blog /blôg/ Noun: A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis.
Originally, blog was weblog. Constant use has shortened the word already. It is a digital diary where a person writes down a series of entries in a chronological fashion. It is an individual effort maintained for individual reasons. My blog is selfish in that way as are all other blogs that fit the original definition. That is not a negative thing. It merely is.
In the beginning, blogs were not written primarily for fame or popularity, though that was never unwelcome. They were for personal edification, and the chance to record profound thoughts. But mostly they were done to write. Writing is its own reward. A writer writes. I have heard that many, many times from writers, their agents and their publishers. An author is a writer who never quit. I have also heard the only difference between a writer and an author is royalty.
Should someone value what you write enough, they will give you money for it. But this is only a secondary consideration for the author. It pays the bills, and to that end, allows the author to continue writing. That is what they truly want. But if the money were not to come, even if the writer were starving, she would still write. That is the nature of the art.
This is not the nature of journalists, who also use words but do it primarily for the money. Take the money away and most journalists will find another profession. If they don’t, they were closet writers denying their nature. This happens from time to time because writing isn’t always a wholly accepted way to earn a living in some families but I digress.
In our community, there are writers and there are journalists. I am not going to tell you who is which. I don’t care. It is unimportant to me because I am a writer. All that matters is that I write. And I know there are others out there who feel the same way. Because of them, because of the writers among us, the EVE blogosphere will not die until the reason for the blogs end. So long as one of us plays, and writes, it lives. Whether others read it or not is irrelevant. It was never really for you dear reader – though I’m glad you’ve come along.
But the EVE community has grown beyond such simple needs. It needs more than just a collection of writers expounding on the esoteric thoughts we’ve come to call meta-game. There are now journalists in the community. There are politicians too. Sometimes they are one and the same. There is government of a sort. We even have our criminals after a fashion. And most importantly, we have members of our community who simply go about their daily lives unconcerned about the blogs or the politics; hoping not to run into the criminals. They are like the family man who gets up every morning, goes to work, pays his bills on time and spends every spare moment with his kids because he knows they’ll grow up way to fast and in a few years the opportunity will be gone.
In short, we have become a real community in practically every sense of the word. We celebrate with those who have things worth celebrating. Some of us protest – vehemently at times. We grieve when we lose one of our own. We wish for simpler times past. We have hope for the future. EVE has become real in ways we didn’t expect all those years ago.
I live in this community and write a blog. The Mittani lives in this community for other reasons; Riverini too. Some who lived here before have moved. Some are on sabbatical. Others have found new jobs within this community rather than leave. We’ve also welcomed new residents with open arms. The community abides.
com·mu·ni·ty /kəˈmyo͞onitē/ Noun: 1) A group of people living together in one place, esp. one practicing common ownership: “a community of nuns”. 2) All the people living in a particular area or place: “local communities”.
I will keep blogging. I hope all my fellow community members continue on their own paths unabated. And in the course of things, change will come. It always does. This is not anything to fear. It is the proper evolution of community.
The only caveat is this. We must have something to keep us gainfully occupied or we will move to another community, one with better prospects. That is what people do. Without growth, EVE will become a ghost town. And growth we have not had, only status quo, for 18 months while CCP repairs the infrastructure. At a subconscious level I believe we all know this is not a good thing. Perhaps that is what we are all sensing.