History:SL’s First Ever Blog

First Blog of SL in 2004

So I stumbled on SL’s first ever blog going back to 2004, and it is like taking a look back in time.

It did not have its own domain, it was using a WordPress domain.

I didn’t know it existed when I first started in SL back in 2007. I have only ever known the main SL blog so I consider it a nice find. 

The very 1st post was by Philip Linden entitled “aLife and sLife” on 4th October 2004.

He talks about the evolution of the PC/programs/coding etc. And he talks about rich environments in order for growth and being able to survive.

Some snippets from the blog:

“If a researcher came to me with a bodiless computer program capable of seeing its environment, interacting with things, and communicating somehow with people, I would think that connecting it into Second Life would be a fate far better than just sitting there in the I/O darkness of some host computer.” 

“So I bet that we will see digital worlds like Second Life used in exactly this way – as a playground and exploration of the range of aLife that can be created. Even today, this is a fairly doable thing – you create an AI simulation on a powerful computer, then hook it into Second Life by connecting it either to an object or possibly even avatar. Let it run around 24 hours a day talking to people, interacting with things, getting in trouble – see what happens.”

But take a look for yourself at the full post HERE

Jumping to the 13th October 2004, and something went up in smoke as detailed by Mark Linden in a blog post entitled “An asset server is a terrible thing to have burst into flames…”

“At that point, not one, not two, but all three of the power supplies started spewing smoke. Which, of course, caused the smoke alarm to go off.”

Read more HERE

Jumping to 30th October 2004, a blog post by Corylinden entitled “Imagine”

Cory talks about various countries running a sim based on their own country and having servers close to them, and talks about the broadband coverage being better in some places than others. 


“Today SL is around 25% international. There are people
registered from about 70 countries. But my gut is we can easily be much
more international than we are today, driven by a couple observations:


Broadband access is in general better abroad than in the US. We are a
laggard, with Europe, Japan, and Korea significantly ahead in
deployment. I suspect that there is a strong tipping point for SL that
happens when your friends are more likely than not to be able to use SL.
If you combine graphics card and broadband penetration together, we
are not quite there yet in the US, but in a place like Korea we probably
would be (85% broadband plus nominally better/newer PCs).”


Since 2004 of course internet connections have improved vastly enabling people from all over the world to access SL and use it to the best of their ability.

Read more HERE

Moving forward to 24th June 2005 and looking at a blog post by BenLinden entitled /revolt.

He talks about freedom of expression as L moves into its second year, and residents are referred to as “peasants and talks about intellectual property, here’s a snippet: 

“With the 2 year anniversary this week, I was feeling reflective and checked out the SL history wiki. Pre 1.2, we treated residents as peasants. We owned everything, and expected them to produce for us in return for somewhere to live. Instead of charging for land owned, we taxed per prim – making it almost impossible for anyone to make a large group project.” 

Read more HERE

In a blog post by CoeyLinden entitled 50,000 on 16th September 2005 boasts of 50k of residents being logged in which was pretty amazing to say SL had only been going for a couple of years!

It is a short post so read it HERE

Lastly, looking at blog by Robin Linden on 27th June 2006 entitled [UPDATE] Open Registration.

This blog talks about scrapping new residents from having to give payment details when they make an account and they called this open registration and it looks at the reasoning behind this. (now this is something I didn’t know)And the teen grid is talked about here as well.

Many SL Residents have asked why we opened registration to allow new accounts to be created without payment information, and now that we have, what we are doing to make sure that we enforce the Terms of Service. Especially, there has been much concern about making sure teens are limited to the teen grid and adults remain exclusively on the main grid. In addition, there’s the issue of account anonymity and related griefing potential. At Linden Lab, we have been wrestling with the complexity of these issues and are taking steps to address the concerns.

Read the full post HERE

I will end here now, I am sure you would find it interesting to look back at these old blogs and see how far we have come.

This WordPress domain blog ran until June 2009 and was then moved to the forums and had its own domain.

Find the old blog HERE