After reading ghostlightning’s 2nd anniversary post, I wondered whether I should even bother at all with one of my own. The response when I raised it with others ranged from either jokingly ragequitting or not even bothering with one at all since 3 years is some sort of true mark of blogging. The fact that this post even exists means I decided to discard that advice and proceed to do an anniversary post of my own.
I originally thought I could start by illustrating how I had changed as a fan over 2 years, but I really struggled to see if my tastes had changed at all. When I put together my full ranking, I ended up caring more about the methodology than the actual results. Perhaps I didn’t think the results mattered or I didn’t see anything notable about them in that they were so ordinary. This gets into one of the themes of this post: stagnation.
Two years ago, I started this blog as a way to fill some time without any real planning up front. That’s probably cost me a lot as far as the communal aspect of the blogosphere goes, though I’ve always tended to be a lurker of sorts. Ultimately, year one of the blog ended up being mostly a waste of potential with only the beginning of the Legend of the Galactic Heroes posts standing out. For Year 2, I tried to make it a point to break out of the state I was in. So while there was some success with Giant Killing eventually, the other stuff like attempted collaborations and attending the convention really didn’t work out.
So what to try in Year 3? Leaving comments elsewhere could be a start, though most often I have little to add to anything. Then, of course, there’s always what I’m actually writing about. I’ve pretty much been settled into a pattern of posting once or twice a week getting an okay sized readership and a few comments for about six months. That may be the best I can do for now, which presents a major issue when I finish Legend of the Galactic Heroes in February.
I see 2 separate paths I can take from here. One is to embrace writing more about currently airing popular series, which is one I’ve failed at spectacularly this season by dropping or ignoring/pretending it doesn’t exist everything that seems popular. Series like Legend of the Galactic Heroes (too ambitious/long/would never be made now) and Giant Killing (non-shonen sports series) are niche shows for a reason. So if I want to go down this route in the future I have to know well in advance that I will like a show and then begin writing about it from the onset. This is a particular problem for someone like me who struggles to find passion in most things. I could still give this a shot, with my luck there will be nothing in the winter worth watching.
The other path would be to write entertaining critical pieces that contain thoughtful analysis and intelligence regardless of what I was actually watching. I’ve actually made some attempts on this point, it’s never come out completely right, though in brainstorming for posts like this they have led to good posts by other people. Going this way while not necessarily time sensitive, would require a greater level of skill and passion than the other direction.
There’s probably a healthy middle ground in there somewhere, but is there an audience for something like that? One of my fears is putting in a lot of effort on a post only for it to be wasted effort. For example writing the post I would really want to do on OreImo would end up in the same wasteland as my post on Nogizaka Haruka. Writing about the industry itself has it’s own risks, which come either in the form of being an apologist/pirate/fan boy/overly critical of both sides of an invented conflict or forcing myself to avoid comparing the state of the industry to Madhouse sister company Grenoble Foot’s plummet down the French leagues.
I think I’ll figure it out eventually. I may need a little help along the way, but for now I will just have to continue on. Now to get to studying how other people are successful in writing posts. That’s something I should have done, oh, about 2 years ago.