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Year in Review 2014: The Blog

New Year 2014 Posts:

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).

Fly wordy,

Hark

A month on the Tiles

I have to admit that this is going to be an interesting monthly update to write. This is because quite simply, I am having trouble remembering the first half of this month. Unfortunately this is not because of some alcohol induced coma, but instead because I have been so busy out of game, I just can’t remember that much of what I’ve been up to. P.s. a tip for anyone thinking of tiling a kitchen floor themselves: don’t.

 

That said I clearly have been playing games, with my raptor account scoring 140 hours played this month (an average of 5 hours per day). If I am honest through, that’s a dramatically inflated number, as I have been using my Tablet to run games in the background while I am at work; steam badge collection, for the use of. I think it’s fair enough to say that a good 20-40 hours of that time is this background running. Of that inflated 140 hours of games, I have managed to rack up 40 hours of eve, and 73 kills across all my accounts (working out at just under two kills an hour average).

 

I also had the great pleasure of a weeklong visit from fellow dirties members Arian Blade and a weekend visit from Lore Solo. We took the opportunity to run some awesome group roams thought faction warfare experimenting with some crazy fun frigate fits. We are going to try and expand these roams, and make them a regular feature. Who knows, maybe you’ll see some reports on here of what we get up to at some point.

 

In-between laying tiles, I have been enjoying a lot of Dust, especially working on the triple XP event over the last weekend. I’ve had a great time overall, but I am still severally disappointed by the low level of investment I’ve been able to make. I have also developed a distinct hatred of Death Taxies, to the point where by I just won’t talk about them in this update for fear of a fevered rant. Needless to say I find them… aggravating.

 

Back on the eve front, the Dirties group has also been experimenting with some new ways of working together to make money. So far things are looking positive, with us making a few Hundred Million for just a few hours’ work. To me its highlighted once again just how much eve makes us invest in our accounts and characters. Although this new plan is in its infant stages, eventually it is going to require some skill training before we can take it to the next level. I have always been one of life’s “planners”, and eve tickles that itch like nothing else. Spending time planning something which is going to take a few months, then walking it through the stages, to perfection… It’s a feel good factor for me. Mind you, you may have already gathered that from my Attribute optimisation post. Anyway, well see if we can talk about those plans at a later date, for now it’s all opsec and jazz.

 

Site wise I have also been doing some *fun* changes. If you visited over the last few days, you might have noticed that the site has been changing its clothes more than a Eurovision song Contest host. I wish it were for good reasons, but recently I have been un able to ignore the extremely slow load times (please tell me it’s not in my mind, and that readers are getting this as well). So far I think I have narrowed it down to just a few possibilities, and the site is currently running in “Cut down” mode, so that I can test my theories. Sadly being the main contributor to this site, and also being its sole administrator does mean that I sometimes have to pick between writing new content for you guys to read, and updating/optimising and generally administrating this site. Sadly that has resulted in a slowdown of posts in the last few weeks. We’ll just have to hope this is still just the initial overhead to get this site running on its own.

 

Anyway, I’m back to trying to get more fleets again, as I have been lacking in my destruction duties for the last couple of weeks. I doubt that ill manage that to any serious capacity until I have finished my work in the kitchen.

 

Fly with sore knees,

 

Hark

A non Hitatus

So the astute of you may have noticed we’ve changed our site… the even more astute (ok maybe even the less astute) might have spotted that this site, well, isn’t exactly ready…

So what happened? Well I’ve been planning this move for a while now, and the site has been up, mirroring or blogger site for a bit while I tweaked things to get ready for the big move. The plan was to get this site 100% ready before hitting the switch. Things were looking great, and the new site was advancing leaps and bounds. Yesterday, after fixing some of the bigger issues we were facing, I decided it was time to look into the move process.

The process involved 3 major changes, all of which were going to involve around 5 different businesses co-operating to transition the hosting (note this means a few companies were no longer going to be paid for their services and were required to hand over my property graciously), it also involved a legislative body updating their information. With the above in mind I expected (and was advised that) the process to take around a week to complete. This was why yesterday I kicked off the process (expecting to publish a hiatus excuse that evening and then finish decorating and updating the new site during the downtime.

Two hours later I was informed that the process was completed, and that I only need wait for the update of information. Three hours after than Extra-vehicular.com was up and running on the new site, all guns blazing. Unfortunately this meant that I have, at this stage, not finished the polish on this site. That’s right ladies and gents, I was unlucky because was lucky.

So in a rambling way what I am saying is: Sorry the site isn’t 100% at the moment, I am aware of the issues, and will be working to fix things. The rest of the Dirties have stepped up to the plate and given me some nice content to publish, to keep you all happy while I concentrate on getting things to my standards.

Fly lucky,

 

Hark

 

P.s. this is the first post on the new site… lets hope it goes well!

[fake edit] looks like www.Extra-vehicular.com isn’t working at the moment, I’ll be getting onto that asap. In the mean time, www.Extra-vehicular.org is functioning fine, so I will be using that in the short-term!