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Second Life Made Me Learn Challenge!

Second Life Made Me Learn Challenge

This week’s Monday Meme is brought to you again by Mr. Draxtor Despres. He was having a conversation on twitter with a friend who stated that Second Life pushed him into learning 3D modelling. Draxtor then tagged me and suggested this as a meme, “things Second Life has made people do (or learn)” and since I myself have learned quite a few things because of SL, I figured this should definitely be my next Monday Meme!

Meme instructions: Share things that you have learned because of your involvement in Second Life, either personally or professionally. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments so others can come by and read your answers as well!

  • Photoshop – I had never owned nor tried Adobe Photoshop before I got into Second Life Photography. Now I have it open pretty much the entire day. I’ve never taken any classes but I have watched hundreds of Photoshop tutorials on youtube over the years.
  • WordPress – The only blogging I had ever done before I got into Second Life blogging was on the blogspot/blogger platform. I was not familiar with wordpress at all but now that I’ve owned my own domain and been managing a self-hosted wordpress blog for 5 years now, I feel like I’m pretty comfortable with it. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert and going to be coding and designing my own themes now, but I can use it well enough that if I mess it up in some way, I manage to figure it out eventually and fix it on my own as well.
  • Budgeting and curbing my shopaholicism – I will be the first to admit that I am still a big shopper, but before Second Life, my addiction was a bit insane in real life. I was never really disciplined about money and living at home, I never had any real world expenses of my own other than just clothing and things I wanted for myself. When I joined Second Life, I made a conscious decision never to put money into the game, but earn a living here myself. So I started out getting a job, which turned into several jobs and photography and running my blog here. Working and earning my money here made me learn to put myself on a budget and actually save up for whatever new item I had my eye on. Now that I’ve been blogging all these years and I earn more in SL, the saving up and budgeting has become a bit easier, but I still try to maintain a certain level of restraint on my spending habits, in both lives.
  • Customer Service – I have never worked in retail in the real world so after managing a store in Second Life, I’ve realized that people can be very entitled and difficult to deal with. That also made me reexamine myself in situations where I was the customer and instead of getting frustrated and taking my frustrations out on the csr or designer, I treat them with the courtesy and respect that I would want in return. It’s a very delicate and tricky situation to be in, especially since I am representing someone else’s brand and I don’t want to do anything that would reflect negatively on their brand because of me. It takes a lot of patience and a certain level of courtesy to do a customer service job and I have serious respect for those that do it well in both lives.
  • Growing a thicker skin – In the real world, when you share something about yourself and someone has a reaction or an opinion about it, they tend to share their opinions in a somewhat respectable manner since their real names and faces are attached to that opinion. But in the online world, people can hide behind a computer in the safety of their homes and say whatever their evil little heart desires without feeling the repercussions (like my fist in their face) if they had said the same thing in the real world. So I’ve learned that not everyone will like you and will have issues with you and will voice those issues as often as they can. That used to bother me before, now…not so much.

So those are some of the professional and personal things I’ve learned because of Second Life. I hope you can share some of the things that you have learned as well.

Please remember that you can participate in any of the memes/challenges at any time. You’ll find them all under my Blog Challenges category along with other memes and challenges I’ve done over the years. You don’t have to have a blog to do this challenge, you can share your answer in the comments below or on any social platform.

Second Life Made Me Learn Challenge

Uber starts on the 25th of each month and this Wednesday it will open with one of my most favorite themes, boho! I am so looking forward to this! Keep an eye on the Uber blog and flickr group for a sneak look at what’s to come.

LeLutka is about to have another beautiful hair release. Two new styles will be available on Wednesday, February 25th. I’m wearing the Honor hair in a brown tone. About a week ago Lelutka had a major update to all of their hair textures. Now there are new color packs available in HUDs. Each new pack has base colors, which then have their own unique to that color fade option. Then a roots base option, with the same fades with roots option, so for an 8 color pack you get 32 looks. Confused yet? Here is a picture of the brown HUD to give you an idea. If you are like me and prefer to change your hair color often, but don’t want to get the fatpack, the Range pack will be the one to look at because you get 15 different colors. Click here to see an image of the Range pack. I am loving this new update and I appreciate the fact that the use of the HUD means less clutter in my inventory.

You’ll notice I am wearing the Maitreya body and feet in this image. The sandals are also from Maitreya but were released a while back. Onyx has now updated these sandals to fit the mesh body.  Along with these sandals, she has also updated many of her other older shoes and jeans to fit. You can take a look at her flickr to see some of the items. If you have purchased any of these items in the past, you can hit the redelivery terminal at the Maitreya mainstore for a free update.

Credits:
*Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle
*Skin: Glam Affair – Alice skin – Jamaica 01 F by Aida Ewing (@ Shiny Shabby)(slurls)
*Eyes: IKON Charm Eyes – Grey by Ikon Innovia (flickr)
*Hair: .LeLutka.Honor hair.S by Thora Charron (to be released Feb 25th)
*Hair accessory: Miamai_Souvenir Combs_11 by Monica Outlander (@ Shiny Shabby)
*Dress: =Zenith=Bohemian tie a knot long skirt (Begie) S by Miffyhoi Rosca (Coming to Uber)
*Bag: =Zenith=Bohemian Leather small bag(Begie) Unrigged by Miffyhoi Rosca (Coming to Uber)
*Shoes: Maitreya Gold * All Colors * Antheia Sandal Maitreya-Flat by Onyx LeShelle
Tattoo: Letis Tattoo :: Inermis :: omega applier by Leti Hax
*Jewels: GizzA – Boho Set [Stone] by Giz Seorn
*Puppy: ::BEETLEBONES::CORGI PUPPY V.1.2 by suetabulous Yootz (flickr) (no longer available, sorry)
*Pose: Diesel Works Berrylicious by Rogan Diesel (50% off sale)
Location: Blithe

Majestic

(click here for a raw shot) Majestic is the perfect word to describe the hat/headpiece I am wearing. It’s available in 3 different colors at The Fantasy Collective from Miamai right now. I wore it without any hair or even a hairbase as I think it looked best like that. I did try to find […] Continue reading →

Sparkly Pumpkins and Bananas

There are a lot of fruit in this post…a pumpkin prop, banana shirt and then of course a big strawberry! Did you guys know that both pumpkins and bananas are actually kinds of berries and strawberries are not? Yeah, totally didn’t know that till recently. The banana shirt is a new release from Erratic that […] Continue reading →

Google Meme

Good morning everyone and happy Monday! Today’s meme was actually going to happen later this year but I’ve pushed it up since Emily from SLTimeWellWasted did a similar challenge last week. So, I figured this time I would do a MEME-MASHUP and mix the two up so you guys can do both challenges if you […] Continue reading →

Wizarding Faire

Wizarding Faire 2013 starts tonight at midnight and is brought to you by Mischief Managed. The theme of this faire is magic and it will run for two weeks. It will be held in the Diagon Alley on the Mischief Managed roleplay sim. The sim is usually closed and only available to the Harry Potter […] Continue reading →

Miamai Critters Society

The Miamai Critters Society Plushie Avatars will be available at The Arcade SL starting September 1st. Ever since I got my hands on these adorable little avatars, I’ve been dying of cute. I passed them to my two alts and decided to make a short video so you guys can see the AOs that come […] Continue reading →

Cupid’s Arrow

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” -William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1.1.231-2) (raw shot of similar pic) So today is day two of Avatar Blogger Month and I’m kind of patting myself on the back even though it’s only been two days but […] Continue reading →

The Wedding

On Valentine’s Day this year, my dear friend Mr. Jefferson proposed to the lovely Eve Petlyakov, you may remember this blog post about it. This weekend was the wedding we’ve all been waiting for. There are a lot of things that I found incredibly amusing about this whole wedding day and I wanted to share […] Continue reading →

Butterfly Eyes

(click here for raw shots) A:S:S (which stands for Another Stupid Shirt Shop) also creates mesh eyes (which are far from stupid :P). They are having a Photo Contest with some great prizes. I figured it was the perfect opportunity to break out their Ghost supernatural eyes that I’ve been dying to use in a […] Continue reading →

Blur

We’re so busy chasing our goals, we don’t even notice life passing us by in a blur. (click here for a raw shot) I’ve been meaning to participate in the Single Frame Stories challenge for a while, but I guess I felt a bit intimidated. My pictures aren’t usually planned, they just kind of happen, […] Continue reading →

Water Nymph

I have some really gorgeous items to share with you today. Zodiac is back and with one of my favorite stars, Pisces! I am not sure why, but I always seem to get along great with Pisces. Pisces the fish is known as a mysterious and alluring individual while being extremely talented. I love all […] Continue reading →

Ocean

“My eyes are an ocean in which my dreams are reflected.” Adam n Eve has recently been on a roll releasing one gorgeous skin after another. I blogged a recent release of Sachi’s about a month ago and she’s released three more since then. Meghan has a very strong innocence about her. I love how […] Continue reading →

Unfold

Last Saturday Miamai released the Unfold Collection. As every year with their Black Label Event, this collection is so striking. Every piece is unique and exotic in its own way. All of it is mesh along with some system layers in some to enhance the look. I am wearing the Silente Hood with the Cliona […] Continue reading →

Sorrow

Diesel Works released two pose props this weekend Nightingale’s Glee and Nightingale’s Sorrow. Glee has 16 Burlesque, joyful poses set in a gold mesh cage. I’m using Sorrow. Sorrow has 15 Mellow poses set in an iron mesh cage. I thought it went well with my mood today. It’s really well done and the poses […] Continue reading →