Friday, April 29, 2011

Giving Newbies A Leg Up

24 October, 2006. Two-day Old Cheyenne on a Bench at Ahern.
Fortunately, Someone Rescued Her. Nowadays She Tries to Pay It Forward
Written 29 April, 2011

Giving Newbies a Leg Up

Amidst the twentysomething know-it-all know nothings, inept griefers, gesture spammers, and potty-mouthed creatures at the welcome center is an occasional new person who needs help.

A number of people, including myself, are happy to give advice, but there's another type of newbie: one who has no idea what Second Life is about.

"What can I do here?"

"What am I supposed to do?"

About once a week I invited such a person to Whimsy. By the time I give them a ride on our train, show them the volcano Pele, and set them loose on a hang glider, they're inevitably jazzed.

I like to think that four years of doing this means maybe several hundred folks are in Second Life who might not otherwise be.


Melissa Yeuxdoux said...

I'm sure of it... and thank you!

Brinda said...

Yes! I've been doing it since I was about 6 months old...'cause that's how I was treated.
(Today the nooblets have no idea how we looked with textured hair)