Have you ever done something in SL for years and years and then realize it’s coming to an end? And you know it’s a GOOD thing, but you feel a little lost knowing that you won’t be doing it anymore? My life right now.
Now that the renters know, I can blog about it. Bluebonnet is closing. Well, not closing closing. But after almost 7 years of me renting parcels to people, I’m renting out the whole sim to my sister and not dealing with the whole business of having multiple renters. It will now be a sim for the OZ family.
And this is a good thing. The SL economy has changed greatly in the past few years, as it does, and my kind of rentals aren’t really in fashion anymore. People don’t want big, undecorated parcels. They either want homesteads or pre-decorated, landscaped, smaller prim parcels. [Thanks, mesh.] I’ve been struggling greatly over the past year to keep parcels full and it’s been a huge financial burden. Aldwyn and the girls have had to help out WAY more than I have ever wanted them to, but at the end of the day, paying the remaining tier falls on me. Sims don’t pay for themselves and Linden Lab doesn’t care if your parcels are empty or if your renters have paid rent that week. *laughs* Nor should they. They’re not a charity.
To say I’ve been stressed about it is an understatement. It gets to where every month around tier time, I don’t even want to log in. I am paralyzed in SL until I know I have the tier for the sim. It shouldn’t be that way. It really shouldn’t. Of course, if Linden Lab would make land prices reasonable… But that is a pipe dream at this point and I’m already luckier than most land owners, so I won’t get into all that.
I hated telling my renters that as of September 1st, they no longer have a home on Bluebonnet. Hated it. Sehra, Bone, and Emerald have lived on Bluebonnet since I got it back in 2008. They were the originals. The others have been there with me for a few months to a few years. That’s a long time, in SL, to have a home base. It does become your home. You would think, “Oh it’s just virtual. I can move.” But you still miss it. It was still your home.
Bluebonnet has had some wonderful people pass through over the past 7 years. Designers, bloggers, artists. If not for Bluebonnet, I never would have met Lolita in the first place! She is the first person that I rented to that I didn’t already have a friendship with. Worked out well, huh? 🙂
I first got Bluebonnet in September 2008. Bluebonnet wasn’t the original name and I didn’t expect to have it for long. It was kind of tossed on me and it came with renters. Renters who quickly left, but I still had to deal with them for a bit. For a long time, it stayed a beach sim. Nothing but sand as far as the eye could see. Then one day I woke up and thought, “Where am I? The middle east?” I asked the renters if they would maybe want grass and they all quickly agreed. That led to Bluebonnet becoming a change-for-the-seasons sim. In fact, I’m not sure we ever actually went back to sand. I think we all enjoyed the grass too much. And I loved seeing how people made their parcels their own world. Every parcel was so personal. It’s been beautiful.
But I’m happy for the changes coming up, too. I’m so excited to have the family living all together. It’s something we’ve talked about in the past, just kind of in passing, but I didn’t think it could ever happen. And Lolita makes amazingggg sims. Well, you guys have seen my pics of our Grand Canyon and Rainforest vacations. I’m not sure if everyone knows that she created those sims from the ground up, but she totally did. So to be able to live in a place she’s created is super exciting to me! And to know that next month, I won’t be struggling both emotionally and financially…well, that is its own kind of wonderful. But mostly I am just happy that we will all be together, safe and happy in our own place.
There are loose ends to tie up, of course. I am trying to keep my eyes open for parcels that my renters can move to. I have to start picking up items and sorting them into folders so that I actually know where things are. The girls have to start picking up their rooms. I have to fly around looking for all the things in the sky. But it’ll get done. It’s all moving towards something that will be so much better for me. But for now, I just want to look at Bluebonnet the way it is right this second and remember all of the people and parties and things that have happened there.