… about Bellisseria?
Curious me had a peek at the weird continent’s official local newspaper and …
… found out it’s dead. 😐
I’m quite sure Belliseria itself is alive and well and its inhabitants are probably more or less happy with their dwellings and enjoy their Second Lifes. But I can also guess that after all the hullaballoo of the first big wave of settlements (houseboats, community places, infrastructure) it slowly dawned on even the most hardcore Bellisserians that the whole continent is just another Linden ghetto. Not far off the grid, mind you, but pretty much part of it, even serving as the missing link between Sansara and Jeogeot continents, but still kinda restricted when it’s about self-expression.
Bravo btw for The Lab, finally realising that SL should be one continuous world, not seperated islands in the æther of the void. Even if your CEO doesn’t see it that way. But what does he know?
Yes, Bellisseria is better, much evolved from the first batch of useless Linden homes. But it’s still a Linden ghetto, a place where mostly the not-interested, the uncreative, the clueless Premium acc residents bought into the scheme of a ready-made home, coming with a ready-made community, a prefab lifestyle for a ready-made Second Life. =^.^=
Not all of them, oh god, nooo. I know some avatars, oldbies living there, who’ve proven their value for SL since many years. And it was that expert crowd of oldbies who – with a little help from LL – tried to create various communities on Bellisseria. Or tried to add new Bellisserian addresses to the old, long-standing communities. Flying, sailing, partying communities. I’ve even seen an art gallery. 🙂 And I don’t know what became of all those efforts, how they fared in the long run … I guess not too well.
Because they didn’t get the support of their fellow Bellisserians. Because Bellisseria is – although not an old-school Linden Ghetto – not much different from any other SL continent. Only that you can’t build/rez your own dwelling or any other structure there, that you can’t even do the littlest bit of terraforming … and that your creativity is stunted. And driving/walking around the new sims, taking in all the sights and views, gets boring after a couple days.
And as we all should’ve learned by now, particularly in SL, your physical home address doesn’t make the foundation of a community, shared interests do! No matter if my fellow sailing community members are living around Blake Sea, in a medieval castle on Sansara, in steampunky New Babbage or a space station Ctulhu-knows-where.
I guess that’s why the editors of The Bellisserian ran out if stuff to write about and put their paper on hiatus since late August of 2019. That’s almost a year without any sign of life. After such a long pause and no efforts by community members trying to jump in and save their own communication tool, I guess it’s safe to assume that project The Bellisserian is dead. 😦
Because in the end, even with all its beauty stuff, Bellisseria is just a place you go to change clothes, and then go somewhere else for the important parts of your Second Life.
Question for all my readers with property on Bellisseria: How did your moving there work out in the long run? Still happy as a squid on that new continent? Or gave up and moved back to traditional mainland or estates … or maybe dropped Premium altogether?