The first time I decided to go full pirate was 2 years ago. It felt so badass to have a [WANTED] sign stamped on my portrait. Everyone will fear me, I thought... how exciting!
For many many months I lived in Molden Heath and stayed a full -10, trying to living a true hard-core pirate life. To live off purely from the ransoms and loot of my victims. I didn't care about good fights. I wanted isk, carebear tears, emo rage-quits and to hear the sounds of pods squishing. They were good times. I was always poor, but happy with simply killing 1 or 2 low-sec mission runners or mining vexors per day.
Slowly my enthusiasm for this simple joy started to fade. I started wanting better quality fights, not just ganks. I started being interested more in soloing than gangs and gate camping. Being flashy became more and more of a hinderence.
My corp at the time was also feeling the same and decided to go and try high sec wardecs for a while. And so we all ratted up our security status. From a full -10 to up and above -2.
For anyone that has ever done this, you will understand when I say that it can be one of the most painful things you will ever do in the game. Maybe for people that enjoy PVE this wouldn't be a problem, but for people that mainly get enjoyment out of PVP, it is one of the most mind-numbingly boring things you'll ever have to do.
If you do it solo, killing one Battleship rat in every system, and then moving on etc... it takes roughly 2 hours for every 1.0 sec increase. And that's in a stealthbomber, ratting undisturbed, not counting any time you get camped in hostile systems and so on. So, doing a couple of hours every night, you're looking at 2 weeks of work!
I've done this 3 times in my EVE life, and I've decided I've had enough.
I still enjoy pirating very much (mostly I engage militia targets though) but I mainly like to pirate while I'm solo, because then the target is likely to shoot you back, making the sec loss when you kill them FAR less. They also do not get kill rights on you that way (not that anyone ever uses kill rights). I also never ever touch pods, as the sec loss for podding is so extreme!
Not being flashy feels so freeing. I can choose my engagements, on my term. Having gate guns on my side is such a comforting luxury. I don't know if that makes me a coward, but I like it this way. I also like being able to go through high sec and concord space and not get shot at.
I do admire the real deal, -10 pirates. Not the gate-camping blobbers, but the soloers out there, the guys that looks for good fights. Corps like The Tuskers, The Bastards, The Python Cartel etc... These guys go out and are willing to fight outnumbered and with sentries against them. Those guys are the real deal, they play EVE on hard mode. I'm sure they love it and wouldn't have it any other way.
In the meanwhile, I'm trying to be a good girl and keeping my sec up. I go GCC while killing a frig here or there, but then I immediately go to a belt and kill one Cruiser or BS rat to atone for my sins. You do the crime, you do the time hey?