I started Eve in December of 2011. It leaves the coming of January an easy point for me to gauge the passage of time in relationship to my game play.
In my second year of playing I met with an unfortunate attitude that blogging was a dying activity. I blogged then, simply for the pleasure of writing about the game. To me, what I wrote was no more than a public access journal. Google's definition of blog is, "a regularly updated website or webpage, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style." That fits me quite well.
To say that blogging was dying because it was not the path to reach out to people anymore seemed ignorant to me. Not every path will find the same people upon it. I, for instance, have little interest in streams and YouTube. To me, they are too much like watching television and that is something I never developed the appetite for. I don't care for visual media. At the same extent, I don't care for audio media. My life has always been a quiet one.
News sites had more interest for me but the problem with news is that it is about getting readership. Blogging, for me, was never about readership. It was about sharing. If someone found enjoyment, amusement, or something useful, I was pleased. If they did not, I was also fine with that. I am not controlled by any particular needed to achieve anything in my blogging. It means that I will never be a top blogger, but that to is fine with me.
Three years ago, the idea that blogging was dead angered me. Fast forward and I've experienced enough to know that the opinion of one individual on a topic that large does not dictate all of blogging. In blogging, I leave behind a trail of information. Some of it is personal, some of it is historical, much of it is meaningless. But, in it, there is great pleasure when someone finds something useful out of what I have placed upon these virtual pages.
Today, I got a great update mail about a successful market venture. I love these. Writing out the failures and success, positives and negatives of ventures and activities in game has sometimes been of use to others. That knowledge is an amazing thing to possess. I have enjoyed so many of my ventures in Eve that it excites me when someone else gets to give something a try.
It is also a reminder if the things that I enjoy and have enjoyed and some of the whys of that enjoyment. That is a good way to start the month.