Botgirl Questi (a long time idol of mine for many reasons) wrote a thought provoking post: Indifference and Disillusionment: Has Second Life Changed or Have I?
Botgirl started inSL back in january of 2008 and was deeply involved in many aspects of Second Life. her post talks about the changes inSL from her perspective as well as her own personal changes as far as interests go
things change and people change so seeing a shift in what you are interested in is a part of everyday real life
it would be a boring world (and life) if we could never change. that said, it can be a wonderful life if you learn what it is you love to do and stick with it
i think of people like Kate Booth and her incredible use of OpenSim for her students. i don’t think it’s that she loves OpenSim, in and of itself, i think she loves what she can do with it – as an educational tool. OpenSim for Kate is like graph paper – it is really good for specific uses and does activate different learning pathways
you know my story – started inSL in 2006 and wanted to be a junior Anshe and had as many as 19 sims. having those meant being very social and i loved that during that time. then the service changed and what used to be fun became toil for me. breaking even took over a year of 20 to 40+ hours a week but it was personally rewarding. but once the openspace thing was announced, i lost many of my 101 tenants and simply didn’t have the ener-gy to rebuild it (or the ability to go into the red again)
the service changed and i did too
today, my use of OpenSim is almost purely utilitarian (95%). it’s like Blender 3D – a tool to create 3D assets that can be used in other ways (ie, science field trips). i also love the creative outlet and that’s why i built the freebie store and Hax Nuit (i consider those to be 3D doodles that went on to be completed and shared)
i’m currently looking at using OpenSim to create the cover art for subQuark’s childrens’ books. covers are expensive – $200 to over $1000 each depending on the illustrator – and maybe i can create something inanimate that will work (a farm in this case because neither one of us can draw a chicken or goat to save our souls!)
i had looked for a pose-able OpenSim chicken and goat but no luck. we have since found an illustrator but i’m still thinking OpenSim could work . . .
anyway . . . my shift over the last 7 years has been to OpenSim as a tool
if you have shifted your use – what has been the shift and why?
btw, Botgirl starts her post off with a quote from Alice and the Queen of Hearts and my fave quote is from the Red Queen (chess) to Alice in Through the Looking Glass:
Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!