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12 Years of Second Life & Second Life Yearbook Challenge!


Today is May 9th, 2019, which is also my 12th rezday. If you don’t know what a rezday is, it’s the date you created your Second Life avatar. So it’s kind of like your avatar’s birthday. 12 years ago today I stumbled upon Second Life and fell in love with this virtual world!

To celebrate my 12th rezday, I’m bringing back my Second Life Yearbook Challenge. This is the fifth year in a row that I’ll be doing the yearbook challenge. To participate in this challenge, all you have to do is take a portrait style photo of your avatar and share it on any social platform with the hashtags #SecondLifeChallenge and #SecondLifeYearbook. If you share it on Flickr, please also add it to the new and official #SecondLifeChallenge Flickr Group, but please do read the rules of the group before doing so. Feel free to add your images to the Second Life Yearbook Flickr Group as well if you like. Hopefully, some Linden Lab employees will also be participating in this challenge. Check out Xiola’s yearbook challenge picture below. You can also see my yearbook images from 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015. Looking forward to your yearbook photos!

Other Topics of Interest

SL16B: Speaking of birthdays, Second Life will be celebrating its sweet sixteen this year. Sixteen years ago, on June 23rd, 2003, Second Life launched to the public. SL16B festivities have already been announced, and the celebrations will run from June 20th, 2019 through July 8th, 2019.

Fran Seranade’s Celebration of Life: 92-year old Fran Seranade was a beloved Second Life Resident, who had Parkinson’s, and was the original inspiration for the Creations Park region in Second Life. She passed away on March 3rd, 2019. On May 11th, 2019 from 11am to 9pm SLT, a celebration of her life will be held at Savoy Ballroom in Creations Park. By June 1, 2019, a memorial honoring Fran and this celebration will be located in-world at the Savoy Swing Era Museum, and will be available online at For more information about this event, check their website. This event will benefit Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research. You can also watch The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson’s] which featured Fran in 2013.

Second Life New User Tutorials: I’m currently working on a series of tutorials for new users, which will eventually be posted on the Second Life YouTube channel. The first tutorial of the series will be out soon, perhaps next week. In the meantime, Linden Lab has released the bloopers that were made from the first tutorial. It was great fun working on this with Xiola Linden:

My Second Life avatar over the years: I wanted to share my Headshots Flickr Album again because I love the way you can see how much my avatar has changed over the years.

12 Years of Second Life

Every year I sign off on my rezday posts sharing how much Second Life has meant to me over the years. This year it’s now become my career. I can’t even begin to share how incredibly fortunate and happy I feel. Second Life has brought me so many years of fun and inspiration, and I’m looking forward to many more! Thank you all so much for being on this journey with me, and for supporting my work all of these years. <3


Strawberry has been a Second Life Resident since 2007 and a Linden Lab employee since 2019.

12 thoughts on “12 Years of Second Life & Second Life Yearbook Challenge!

  • Happy Rezday! Again, you’re one of the few people whose rezday’s I remember because it’s the same as my RL birthday.

  • CheriColette

    Thanks Berry, nice timing, I just fitted my first mesh head (I know, Ive been thinking about it a long long time). Happy to take a profile shot today.
    “Happy Rez Day to YOU”

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  • Happy (late) rez day, Berry! Thanks for doing this challenge again this year, it’s my favorite.

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  • Basile Wheelwright

    We are all very proud of your recognition and achievement. You have been essential and hope you will be even more, because you, you understand what means “residents”.

  • Procrati Mistwallow

    Hello Strawberry! Just a note to let you know that although I’ve joined, and subsequently uploaded a yearbook photograph twice now to the SecondLifeChallenge – Official Flikr group, it has been removed twice. It does not violate any of the group rules, so I’m not sure what’s happening there. I thought it might be good to let your other readers know that they might not be ABLE to get their portraits onto that site.

    I love the idea of your challenge – and wish I could participate. It would be good, when photos are removed from the SecondLifeChallenge – Official Flikr group, if folks were told WHY this was happening.

  • Liliblue Cleanslate

    Hi Strawberry, missing you!!! like your amazing fashion reviews and your unboxing videos…but oki I hope you are like getting fun in your new job 😀

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