Second Life is a user created world. In the big sense, that means the entire SL universe has been created by the residents who live there. That’s an incredible thing – SL is a work of art in which we can live and have relationships and create our own works of art.
The Second Life world is vast, but it’s made up of so many smaller pieces, each belonging to a resident who has in some way made it their home. It’s these smaller, more personal spaces that interest me. This isn’t a blog about me, it’s a blog about you and the world you’ve helped create. It’s about your home and your style and the things you choose to surround yourself with in your Second Life.
In SL we choose our own name, our own body, our own story, and our own style. Our Second Lives are about as personal as it gets. And when we create a home in second life, it can be whatever we wish. While we may be somewhat limited by funds or availability of products, in a user created world we are really only limited by our own imaginations.
I’ve had some version of a home most of my eleven years in Second Life. My SL world began as a very small window; I had a crap computer that wouldn’t rezz anything greater than a draw distance of 22, and I certainly couldn’t take photos. Having my own home was a way to control my environment and keep my world small enough to fit within my graphics capabilities.
Even back then, before mesh and the bazillions of SL décor creators, making a home in SL was a wonderful experience. I’ve loved every home I’ve had over the years.
In addition to my own homes, I’ve been fascinated with other SL homes. From space stations to underwater grottos, tiny cabins to huge castles, furry warrens to a mixture of all of these- there are as many styles of homes as there are styles of residents. And while we may all be shopping from the same creator’s marketplace, each home in SL is one-of-a-kind and a direct reflection of the resident who built it.
I’m currently working on my own new home in Second Life (WIP photos in this post), so it will be featured in a future post. In the meantime, I’ll be using the homes of my friends as guinea pigs for these first few posts here at CTRL-SHIFT-H. I want to show off the homes that residents have chosen in SL and explore each unique style.
If you’d like to submit your own home to be featured here, please visit this page. I don’t promise to feature every home submitted, but I do promise to get back to you within a few days.
Thanks for visiting, for reading, and for helping to create the world of art we all enjoy in SL. Stayed tuned!