Yes I'm having fun even though I'm doing nothing but farming right now for starting up my crafting skills. Why am I having fun, because I'm doing what I want to do in the game to further my character, I'm not following boring quests that connect one quest hub to another. Also everything I do in game, whether it's mining, logging, fishing, swimming, running, jumping, melee or magic furthers my characters stats and abilities. That's what I like about MMO's that are more sandbox than theme park.
Today I should get my mining to 100 and my next goal is to get my mining mastery to 100, then logging and logging mastery etc... Before I start crafting weapons/armor I want the dwarf ability that you get at 40 Wisdom that gives your items a bonus. This way as I work both Armor Smithing and Weapon Smithing, I will also be working True Forge Armor Smithing and Weaponsmithing.
In FFA pvp worlds I like to be self sufficient as I am generally not great at twitch pvp and also this way I can help the clan with my PvE skills as they are still needed in a PvP game.