Well while we were on the subject of birthdays on Monday, there was one date that slipped quietly by, and that’s the day that Virtually London (lite) was born. It was started by Nikk Huet, it’s creator, on 13th May 2008, when he told us that the new blog was to cover the SL London sims and he was looking for reporters to submit London stories. I had seen a notice advertising for reporters and as I already had experience writing for CNN in SL, plus keeping my own private blog of my virtual world, I decided to see Nikk about the post. Nikk first appointed me as Assistant Editor, then as Editor and finally owner. I never realised at the time that this would mean me posting a story every working day since then, and sometimes on Saturdays too, but there is so much going on in the London sims that I usually have enough news to keep me busy, and hopefully keep the readers of the blog interested in coming back for more. I am also so lucky to have the two best writers in SL working for me, Chief Reporter Hibiscus Hastings and Journalist Pixi Piers!
I have seen SL London grow, not only in the smart new buildings and sims being added (Hyde Park, which is already open and includes the Gateway for new people. Soho too, which is still under construction, will soon be a focal point of interest), but I have seen the virtual population multiply too. People soon realise that the London sims are a good place to make their base and there is the hard working, extremely efficient, London Team to help them with whatever problems they may have. The London Team also make sure that there is plenty going on to keep people informed and entertained. The shops in the London sims have also filled up with people making their businesses there, some even linked to real life businesses. Yes it is a thriving, bustling virtual capital.
One thing about SL is that nothing is permanent, people build then destroy places as new places spring up, I have seen changes in SL London too, the beautiful Mayfair theatre (which people have enquired about recently) has disappeared, I learned that the contract was not renewed with the owner, so sadly it went. Our very own office in the DMGT building in SL Kensington is no more, although the shell of the building exists, again a great pity as the interior was wonderful.
Changes will happen as time goes on, but building in SL gets better and more detailed all the time, so the future is bright for virtual cities such as London and hopefully Virtually London (lite) will be there to inform everyone what is in store for their favourite SL place.
If you have any amazing stories to tell us just give us a shout, that’s me, Hibiscus Hastings and Pixi Piers, your Virtual News Hounds, and don’t forget you can support us and keep us going by clicking in our ads in the side bar!!
Happy Birthday to Virtually London (lite) on our very first year of publication!!!