Blog Banter #55 — Space Famous

Lady Gaga - ApplauseI’ve never done a Blog Banter before. Read ’em for years, but didn’t really contribute to our alliance blog much until recently. This month’s topic:

Write about somebody who is “space famous” and why you hate/admire them, somebody who isn’t space famous but you think should be or will be, or discuss space fame in general, what it means, and how people end up so famous.

A while back, I was an active member (under my real name) of another blogging subculture, but I gave it up for a variety of reasons — time constraints and boredom, somewhat, but mostly no longer wanting to be associated with that community. The subculture had succumbed to a race to the bottom with bloggers vying to see who could generate the biggest dust-up and therefore the most blog hits. I saw awful career-assassinating shit inflicted on people who ran afoul of those determined to build notoriety for themselves, and there was little I could do to help.

So, no, not having my real name mixed up with dickery like that.

In EVE, I’m not space-famous, and it’s unlikely I ever will be. I blog as a creative/social thing here.

Blogland controversies can make a person famous, and obviously some in EVE are magnets for it, intentionally or not. I try not to feed into that, particularly if it seems that drama-stirring is just how they roll.

There are a few people (this is by no means an exhaustive list) whose space fame is well-deserved, IMO, and they got it by providing actual content and community. At the top of my list is Chribba, whose contributions to EVE are legendary. He’s famous, and he deserves it.

No catalog of space luminaries would be complete without Jester. Feeding a content-rich blog every day is work. Although a few have alleged that his recent foray into controversy was self-serving, I don’t buy it. His blog isn’t exactly hit-starved, y’know? I think speaking out against a practice he found abhorrent cost him a lot more than any of his detractors imagine he gained. He did it even though people know his real name. I’m not sure I would’ve had the guts.

Someone who deserves to be space-famous if she isn’t already is Sugar Kyle, of Low Sec Lifestyle. She’s been blogging once or more a day for more than two years, and she works hard to build and keep her readership. She’s educated me on EVE and given me a front-row perspective on play styles I haven’t tried.

Like I said, this is by no means an exhaustive list, and it feels kind of wrong not to list everyone I’d like to be EVE-famous. πŸ™

A friend of mine often says the cure for shitty speech is not to outlaw it but to make more good, interesting speech, and I think that goes for content, too. For me to call something actual content, it needs to be potentially engaging and at least mildly enjoyable to more than one participant. Some stuff being labeled content creation these days is kinda marginal, IMO. πŸ˜‰

The people I’m pleased to see getting a share of the spotlight in the EVE Universe are those I think of as content creators in the truest sense of the term.

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