And one of the things my audience likes are pieces like my last. The one warning high-sec carebears that this winter may be a long one because bored Goons will start griefing them again. Is that statement a fact? Honestly, I've never confused prognosticating about the future with factual material. I can't help you if you have. Most people understand it isn't a fact. Its supposition based on past experiences. The ones named Hulkageddon, Burn Jita and the ministrations of the Ministry of Love - or whatever the hell they call themselves these days.
Now, my guess about the future may in fact be rooted in some current facts. I did know for a fact that Fatal Ascension was moving into Fountain because a buddy told me he was moving. He is in Fatal Ascension. But he also said I couldn't publish that particular fact just then. It wasn't public knowledge. So I skirted his wishes pretty damn closely. But it was in essence true.
Now that their sov shows up here, I can say they were given those systems as a reward for their hard work in the war against TEST. That is what my buddy was told. He was a foot soldier in that war. And he did work hard. I know for a fact how hard he worked, so that isn't supposition either.
He and his FA comrades no doubt deserve a reward - even if they have to pay monthly rent for it. And he also told me there would be an R and R period: rest and riches. They need time to build the place up and make it profitable - you know, so they can pay their rent to Goons.
Okay, that last bit I added to what he told me. But it's a reasonable extension of the facts relayed to me. It also agrees with what is commonly known across the blogosphere. Just spend a few minutes reading EN24 or TMC and you'll get what I'm on about. In case you don't see it, it's all that stuff about Goons becoming BOB and renting all their space to "pubbies." Oh yeah, all the really good "journalists" are having a field day with it.
Now me, I'm not pretending to be a journalist. I'm just a blogger. I'm an entertainer. That allows me to look at all the hard work my buddy did, which no doubt deserves a reward, and throw it in the gutter. Just because they worked hard and probably deserve the reward doesn't dissuade me from casting it all in a bad light and calling them "pets." Nor do I have to experience their playstyle to belittle it.
You see, that's what my audience wants. They don't want me to be like the null-sec l33t PvPers. They want me to be like them. They've told me so. Here's just one example posted back on Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts,
"Bloodlust claims another victim. Blegh.
Gonna miss the old carebear Mabrick. Truth be told, your blog was a lot more interesting when you were more of a carebear. PvP-centric blogs are...well...they lack a certain level of "why should I read this? Same as any other bloodthirsty PvPhead tear harvester that seems to revel in inflicting misery. Uninteresting.
My two cents, but a) it's your blog and b) it's your subscription fee. I just don't have the same excitement seeing you updated your blog as I did before you joined SYJ.
-Amari"And you know what, I'd rather keep that one reader than attract an entire fleet of l33t null-sec PvPers. So I'll continue to opinionate according to their point of view on this blog. It's what they want. And I'll still throw in stuff about what I do. What I won't do is pretend I want anything to do with Goonswarm or the Goon petting zoo they're creating out beyond NPC null. And since I'm an entertainer and not a journalist, I'll say whatever the hell I want about it. Get it? If you don't, move on, this isn't the blog for you. I've wasted enough time on you already.
Thank you Amari for reminding me from where I came. Rest assured, I am not filled with blood lust. Nor will I shoot, let alone pod, defenseless carebears. As I said before, when I PvP I shoot combat ships like a real man. Or, as my friend TurAmarth calls me, like a care-badger. And I'll restrict my podding to Anoikis. It's a wormhole kindness. And I'll still continue to fly the middle finger for high-sec griefers, for Goonswarm, and for all things gank on this blog.