I'll reply to every point separately:You're playing RuneScape gold, undoubtedly. The keys in the treasure hunter display can be used to get random prizes, even if you don't like the prize, you can flip it into oddments. Oddments are a currency used in the oddment store, which sells a variety of xp products, decorative items, and a few neat trinkets, without getting overly complicated. The charity tokens are a exceptional event. Jagex will host these in a while, you will slowly accrue the skill or fight. (they won't necessarily be known as charity tokens, they could be called a distinct type of token in relation to exactly what the occasion is, but they work the same). Them turn for rewards.
Yes, actual players are currently buying your oak shortbows. The only markets are the stores scattered around the world. The Grand Exchange is entirely player pushed. Clicking on any ability on your skills tab will start the guide for this, from there you can view what level requirements you need to do particular things (by way of example, you can pickpocket people, and steal out of bread stalls, in level 1 Fragrant.) From there, with the help of google or even the rs wiki, you can learn where activities for your level are found.
Efficacy doesn't matter. So long as you are progressing, doing what interests you, and making your strategy, you are fine. As for where you ought to be in 35 hours of playtime, hard for me to tell, when I began, RuneScape was much different than it is now, and the speed of progress was different. Wiki and I'll continue to google out the hell out of everything. It's been fun, I just agree with your article that matters would be far better if I had my hand held through the UI along with the basics. I will get there eventually. I am presuming RuneScape becomes social because you level up--it is pretty lonely right now.
I've tried to enjoy RS3. Idk if its the artwork style but I feel like idk where I am. Not certain if nostalgia goggles for OSRS but I am constantly confused. The amount of (at least to me) non-user friendly menus makes it such a clutter and very confusing on how the UI works to where id instead use the legacy one just so that I have some form of sequence. With that I could never learn the new battle as the UI was bothersome to use. I barely know what I am performing in osrs and in rs3 its not better if not worse for me. I do love the toolbelt and the quality of life matters. The xp bypassing though does bother me as I just feel as though u can only bypass the grind less or more so that which feels less rewarding. Because its more easy to understand person who played back in the day to return to it to play OSRS.
RS3 is complete a fantastic game, it's just packaged overwhelming and very poorly to ex-players. I've played RS since Classic in 03 and played with RS3 post EOC for some time. I enjoy the battle and abilities but I've returned to OSRS because it is more akin to RuneScape I liked. RS3 also seems to be tailored to players along with high-tier stuff that I don't have any interest in. Both are good games, but buy osrs gold safe is chill and familiar that's what I enjoy in an MMO.