Category Archives: SL Dans Metrics

My Top 30 Favourite SL Blogs For 2017


Here is a updated list of my top 30 favourite SL blogs you should check out and read regularly during 2017.

There are so many great SL bloggers out there covering the metaverse reporting about the latest grid news, fashion events, shopping events, grid wide hunts and much more.

  1. Inara Pey 
  2. New World Notes
  3. Firestorm Viewer Blog
  4. The Drax Files Radio Hour
  5. Jo Yardley
  6. Second Life Newser
  7. Prim Perfect
  8. London City
  9. Strawberry Singh
  10. Nalates Urriah
  11. Orca Flotta
  12. Linden Endowment for the Arts
  13. Feted Inner Child
  14. Ciaran Laval
  15. The Poultry Report
  16. Parktown Progress
  17. Echt Virtuell
  18. ZoHa Islands
  19. Bryn Oh
  20. Virtual Outworlding
  21. Honour McMilla
  22. Mona Eberhardt
  23. Harper Ganesvoort
  24. Canary Beck
  25. Pussycat Catnap
  26. iheartsl
  27. Seraphim
  28. Holocluck’s Henhouse
  29. Across The Grid With Lindal Kidd
  30. Prim Dolls

Back in September 2010 I did create my top 50 favourite SL blogs for 2010.

It’s impossible to list every blog relating to Second Life. I do read more blogs every week.

First Second Life Grid Statistics Update For 2017


Weekly net change in number of regions since 3rd January 2016

On 2rd January 2017 Tyche Shepherd posted up the first grid statistics update for 2017 via the SLUniverse Forums. I was hoping for something more positive this year to reflect on.

Tyche mentioned in the forum thread that 2016 saw a slow decline in private estate regions in Second Life with surprising small growth for Linden Owned regions (+109 regions). The total net loss for 2016 was much higher than 2015 was in terms of net losses.

So another year gone and another year of a slow decline in private estate regions – total net loss for 2016 was 992 (5.6% down on the beginning of the year) – higher than 2015’s net loss of 825 regions(4.4% down). Overall the whole grid was down by 884 regions, the drop in private estates mitigated by a smaller growth in Linden Owned regions (+109 regions)

As you can see from the graph above for 2016 almost every week there were region losses with only a handful of weeks where there was small positive net growth for private estates. To be honest it was a bad year for region losses during 2016 and I really hope 2017 will not end the same way.

2015 vs 2016 Total Net Loss Comparison

Total net loss for 2016

  • 992 regions down
  • 5.6% down since the beginning of 2016

Total net loss for 2015

  • 825 regions down
  • 4.4% down since the beginning of 2015

2016 Vs 2017 Main Grid Regions Comparison

On 3rd January 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
  • Private Estates: 17, 775 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 111

As of 1st January 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 002
  • Private Estates: 16, 783 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 219

Sansar 2017 Impact

As many know already Sansar will open to the public sometime during January 2017 and the big question is will Sansar have any impact of the Second Life grid region numbers during 2017? or will it continue to go steady this year ?.

The lab needs to come up with workable solutions to stop the decline happening because 2016 saw a huge loss in regions. For many land pricing is one of the top concerns residents have right now.

I would love to know what you think about this in the comments section below.

My next update on Second Life statistics will be published in March 2017 and I will be keeping a closer on Sansar to see how that impacts the numbers in the weeks/months ahead.

Hopefully there will be more region growth in Second Life during 2017 and it will be great to see more great improvements made to Second Life to make it even better.

Useful Links To Keep Track of Second Life 2017 Statistics

Private Estates In Second Life Drops Below 17, 000 Regions


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Private Estates Drop Under The 17, 000 Regions Mark

According to the Second Life Grid Survey recently the total amount of Private Estates in Second Life dropped below the 17, 000 regions mark which is rather alarming and shows the decline is still happening.

At the start of 2016 there were 17, 775 Private Estate regions in Second Life but over the course of this year more regions have gone off the grid leaving 16, 902 Private Estates remaining as of 20th November 2016. It’s sad that Second Life has lost so many amazing regions over the past six years and I really hope that things will change for the better in years to come.

  • YTD Private Estate net losses now stand at 873 (4.9% loss) – As of 20th November 2016

2010 to 2016

Since 2010 the total amount of regions have been decreasing slowly and the grid has lost amazing talent. For comparison on 13th June 2010 there were 31, 988 Main Grid regions in total and today there are 24, 076 Main Grid regions left. If trends continue then expect the total amount of Main Grid regions to drop under the 24, 000 mark before the end of 2016.

Check out this graph showing the total number of main grid regions since 31st October 2006.

  • 2003 to 2006 – steady interest in regions
  • 2006 to 2008 – high interest in regions
  • 2008 to 2012 – max total of regions
  • 2012+ – steady decline in regions

Grid Survey Data

Breakdown of Ownership/Classification

(20th November 2016) – Breakdown of current regions by Ownership and Classification:

  • Estate – Adult: 4913
  • Estate – General: 1354
  • Estate – Moderate: 10631
  • Estate – Offline: 4
  • Linden – Adult: 447
  • Linden – General: 1642
  • Linden – Moderate: 5085

(20th November 2016) –  Breakdown of Host Server Classes by Ownership:

  • Estate – Class 5: 242
  • Estate – Class 7: 7793
  • Estate – Class 8: 7573
  • Estate – Class Unknown: 1294
  • Linden – Class 5: 6
  • Linden – Class 7: 1297
  • Linden – Class 8: 5569
  • Linden – Class Unknown: 302

2017: the year ahead

It’s going to be another challenging year for Second Life with Sansar opening it’s doors to the public in early 2017. The big question is what impact will Sansar have on the Second Life & OpenSim grid numbers during 2017+ ?. We will have to wait and see.

I hope that there will be growth in private estates during the course of 2017 and hopefully the lab will keep on investing more into Second Life. I will be sharing the latest grid stats during each quarter of 2017 so stay tuned for that.