Blog Banter 43 – Celebrating the Nation of EVE
“For Blog Banter 43 I would like to invite every participant to nominate their peers for whatever awards you think they deserve. Let’s start the year with some EVE-flavoured altruism and celebrate the best and the worst of us, the funniest or the most bizarre, the most heroic of the most tragic of the past year. They could be corpmates, adversaries, bloggers, podcasters, developers, journalists or inanimate objects. Go nuts.”
My favorite blogs are listed on the roll to the left. They cover a wide range of EVE topics from lots of different perspectives. They all enhance my gaming experience in one way or the other, and each of them deserves awards.
However, like more than one participant of this particular banter, I don’t feel comfortable tackling this logically and judging these various blogs on their positive merits. Instead – these are my irreverent and tongue in cheek EVE Blogging Awards.
In no particular order:
“The Most Misleading”
This one was easy. No matter how many times I have visited Wormhole space – it has not been the target rich or as interesting environment as prolifically portrayed by Penny in this blog. Scanning is also nowhere near as quick or as easy – and if I find 30 Signatures to sift through in a system, I don’t just go straight to the wormholes by feel, I am far more likely to go back the way I came crying.
“But it’s not EVE!”
I struggle to read all the EVE blog posts I want (I currently have 150+ unread in Google Reader) – so I have to stay focused and not get distracted. Yet I find myself reading every one of Wilhelm Arcturus’s posts on Hillmar in Rift, or his decision making process in World of Tanks – both games I have no intention of playing.
“The Best Use of Eye Candy”
A draw between Tgl3’s excellent
And Drackarn’s equally as good
This is for the most appropriate use of pictures to explain and enhance their blog posts. This could also have been called the “Ooh Pretty Colours” Award.
“The Ruination of To Do Lists”
Out of all the blogs I read, it is Jester’s who has me adding the most ideas or things to try out to my ever growing EVE To Do List.
“The Most like Me”
For the blogger who is probably the most like me. I can’t say this is a good thing – but it is rare I don’t nod my head in agreement to a comment, or think – yep, done that or had the same experience in EVE too. (What was surprising was the number of candidates for this particular award.)
“Proof I’m not doing it right” or “P3nis envy”
Ardent Defender was a close second here, but Blake’s blog posts remind me that I am playing in the toddler pool of industry and not making anywhere near the ISK I could be if I was doing it right.
“The most Self-Assured”
Another award with a number of contenders, but in the end it was a clear win for Goblin for the most posts where he is adamantly convinced of his own logic. I might not agree all that often, but I do appreciate the perspective and the level of success he has achieved with his self-belief.
“Almost makes politics interesting, almost”
Yet another award with multiple contenders, but Poetic Stanziel wins this year for his more political bent posts that show little fear in giving his perspective, while still managing to make it a worthwhile read.
“It would be ok to die under this Pirate’s Fire”
I usually make a point of focusing on avoiding PVP, but if I was caught out by a wiry Pirate, I would like it to be Rixx Jaxix. Not only would he likely be flying solo, without neurtal logistic support, he would likely kill my Exploration Legion while flying a Condor.
I better stop now – but there is one last thing I would like to note. There are Bloggers who make a point of commenting and referencing other blogs, and by doing so provide encouragement and help foster the EVE blogging community. Ardent Defender, Serpentine Logic, Turamarth, Helena Khan and Red Neckromonger are a few that stand out for this particular Blog. I guess you can blame them in part for my continued enthusiasm and frequent posting.
Don’t forget that if you weren’t putting out interesting posts on a regular basis, we probably wouldn’t feel the need to weigh in quite as much.
It’s a reflection more of how good your blog is, rather than on us as individual commenters. Keep on keeping on 🙂
I’ll agree with Helena Khan above.
Adding to that what’s often interesting to me in a wider picture of reading on someone blog is not necessarily what I find dramatic, fun or cool. Often it’s a bit the thought and perspective in how the person is looking at something and going about it that and seeing how it turned out. And how it turned out could be just as interesting as well.
Sometimes it nice to know that someone is doing something similar or that you have done or looking to do. And that always foster interesting questions or the ability to give feedback on mistakes made having been there before.
And for other circles of blogs it helps to be along for the ride of the adventure and the one I can think of the most in that department is Penny at Tiger Ears. and thats a perspective like no other written in a fashion like no other as well.
I would just like to thank the Academy for this award.
Oh, and don’t forget about the blog’s name, it’s theme, and my gravatar. Also totally misleading. It’s like it’s intentional.
I can’t think of two more (emotionally) disparate things than a manga style header and the music of polly jean harvey btw
Well I’d like to thank…… /queue 10 minute over long speech