I began this blog to reflect on my experiences in Second Life, to talk more broadly about the larger Metaverse, and to discuss new technologies as we move closer to online virtual reality.
My thoughts have evolved, and I find increasingly that I want to talk about many aspects of life and experience. With that, I have decided to publicly connect my human self and my alter ego: Francesca and Ann, Ann and Francesca. Ann’s site is here at anncavittfisher.com.
In 2007, I stepped through the looking glass into a metaverse called Second Life. Second Life® is a 3D online world created by Linden Lab that opened to the public in 2003.
Over the last eight years, I’ve been in and out of the world as Francesca. I’ve run a sim (island region), learned to terraform, run a fantasy hotel, built houses, made clothes and participated in various role-play sims. It has been a hobby that I have returned to time and again to experiment with and to try new things. I’ve met people from all over the world. Four have become real world friends.
About my avatar: I chose the last name Bergamasco from the Linden Lab list (see Choosing a Name in Second Life) because I love Italy, and then of course I had to have an Italian first name. Francesca comes from The Bridges of Madison County. Over the years, I have met many SL residents who struck up conversations with me over my Italian name. In real life, I now travel regularly to Italy. Francesca is close to many things I hold dear.
Avatars are such wonderfully personal expressions of ourselves. I found after my nearly two year absence from Second Life that I was in the mood for a change. I have always had a fairly traditional, human avatar. After the death of my husband and a cancer fight of my own, my mood meant that I wanted to find something other-worldy. The blue skin suits me.
Then who is the human? I am a sixth generation Texan, named for a multi-great grandmother who arrived in Texas in 1836 weeks before the battle at the Alamo. I have worked in higher education for over twenty years in many capacities. I have a darling teenage daughter who is less than two years from college. I have been divorced and am now widowed. Finally, I am a recent colon cancer survivor.
You will find a second contributing writer on the site. My mother is now 74, and she has been in Second Life since 2007 as well. Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab, often talks about how interesting online virtual reality is for people who are less mobile. Betsy is writing about her experiences in-world, and delighting all of us.
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