Go ahead and transfer to lindblum and let me have your stuff.
This really is the best advice on the entire topic, FFXIV is floundering horribly, the servers are deserted with a laughable low playerbase, it's simply not fun or rewarding to the vast majority of people that even attempt to try it...even for free. No matter how long you stick around it's just not going to get vastly better and it certainly won't become popular, it's been a year and it's basically the same.. which is an eternity for an MMO being stagnant in such a state.
Quit this loser of a game and play something worth your time and effort, if you want a FF game go play FFXI...in 6 months you can achieve so much now it's amazing. The most shocking part is, you will have fun and feel rewarded (amazing right?) while you do it. If you never played it you missed out, if you played it in the past and worry about restarting, don't because it's easier than ever to build up a char from scratch with many of the bad things from the past taken out. If you want something new, try Rift, Tera or GW2, anything genuinly good.
Torturing yourself to play a bad game that is universally hated and that the company that runs it is embarassed about is not a good way to spend your precious free time, FFXI is out right now, it's cheap to buy and it's fun, rewarding, has awesome storyline missions and quests that go all out to entertain you, full of content and heavily supported with big and regular updates.
Why people continue to play something that is genuinly obnoxious is beyond me, free time is one of your most precious commodities and wasting it on something you don't enjoy is stupid. If the only reason is becuase it's free well thats false economy if you aren't enjoying it and honestly there are better free MMO's out there anyway. Edited, Jun 11th 2011 2:10am by preludes