Continuing the re-posts from F4L… and we’re up to the blogs themselves. The original was my first entry specifically as a blog, posted 3/14/09. It’s surprisingly relevant, 6 months later — one of my interests, which dovetails with so many others whose blogs I’ve since discovered and now follow, is the relation between the avatar and the person behind the keyboard. *waves at Botgirl*
This was the first time I experienced a clash of differences.
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Since I haven’t been any-virtual-where else but Second Life, I’m not as attuned to roleplay as I probably should be. I’ve been blithely wandering (and teleporting) about, being — as my F4L profile says — myself in a virtual fursuit. Well, I recently had an episode that nearly became “drama”, all over my misunderstanding that the other person was roleplaying — being a character, and not really “in the moment” at all. We’ll skip over what kind of moment it was…
Took me a couple of days to get over being disturbed about it, thinking to myself, “Why do the roleplayers assume that everyone else is, too???”
Took a couple more days to realize I was doing the same thing, in reverse: assuming that everyone I meet and talk to (and flirt with) is really the person behind the keyboard.
Lesson learned – I hope. But I added this note to my SL profile:
Lalo Telling is not a ‘character’. I don’t need to pretend to be anyone other than the guy behind the keyboard, in order to have fun in Second Life. When you interact with my avatar, you get the real me.
If you, too, are being yourself in this virtual world: hurray! Let’s get real.
If you are ‘playing’ SL, do me the favor of saying so. I don’t want to accidentally breach the wall you think you’ve put up between yourself and your character.