It slipped right by me a couple days ago. I guess I was so wound-up in “Tomb Raider” that I forgot, but on February 14, 2008, this Being Yordie Sands blog began. In those days I was in that phase where I was compelled to define what Second Life is and I wanted to document my journey.
I had a plan to write a post every day, regardless of how I felt or whether or not I had anything to say. Now, six years later, I can look back at how this blog has evolved and I’m surprised at how many different stages I’ve been through.
For those who don’t know, this blog began as a Google Blogger blog and was imported to WordPress about a year ago. The Blogger blog had been surprisingly successful, with 100,000 views and at one point in time a Google search of “Yordie Sands” returned over 50 pages of links (20 links per page). I just checked today’s search count and it returned only seven pages, a substantial decline. The truth is, I just haven’t been in SL much in the past year, and don’t have much to blog or social network about, and the Google result is probably better than I could expect or deserve. Nonetheless, I was proud of the degree of coverage I once enjoyed.
Yesterday I logged into Second Life and sought some inspiration, something to reignite my interest, something to lead me to open a new chapter in my second life. I checked out the Destination Guide and wandered over to an interesting looking Japanese region, and that got me wondering if the BAKUMATSU regions, home of Edo Kyoto, were still open. Surprisingly, it was and I spent some time wandering around. I saw a residence open for rental and for a moment I considered putting my money down; unfortunately, the region is Japanese language and I realize my brand of Anglo-Japanese adventure just wouldn’t work there.
Btw, April is my rez day and Yordie Sands will be seven in Second Life years. I’m hoping to find some motivation and write an account of my virtual life. It may also be a good time to reflect on what I’ve learned and what my future my hold.