Saturday, January 14, 2017

I Join a Second Life Blog Parade!




A procession is a participants' journey, while a parade is a performance with an audience.

 Rebecca Solnit





Recently, an old friend in Second Life (SL) and fellow blogger, Caroline Resident, suggested a new activity to her fellow bloggers, myself included. 


(I’d like to think I was included due to the quality of my blogging and not as Significant Other suggests because Caroline needed bodies.)

Anyway, Caroline thought it would be fun to have a blog parade. 

She wanted to do it for all the right reasons especially having fun and promoting the work of all the participants.

The format is simple.  Caroline has asked a series of questions and we all respond.  Even I can do this!

Here’s Caroline’s seed story and an explanation of the parade rules.

And, here are my answers to her questions:

What did motivate you to start a blog about Second Life?

My motivation was twofold.  First, I wanted to explore.  Real Life (RL) events kept me from wandering across the globe so SL became the place I could go to.  (Significant Other beams happily.)  Second, I wanted to write, specifically to blog, and my SL travels gave me great content to blog about. 

Is your blog related to any kind of Second Life business? If yes please tell us what your business is all about.

No, but not for lack of trying!  It’d been my intention early on to make some money inworld to offset my costs and maybe show a small profit.  No luck!  My personal opinion is that Linden Lab’s failure to establish a robust and scalable economy inworld make it very difficult to have a successful business for very long. 

Are you actually making profits in Second Life? Do you dare to tell us how much approximately? 

As I explained in my previous answer, not making any money inworld!

How do you explain people who are not familiar with Second Life, what your blog or your Second Life business is all about?

I’ve given up.  With the sole exception of Significant Other (Who claims to be merely humoring me.) I no longer try to explain SL and my blog to others in RL.  Only SL residents seem to get what I’m all about.

How much time do you spend writing posts or promoting your blog?

I typically post once a week.  So, allowing for writing and tweaking my blog, and social media I probably spend about ten hours per month on it. 

Do you monetize your blog at all? If yes, how successful are you doing so?

Not at the present moment, someday when my traffic is sufficient, I hope to.

Do you actively promote your blog and if so, what methods of promotion or PR do you use?

Yes, I promote my blog actively on Twitter and Google+.  Used to do Facebook but apparently I’m not a real enough person for them! 

What do you like most about blogging about Second Life?

I enjoy bringing my stories to my readers.  When someone says they went somewhere inworld based on one of my stories, or that they’re a regular reader and enjoy my blog, I feel pretty good and it makes all the effort worthwhile!

What is your favorite activity in Second Life?

My favorite activity actually has three parts.  They are visiting new places inworld, making new friends when I arrive, and having new experiences. 

Where do you hang out in Second Life? If someone wanted to bumb into you were could people find you.

I tend to wander so more likely than not, I won’t be in any one particular place inworld very long.  The best way to find me is to send me an offer of friendship and look for me when you come inworld. 

What do you not like about Second Life in general?

I’m disappointed that Linden Labs has not done more to make SL a viable, self-sufficient virtual world.  I believe that an excellent opportunity was missed here. 

And last but not least: Do you have sex in Second Life? Dare to tell us details?

Ah, a gentleman never kisses and tells!  Meet me inworld and find out for yourself!

Well, there are my answers!

I’m very interested to see what happens next!


My thanks to Caroline for arranging this and I look forward to other great ideas from her in the future! 

As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives. 

My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.

I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.

My flickr Photostream is located here.

On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.

I welcome feedback from readers, please either comment on my blog or e-mail me at webspelunker@gmail.com . 

            If you would like to read about my other adventures in Second Life
please click here.

            Open roads and kind fires!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Looking Ahead to 2017 in Second Life


The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream. 

 Kahlil Gibran





Happy New Year!

Yes, we all made it into 2017 and the future lies ahead of us!

(Significant Other thinks I’m being a little overly melodramatic here.)

Still, 2016 is behind us, and hopefully, this New Year will make up for some of the
goings on from last year!   (I’m referring more to Real Life (RL) here!)

As always, I have plans for the New Year in Second Life (SL) and I’ll share them with you now.

My approach to my wanderings inworld is going to be similar to what I’ve done in the past only the subjects will change.

First, I’ll be looking for new places to visit in SL. 

I’m looking for the different and the unusual.  I’ll try to go deeper in trying to understand what’s going on.

Next, I’ll be trying to make new friends inworld.

Here, I want to move outside of my usual circles of friends.  (And, not because, as Significant Other is implying, I’ve been banned.)  I’m looking for folks who are doing different things than what I normally blog about.  I also want to meet residents who are willing to share their stories. 

Finally, I’ll be looking to have new experiences inworld.  (Significant Other’s eyes roll here.)

I want to do things that I haven’t done before and as always, I’m willing to push the edges of the envelope.  Edgy is perfectly acceptable too.  (No pun intended!)

I extend an open invitation to all to either send me your ideas or to join me as I make this journey in 2017 across SL.  Or, feel free to watch me out of idle curiosity or prurient interest! 

I’ll continue my ongoing series, about Sex and the Single Avatar, Castles, and
Dungeons inworld.  The Mieville community is near and dear to my heart and I’ll be reporting on their always busy social calendar.

I’ll also try to report back on places I’ve visited in past years and are no longer with us.  I’ll try to meet the owners and other members of these sims to see what they’re up to.

On a more serious note, I’ll be blogging on some of the more serious issues inworld as they arise. 

There will be a surprise this year!

(Like how I used this teaser to get you to come back to my blog?)

The details are still be worked out but I should be able to report back shortly.


This project will have me writing SL based fiction on another blog.

Watch this space for further details! 

There will be RL influences that will need watching in SL. 

Sansar should be available this year and I’m not as sanguine as many others inworld are about its impact on SL.

SL changes constantly.  Well known big builds are going away but communities are still popping up, and if not thriving, are hanging in there. 

So, I look forward to 2017 in SL!

SL has never disappointed me with its ability to challenge and to entertain me.

I’ve met many good people inworld, some have quietly faded away and I wish them well, and I hope to meet many more!

SL reminds of that old saying, “There are no strangers here, only friends who have not met yet!”

See you in the New Year! 



As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives. 

My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.

I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.

My flickr Photostream is located here.

On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.

I welcome feedback from readers, please either comment on my blog or e-mail me at webspelunker@gmail.com . 

            If you would like to read about my other adventures in Second Life
please click here.

            Open roads and kind fires!



Saturday, December 31, 2016

Looking Back on 2016 in Second Life


The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared. 

 Lois Lowry  





It’s that time of the year again.

The Holidays are drawing to a close.  Winter is taking us deeper and deeper into its cold and darkness.  Snow threatens.  (Yeah, I get it!  You folks in Florida and Arizona are clueless about what I’m talking about.  Just sit back in your beach chairs and enjoy my story!)

Another year is coming to an end.

They seem to go by faster now.

Fewer people seem to be around to remember with us those years gone by.  (I’ll ignore Significant Other’s contribution that maybe they’re just avoiding me.)

Somehow, the old doesn’t seem as reassuring as it once did.  The approaching new looms threateningly ahead of us.  (Anyone who doesn’t know what I’m referring to here, please find a nice, safe, comfortable seat, call emergency services, and wait for them to come for you.  They’re nice people and will see that you get the care that you need.)

How was my year?

Well, Significant Other and I survived.

We lost someone in Real Life (RL) who was very close to both of us.

About the same time, I had a major change in my RL situation but that seems to be turning out alright for us.

These events did affect my writing.  (My three loyal followers did notice that I missed a few stories.  Although, one wise guy just thought that I’d forgotten!)

But, enough of RL! 

You’re here to hear what I have to say about last year in Second Life (SL), so let’s do it!

I had a lot of good news in SL this year!


(My thanks to my three loyal followers including the aforementioned wise guy.)

I went over the 1,000,000 hits mark for my blog!   

(Yeah, OK, maybe they’re not all real people but it’s a big number to me!)

I got adopted and now have a L’il Sister!   

(I never had one before in either RL or SL, she’s a bit of a nudge but does make SL more interesting!)

I started a new series about dungeons inworld.  (And, no, this had nothing to do with getting adopted.  Where do you people get these ideas about me?  Even Significant Other hasn’t suggested that one… Yet.)

I’ve begun to look more closely at our lives inworld.  Are we content, what’s our purpose for being there, and are we spending too much time inworld?      

I wrote about old friends inworld. 

(Yes, they’ve stayed with me!)


Perryn Peterson and his Mieville posse are still going strong and have one of, if not the most, active social calendars inworld.    

Another good friend got married!

And, there have been others, and space constraints preclude me from listing them all!  (Hint: Check my blog to read all about them!)

How’d I do against my original goals for 2016?

Not too shabbily even if I do say so myself! 

(I didn’t ask Significant Other so don’t feel any regret about ignoring the feedback.)

I did blog about friends and communities.

I started the new series on dungeons and covered new topics like jousting. 

There was edgier content about shibari and nudity.


Sadly, I wrote about sexual harassment inworld.  I just felt that something had to said.

Finally, I’ve gotten more into whom we are in SL. 

Overall, given all the fun ‘n frolic in life in RL this year, I’m satisfied.  I didn’t go as deep or as broad as I’d hoped but then that’s just laying the foundation for 2017 isn’t it?  (More about 2017 in my next story!)

So, what’s my final say about SL for 2016?

I still enjoy rezzing inworld to visit new places, meet people, and have new experiences!

And, I still enjoy returning to familiar places, old friends, and reliving some experiences! 

What’s not to enjoy?

SL still challenges, intrigues, and attracts me!  (Despite L’il Sis lurking about.)

I still urge anyone who is curios and has a sense of adventure to drop by and visit!

You’ll be glad you did!

Au revoir 2016! 

Happy New Year to all whether in SL or RL!

As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives. 

My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.

I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.

My flickr Photostream is located here.

On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.

I welcome feedback from readers, please either comment on my blog or e-mail me at webspelunker@gmail.com . 

            If you would like to read about my other adventures in Second Life
please click here.

            Open roads and kind fires!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

What’s a Good Time in Second Life?


Good times are a reminder and a reward for dealing with the difficult and challenging times we all go through. The trick is to celebrate the good times in advance of the difficult times. Always remember, good times await you after the difficult times pass….

 James A. Murphy





Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my life in Second Life (SL).

I’ve wondered about its purpose, about being lost inworld, and thought about the good inworld among other things. 

Some of these thoughts were a little heavy (Significant Other says, “A little?”) which got me thinking about how I enjoy myself inworld.  (Come to think of it, even L’il Sis said recently that I’ve been thinking some deep thoughts lately.  I think she was actually surprised.)

All this led to the premise of this story, “What’s a good time in SL?”


Of course, the answer varies depending on whom you ask.

(As you’ve probably guessed, I took philosophy for my electives at university.)

What constitutes a good time inworld is just as varied as our purposes.

Some enjoy social or recreational activities.  Others educational or crafts.  While others are here to make a profit.  (Haven’t met too many of them.)  Some seek competition.  And, of course, no list of good times in SL without romance and sex.  (My BDSM friends fall into this category.) The list is countless.

Probably just about the only good time activity that can’t do inworld but can in Real Life (RL) is drink.  (I’m sure someone is now going to correct me on this one.)

You’re probably asking yourselves now, what do I call a good time in SL?

(Yes, I do have them.)

For me, good times inworld are all about new places, new friends, and new experiences.

I’m a nomad inworld.  (Puts a whole new twist on the idea of a digital nomad, eh?)   

The thrill of the open road and what’s around the next bend is my idea of a good time
in SL.  (Significant Other hums Born to be Wild in the background.)

We all come inworld for different reasons. 

Yes, we all have different purposes inworld.  But, somewhere along the way, we having a good time.

What’s your idea of a good time?

(Sorry L’il Sis, torturing me doesn’t count!)

As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives. 

My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.

I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.

My flickr Photostream is located here.

On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.

I welcome feedback from readers, please either comment on my blog or e-mail me at webspelunker@gmail.com . 

            If you would like to read about my other adventures in Second Life
please click here.

            Open roads and kind fires!





Saturday, December 10, 2016

What’s Our Purpose in Second Life?




The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

Eleanor Roosevelt





The end of the year is approaching.

Recently, blogging about all the Christmas festivities at Mieville in Second Life (SL) started to get me into the mood along with Real Life (RL) events like Christmas, New Year’s, and all the other things that come with the closing down of another year.  (Some, like getting
ready for filing taxes are real mood killers.) 

Maybe I’m getting old but this time of the year has gotten me thinking about my purpose in SL and which also got me thinking about the rest of you.

(Significant Other groans and asks if this is going to be another one of those heavy, big thought stories.  Significant Other was hoping for one about elves.)

What’s your purpose in SL?

Let’s discuss it!

(Significant Other leaves to watch the DVD of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Apparently, the elves in that one have a high cuteness quotient.)

You probably have one in RL.  (If not then I can recommend some other blogs to you.)

But, SL?  Really?

Actually, believe it or not, most of actually do have a purpose inworld.

How can I say that?

The fact that we keep coming back.

Many rezz in either to leave never to return or come back a few times and then
disappear never to be heard from again. 

We’re what’s left. 

We’ve found something that brings us back. 

            Our purpose in SL!

            But, what’s our purpose you may ask.

            Aye, therein lies the rub!

            (BTW I think paraphrasing Shakespeare, no matter how badly, adds a certain cachet to my blog.  I’d really appreciate some feedback from my three loyal readers on this topic.)

            Now, there won’t be any great thoughts here.

            (Significant Other’s head pops in to say no surprises there.)

            Just what I’ve noticed over the years inworld as I’ve wandered and blogged. 

            People return to SL because they want to…

            Because they enjoy themselves…

            Because they find some value.

            What’s the value?

            Here the reasons vary.

            For some, it’s the companionship.

            For others, it’s the technical challenge.

            For the remainder like myself, it’s the lure of the unknown.

            (If you haven’t encountered the unknown inworld then you obviously have been visiting the wrong places.  Contact me and I’ll get you lost.  Promise!)

            We all have a purpose inworld.

            Even me, the itinerant wanderer.

            Maybe we all don’t realize it but we do. 

            Think about it.

            If you’re a regular inworld then obviously you have a purpose for being there.

            What is it?

            How about telling us and I’ll share it out to my three loyal readers!

            Thanks In advance!

As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives. 

My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.

I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.

My flickr Photostream is located here.

On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.

I welcome feedback from readers, please either comment on my blog or e-mail me at webspelunker@gmail.com . 

            If you would like to read about my other adventures in Second Life
please click here.

            Open roads and kind fires!




Friday, December 2, 2016

A Mystical Christmas in Second Life




Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more! 

Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!





It’s that time of the year again.

We wonder where the past year has gone…

We look forward to the winter solstice

And, with of all of this, some of us look forward to Christmas!

(I reassure Significant Other that a certain list has been received.)

In Second Life (SL), Christmas is very much alive just as in Real Life (RL).

But, perhaps, no more so than in Mieville where the indefatigable Perryn Peterson, its Mayor, and his elves have been pulling extra shifts to get ready for the Christmas Holiday inworld!   

In Christmases past, Mieville has been host to A Christmas Carol, an Elizabethan Christmas with a frozen River Thames, and a winter wonderland to name but a few themes.   

Perryn and his band of merry elves have not been lacking for ideas for this year’s Christmas. 

Its theme is Mystic Yule which as Perryn puts it is, “A full sim of snowy, forested, magical, faerie Christmas and Yule delights!”  (The man does have a way with words!)


And, it’s all waiting for you to come and enjoy!

There is much to see and do as always!

Visitors will be able to visit merchants in over one hundred booths and wagons peruse their goods.  There'll be entertainment, gachas, ice skating, dancing, food and drinks, and much more! 

And, of course, don’t forget the new and improved mini-hunt where each merchant will have a surprise gift hidden in their establishment for shoppers to try and find. 

Mieville wouldn’t be Mieville without new and magical attractions.

This year has almost all new buildings, gorgeous landscaping by Mike Olbracht,
beautiful dance area, wintery rides and the Wizard's Tower!  (Hint: Which you can find your way out of by following the "down" doors which are clearly marked!)    

Perryn and his crew wanted to do something faerie-like and mysterious, home in on the mystical nature of Christmas, and to cater to their large fantasy following.

They’ve outdone themselves as usual!

(Yes, admittedly, I’m biased.  But, given the wonderful experiences which Perryn and his team produce consistently for their visitors, I think I’m entitled!)

I heartily recommend visiting Mystic Yule in Mieville which runs from December 1st to January 1st and can be located here! 

Maybe you’ll even run into me there!

I’d like to thank Perryn and his elves for another wonderful seasonal event and for
assisting me in preparing this story for all my loyal readers!  (All three of you!) 

I’d also like to thank The Companion who took all the beautiful photos used in this story and the others which can be found on this flickr page. 

Happy Holidays to all from Significant Other and me! 

As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives. 

My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.

I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.

My flickr Photostream is located here.

On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.

I welcome feedback from readers, please either comment on my blog or e-mail me at webspelunker@gmail.com . 

            If you would like to read about my other adventures in Second Life
please click here.

            Open roads and kind fires!