Entering the Dilemma

Pic unrelated, I thought you deserved a nice picture of the Townsville, Australia skyline before reading this.
Pic unrelated, I thought you deserved a nice picture of the Townsville, Australia skyline before reading this.

So ghostlightning worries about the anime blogging microculture. It seems a bunch of blogs have halted and that this may point to a trend. A while back I read that there were probably millions of blogs that were dead and no longer being updated (including 4 of my previous efforts I’m sure). People losing interest in something is pretty much human nature considering the workload some put themselves through.

For me personally, the idea of someone blogging anime as a profession is patently absurd. Maybe in 20 years time, but not now. So for now, it exists mainly as the passion of those who write them. There’s a certain level of utility at which someone will keep writing. Commenters and other factors may increase that utility, word count and brainstorming may decrease it, but at some point someone will stop.

With this blog, that pattern fits me. I know I can’t do an episodic blog for the fact that it would seem more like work than actual fun. What I can do is watch a show the best part of 2 decades old once a week and put my thoughts together, and put up a weekly summary of new shows filled with references that no one has yet acknowledged as getting. Though I wish I could actually get comment discussion going, it’s not really essential for this to be the fun exercise it’s meant to be.

While rewatching episode 8 of Gurren Lagann a billion times may be mandatory, I've rewatched this episode at least 12 times.
While rewatching episode 8 of Gurren Lagann a billion times may be mandatory, I've rewatched this episode at least 12 times.

And as of now, there are no plans for this blog to stop despite the groans I can’t actually here from my non-existent readership.

4 thoughts on “Entering the Dilemma”

  1. I personally don’t know how low or how high the ceiling is. I don’t reflect seriously on what the boundaries of my utility is, much less build a utility model. But comments and the social interaction is a highly motivating factor for me.

    I have a few pet theories on how to stimulate comment discussions, but it’s far from provable. In any case, email me if you’re interested.

  2. For me, I have a tendency to turn everything I do for fun into a job. Thus far, I’ve tried my best to keep blogging from going down the same path. I’ve been sufficiently successful, or at least, I don’t really envision myself stopping anytime soon. I suppose part of that is just because I refuse to force myself to adhere to any kind of update schedule. Sure, once a week is really much less than I’d like, but I’m not going to push it. I’m a full time student and looking for a job; there’s only so much time in the day. I don’t know much about this trend or whatever, but I think the main problem is just that people are taking themselves too seriously. That isn’t to say that blogging can’t be serious or that the discussions and posts and weekly rants can’t be meaningful, but I don’t think it’s enough of an investment to warrant a need to “quit.” This isn’t some high school club. This is a hobby. If it stops being fun… oh well. Take a break. No need to denounce it forever or make some kind of melodramatic departure.

  3. @ghostlightning

    There’s really no point in building a utility model, doing so probably means the utility of what is actually being done is low. My own theory on comment discussion centers on making controversial statements for the sake of doing so, though that may be my experience of watching too many hours of cable news channels talking.

    @Kiri

    I would agree for the most part. It seems like there is a bunch of energy wasted in what is really a niche area. The people who do take this too seriously probably struggle with this context and you end up with some of the discussions that go on here. Best of luck on the job search by the way.

  4. I’ve decided to stop episodic blogging once I finiseh off Toradora! At times it’s a chore, at times it’s not, but when it is it’s just irritating. Blogging should never feel like work that you should simply resign from should you feel too much pressure. I just did a post which I actually enjoyed writing; it may get comments, it may (probably) not, but that doesn’t change the fact I’m happy I expressed my opinin about something and had FUN with blogging.

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