Over the last few weeks I’ve been reading ‘Internet Spaceships Are Serious Business: An EVE Online Reader’
In the book there’s a lovely chapter written by @Chribba which is, to me at least, was inspirational.
“Players have told me that I’m not playing the game correctly, and I’ve always asked them what the correct way is. It’s amusing how many different “right ways” there are in EVE Online … Nowadays, I’m the standing joke (in a good way) when it comes to pilots having goals to own and fly a titan, because regardless of the specific reason for that pilot to want to do so, he can never do it worse than the carebear Chribba, who turned an alliance warship into the most expensive mining ship … CCP has given us the tools to shape it, but it is up to us to use these tools: the right way or the wrong way, there’s no such way-there’s only your way.”
I find it utterly mind blowing and simultaneously completely awesome that @Chribba chooses to mine using Titans. As far as answering the question in the OP, “What is your favorite alternative way to use a ship?” goes, I figure that this is probably as ‘alternative’ as it’s possible to be in the game and I’m not sure that anyone will ever top this.
While I’ve no ambition to follow his example I have a deep level of respect for him for playing the game the way he wants to. (I’ve also been told that I’m playing the game wrong and in a similar way to @Chribba Idon’t really care that much)
As far as my personal alternative ways to use ships go, I have mined in an Ishtar before now which next to mining using an Avatar seems positively pedestrian.