Bookworm stands up. “Hi. My name is Bookworm, and I’m a non-buildaholic.”
Bookworm waits for the standard “Hi, Bookworm” reply, but hears nothing. Looking around, she sees the room is empty, and sighs. “This is going to be a tough session.”
Still, I do want to get this different perspective out there.
Yes, I’ve been in Second Life for nearly 4 years. Yes, I still know absolutely nothing about building. There are several factors in this–what I call “The Three T’s.”
The first T is Time. I’m lucky enough to have kept a job throughout this recession, which, of course, takes up a good chunk of the day. There are things I do around my apartment–both duties and fun. So my SL time is fairly limited. It also seems that the timeframe I can be on–usually between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. SLT on weekdays–doesn’t seem to mesh well with a lot of other folks. But I have to limit myself like that, since I get up at 5 a.m. (Central time) for work. (I work 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.–theoretically, this is so I can work out after work. *cough* Theoretically.) These time limitations actually work together to make the idea of building even more daunting, really, since I know I wouldn’t be able to devote a lot to it.
The second T is Tools. The only graphics software I have is Adobe Photoshop Elements 8. I have no idea if that is adequate for building or not. I don’t know what other people use, or what those (probable) other software programs cost. Nor do I know if I’d have the time (there’s that first T word again) to learn a complex new software package. That’s another, very daunting, prospect.
The final T is Talent. I’ve never been one to harbor illusions about myself. And I know that, except *perhaps* for photography, I’ve never been good with the visual arts. I’m also rather weak on spatial relationships. Those elements, from what little I know, seem to be rather key to building in SL. Whatever talent and creativity I have, it just doesn’t lie in the area of building.
So. I have bared my soul and confessed my shortcomings. I would *hope* that this would not preclude me, and other lillies of the field, who toil not, neither do they spin, from living, and even owning land, in New Babbage. I still admire, even if I can’t do.
So, here it is–a perpsective from the other end of the spectrum. Hopefully, some of you can at least take a step or two toward understanding it. New Babbage is a city of builders, certainly–I wouldn’t want it any other way. But does that mean everyone within it *has* to be a builder? Is there not room for other forms of creativity?