How do you find interesting places to explore in Second Life?
I am not entirely sure why, but lately it has been hard for me to find places to go that inspire me to take photographs and wander around drinking in the atmosphere.
Now, before I unintentionally start drama by saying there is nothing to do in SL and thereby cause the downfall of Linden Lab, virtual worlds, the Internet and the end of life itself - let me be *abundantly clear* - I am not saying there is nothing to do in Second Life. To the contrary, there are live music shows at any hour of the day or night, there are storytelling and poetry events, LEA offers 20 sims of art, there are galleries on sims all across the grid. There are opportunities to role play as everything from faeries to gladiators. Second Life has an absolute abundance of things to do, I know this to be true.
And yet? When I log in I have a hell of a time using search and coming up with places that are not stores. When I use Koinup "coolest" places on twitter I find more stores. There are a few blogs that routinely provide links to great sims. However, when I want to write about a new and interesting place, those sources don't help because I don't want to reiterate something others have recently showcased.
The problem I am having is not a lack of activity or a shortage of things that interest me. My problem is connecting with new and innovative places because I don't know how to find them.
So, how do you find interesting places to explore in Second Life? What sources do you use?