This blog was never meant to be relevant to a wide audience. It was just a place I could concentrate all my writings about my Warhammer 40K hobby and adventures for me and the few friends I had in that community. And actual running journal of "Look at this paint job", "look at this army list", and "read this battle report".
But something happened that magical year of 2007 when I played EVE extensively and the EVE blogging community exploded. I found that I had a lot of relevant insight to offer a wider audience and I became fairly relevant to the extended community. I joked once on a podcast that I was "Ripard Teg before Ripard was Ripard Teg" but for a good stretch of time it was not far off the mark. Such relevance and influence is intoxicating for someone like me that likes to be liked.
Things changed. Ripard Teg came around and raised the bar of what being relevant and influential as a blogger means, Rixx Javix changed what being a creative blogger means, and more organized aggregate sites like EveNews24.com and theMitanni.com and CrossingZebras.com came along and raised the bar on providing information and content.
And things changed quite radically for me personally. Twins born in 2008 and another child in 2010 eating up a lot of free time at home. My job became more demanding with less free time to research and write.
Yet I persist in writing. Sometimes I try to be funny, sometimes I try to be topical, sometimes I try and be helpful, and sometimes I try to be analytical. The question is, am I relevant anymore and do I care? Is the effort of trying to keep producing a blog worth reading worth the reward I get from doing so? Somedays after writing a rewarding post like the one last week about CCP's War on Logi I feel the answer is yes. Other days the answer is no.
This does not mean my enthusiasm for EVE or the community has diminished. But I wonder if now, after 2900+ posts, if its time to move on.