I realized that I was doing something wrong.
With Marc Scaurus ending his care of the Eve Blog pack I found myself waiting, worried, about who would take it over. Would they actually run it or would it die? Would it be updated? How would it change? What would be lost? What would be gained?
I found myself fretting over these things and waiting and watching. Waiting and watching. Wondering. And I realized, I was an idiot. Disgusted, I sat up, did a few web searches, and decided to do something about the situation.
Why was I waiting for someone else to take care of the situation? I felt that to lose the blog roll would be detrimental to the community. We barely have any places that list comprehensive lists of blogs. Most are based off of individual tastes or interests. We tend to prune off dead blogs or blogs that change in ways that are no longer compatible for us. EveBloggers.Com is just a resource. It isn't personal. And that is very important. For good or for bad, all of the blogs out there are part of the game. They are the history of Eve. The history of the individuals. I did offer to take EveBloggers.Com but I don't assume or expect to get it.
A blog isn't just about the blogger. It is about everyone the blogger writes about. It is about all of the people the blogger interacts with that helps to pick the letters and structure the words. Eve's blogs are part of Eve's written history. Dead or alive they all contain the past. And Eve is a game about its past as much as its future.It is a world where the players do things to each other and sometimes people record it. In this, we are all historians. I don't think that is the type of thing that should be missed.
Friday mornings and early afternoons tend to be quiet for me, in game. I really only had some store stocking to do. Nothing major or world shattering. I decided to just use Google for a start and structured a website focused around a handful of my wants. I've wanted to keep track of news articles about Eve. I've wanted to work on a more comprehensive resource list for Eve. I want Blogs not to be lost about Eve. I want. I want. I want.
It isn't anything fancy or spectacular. I picked Google sites to start the process and create the seed of a new, simple website. Beta phase or whatever it is called this day when something is a work in progress but still usable.
I named it New Eden Source. I'm not in love with the name yet but it is a starting point. I'll see if I can get the basics completed and fleshed out first. I'm not trying to be a news site or anything fancy. I just decided that if I wanted this stuff saved and I thought that blogs have value that I should go forth and do it instead of sitting around hoping someone else will do what I want. I expect EveBloggers to change when it changes hands and often people prune dead blogs. I wanted to save them before that happened. And more places with the same information can't hurt. Having all the eggs in one portals basket may be nice as a focus but bad if something happens to it.
That's my weekend project in a nutshell. I'm skimming blogs and plucking links as I find them. I went through and checked every link that I added. I put a note if they are active or inactive or haven't posted in a while. Some people I know post once every 3-6 months. The dead links and the links to things that seemed to have nothing to do with Eve I edited out. There were few of them. I decided, when I wrote this post up, that I'd been at it for eight hours and I could take a break for the day. I'm pleased with my early process.
Special thanks to Foo for the motivation.