I am sure I am not the only person here who is teased in real life about being a loyal member of Stardoll. Sure my friends make jibes about “the dolly website” but none of it is ever intended to hurt me. I always make silly excuses about why I still log in and the main excuse I use is the contests. They only found out I still was logging on Stardoll was when they stole my Blackberry and seen I’d been e-mailing one of the book publishing staff about the book contest.
I would be too far embarrassed and a little ashamed to walk up to everyone and declare
“I log into Stardoll everyday, because it’s fun. I actually enjoy this website. I even have a blog and Youtube channel dedicated to it all”.
They tease me enough already so I couldn’t imagine what they would say if they knew what I actually do on Stardoll.
They just assume that it is some pre-teen pink fairy website. What really bothers me is that aren’t they supposed to be your friends? It isn’t their duty but shouldn’t they be supportive of every activity or any action you take in life? I guess it is just some teenage Oh-I’m-scared-what-they’re-going-to-think-about-me-thing or I’m just a coward from hiding it.
To all those who openly let people know (that are my age or older) that they log into Stardoll frequently, well I admire you.
Millions of teenage males switch their Xboxes and PS3’s on every day to play a game of COD and hardly any one would judge them for that – well unless they were addicted. People openly talk about COD in school, such a contrast from Stardoll. Reason being is that COD is accepted, people think it’s cool and because their friends play the game and so do many others – well it’s fine to talk about it openly.
Where as Stardoll, it’s something of a taboo subject where I stay. Nobody wants to hear that you’re dressing up dolls or buying new virtual shoes for your Medoll. So uncool and partially childish.
Sad thing is that they’ll never know what goes on behind the dress-up dolls and pink background. I know for some people Stardoll means a lot more to them than just a way of socialising online or playing dress-up games. They treat club discussions as some sort of confession area, where you can talk about virtually anything knowing that people won’t judge or mock you – something you couldn’t tell anybody face to face in real life. I think that’s lovely and shows that Stardoll is really more than just a 2D girly website.
Stardoll has acted as some sort of stimulus in the growth of some members. Not literally. I mean, I wouldn’t have been able to edit videos or create my school presentations if it wasn’t for Stardoll and their virtual make-up. I’m sure people who create graphical designs could say the same thing, if it wasn’t for Stardoll graphics they may have not picked up a tablet pen. Or even bloggers, many wouldn’t be sitting there on their laptops writing up creative posts if it weren’t for Stardoll.
Graphic made by the wonderful Lizluz
For me what Stardoll has really done has let me grow up into something slightly more maturer human being than I previously was. This blog has really let me reflect on things such as member’s behaviour and also reflect on myself. It has been some sort of crash course in online norms. Signing up in 2006, I never thought it would lead me this far and teach me so many lessons. I’ve made a lot of mistakes on here but I’ve learnt from every one of them. I’m uncertain whether everyone has reached that point in their membership to Stardoll or if it’s only a long-term thing but it’s a nice thought to have and to think back upon.
The most significant part of Stardoll – well to me any ways – is the communication. We can talk to any other member from the other side of the globe almost instantly. It acts like an adhesive bond, bonding the whole virtual world of Stardoll together. We’ve got Chat, Mail boxes, Guestbooks, Parties, Clubs, Blogs and so much more where we communicate with everyone every time we log in. Previously in 2006 there was none of this, it was very basic and if you didn’t have any friends in real life on Stardoll – then it was very hard trying to form any sort of friendship online. I think Stardoll member numbers started shooting up when they introduced features such as Clubs and Commenting areas. It brought some life to Stardoll.
I know we criticise Stardoll every day but we should be thankful that their still running this website with all the stick they receive. I wasn’t planning to go all soppy on you’s. Sure they have terrible pricing and occasionally the terrifying graphic but sometimes it’s nice to focus on the positive for a change.
For those out with the Stardoll world and those who criticise its childish purpose – well they’ll never know what it is like to be a part of it all, something quite unique. Sure there are idiotic and immature members of our community but the majority of them are just growing up like the rest of us, soon they’ll realise that they need to change and purchase a dictionary. Sure the creators of Stardoll’s intentions aren’t to everyone’s needs and all they are looking for is some profit. Although as a community we can appreciate it all. We know how the Stardoll world acts and how it behaves and we become really acquainted of it all.
Back to the original meaning on this entire post.
Sure our family and friends might make a few light-hearted jokes up “the dolly website” but at least we’re not out on the streets spray painting on the side of a Tesco building in the early hours of the morning. We could do a lot worse.
Question Time: What has Stardoll done for you?
*except burning a hole through your purse*
Man I’ve been meaning to make a rant in a while but I was in a good mood :).