First, over the next four days, I'm going to list what I think were the 25 most important, most influential, or favorite posts I wrote this year. Consider it a sort of "Best of Jester's Trek, 2011". I'm not a big one for clip shows typically, but I think it'll be fun to look back at some of the more interesting posts this year. That definitely does not mean that this is all I'm going to post this week, though! Other posts you can expect this week:
- The Overheating Guide Errata;
- The standard weekly features;
- A short one about the EVE New Eden setting that amuses me;
- Follow-up posts about meta mods and mission-runners and how these two topics are connected; and,
- Garth has let slip that he will be hacking my blogging account one more time this year. ;-)
Second... I'm going to try a little experiment.
One thing you're never going to read about me participating in on this blog are the dark side topics of EVE. I'm not a corp thief, a scammer, a suicide ganker, or otherwise involved in EVE's more nefarious activities. If you want to read about these topics, there's lots and lots of other blogs out there that will give you your fix. I tried a little bit of suicide ganking for profit once, but I just didn't find it much fun. I prefer targets that shoot back. ;-) Call it e-honor if you must, but I think I've spent too much time training and coaching EVE's newbies to prey on them.(1) And I take my responsibilities as a RL leader too seriously to apply those skills to manipulate and steal from corps and alliances I join.(2)
But as a result, I'm generally pretty space-poor. ;-)
Problem is, I have a couple of projects coming up in 2012 that are likely to be expensive.(3) So I'm going to try a good old-fashioned pledge drive.
If anything you've read on this blog this year has made you smile, made you laugh, made you some ISK, or otherwise gotten you through a boring work day, gate camp, tower bash, or fleet op, I'm here asking that you throw a little ISK my way. It doesn't have to be a lot; just whatever you can afford. Alternately, if you have assets scattered around that you have been too lazy to get rid of, those are just as valuable to me. Contract them over and I'll figure out a way to find new owners for them, or I'll put them to work myself.
Either way, send your contributions to Ripard Teg. And let me know in an EVE mail if you want the fact that you contributed to be public or not. Two of you out there have already been good enough to send me pretty sizable contributions already this year; please send me an EVE mail and let me know if you want those contributions to be public.
I'll be shaking the tin cup over the next four days in the "Best Of" posts, concluding with what I thought was my best post of 2011 on Friday.
And if you don't want to contribute, that's perfectly fine, too. I blog because I get a great deal of enjoyment out of blogging, not for profit. If you just want to stop by and read, and maybe comment, that's certainly good too! Thanks for reading my stuff in 2011, and I look forward to writing a lot more for you in 2012!
(1) Unless they come out to null or deep low-sec, of course, in which case they're fair game. ;-)
(2) Though God knows, I've been given ample opportunity to do so over the years had I been so inclined.
(3) If you can't guess, you haven't been paying attention. ;-)