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Becoming Aisling

When I first joined Second Life (or SL, as we usually call it), this is the avatar I chose:

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Plain, inoffensive, and boring, as most of the default avatars are. But don’t worry! You can easily change part of or even your complete appearance.

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This is me as I am today. But I didn’t get to look like this all at once: it took a lot of exploration, searching, and trial and error to arrive at this look. And aren’t you lucky! I’m going to share all I learned with you!

Becoming You

While some of this information is specific to my looks, you can use the general principles involved to become the best version of you that you can possibly be. And what exactly is the best version? It’s what you—after all your experimentation and trial and error—are happy with.

A Word on Viewers

If you’re like everyone else, when you created your SL account, you downloaded the official Second Life Viewer—the software that allows to to log into SL. Personally, I don’t like it: it takes up too many resources (such as memory) on my computer. Instead, I—along with thousands of other SL players—have opted to download the Firestorm Viewer. I would encourage you to download it and see which of the two viewers you prefer. There is far more in-world support for Firestorm than there is for the SL viewer.

Either way, launch your viewer and head on over to New Resident Island. There you’ll find tons of high-quality free items (freebies) to buy (for no money) and use to customize your avatar—including a free body you can modify—to your heart’s delight. Skins, clothes, shoes—you name it, it’s all here.

Sorry, Guys

If you’re a male character,  I’ve got some bad news for you: there just aren’t that many fashion options for you. Oh, they’re there—you’ll just have to look harder than the women will. But isn’t that just like real life? Your best bet for freebies is New Resident Island.

Girltown—A Free Home For Women

Your home in SL is the place you end up when you first log in, and where you return when you tell the viewer to return you home.

Girltown is such a place. For no cost to you, you can join what is SL’s oldest and best support group for women (Girltown, duh!). And once you join, you can set your home to Girltown.

Best of all, male avatars are automatically ejected if they try to get in. Girltown is truly a women-only safe area. Not to mention the freebies that are available there.

The Free Dove

For 12 years, The Free Dove has been SL’s go-to place for the latest fashions. Many of SL’s top designers offer their wares for free here, and they are all of very high quality. Clothes, jewelry, hats, and hair—you’ll find them all here. And yes, there are men’s fashions here as well.

That’s It For Now!

I don’t want to overwhelm you, so I’ll stop right here. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll catch you all later.

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! It’s the start of a new journey for me, and I hope you’ll come along with me.

Specifically, this is a blog about Second Life. If you don’t know what that is, take a few minutes to follow the link and learn all about it. Take your time. I’ll be right here when you get back. And incidentally, any links you follow from this blog will open in a new browser window, making it easy for you to come back when you’re done.

Who Am I?

Maybe a better question would be “What am I?”

In a technological sense, I’m an avatar. An avatar is an icon or figure representing a particular person in video games, Internet forums, and so forth. Does that sound weird? If so, you’ve probably never watched James Cameron’s movie, Avatar.

More prosaically, I’m like a character in a book, a play, or a game. For example, if you’ve ever played Monopoly,® the shoe piece you picked to represent you is your avatar.

And just like an avatar in a book or a play, I only exist within the boundaries of my virtual world. Which, in this case, is Second Life.

More to Come

I’d like to thank you for stopping by. I’ve given you enough to think about for now, but check back later and we’ll get started with the basics:

  1. How to create your Second Life avatar
  2. How to customize your appearance
  3. Where to find free items in Second Life
  4. And much, much more to come in the next few days

Until then, this is Aisling O’Conner wishing you on this St. Patrick’s Day, sláinte mhaith!

(P.S.: It’s pronounced ash LEEN’)

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