I recently found a message from WordPress drawing my attention to the fact that I had been blogging with them since 2015. It surprised me, but it shouldn’t have because time seems to fly these days, and what I think was ‘only a year ago’ or so turns out to be many more.
Many people use their blogs for different reasons, but for me, mine started as a stream of consciousness in a way. Now I think about it, it started on MySpace… gosh, that’s a blast from the past! I am not the same person today that I was when I first joined SL back in 2007. Something would be very wrong if I hadn’t changed at all.
I have used SL as a space to step away from RL and breathe. It has been a place to examine my actions and thoughts, to be confronted by my written words and truly see my true self. Yes, I have had times of being far too introspective, and have seen only my stilted worst impression of myself. Over the years I have had times when I have felt as though I have fallen overboard at night… lost at sea in the deep darkness with only my strength to let me tread water and hope to survive.
I needed a place to voice my thoughts. Much as when I was a child at school, I was urged to show the stages of my working-out with maths problems, so I needed a place to unravel the thoughts and emotions that all this self-examination brought. My writing was just as important to me as the pictures of my blogs.
Looking back at many of them, they reflect stages of growth, and stages of my SL life. Apart from a first introduction, the first piece was written, almost as a scene from a story setting the scene for me returning to a RP Kingdom in SL which I had left years before, to reprise a role albeit one where the ‘character’ had matured.
There are various sections of writing over the years which were spurred on by RP I was doing in SL at the time, where each character was made up of layers of my real self with added sparkle, or ability to deal with a lack of patience with others. I don’t RP anymore, but there is still at least one book bursting to get out of me, something which my blogrambles encourage and furnish with ideas.
My blogpieces have changed over the years. I went from being completely open about myself and the things which shaped me, to feeling dented by people who had stepped into my virtual existence. I can now see with hindsight that I had written less, even though always from the heart. I don’t have as much time to write at the moment. This year seems to be hurtling past at the pace of a whirlwind, but I think there’s merit to myself in writing at length at times, something which I shall endeavour to do as much as possible.
I am also now privileged to have been asked to blog for a handful of wonderful people, and so often their creations spur a picture idea, and then some thoughts to go with it.
Truly my almost 12 years has been a life lived in words, and many of them are shared and shown in my blog. I wonder how many words I have typed since I joined SL back in 2007. I dread to think how many really! That said, how wonderful to be able to use words to share experiences with people we meet all over the world. How lovely it is to find the things we share, and also to discuss our differences!
How wonderful it is to be able to create, in any of the many ways we are able!
Dress:LYBRA (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Twilight%20Woods/182/166/25) ; Jenny, now at Uber (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Uber/135/128/27)
Pose: Gingerfish (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Brookhurst%20Cove/169/198/25) ; Paris Nights, available at TLC (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Liaison%20Collaborative/66/124/24)
Head: LOGO (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Eventide%20Far%20East/177/116/33) ; Ariel
Hair: Exile (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Covet/134/94/29) ; Life In Plastic
Picture taken at: Elysion (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elysion/170/107/34)