I know people say the most compelling thing about Second Life is the friendships we develop. There is a lot of truth to that idea. Over the years, my primary virtual friendships have moved out of SL and into other online platforms. I connect daily via Twitter, gtalk and skype. Plurk comes and goes depending on my tolerance for and interest in the latest drama du jour that always seems to be percolating.
In addition to my friendships in SL, what always called to me were the projects in which I was engaged. I started out hosting at Molaskey's Pub and for years listening to music there was part of my routine. Then I began writing for New World Notes and the focus of my SLife was tracking down interesting events and writing about them on a weekly basis. For a time my 365 photo project held my interest and after that Art Screamer was born. Talking with Zachh and Amase and working with the talented artists we hosted on the sim was probably the most fun I have ever had in Second Life.
Then last year I got sick. I knew something was wrong and I was really stressed out. Doctors and tests and trying to figure out what the hell was going on was my priority. During this timeframe I was offered a job writing for AVENUE magazine and while I was very excited and honored to be asked to write professionally again, I was in the middle of biopsies and procedures and scans and I just could not make it work. Frankly, it was a bleak time for me.
Now, my life has settled down and I know I am not dying. This is a very very good thing!! I find my bandwidth for nonsense is thin and my connection to things in Second Life that used to be important to me is hanging on by a monofilament. I am drawn to being inworld but I am like the proverbial noob -- I don't know what to do with myself when I am there. My SL friendships thrive without my avatar's presence and yet I crave the wonder and excitement I used to experience. What to do?
I need a project!
Zachh and I talked about reviving Art Screamer again. I don't know what will come of that. There are many volunteer opportunities out there. I could make good on my promise to myself to learn to build once and for all. I really don't know what direction I will take just yet.
My plan (today) is to do another 365 project. I am going to log in to SL every day. I am going to look for a project. I am going to take pictures and write words. Maybe something will come of this effort and maybe not. Time will tell. In any case, I am glad this blog is still around and I hope to dust it off. I hope someone is still out there reading.
If you see me in SL please wave. I will probably be in my park standing around wondering what to do next.