I was thinking.... Recently I have been reading a lot of posts in group chats, asking or discussing whether a certain product/ x or y vendor or group is in Inworldz yet. After reading the discussion in one the other day, I gave it some thought because something bothered me. I now know what it is. I'm afraid... My fear is that InWorldz will become more like SL. Not that SL doesn't have things to offer.
It reminds me of when I lived in the Netherlands. I was a member of an large expat women' s group. A lot of the other Americans in the group who had moved to NL brought everything with them and set up house just like home in larger than average sized Dutch houses. When visiting them it seemed to me that I could have been in any suburban US neighborhood. Their kids attended international schools, where all classes were given in English, they themselves made little effort to learn Dutch and they shopped for US goods or had them imported monthly at obscene markups. In our monthly gatherings, they spent a great deal of time talking and complaining about how they missed x product/service etc, and about arranging English language play dates for their kids. I could understand that some folks were only stationed there for a year or so, and didn't want to disrupt the children' s education, educating them in English, especially if they were older. But most were there for the duration and they had brought their American lifestyle bubble with them and were living happily within it. That confused me.
Why move to a new place full of promise and opportunity and make it just like home? I taught myself survival level Dutch and found a college kid to tutor me, joined the library, took a pottery class in Dutch (the language of clay is universal ) I shopped at the local stores and made attempts to get to know my neighbors. I wanted to learn as much about my new home as possible. It was clear that I did not fit with those women. I didn't last more than 1/2 a year. I eventually found an English language social group closer to home made up of folks who embraced living in a new land and made an some effort to assimilate. They didn't abandon their culture, just the opposite. Most were contributing members of the society and their homes were a charming mix of cultures as were their families. I enjoyed being an active member of that group for over 4 years, before moving back to the US.
I don't want InWorldz to seem a less expensive autonomous colony of SL. Speaking only for myself, I want InWorldz to become InWorldz, A unique virtual experience in and of itself. Growing and developing on its own, with the creative talents of its active residents, not copied from SL. I have Second Life already, I can go there whenever I want to. I am still a resident, a non tier paying one, but still a resident. I want this InWorldz experience to be different. My question is how to make to this happen? IDK, maybe it is just me and my spidey sense...
I'm taking my time with Mooville, I don't know where I am going with it yet. I can tell you that I am going to enjoy the journey