As Inara Pey, I’ve been blogging about my SL times since the end of 2007. My writings initially focused on D/s and D/s relationships as presented through Second Life, but over recent years, this has broadened out into a broader collection of writings on virtual worlds which is focused upon, but not limited to, Second Life.
Within these pages you’ll find a mix of news, reviews, commentary and opinion – all presented from my own perspective. As such you’ll find them laced with elements that are very much part and parcel of whom I am: passion, frustration, annoyance, a sense of fun and frivolity – and very occasionally, something that might be considered thoughtful and decently presented. All I ask is that you be aware that the comments, thoughts, ideas and even frustrations expressed here are my own and should not be taken as an endorsement of any particular platform or product.
I’m quite approachable, and enjoy looking at the dynamics surrounding Second Life almost as much as I like spending time in-world doing things and having fun. I’m not that into games and stuff, but I do take time – when available – to dip my toes into other worlds as well, so you may find ramblings on other places here as well as SL.
I’m somewhat into SL landscape photography and post a lot of stuff to my Flickr photostream as well, and my snaps routinely appear in my Exploring Second Life reviews. I’ve recently started playing with post-processing SL snaps and am trying to develop a look and feel to my pictures.
I’ve also had a modest go with video-making, the results of which are on this page.
My real life is not a totally closed book – but neither is it open for all to read; some of it will get mentioned here and there, and I hope this doesn’t detract from things. I do have a deep interest in astronomy and space exploration, which gets a fair amount of coverage in these pages. I’m something of a science-fiction reader, and enjoy media sci-fi as well. As a writer, I have been published on numerous occasions in various forms, although have yet to find the novel that supposedly resides inside us all! Prior to SL, and under another name, I was very active in the blogsphere, writing on D/s topics (hence my initial focus on entering Second Life).
Finding Your Way Around This Blog
Seven plus years of blogging means that there is a lot of information to be found here. I’m always working on categorising stuff and trying to make sure things are suitable indexed and tagged. For main blog articles, there is a search function (top of the right column of every page), which is useful, but also subject to a vagaries of the WordPress search engine.
Under the calendar (in which you can click on the underlined dates to see a list of all articles published that day) there are two drop-down lists. One lists all posts in this blog in a specific category (News, SL projects, Opinion, etc.), the other lists all blog posts for a given month.
At the top of every page is a menu which provides access to the information in this blog by category and tags. So using it, you can find information on SL server updates, viewer updates and reviews; access all my destination reviews and reviews of other virtual worlds and events previews and reports, and so on. Some of these menu items have sub-menus, which appear when you hover over the main item, some don’t, as they are a standalone page – just click on the menu name to display the page.
Please do have a play with the menu system, as I’ve attempted to categorise and tag topics on what might be specific areas of interest to readers – Lab news and announcements, viewer reviews (by viewer), destination (region) reviews), opinion pieces, etc.), in an attempt to make finding information easier.