"It's good to keep a voice. But can you keep it while not living it? I mean if all your (Mabrick's) day is spent with killing combat ships and dying to them in WH space, what else can you write about than killing combat ships and dying to them in WH space?"Well gee Gevlon, that's like asking, "If you spend all your time market trading, are you really playing Eve Online?" Or even better, "If English isn't your primary language, can you still write a blog in English?" No offense man, but that's what your question is like. It's a silly ass question just like my two.
I spent four and a half YEARS being a high-sec carebear in a NPC or one person corporation. I logged in practically every damn day, taking care of business and making ISK. I did it the old fashioned way: I worked hard, kept my nose to the grindstone and minded my own business. Outside of that, all I did was write this blog.
Let me put it this way. How long does it take to earn a Masters Degree in the United States? That's right, four years (on average.) I know several people who got their PhD in that amount of time. That's around 12 credit hours a semester which equates to an actual 180 hours of instruction over a 15 week semester. Over four years that's 1440 hours. Double that for your average PhD. Those with such degrees are considered experts in their field of study. To date, I have spent 2799 hours playing Eve Online; most of that as a high-sec carebear.
My hours playing is more in line with military training than Universty. How long is a standard U.S. Army enlistment? That's right - four years. That's 24x7 training much of the time. My first year in the Army I spent over 6000 hours in full time training - or what we call "in the field." Most other years that figure was more like 1500 hours. And I served in a peacetime Army! U.S. Army soldiers, after four years, are more than experts in their profession. They define what it is to be an infantryman, or artilleryman, or Special Forces.
After PhDs graduate or soldiers transition to civilian life, do these experts stop being experts? No. They continue to be experts in all those things they learned. So it is that I am still an expert on being a high-sec carebear. I certainly put more than enough time in to earn that degree!
Furthermore, just because I moved to Anoikis a year ago doesn't mean I've stopped doing carebear things. Banish the thought! I still do PI, mine and help clear Sleeper sites of rats. I just don't have to worry about agents or standing - that is until I need to go to market. Then I am right back in my trusty Iteron V running through high-sec doing that carebear going to high-sec market thing. I still have to avoid gankers. I still have to create market orders. I still have to buy manufacturing supplies for those things I can't get in Anoikis.
Just because I also have an opportunity to shoot combat ships doesn't mean I do that all the time. In case you've forgotten, T3 hulls and subsystems are not cheap. I have to earn ISK more than ever now. HBHI also has two player owned stations to fuel. I make that fuel - and our ammo. If anything, my time in Anoikis has made be more able to write about what it takes to be a successful carebear. Now I'm exposed to dangers and situations that never develop in high-sec.
And lastly, does your involvement with TEST make you less an expert on market trading? Do you still, occasionally, give out advice on that topic? Damn straight you do! And people listen. Why? Because you're an E X P E R T. You spent many, many, many hours doing it. So let's stop doubting other people's qualifications in those things with which they have so much experience. I promise you I won't start pretending to be an expert on PvP or ship fits - at least until I've done it for a few hundred hours.
But that doesn't mean I won't continue to opinionate about goons and their pets and all those other things I loath. I will still rabble-rouse and muck rake and perhaps even make bald-faced unsubstantiated accusations about them. That's not about being an expert. That's just having fun. It's entertainment man, and that's what this whole damn game's about!