100,000 Thanks and a Neko Research Study!

Early yesterday morning, a lone, unidentified Neko visited this blog and quietly turned the site meter over to 100,000 visits.

Is there significance in five zeros? I’m not really sure, but it definitely warms my little kitteh heart. So much so that I wanted to pause and say… one hundred thousand thank yous to each and every one of you.  =^..^=

But wait there’s more…!

On the very same day, I received an intriguing IM from a gal named Meja Milosz. In her first life, Meja’s a researcher studying virtual world communities — including (you guessed it) Second Life’s Neko community.

No, we’re not the sole focus of her research project, but she is devoting a couple chapters to us in her PhD dissertation project. Who knew someone could earn a PhD studying us Nekos?

Yep it’s true. Apparently while addressing the topic of “hieararchies and relations in digital games in online 3D worlds such as Second Life,” something about us Nekos made Meja step back a moment and scratch her head. It seems we’re rather unique. (But you already knew that, didn’t you?) In fact we’re so unique that she wants to learn more.

Come be a part of Neko research!

As you can imagine, I’m planning to help. And I’m hoping you will too. (Don’t worry, no Nekos will be caged, experimented on, or harmed in this study, he he). 😛

In the weeks ahead, Meja (who’s a Neko just like us) will be conducting interviews to find out just what makes us Second Life Nekos so special. And that, my fine furreh-tailed friends, will be your chance to tell her.  ^_^ Just give her a shout out (via IM or notecard) in-world!

Read Meja’s initial study proposal here:

Download Meja’s pilot paper on Nekos in Second Life here:


~ by Stacia Villota / Virtual Neko on September 14, 2009.

8 Responses to “100,000 Thanks and a Neko Research Study!”

  1. […] (if those ears and tail remain on your avatar the majority of the time you spend in SL), please click here to learn more. This is your chance — not only to assist Meja in her research, but to make your virtual voice heard […]

  2. Congratulations on your 100k hits Stacia you are one great kitten, I am proud of you.

  3. […] Nekos Under Scrutiny in Second Life […]

  4. Yay, thumbs up. Pretty impressive how a recearch can boost your traffic. I guess it is much more because of your great site. I don’t write too many comments but I do come here to have a look. Hugs and good luck.

    • Thanks so much for the kind words Spy! Strangely my traffic hasn’t been impacted much by Meja’s research study… I guess we Nekos are a shy bunch, hehe. I’m just glad to be able to help her with this effort… I find it so fascinating when “first” life intersects “second” life in ways like this! 😀

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  6. […] lotta Neko — creators/store owners, blog readers, and Neko who loved (lived?) to shop. The Second Life Neko research study was already underway, with countless in-person interviews generating all sorts of data, including […]

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