Year two, hmm? The blog hits two on the 18th, but I started it a few days before and decided to steal the start date. I'm the only one who cares even mildly about this technical aspect of things yet here I am, justifying myself for absolutely no reason. :) Of course I could rage quit between now and the 18th, invalidating everything that I do as I transcend and erupt like cold fusion across the Eve Online Official Forums.
How interesting that is to me, as the writer of all of this. I decided to do something a bit different. I made a little recording of myself. It isn't fancy. It's me, my headset, and Audacity to record me. I thought that after two years and over nine hundred posts I'd try something new. I spent a while doing tests and thinking of things to say. I started to cry some after listening to myself over and over again. Nivin was kind enough to link me a nice article from Scientific America about how the voice sounds different when heard back. I know this, but it still sucks and I find the entire process rather embarrassing but I did it anyway! :P
I brought a domain name last week. Some may have noticed. www.lowseclifestyle.com is now a thing. It is supposed to work without the www as well but that is still not picking up correctly. That is my husbands task to fix. He is the DNS lord after all. When it transferred over my blog list vanished. No idea why. Because of that, I've been piecing it back together with some changes. I am trying to use Feedly more too. But, I think blog lists are important. I get a lot of traffic from them and I discover new blogs all the time through them. The blog is still hosted by blogger. lowseclifestyle.blogspot.com will continue to work. If I ever let the domain lapse the real site will pick back up. I've watched bloggers leave and decide to let everything they wrote vanish. I find that sad but some people have to shoot their memories in the back of the head I guess.
Enough of that. This is my narcissistic moment. When I get to revel in the glory of my words. Ahahhaahha. Not really. I've asked those closest to me to beat me with a stick if my ego ever expands to the point that I can't get through doorways or use public transportation due to the side of my over bloated sense of self worth because I write words and people read them. They love me dearly and have promised to beat me thoroughly if it becomes a problem. I will admit that it is nice that people link me and drink my words. The daily hit count is probably the greatest motivator to write moar and try to improve my quality while keeping things interesting for both the people who grace me with a piece of their day and me, who has to listen to myself write all this stuff.
When I started the blog, with no task but to record being a newbie, I had no idea I'd still be writing two years later. I've been keeping some type of blog or journal for most of my adult life. I had about a year long break between my last project (about raw feeding dogs and cats which I wrote for three years) and starting Eve. At the time, there were not many current new player blogs. Over the last year or so more and more have popped up, to my joy. There are few things more encouraging then for a new player to read the things that happened to them happening to other people. The technical stuff is vitally important but Eve is so cold and vast at first. Knowing that you are not the only one who wound up in that situation helps in my opinion.
December is a reflective month for me. Not because it is the end of the year. The year thing is an arbitrary decision for our calendar. Other cultures celebrate at other times. The cycle of the Earth about our Sun does not stir me to reflect. However, reaching the achievement points of each year played, and to an extent, written, does. I like where I am. I've been a bit down the last week or so but even as I wallow in my funk (of mood not body odor) I know that I'm not in a bad place in game. I think I'll perk back up soon.
There is no rhyme or reason to my writing. I tend to write in spurts. Sometimes I'll have an entire week done. Others, I write day to day or a post or two and schedule them out. Sometimes, I sit before bed, hashing out a topic that has me struggling a bit. Sometimes I write a topic in an hour. Other times I chew away at it over a week or more. That's why I have so many damn drafts. I tend to have lots of singular posts. Things that I wrote cuz it was a thought. Those get moved around a lot when I have issues to write, rants, responses, or reports.
My husband keeps suggesting I put up adds. I just smile and nod at him and don't do it. I'm not interested in that. Ads annoy me. My blog isn't here to annoy me. It may annoy some people but that is their call.
I also sometimes wonder if I should advertise. I see people posting their blog posts on Reddit and Twitter. But, I can't let go of the feeling that I'd just spam. I couldn't see myself every single day going, "Words!" or two or three times a day in case someone missed it. Sometimes I post stuff I really liked, but mostly that is Origin posts. I just feel like I'm jumping up and down screaming for attention if I were to every. single. day. post that I wrote another post. I'm bad at advertising. I also don't absorb advertising well. I just figure if I tend my little corner of the internet it will grow. That principle has worked in general so I'll stick to it.
I also know I don't only write about low sec. I shall forever be amused at the person who convoed me to tell me I didn't write about low sec and he was disapointed. I know that I wander off and onto other Eve related topics. I do sinful things such as Build Orcas and Try Incursions and mine and write fiction and stuff. But, since low sec is my home and my focus I think I'll keep the blog name. Someone has to advocate for it and I'm willing to do it as much as I can. I don't believe in waiting for other people to do the things that I want done as much as I might wish for that to happen. I was greatly disappointed by the CSM elections when it came to low sec and the lack of representation. I don't think I'm that person. I don't feel that I know a thing about the game and I know I don't have the personality to do bullshit political kissy face and election engineering. Take me as I am or don't take me at all but I won't be some false puppet spouting pretty lies and social engineering myself into someone elses approved mold.
I think that is about all the random things about me and my blog and its focus that have come to mind at the moment. Back to my regularly scheduled random.
Thanks for reading.