Despite what you may think, even the most verbose person has
a hard time producing material on a regular interval. Everyone can write one or
two coherent pieces; the challenge is in forming your thoughts consistently,
both during boom times and droughts.
A lot of magazines and newspapers expect a writer to produce
a piece every month for feature columns. For feature articles, it can sometimes
be every couple months. TheMittani.com expects writers to produce every two
weeks. That’s a robust and difficult
schedule to maintain, and it quickly separates dedicated writers from casuals.
Now, try writing 1500-2000 words every two or three days
(and for some of my posts, that’s a bit on the conservative side!). I’ve tried very hard not to include too many
“filler” posts – I want readers to be able to leave with some piece of
knowledge they might not have had before visiting. I can count perhaps a
handful of posts that haven’t had this goal. No one’s perfect!
Writing a blog about a hobby – in particular – is a
surprisingly demanding and difficult thing, because the same itch that makes me
log in and play is what fuels my writing. That chunk of time dedicated to Eve
gets split a couple ways. It’s a balancing act; playing gives me things to
write about, but writing makes sense of my playing in a way that enriches the
For Post 100
, I recapped the highlights of my first 100
articles. Post 200
was a thank-you to all of my readers for commenting, sharing
their opinions, and making the blog truly interactive. Both of those were fun at the time, but to
the right you can see a list of all my articles broken down by month (on a PC),
and the “thank-you” isn’t something that should be contained to once every hundred
posts. I sincerely thank every one of you. You keep me honest and sane, and you
make up a part of the Eve community I’ve grown to respect and appreciate.
Rather, for this milestone, I wanted to talk a little about
another aspect of the community I appreciate: the other bloggers I read on a
regular basis. These folks all post regularly, present unique perspectives, and
enrich my experience with the game. They wield true power, because they have
the means of helping each of us make sense of what happens around us. So here’s
This list isn’t comprehensive, and I read a lot of other
blogs than those I mention. But, I do want to give special mention to those
blogs who I believe readers can learn something from – either through the
direct words or the infectiousness of the passion within the words written.