New Year’s Resolutions 2012

I’ve already humiliated myself by looking back at my failures in last year’s resolutions. So, there’s a part of me that wants to play it safe and do only things I know I can achieve. Afterall, Second Life is just a game, right? Why should I even bother making resolutions for a second life, anyway!

Here’s the thing, I’m convinced that each person has different reasons for being in SL and a different point of view about what SL is. But regardless, if you do nothing to make your second life be what you want it to be, then you’ll be someone sitting in front of a computer doing the same ole thing, over and over. This is different than real life of course, because in real life if you do nothing to change, you’ll just be someone sitting in front of a television* muttering.

1) Explore the Grid
In the past, I’ve believed myself to be many different things, from geisha to hostess to landscaper to whatever. But one thing marks every year of my second life, exploring. In Second Life, a woman can explore anywhere she chooses with virtual safety, from darkest forests to dingiest nightclubs to loftiest heights to whatever else. Exploring has drawn me in, again and again. It’s my wanderlust that leads me to explore, and I want exploring to be part of SL in the coming year.

2) Organize Adventure Parties
In the past, I’ve organized some little adventures. I’ve also held some parties, especially last year’s Winter Celebration. But I’ve got some new ideas I want to reveal in the coming year. I don’t want to start boxing myself in by promising things, but I plan to organize at least two events, events that delight and involve friends, in the coming year.

3) Improve Blogging Initiatives
This blog has documented my second life for almost four years. This blog has also helped define my identity, and given me a sense of self-expression I’ve never known before. I also write for Blues for Autism and a couple other blogs. In the past year, this blog has improved in measurable ways and I want to work to continue with that progress. Also in the past year, I’ve poked my way into the whole social networking thing, but I’m finding it’s mostly about real life. So, I’m not sure how much that contributes to my second life.

BFA Cancelled This Year:
4) Support Blues for Autism
When I look back on each year in SL, I can reflect on my participation in the BFA fundraiser as something I did that transcends Second Life. In fact, I feel our fundraiser and SL fundraisers in general are activities that contribute to Life. I became involved in this initiative because of my friend Magi McBride, but over the years this has become a cause that is dear to my heart as well. If Magi says go for 2012, I’m ready to do what I can to help for another year.

5) Stop Spreading Myself Too Thin
For me, Second Life is a fantasy, an adventure, an entertainment, and when it stops being those things, I should know I’ve spread myself too thin. I like people and I’m always looking for friends who share the same interests I do. The problem with that is, I have way too many interests and I tend to over commit. And then there’s this, I want to feel that I’m not addicted to SL. So, I intend to limit my time inworld to ~24 hours a week (~15% of week) and limit my days to five days a week. Past experience has shown me I should start around 4-5pm SLT each day, and limit time to 4-5 hours a day. “4-5  for 4-5!”

So, till about this same time next year, I’ll be trying to keep my second life headed into adventure and fantasy. That means you’ll be hearing a lot about the things I discover while exploring. Hope to see you there!

Yordie in the Biscuit, exploring Gloucester in New England Island sims.
Check that white thing at bottom center.
Using underwater cam, I scanned and saw
that ‘white thing’ turned out to be…a white whale.
How cool is that!

*Btw, I’ve done my share sitting in front of the television in the past couple months. Yay Tom Brady (he’s still the hawtest of all) & the Pats! Yay Aaron Rodgers & the Pack! Yay Drew Brees & the A’ints! And Yay Tarvaris Jackson & the Hawks for next year!

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About Yordie

I'm an avatar in Second Life where I star as the heroine of a virtual fantasy life. In the real world, I'm writing my debut sci-fi novel.
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