September 22nd is my birthday and this past year has been such a wonderful one for me personally. I feel like I’ve really grown and I finally feel as if my life has purpose. I’m not even going to hide my age, I’ve earned my 37 years, and I’ve never felt so incredibly strong and confident before in my life. I’m hoping for even more growth and strength this coming year.
This coming year will also be my 10th year blogging about Second Life. Blogging is such a satisfying and rewarding hobby for me and I don’t know if I ever would have started it if it wasn’t for Second Life. I am so thankful for finding this virtual world that has brought me so much joy and has been such a wonderful creative outlet for me.
To celebrate my birthday I wanted to give you guys, my readers, a gift. I was lucky enough to have a very talented designer, Erratic Rain, donate five L$1000 gift cards for a giveaway for my readers, thank you Erratic!
To enter my birthday giveaway, for a chance to be one of the 5 lucky readers to win a L$1000 gift card for erratic, all you have to do is leave a comment in this blog post with the following information:
- Your full Second Life login name (not display name)
- What do you do in your Second Life? Are you a blogger? Creator? Shopper? Explorer? Share with me what keeps you logging in and don’t forget to leave a link to your blog/store if you have one!
The giveaway will end on Friday, September 29th at 6am SLT and I will announce the winners shortly after that, so you have about a week to enter. At 6am SLT, I will use the Pick Giveaway Winner wordpress plugin to randomly choose 5 winners and I will then announce the winners’ names in the comments of this post and drop the gift cards on them inworld soon afterwards. Good luck to everyone that enters!
I’m also embedding a video below in which I’ve given you a bit of a tour of the erratic mainstore and a glimpse at this bento sweater erratic released this month. So have a look if you haven’t had the chance to visit erratic before.
Watch my video on youtube:
I’m also planning to live stream on youtube today for my birthday! I plan to visit the new grid-wide experience in Second Life: Tyrah & the Curse of the Magical Glytches. As I explore that experience I will live stream it to my youtube channel. I plan to do this at 9am PST on my birthday. If you’d like to join me in this experience, meet me at the portal at 9am PST! Don’t forget to view the tutorial video for this experience ahead of time, so you know what to do when you get there!
Here is a link where you can watch:
I also have a few updates on some other topics I wanted to talk to you guys about.
I blogged about Sansar when it first went into public beta on July 31st. Since then, I’ve been doing a weekly show in Sansar with Draxtor called Atlas Hopping. In each episode we try to visit a few experiences in Sansar and also talk about the latest and upcoming updates to the virtual world. You can watch all the episodes of Atlas Hopping so far in my youtube playlist.
I was also recently asked my thoughts about Sansar by Eclipse Magazine so I shared what my impressions have been thus far and why I enjoy it. Click over to read my response on page 180, but also check out the rest of the Sansar responses starting on page 176.
Sansar also went public with their Discord Server today and all are invited to join. Click over to the Sansar Discord help page to see how you can join their Discord community. If you are not familiar with Discord, I did a detailed post about it a couple of months ago.
The Bloggies Awards
The Bloggies are brought to you by the Blogger & Vlogger Network. They recognize key contributors in the blogging and vlogging community. I had blogged about it a couple of weeks ago, asking you guys to nominate your favorite bloggers and vloggers and even though I encouraged you guys not to nominate me, some of you still did lol. It made me smile, thank you so much. I really do appreciate you guys being so supportive of my hobby, it makes it all the more fulfilling. You guys nominated me in the following 5 categories: Best Destination Blogger, Best Tutorial Blogger, Best Narrative Blogger, Unboxing Vlogger of the Year and Best News Blogger. Thank you again for all the nominations! <3
The nomination process is now over and the voting process has begun. Click over and vote for your favorites now and then join me on October 14th at 12pm SLT at the ceremony. I will do my best to live stream it to my youtube channel as well.
Second Life Survey – Four Bridges Project
millay Freschi (Amy Cross in the real world) is conducting research into the Second Life experience as part of her PhD dissertation at the University of Maine. She has set up an anonymous survey of 48 questions about your relationship with your avatar, your Second Life relationships and group memberships, as well as some demographic information. There is nothing involved that reveals your location or identity. millay founded The Four Bridges Project in SL and will host a concert for the community in January.
She wants to show what, if any, effect our avatars have on our other selves and how this might affect choices and decisions that we make in both worlds. Your participation will be appreciated; the survey will be available until October 15.
Here is a link to the online survey that should take about 30 minutes of your time: Second Life Survey – Four Bridges Project
Thanks again for all of the support this past decade, I really appreciate it. I will be doing another giveaway soon for all of my youtube subscribers once I hit 10000 subscribers on youtube, so if you haven’t subscribed as of yet, click over and hit that subscribe button now! Thank you! <3
Shape: StrawberrySingh.com Simone Shape by Strawberry Singh
*Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle
*Mesh Head: .LeLutka.Head.Simone 3.0 by JadenArt
*Skin Applier: Glam Affair Mea by Aida Ewing (@ C88)
*Eye appliers: Avi-Glam Charm Eyes (@ Shiny Shabby)
Hair: booN Lab.022 hair by boo Nakamura
*Sweater: erratic / laura – sweater by Erratic Rain (@ C88)
*Jeans: erratic / taylor – denim pants by Erratic Rain
*Shoes: A N E Shoes – EVOL Ankle Boots v.2 by Anemysk Karu (@ TLC)
Nosering: Amala – The Heart Nose Stud by crystalny
*AO: VISTA ANIMATIONS *HUD 5.32*ESTHER BENTO AO by Vista Barnes