admit that I did look pretty bad. I didn't know any better and didn't want to spend money. Though now I just want to scream "no no no" when I see someone wearing those pointed blingy shoes.
The first time I joined there wasn't anything but system hair. The second time a few years later there had been some advances but I still was pretty scary looking:
I didn't think I looked that terrible. Sure proportions were off but at least my face was much better. And Raven did you use the insert image button?
This is how I looked like: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2qtlifl&s=5#.UpEU02SXc1I
This is how my friend wanted me to look like: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=16jn89h&s=5#.UpEU1mSXc1I
Aislin Ceawlin said:
Viera, you mean like this?? LMAOOOO!
HAHAHHAHHHA YESS! Those avatar's look like they belong in the 1980's or something.
I refuse to comment on your comment about the '80's...because, well, that would be admitting to being there...lmao! As for my SUPER sexy, uber hot avie....ummmm, yeahhh. I truly thought I was HOT...HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I still have the dress, and throw it on every once in a while for nostalgic purposes. I also remove it immediately after, lol! Oooo, the name of the dress is "Bloodlust" lol!
ETA The skin is still out there at freebie places, I occasionally see some poor avie with it, and just shake my head...lol! I think it's called Shy Carmella
Kay Holmeforth said:
OH! I have all those eight Carmella skins! Gods but they're awful!
LMAOOO. I did first start off with one of those ugly freebie skins but I swear mine wasn't that bad. I sadly don't have a picture of it anymore and now its lost somewhere in my inventory. And as soon as I was able to afford a better one I bought it. Btw Aislin, what year was that picture take in?
If only as a newbie I knew about skin shops having free skin gifts sometimes.
I signed up almost yr and half ago and was pretty lucky when i started. I remember with minutes of logging in I had a real estate agent offer for me to have a house rent free for 3 weeks. Of course me being a noob i had no idea about it lol so pretty much the whole time the house was empty...cept when someone rezzed a bed and sun lounger for me hehe....but rezzing for myself O.O what's that :P I was really lucky actually. I had no money to spend so fair lot of my outfits in the beginning were horrible freebie stuff but as far as my skin and shape I managed to snag a decent one within a week of starting. Someone bought me one. I haven't changed it since..I love it, just feels like me. SO glad I had lots of ppl willing to help me out with setting up and learning sl...I know how annoying noobs can be so i was grateful. Here's me at 9 days old, top looks so painted on lol and hair there is no definition in the strands haha but i used it for quite some time.