This year has gone significantly better on the blog than last year. Since moving to the new host the previous long loading times which were apparently nothing to do with the old host have mysteriously vanished. The result has been a refreshing lack of interaction between me and the blogs background workings. That said I am not entirely pleased with the layout of the blog, as I am starting to feel that the jQuery layout currently being used could be a little obscure if you don’t know what you’re looking for, especially now the in game UI it was reflecting has changed. However to be honest an entire site redesign would require a significant time investment which right now could be better spent either playing eve, or writing something more than the monthly update. It maybe that I will change my mind by the end of the year, but right now I don’t feel like a redesign is very likely over the next 12 months.
I mentioned writing something more than the monthly update in that last paragraph, and that’s for good reason. With only 30 posts last year almost half of the posts were monthly updates, and that’s not what I want for this blog. Really I’d like to be writing more frequently and not just on what I have been doing over the past month. However I often struggle to find interesting angles, and events that I don’t feel have already been covered better by others. Because of this I am hoping to write about more personal events, fleets, moves discussions and even just the simple logistics of keeping up with the null meta. After all its pretty unlikely that anyone else will be covering my own play time right?
The other issue I frequently run into when blogging is my own limitations with spelling and grammar. I am aware of the fact that most of my posts will contain multiple typos, misspellings and grammatical faux pars, I will have to beg you believe me when I say that this how bad my writing is after several editorial passes. Between the time it takes me to write something, edit it a couple of times to convey the right meanings, and then scour it for spelling and grammar mistakes, means that getting a post out of the gates is a serious time sink. Don’t get me wrong that doesn’t put me off blogging, after all the main point of writing this to try and improve my writing skills, that said I’d rather fulfil that goal with frequent interesting posts, than monthly dirges reporting the same things every time. To counter this I want to start producing short and sweet posts which can be processed between inspiration and publication quicker. This won’t be the end of the monthly update of course, but I would rather than was more of a review of the months post, alongside some relevant information which does apply to the whole month (statistics and trade etc).
With all this in mind, I will be looking to try and up the number of posts from 30 to closer 67, broken down into 12 monthly updates, and 1 short posts per week on something interesting/relevant to my play.
With all the said let’s look at what I have talked about this year.
The most popular thing I did this year was write a series of short guides about getting into Nullsec as a new player. The Dirty Guide to Training into Nullsec was written with the idea of exploring the best path for a new character looking to maximise their participation in Nullsec fleet combat. Before that post I also did a series looking at my life in eve so far once I hit 100m Skill Points it was an interesting post and what spurred me on to ensure that I continued doing yearly review posts such as this one. The next big post was my entry into the blog banter series on Polarization. I have to admit that I often struggle on the blog banters, as I find that I am trying to say things about the subject just to have said something, rather than attempting to add anything meaningful to the discussion. However, entries which fall in the realms of 0.0 or psychology are ones which I tend to get interested in and feel I can contribute towards. The polarization post was one such psychological question.
It was around June that I first posted on the dirties exploration into suicide ganking, something which I thought was pretty interesting as we had never done anything like it before. It was certainly a steep learning curve and one we never really got on top of, however it was a fun experience. Looking through my archives it seems I never posted the follow up blog, which I even finished writing, perhaps we can have a flash back in the coming months. After that things got a bit more sparse, as I got married in September and the time commitments for preparing the wedding, dealing with the fire and then all the aftermath consumed all the time I had left after playing eve. However I did manage a minor resurgence in December when I transitioned to the Surface Pro 3 and did a review of it from an eve players perspective.
Sadly that was about it for the year. In total we garnered about 6k views over the course of the year, which is pretty terrible to be honest. However as the cliché goes: “I don’t do this for the views”. And that is true to some extent; as I mentioned earlier the chief reason for blogging for me is to exercise and practice my writing skills. Of course all that said it’s nice that at least someone is reading what I am posting (so thanks!).
That’s about it for the blog I think, hopefully I can fulfil my goals this year, (I have already started noting topics for quick hit posts).