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On Sunday the 10th, I celebrated my Virtual World Anniversary both online and with a special episode of Whore School!

In case you missed the episode, you can stream it anytime on demand, or download to listen later, offline. For Episode 141, I talked about the lessons I’ve learned in a year spent fucking around in the virtual world. In case you don’t enjoy listening to me enthusiastically expound on things I find fascinating, and would prefer to read, I’ll give you the precis for the virtual world anniversary lessons learned.

Listen to “WS 141 Lessons Learned From 1 Year in the Virtual World” on Spreaker.

In my year online, I’ve learned some really interesting things.

virtual world anniversary lessons 800 539 4566About human nature, I’ve learned that the vast majority of people you meet in the real world as well as online are actually pretty awesome. There are trolls, and assholes, and abusive twats, both in the virtual world and the real world, but by and large most folks are really cool. In the virtual world, if you run into trouble, you can ask pretty much anyone you see for help and have pretty good odds of finding assistance. For example, I was participating in a Hunt, online. It’s basically a huge game of hide and seek, where you go looking for the special hidden goodies, and win a prize if you find them all. I had found literally everything save for one last damn well hidden thing. So, I asked in the group for the hunt organizers if I could get a hint. And someone messaged me and asked where I was stuck, and promptly helped me out! It made my then-upcoming Virtual World anniversary just a little bit sweeter.

Honestly, the most important lesson from my year online?

I learned a very simple, but deeply profound thing in my year in the virtual, and for my virtual world anniversary I’m sharing it with all of you. It’s this: wherever you go, whether online or offline, if you bring all your bad habits with you, you will simply wind up recreating your old life in a new place. If you tend to never leave your house, if you don’t socialize at parties, if you don’t have a favorite hang out spot where you and your friends go spend time… If you don’t host a game night, or play D&D, or poker, or go watch the football game with your pals… you will be JUST as lonely and isolated in the virtual world as you are in the real world. The very definition of insanity is to attempt the same thing, while expecting different results. You can have tons of friends and be super popular in the virtual world, but you have to make the effort. It’s worth the effort.