After my rather sad post - some light in Istaria.
Went to harvest marble, advanced by one level, so that now am lvl.61, on my way to lvl.62.
Later went to Sandstone quarry near Dalimond. There are little resources: mostly simple veins and a rich one. Managed to produce hundreds of Sandstone blocks and keystones - all were added to one plot. When I got tired from sandstones -went to Snowfall settlement, to harvest slate.
And there the fun began. Met one high-level player near some tier 2 resource. There was a very funny dialogue: I asked Player1 what was she doing with slate (since she is a high-levelled crafter). She told she needed to finish something with her plot and re asked "what are YOU doing with slate??". I told honestly - getting xp and helping one plot. Then some other players interfered and we got almost roleplay, ending with asking Player3 - she answered "I am a good girl and will never do anything like slate".
It was very funny and nice. After my slate was finished, I went with some 100 slate blocks and managed to finish 3 structures at the plot. Of course, there are much more structures to finish, but I will contribute with every resource I could add. It does not matter if I get experience or any coin for that.
I also re-read (in istaria wiki) news about Blight update/revamp. Not all that was very bad, some bright moments too...but their revamp of resources almost always end in worsening conditions for the players.
Overall, I got some fun yesterday. Yes, I got a bit tired from grinding marble and advancing slowly. But I will regain confidence and advance, be it craft or adventure.