Big Bad Blogger Challenge..Day Four!

SL Bloggers – Is your avatar more or less your current biological age? Do you portray a younger avatar, or older? Why is this?

I don’t know why, but I always tend to think of Kitty as being between 30-35. I’m 36, so I tend to envisage her as being close to my own age, but she is essentially ageless. She has no need for botox or wrinkle fillers, and I can change her appearance upon a whim. I’d have no problem wearing an older skin upon her, should I want to, but as for younger? I don’t think her shape lends itself to portraying anything other than a woman, rather than a girl, and I’m certainly happier when she has curves in all the right places. I don’t envision Kitty as a better me, because that would be a bit silly. I am a very different shape for a start in real life, and I have my flaws-but they are what makes me as a person. Kitty is my virtual representative- we have the same personality, but her look is whatever I want it to be on any given day..which is one of the reasons why Second Life is so much fun. If I want facial piercings and a Mohawk I can have them..in real life that would be a definite no-no!

Big Bad Blogger Challenge..Day Three!

SL Bloggers – How hard do you think it is to find a relationship in SL? If you have an SL relationship, have you met in the physical world? Would you meet them? Do you think it would change your SL relationship if you met?

I genuinely don’t think that it’s hard to find a relationship in SL at all. There are plenty of places to meet people and because of the nature of the environment it’s easy to  fall into like with someone who shares similar interests to yourself..it’s only natural that would develop further.

I think because of the nature of the medium, relationships that develop in-world have an intensity that real life relationships don’t have. They also seem to develop at a much faster pace than in reality too, have you noticed that? It’s as though the virtual medium somehow intensifies the feelings.

Although I don’t have a romantic relationship with anyone in-world, I have very many friends and in particular, my best friend is a Second Life resident. I would tell her anything and everything, I utterly adore her and she gives me support when I need it, wise counsel when I don’t and some serious laughs in between. I firmly believe that friendship transcends any medium, and although ours is confined to a virtual world, I know that I can call on her for help should I need to. Although I haven’t met her in real life, I do think it would be nice to BUT it isn’t a necessity because our friendship continues to flourish regardless. What purpose would meeting in real life serve? I don’t think it would diminish our relationship, but I don’t think it could possibly make it any stronger than it already is either.

The only difference is that I’d be able to give her a real life hug:)

Big Bad Blogger Challenge..Day Two!

SL Bloggers – Write about three positive things going on in your Second Life.

Three positives? Well one is my business, Kittylicious. I’m going to be celebrating the first birthday of the brand very soon, and I’m gobsmacked by the success that I’ve had. I started with a small range of shapes on a market stall in the Malt sim, moved into a small store, then a larger one, and now I have two stores; a satellite store upon the fantastic Second Style Island, and my flagship main store on the amazing NuRepublik sim. I create for love, not money and it gives me great joy when people tell me that they wear my shapes and enjoy them.

A simple pleasure for me, but a very valid one nonetheless. Another one is connected to this blog, because if I didn’t have a Second Life Kittywitchin’ wouldn’t exist and I get so much from writing this blog and from creating the images for it. But the most positive thing in my Second Life are my friendships, especially with Amanda and Sable. They’re friends in a million, the kind that don’t often frequent a real life, let alone a second one, so for that I am very blessed.

Big Bad Blogger Challenge..Day One!

I’ve decided to partake in the ‘Big Bad Blogger Challenge 2010’, because it’s always a lot of fun and it MAKES you blog every day for fear of the guilt trip that hits you if you don’t!

( If you would like to partake, the details can be found HERE upon Alicia Chenaux’s ever wonderful Ch’Know blog)

Today, June 13th, marks the start of the challenge, and the first question is…

Why did you become a blogger? How has it enriched your life?

I became a blogger purely because I thought that it would prove useful to my Second Life experience and it would give me a vent for my failed journalistic ambitions. I’d studied Journalism at college, but done nothing with the qualification. When I joined Second Life I soon became aware of the blogging community, in particular a fashion blog called ‘Linden Lifestyles‘ which I adored (IMHO it was the best SL fashion blog setting the benchmark for what was to follow..the archives are still there but oh, how I miss it!)

By writing the blog I have grown a huge network of contacts, made wonderful new friends and visited amazing places. I’ve discovered some fantastic designers and had experience after experience in this mad crazy virtual world that we all call home. The blog gives me a kick up the backside when I most need it; I’m not writing for anyone else’s pleasure but my own really, but when I see the amount of hits that my blog has had it spurs me on to write something new. That can only be a healthy thing, and it means I have to get off my (virtual) butt and go and find something to write about. In other words, the blog helps to keep me mentally active and has stretched my writing and computing skills, and it also provides an artistic vent. I’ve discovered the joys of taking photographs in-world and have spent hours playing about with different effects in Flickr to make my photos look good. Kittywitchin’ isn’t your usual reviews blog, purely because I don’t get beseiged by review packs like other bloggers do. I tend to review purchases that I’ve made, but I also include features about in-world events and more recently have started blogged specifically about Witchcraft in Second Life, noting places to shop and visit aimed towards those of a Pagan persuasion, like myself.

Finally, the blog also serves as an advertising tool for my very own business in-world, Kittylicious shapes. I never thought I’d ever create anything that I could sell virtually but I do and I derive great pleasure from it. Owning the blog means I can plug myself a wee bit, but I am careful to not overload the pages with advertisements for myself because Kittywitchin’ isn’t about that. It’s about experiences I’ve had in-world and also the people that populate it, the fashion that they wear, the dwellings in which they live and  the content creators that make all those things. It’s all about throwing them a bit of love and saying thanks for making my virtual experience so pivotal to my real life existence…and that’s how this blog has enriched my life, because it’s given me a true meaning for my virtual existence that has had a direct, positive impact on my real one, and for that I am eternally grateful.