Issue 4 : Emmanuelle’s return?

I got into blogging thanks to my friend Emmanuelle, who ’employed’ me as the naturist writer on her blog Emmanuelle’s Erotic Excursions, later rebranded as 2ex. After writing there for a bit I got ‘headhunted’ by the publisher of this blog, and it seemed to coincide with other writers for 2ex leaving, moving on, quitting SL, etc.

Emmanuelle suspended the blog, then placed it in the hands of another mutual friend, Jayne, who then underwent some RL crises that meant she didn’t have time to keep the blog going, although it’s still -as you’ll find if you follow the link- online. And this, in turn, coincided with Emmanuelle, by her own admission ‘getting bored’ with SL and leaving the game and killing off her own, successful blog.

Recently, I popped online and OMG! Guess who’s name was showing her as online? Yep, Emmanuelle. And with that, I’ll let her pick up the story in her own words…

‘I just got fed up, not so much with SL as with the blogosphere. Ours was a blog very much intended to be very clear and blunt about the existence of and many players’ participation in cyber sex. It goes on all around us, all the time, but we still, often, pretend it’s not. It would have been easy to keep it going as there’s far more sex in SL than there is naturism, for example, so I admire the way you’ve managed to keep things fresh and relevant and not run out of ideas for it. I simply found that all my free time, intended for playing SL, was being eaten up organising the blog (I know that feeling well : Ella) and I’d lost sight of why I’d joined SL. So I decided to take a break from it all. The blog, and SL itself. I went on holiday, didn’t have internet access, couldn’t blog or play. When I came home three weeks later the ‘habit’ had been broken, and so I continued not logging in. And it just got to be a longer and longer hiatus from SL until I’d decided I’d not go back.

Emma hops aboard someone’s yacht at the Eden Yacht Club

‘I imagined that was it for me with SL, but I recently read something about SL on some news page or other, and decided I’d log in to see who was still around, or what had changed. I went exploring, picked up a new dress or two and suddenly I was hooked again. Well, hooked in the sense that it reignited my interest in SL. I’ve not been a daily log in since returning, but I’ve been a regularly occasional 🙂 log in since then!

Sipping a cola at Eden Yacht Club

‘No, there won’t be any return to blogging, ever, on my part. I would write for a blog if I could choose my moments, but I wouldn’t revive 2ex, or start a new blog. I’ve not got the time to do it justice. When I log in, I want to socialise, not being running around the grid for three hours each evening searching for this or that.’

Because naturists have green credentials, Emma chooses to take her empty cola can home with her.

I remember Emma seeming very brave in that her naked, SL form graced the opening page of her blog at a time when few, if any, were prepared to do such a thing with blogs, and still aren’t, even skins often being routinely censored on blogs and even in stores. I asked her if she saw herself as a trailblazer for SL nudity.

‘No. I wouldn’t imagine I was first. There’s been a few short-lived blogs that have dealt with SL sexuality, Mine was short-lived as well. Despite it being a big, big part of most avatars SL lives, no one wants to deal with the sexual side of it. I think there’s definitely a market for it, but it is exceptionally time consuming. Even getting a decent crew of writers around you doesn’t lessen the work. I had several good people writing for the blog, which was a feat in itself. Many people are inarticulate, inworld and also in conversation. When the old crew broke up I didn’t have the energy to try to assemble a new team of writers. You left for this blog, Marlene (Macbeth) opted out of SL to concentrate on RL fundraising work for breast cancer charities. Others became more sporadic in their logging in. SL is a constant state of flux.’

Has Emma had any contact with the rest of her team of writers?

‘No. I left SL for a period, so no. Just you. I’ve not seen any of the others online in the time since I’ve returned, and I’ve not really thought about contacting them. I think we reached the end of the road, and people move on in their SL time, or move out of SL altogether. So, the answer is no.’

Could Jayne (Chun) take it over again? The last we heard 2ex was coming in under the SLNMPG umbrella (that’s the organisation that publishes this blog, and has plans for others), so maybe some sort of revival?

‘I’ve no idea. I ‘sold’ the blog, in that I passed the passwords over, so I couldn’t even access it now. It was a period of my life for a while, but now I’m pleased to be able to log in occasionally and merely socialise with others. Regarding the nudity, it seemed to fit with me ‘talking a talk’ in respect of the blog. I’m happy with the photos I posed for, but realistically I don’t even get my clothes off in SL that much anymore. Since I’ve popped back in, I seem to be shooting around sims that aren’t naturist or dealing with sexuality. It has been more a case of me exploring what I never got to see in SL first time around. Just going to places and admiring the builds, the scenery, the artworks, the inventory items available.’

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