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10 Years of Writing!   2 comments

The 2017 staff of Around the Grid — (l-r) Correspondent and Photographer Jem Sternhall; Publisher and Chief Correspondent Harper Ganesvoort; Senior Photographer Conan Bankersbox

Written by Harper Ganesvoort

When I started Around the Grid on November 20, 2007, I had no idea how long I would keep this up, nor that two others would join me over that decade of writing and photography.  I was by myself back then, just getting away from rezzing in and out and using free rooms for a place to camp my buns — my system buns in 2007! — while I hunted for interesting things to do and investigate.  I’d found a cheap apartment in the Dunyvaig region of the Mainland with a sleeping-bunk loft for “nighttime,” and I thought I might be insane enough to take on writing a second blog!  (I was doing some political and general blogging back in 2007.)

Not surprisingly, many things have changed in 10 years.  I look a lot better (grin).  I gave up the poliblogging in 2009, ’round about January 20.  I now rent an entire island, with several additional platforms above the living space.  (One thing hasn’t changed; I still run tight on prims.)  I’ve acquired two others to work with me.  And, from that null start in 2007, this blog has seen 1,370 articles published, 1,304 of them originally written by me.  Assuming around 500 words per article, that’s well over 650,000 words of news, fashion, exploration, poetry and song, short fiction and general balderdash by me.  And that doesn’t even take into account the amount of photography I’ve done.  (Nor the ocean of lindens I’ve spent.)  Makes a girl tired to contemplate that much work on what was supposed to be a pastime.  I hate to think what Jemmy will say when she reads this piece; she’s only 36 articles in her short time — thought that’s still better than one a month, and some 18,000 words on her part.

I know all of us usually have something to say.  We always think and hope it’s interesting, thought-provoking, or just plain beautiful.  The only audience we aim for usually is the Second Life Resident, mostly with a fashion focus, but sometimes using that fashion to illustrate other things that we’ve done as the spirit moved us.  We’ve discussed the occasional piece of SL news, turned a focus on other Residents’ work, and once in a while took a stand on things in Real Life when we felt it was needed.  Whether or not we’ve accomplished our goal is, of course, in the readers’ hands. And we shall continue striving for that goal, through however many years we find Second Life interesting and the power gets fed to the servers in California.  Again, as always, we invite you along for the ride.

Milepost 10   4 comments

Here I am on one of the Social Islands, the current second stop for a new Resident.  Things have changed a lot in the First Sims since I first logged in on the old Orientation Island ten years ago.

That’s right, 10 years. Turn the page for some reflections.

Posted October 11, 2017 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal

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9 Down and 1 to Go

9th-anniversary

Nine years.

That’s not a record, and it probably never will be.  Hamlet Au’s been writing New World Notes for years longer, I’m sure.  But it’s still something of an achievement, and definitely one for me.  My old RL poliblog, which I wrote during the second GWB administration, went only four years, and I ended it with Barack Obama’s inauguration, and I was terribly sputtery by the end — because I’d started writing this blog.  This one has been written continuously, if irregularly, since before Obama was elected the first time!

WordPress nicely breaks down the total number of articles to indicate how many I wrote — by far the lion’s share, of course, since I lured (or is that lulled?) Jem and Conan into writing with me only a year or so ago.  But in nine years, I’ve done 1,266 pieces, counting this one.  That works out to a little under 12 articles a month, or just under three articles a week.  The quality I leave to your judgment, as always; but I will claim determination at generating all those words, if nothing else.  How many words?  Well, if you assume 500 words to an average article, that would be over 600 thousand words in nine years!  It won’t be that many, I’m sure; many have been shorter, especially the pure poetry or lyrics pieces.

In the end, it’s all up to you, my readers, how well I’ve done in all that time.  As I ever wish, I hope I’ve entertained you, informed you where it was a news piece, given you something to think about once in a while, and introduced you to good art, fashion and photography across all of that time.  Many of you have been generous with your praise, for which I thank you most gratefully.  I hope I continue to justify your following me.

I’m looking forward to next November 20, I promise you.  When that one comes along, look for a new header to celebrate our tenth anniversary!  In the meantime, I haven’t given up on the plans I’ve made for a radical change or two, and you should watch following Christmas for our yearly tradition, as Oscar voting season kicks off and the Oscar Fashion Photo Contest opens up.  (That will be the eighth edition when that opens, and there’s another thing that just may be a record; has any other photo contest run so continuously in Second Life, or given away so much money?  L$166,500 over seven years, and there should be at least another L$40,000 come next February.  Time to start thinking about finding a good gown….)

As always, especially in these parlous RL times, peace be with you, and I hope you’ll stay with me for another year.

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Nine Lives, uh, Years Old

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A little late — I actually joined Second Life on October 11, 2007 — but better now than never; I always try to make my rezz day article, as well as the blog’s anniversary.

And, when you get to nine years old in Second Life, you’re allowed to let things slide a little, depending on how minor or major they are.  You’ve hung around longer than most of the Residents you meet now, instead of being up there not much younger than most.  Comparatively, I should be having grey streaks in my hair now.

But I think I’ll stay looking the way I am for now — at least, until Bento really comes through, and then I may finally invest in a Bento-capable head.

Any road, it’s been an interesting run so far, and I’m looking forward to the next year, as always.  The more fearful may ask why, when Sansar hangs over the Grid as it does; but I’m willing to believe Ebbe Altberg for now when he says SL won’t be terminated.  And, truthfully, I can’t see any reason offhand SL would be turned off, save for a sudden mass migration of avatars to the new platform.  For now, at least, with all the investment we have here in our world, I think only the fearful or terminal “new-thing” avatar will pull up all the stakes they’ve put down — or the Resident who’s so new that they don’t have that many roots in the virtual soil yet.  For me, for now, I am content.  And so I say I’ll see you back here in a year — hopefully on time next year! — still wandering around, and celebrating my tenth.

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Posted October 13, 2016 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal

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Eight Years Down the Road

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So much has changed on this blog in the eight years I’ve been writing Around the Grid.  Second Life most of all, of course; the constant changes, the occasional battles with Linden Lab over that time, the way we look and dress and live in the digital world.  I don’t know if I’ve always been a reliable reporter, but I’ve certainly tried to be over all these days living in two lives.

More on my 8th Anniversary on the next page.

Reflecting on My 7th Anniversary

Reflecting on My 7th Anniversary

Seven years of this blog — that’s three years longer than when I was writing about politics.  Almost nobody wanted to listen to what I had to say on that old blog, which has long since been deleted; here in Second Life, I’ve been able to do things more creative, develop friends, and just plain have fun — and I’m pretty sure that others are paying attention to me, based on my stats.

Not that I have it perfect.  I was talking about this anniversary with Harper Beresford of A Passion for Virtual Fashion while I was shooting this picture, and I had to wince and laugh at some of the stuff I’ve inflicted on you in these electronic pages over seven years.  Underexposed photos; overblown styles; a few journalistic gaffes as well — I claim no perfection here.  It’s a constant striving toward that impossible goal, never reaching it, but always trying to hit it, and resolving to do better if at all possible.

As always, thanks for indulging me enough to visit and give me the encouragement (and ego-boo) to keep on with that striving.  Let’s see where the next year takes me!

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Just before I published this article, I remembered this song done by Janis Ian a few years ago.  It’s been a few years for all of us since the young girl who wrote and performed “Society’s Child” in the Sixties and “At Seventeen” in the Seventies.  Janis has seen a lot of heartbreak and joy, the loss and then refinding of her most prized possession, and coming out of the closet to the world.  So she figured it was time to share her memories….

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Posted November 20, 2014 by Harper Ganesvoort in Blogs and blogging, Meta, Personal

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Now We Are Six

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Welcome to the beginning of my sixth year blogging about Second Life (mostly).  Every article after the fourth year has set a new record for me, but I’m definitely getting up there in terms of the Grid.  Without going into everything, the sheer number of articles I’ve written (this one is my 941st) should say something about my love of SL, or at least my determination to use Second Life as my channel for exploration and artistic expression.  I’m still holding to about 3 articles a week; and, after you filter out all the spam, I’ve had 960 comments of various kinds on here — just a little better than a comment per post.  I now have over 600 followers and subscribers via various formats; I’ve recently added in a link to a Tumblr for additional circulation, which has brought in 7 subscribers there; and it’s a rare article that doesn’t get at least one “like” star from WordPress.com readers.  Facebook finally caught up with me and locked me out, but I’ve simply switched my emphasis over to Google+, which does an excellent job.

As always, deep thanks from the virtual heart for those who have read me from the beginning, even with the occasional gaps of a week or two.  I’ve tried quantity publishing before, and I much prefer quality, beyond the fact I don’t have the time and money budget to produce an article a day.  For those who are new to this blog, welcome, and I hope you’ll stay here with me.  I can tell you that there will be an article based on RL for tomorrow — you can probably guess what it’s about.  After that, we’ll have to see what comes as it comes!

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