In my Works In Progress folder for my blogs, I have a file called, “Alts.” It’s a piece I’ve been thinking about writing for a long time. One of the things that has stopped me is the feeling that I would be obliged to say how many alts I have.
But a couple of my favorite bloggers have recently written about their alts. This piece started out as a reply to one of those blogs. (That happens to me a lot by the way.)
If someone questions my sanity for having four blogs as Danko (it will soon be five) or, as I recently revealed, 13 viewers, when I tell how many alts I have – or even how many I’ve killed off – that will surely be sticking a fork in myself. I have only told a couple of very close friends the number. They still are close friends, so maybe there is hope.
One can say, “But I never use them,” until he is blue in the face (not literally, I don’t have a blue alt). But I really don’t use them. “Then why do you have them,” becomes the question. Well…
There are a couple who were the “worker bees” at one time. They could take care of business without being interrupted. They are both retired as I don’t do that type of work any longer. There are several who were made to help start groups. There are a few who were created for the purpose of story on my RP blog.
But mainly, it is simply a writer’s weakness. I come up with a good name for an avatar (or a group) and I have to create it. It is a form of roleplay or writing in itself. I do flesh out their profile, take a profile pic, put them in groups, add places to their picks, some even have a 1st life description. I am creating characters. But I don’t take them out. I am the writer, not the actor.
I never bothered with clothes and such. They each have one suit of clothes. I never spent any money on skins, hair, etc – until last year. I had always gone with freebie or cheapie stuff. But last year I upgraded all of the older ones to more modern SL creations, spent money on them for the first time. And I think that is what has caused me to slow down substantially in their creation. They are too damn expensive for something that never gets used. I’ve pretty much bought up all the decent male avatar skins and hair anyway.
And now in visiting numerous virtual worlds, I have had to create many Dankos. And in some worlds an alt as well, to form a group. I hate that requirement by the way. I really don’t want to have alts in these other worlds. I just want to have Danko.
The other bloggers have written recently that they don’t feel “themselves” as their alts. I relate to that. I do feel I am me, Danko Whitfield, when I am in other worlds however. Even though I don’t look the same as I do in SL. I wish I could. But I do act the same. But not as my alts. They are other people I can move around. They are not me.
Danko is me, the real me in so many ways. He is me online/inworld. People can say that we don’t reveal our true selves inworld. It is true in a way. In other ways we reveal our true selves to a degree we do not in “real life.”
I do chuckle at those who say they don’t RP in SL. They believe what they are saying is true. Of course they are saying it in the most literal way. As is more than obvious to any thinking person – all SL is RP. But then, the so-called real me in Real Life doesn’t show all his sides to everyone either. Is RL all RP too? I feel a Shakespeare quote coming on, don’t you? You do, k, then I can skip it.
Back to alts then…
For those who have an alt they use to get away from it all, to hide…that is how I use mine. I just get to use a different one every time I feel that way.
There, got through that without having to reveal the number. Maybe another time.