A Beginner’s Guide to a Virtual World

That’s the premise of this blog, and the entire reason I created it. But lately I’ve realized that’s not what it is any longer: now it seems to be little more than a series of reviews of hairstyles and other fashions.

Well, that stops today.

Meet Kate Hannigan

I met Kate—or Katie, as she prefers to be called—when she first joined SL about 3 months ago. I forget where we met, but she IM’d me asking for some information about something or other. I was able to answer her questions, and since then we’ve been fast friends, BFFs.

She recently said that she’d like to write about her adventures in SL, but didn’t know how to go about it. Eureka! The lightbulb lit up, the dime dropped, and I realized I had found a solution to getting the blog back on track. I’m going to continue to write about fashion and styles, while Katie will join me as a co-author, and writing about everything else in SL. That way, she won’t have to worry about setting up and maintaining her own blog on WordPress or anywhere else.

So don’t be surprised when you see her name as the author on stories, or as a Category.

It’s Time For Some Housekeeping

For those of you who haven’t been following me long, there are some things we need to make clear. And for those of you who have been with me since the beginning, there’s some new information as well.

First, my name. It’s Irish, and it’s pronounced ASH-leen. Accent on the first syllable, and the “g” is silent. It means “dream” or “vision,” and far from being an ancient Irish name, it wasn’t used as a name until the 20th century.

Next, My “sponsor.” You’ll noticed that while I have no adverts on this blog, I do have a link to Alli&Ali Designs. That’s because while I don’t receive any monetary support from them, I am an official blogger for the company. What does that mean in real terms? Quite simply, all of their products that I review here have been furnished to me free of charge. And while my reviews are usually favorable, if I do find a style I don’t like, I won’t hesitate to say so.

One thing I forgot to mention (mea culpa!) is that whenever Alli&Ali Designs introduces a new style—whether or not I review it—you can always get a free copy of that style in their main store. The only catch is that there’s only one color available as a free item. But hey! Free is free, right?

If you’re interested in their blogging program, stop by Alli&Ali Designs in-world in Second Life.

Hyperlinks: Any and all hyperlinks you click on here will open the link in a new window, making it easy for you to find your way back here.

Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to move on to…

  • Exploring SL
  • Customizing your avatar
  • Shopping
  • Photography
  • Love & Romance in SL

Love and Romance in Second Life

Previous posts have dealt with the first four items in the list, so let’s concentrate on the fifth, Love and Romance in SL.

Many people develop deep, lasting friendships in SL. Some even go so far as to meet up in real life. But whether it’s in SL or RL, people have real emotions. I always make it a point to remember that behind every avatar in SL, there is a real live breathing human being, with real feelings and emotions. And unless and until they demonstrate their unworthiness, I treat them with the respect I wish for myself.

Sometimes your RL feelings about someone in SL are more than mere friendship. The two of you have forged a deep emotional bond based on trust, respect, shared interests, etc.—basically, whatever causes you to develop a relationship in RL also applies in SL.

Did you know you can partner (marry) in SL? In fact, since this feature is available to every SL member regardless of gender or species, SL was the first place that same-sex marriages were possible! For more details, follow the partner (marry) link.

And yes, just as divorce is available in RL, SL also features that option to end your relationship. And while marrying costs both partners the same fee ($10L), in a divorce, the initiating partner pays the entire fee of $25L. You wanted out, so the onus is on you.

Other Topics

If there’s a topic you’d like me to cover, you can drop me a line on this blog’s CONTACT page and I’ll see what I can do. Same thing if you have a question. I’m no expert, but I’ve been in SL in various guises for about 12 years, and if I don’t have an answer, I’m pretty sure I can point you in the right direction.

And for now, I’m going to sign off and enjoy the 88°F/31° day! Springtime has finally arrived!

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Aisling's Signature" Love, Aisling