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荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ

「荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ」/「Pao.」 (thanks Fang-tan)

NovaJinx put a number of good thoughts out there in this recent response to the animeblogpocalypse, but I particularly liked one of the closing paragraphs:

Do I regret all these years of blogging and this cynical realization? Am I going to announce the death of Jinx! right here and now? No. I’m an unemployed bum from central Finland. I spend my days playing EVE Online, watching Japanese cartoons, and chatting on IRC. If I’m not suited for this job then I sure as hell don’t know who is. I love blogging as much as I have always loved it, even though I have admittedly neglected it recently. It has gotten me halfway across the globe to meet a lot of awesome people and see things I could hardly imagine at the start of my career. This is just the beginning – remember these words when Jinx! is the last proper anime blog left in the world.

Great attitude, and this is precisely why I don’t see a feasible end coming from bloggers themselves. I commented my own thoughts about the general topic, but here they are for redundant content creation ^~^):

Lot of truth in here. Thought about writing a complementary post on my blog, but I’m not so sure. I’ve said for a while that Kuro is a really good example for animebloggers, but more than anything I think it’s about knowing your pace. So many young bloggers rush into things and burn up just as fast, but I don’t think we need to concern ourselves with “blogging ends” because I know some would still blog even if they were the last ones around. To be honest, that’s the vibe I get from #ab and partly why I love it. Even if every WordPress install fell to some virus, I know the guys in #ab would be there conversing, expressing, and sharing thoughts and flames. It’s the card game inside the whale’s belly, but it’s not for everyone.

I’ve looked at the numbers and activity through hundreds of feeds, and it’s inconclusive. What matters most is that we have bloggers who don’t feel pressured by seasons and aren’t afraid to “slowblog” or even take some different perspective on blogging that is independent of “now.” Blogging is expression, and personally I simply like having my thoughts somewhere organized and accessible to myself and anyone else that might be searching for a simple shared or divergent thought. These posts let us take what’s on our mind and put it somewhere more stable, which is especially grand for referencing in future discussions, and lately I find that’s the casual destination; conversation.

Find your pace, keep blogging, and if you’re gar enough, you won’t give a shit about who tries to step on your nuts. :)

Apologies for the bit of vulgarity at the end, but the point stands. Rethinking my own blogging, it took two years to find my pace, but it isn’t much of a pace as time, willingness, and inspiration are often difficult to align. Even then, I feel blogging is a concern of community, and the simple lack of blogging does not always imply the absence from community. Take Haesslich and Mentar for example if you like. Unless the fan community suddenly stops discussing anime and related topics, there are going to be bloggers to facilitate more extensive discussion. To see the end of anime blogging, one must see the end of discussion on anime in general, and I see neither.

Just keep writing guys~

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  1. Knowing one’s purpose isn’t easy.

    One way to get around this is to not be afraid of changing your purpose, until you grow into something you can choose with clarity and enthusiasm.

    For myself, it’s a basket of goods; but what should always be there is an advocacy of Macross anime, then a celebration of all things mecha. The rest involve exploring anime, manga; newer things for me to try, newer ways of generating content, etc. etc.

    All this is nothing without generating some form of discussion with people.

    • Definitely isn’t. I’m never 100% on my own purpose, but I think that’s part of the struggle with fresh bloggers; they see what they might want, but it’s asphyxiating. And it’s funny because others might perceive a purpose in a blogger’s content generation that the blogger overlooked.

      I was surprised when you started to pull out the episodics, but I had seen a similar approach by mike (animeotaku), which imo alluded to the likes of Garten and Omni in their prime, but it was great to see the barrier between episodic and editorial be trivialized. It really adds to your dynamics GL. Renaissance blogger.

  2. Makes me wanna blog.

    • You’re one to talk, considering you never “stopped” blogging anyway. :D You’ll blog when you feel the urge; that or you’ll devolve into a terrible habit of finding it a burden.

      But it’s tough when you’re busy. I didn’t realize how hard it is until I started working a salary job and being confused about when, if ever, I’ll be able to blog.

  3. First Scamp, then RB, then NovaJinx, then you…not that it’s a bad thing ^_^

    “Animeblogging wasn’t as strong as it used to be, but we shouldn’t believe that it’s dying out until anime discussion in general dies.” Did I get the right?

    Also, you called upon lasting bloggers as examples-like Kurogane. NovaJinx chose not to entertain what he called newfags, but would you suppose that this is advisable? No better role models than you guys, I think.

    • Almost. IMO, animeblogging has always been about the same level. Okay, maybe 2006-2008 was a pretty powerful range, but I’d suggest a great deal of that energy was in #ab (no lie).

      What makes Kurogane such a great example is that he never tries too hard; he strolls along very pro, and he’s been doing it for a long time. As for this newfag thing, I’m not so sure. Personally, I don’t like to distinguish between new and old because it’s very vague and cannot be traced back simply to how long one has been blogging.

      For example, ghostlightning has been blogging half the time I have, but I would suggest he has just as much experience and awareness, if not more in the anisphere (he also has waaaay more media experience than I, lol). In short, it has little to do with how long you’ve been blogging; it has to do with experience, awareness, and social connectivity (let’s say “face-time” with other bloggers).

      For role models, I’m not so sure. There are some bloggers who aren’t very social but are completely on another level; Wabisabi (Iwa ni Hana) and Ben (AniPages daily) come to mind. Instead, I think it’s better to disregard the hierarchy and think of bloggers as equals, because we don’t care so long as your facts are straight.

      The flip-side of this is that you can’t expect to blog in a bubble and make connections. As a new blogger, you need to come into the community and make yourself known; no standing in the corner expecting someone to come talk to you. New bloggers need to put their foot in the door everywhere they can, even if it means shamelessly plugging an article you wrote. Go ask Impz how much he pimped himself out when he first started (I think he has an article on this).

      The old way of saying hello was to read entries and leave comments on blogs, which is still a solid method, but there are other outlets to explore as well. Yes, sometimes bloggers get noticed by the sheer chance of a google search, but I don’t recommend new bloggers rely on their writing alone. You need exposure, and the best marketing agent you have is yourself.

      :) Sorry if I sound a bit hardline, but I feel most bloggers would give the same rap. I looooove anibloggers more than most known, so I like to believe that anyone who is willing to start writing in the community has a right to strive for their full potential as a blogger. ♥

  4. Well, as Roxas put it on IRC, we’re the old guard of blogging that’s a dying breed in general – not just anime bloggers. Facebook, tumblr, twitter, etc. are taking over. They’re accessible and let you compose quick bullets of emotions and opinions. I prefer the old-fashioned way of more comprehensive self-expression, but I guess I’m just a relic of the past now.

    • You’re not kidding there.

      They are quick and dirty platforms, but the persistence and organization of socialblogs is terrible for anything more than a day (if that). We still need this form of expression, even if for hard reference during quicker/spontaneous discussions. It’s like a backbone and I don’t think many realize it. Without this persistent and visible form, I think we’re going to see a lot of redundant discussion, where individuals’ stances are overlooked more than not.

      We more than anyone cannot lose our heads in the hype without carefully examining the implications if we want discussion to expand and be relevant (not that it always is lol).

  5. It was not terribly long ago that you convinced me to come back to blogging. Honestly, I don’t blog much, which is evident by the lack of activity on my blog, but I don’t blog for anyone really, but myself. You hit the nail on the head from me, and that’s why I started a blog again.

    I don’t care for the numbers, I don’t care for the state of the sphere, but I do care for some of the relationships that I’ve been able to make and maintain from blogging and other social ventures.

    The quick and dirty services have some purpose, and you know I like what you’ve got going with Melative and a place to quickly jot thoughts that aren’t long enough for the blog, and can be categorized to specific media. The rest are a bit too disorganized for my feeble old mind to truly grasp, but that’s my problem.

    Cheers and keep writing.

    • If your feed is in a reader’s aggregator, when you update it’ll get attention. That’s my ideal.

      Great point as well. Relationships beyond the community are an intersting aspect, and that gets down to a different level of discussion, for there isn’t a guarantee that discussion will be public, but that’s life! :D

      Yea, automated organization is a nice thing to have, and I have hope specific solutions will facilitate better organization and in-turn, more concise discussion.

      Thanks kima, and I will keep writing. Cheers :)

  6. There is a reason I blog and never give up. I’m passionate about what I like and want to share them. It’s not all about how many visitors you get a month or the subscribers… You are doing it for yourself and the people who make a relationship that allow you to get readers interested. If a person who decides to blog just for the fame, they are doing it wrong.

    As for tumblr, twitter, facebook and other services, they are more for socializing than sharing your thoughts. The problem is the medium isn’t really meant for that since first, there is a character limit and second, people might or might not take you seriously considering the manner these messages are made.

    As for tumblr, I don’t really see the point of it since you losing control with your content (can’t export/import content). WordPress could easily imitate tumblr, especially when there is a plugin, which can make your WordPress blog into a tumblog (google Woo-tumblog).

    • Ahah, I never thought about “being taken seriously” as an aspect of the micro services, but that’s excellent. There is a lot of joking around, damn, maybe I should rethink when I say something semi-serious because many might just take it as a joke :\

  7. Thanks, Ryan. I’m honored by your comments.

    Also, it’s not that we don’t entertain newfags, but when people stroll in to the channel and declare that OreImo is the best anime ever and show off their anime FAMIRI’s, it’s almost impossible for us “oldfags” to take them seriously especially when they try to push their superiority hard.

    Hell, #animeblogger@IRCHIghway has actually been getting an influx of new people and it’s growing even further. If you really like to get in the channel though, be prepared to understand that everyone there has their own opinions and we all tolerate each other. Just don’t try to hard to champion the superiority of your own opinions.

    • :) I’m happy you’re still kicking!

      Yes, I haven’t been around #ab as much as I’d like to lately, but it’s good to see the chat kicking, esp with guys who had silent streaks for a while (Roxas). It really is a hangout, and as you say, requires tolerance. A level of respect along with the kidding and discussion works well. Rarely does the place become a flame zone, and it’s not like there’s militant moderation.

      IMO, I don’t see anything holding back newer bloggers from integrating well in #ab, except maybe that it’s IRC ;; many just prefer other platforms like twitter, but a few of us are there as well. Not like we’re trying to be inaccessible or secular, #ab is floating along as it always has.

  8. Reminds me of a post you did earlier about old blogs fading.

    Good point about knowing your own pace. The quickest burnouts for new blogs I’ve seen are usually those who post daily.

    Anyway, the anime blogosphere will always be around. People might come and go, but there will always be anime related posts. Hopefully, you and I and most bloggers I know will be around for a while longer. But if not, that’s OK too.

    • Oh I’ve done a number of these blog-prospectus posts, probably more than I should have. ^ ^;

      Most definitely Yi. It’s like a star, and there’s enough energy to keep burning right now, so let’s not worry. And I hope so too. Don’t ever stop blogging before I do! ;-;

      It would be okay, we would have to accept it, but I’d still be melancholic about it. Somewhere someone would be blogging, and what if they’re alone. It would be sad.

  9. It’s always post like these that inspire me to blog :3 tho even now I still cannot find the right pace at blogging, sometimes I feel like it and sometimes I don’t, not sure if you would call that burning out quickly or not~~

    also what does #ab mean? sorry I’m dumb XD

    • If your a purely episodic blogger, it’s easy to regulate pace by cutting down on the number of series you watch each season. The great thing about seasonal is that it does have a schedule that one can follow pretty well. For other styles, it’s usually good to keep some notes to use as stubs later on; thing you might want to expand on. These two things help regulate pace so that you don’t burn out, but you’ll probably need to keep blogging to find what’s right for you [at the moment, because it changes].

      Don’t feel dumb, #ab is short for #animeblogger which is a chat/channel on IrcHighway.net. Thanks for reading :)

  10. I kinda learned my pace a long time ago. I may never be as current, as attentive, and as exposed as some of us may be, but somehow it warms my heart that the blog is still being read despite its inactivity and relative irrelevance with newer trends in anime.

    The blog will always be the place I go to whenever I want to express something that’s longer than the 140ch limit in Twitter. Besides, I think I’m way beyond “dying” now, with how many years it’s already been. The day I stop watching anime will be the day I stop blogging anime.

    • I surely have your feed in Reader :) Yes, I think yours was among the first group of blogs I started reading when I started, so it’s nice to see when you write out your thoughts.

      Haha, you’re probably right about being beyond dying, but I find that’s what we come to understand after time. There are some aggressive bloggers who can’t stand themselves if they don’t write 3 posts a week and would rather quit than to slowly churn entries, but after doing this for years, I think we realize that we didn’t/don’t need to rush.

      Never pondered it, but i suppose if I ever stopped watching anime, i wouldn’t be able to blog here; so true.

  11. Nice to see you again after a while.
    Lately I’ve felt that blogging became one of my routine activity…the exact same way ‘watching anime’ was. There was even time when I took a break from anime watching but still actively blogging about my past experience in anime. I think I have found my own pace now which is a very slow one :P

    • Hi Canne! I’ve been meaning to drop by and read your recent posts, but everything is backlogged. Both watching and blogging take up loads of time, and for most graduates, I think time is a major concern. I never thought about writing on past experiences, that’s a great idea actually.

      You have a decent pace, I would say. I don’t ever wonder if you’ve given up blogging, and I’m pretty sure readers are aware when you publish :D TBH I thought you post at least once a week, but often more frequently.

      Good to know you’ve found your pace, I think it’ helps in getting comfortable here.

  12. Dear Blogger,

    Please help us! We recently invited you to participate in an online survey run by the Berkman Center at Harvard University about your experiences and opinions as an active blogger. To the best of our knowledge, we have not received your response to the survey. You can participate in the survey by following this link:

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    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Sincerely,
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  13. Hey there, long time no talk.

    IMO, I don’t think anime blogging is going to die out.

    For my blog, it was fun to blog and try out blogging. I improved my writing skills and I had fun analyzing anime. However, it was obvious anime blogging wasn’t going to be permanent thing for me. I think blogging is good for some people and not others. But, I’m glad I tried anyways. I remembered I always like to browse through blogs through hyperlinks and seeing the constant effort the community has put out.

    On my opinion on tumblr, I do use it, I do reblog anime pictures (at least 1 a week) but that’s pretty much a different way of expressing love for the series. In pictures, gifs, fan art, and so on. The people on tumblr aren’t into writing out things, and that’s okay. I mean, if the creator of tumblr wanted comments, he’d put that in on day 1. Some people like tumblr, some people see no point. Whatever it is, there’s a lot of social web tools to express, from simple to complex. I don’t think 1 is better than another. It seems the original post seemed to bash tumblr and twitter a bit too much.

    However I do agree there’s some shat tumblrs out there and whenever I want to go through one of those crummy ones it’s a re hashing of stuff. Tumblr also has it’s issues with some people obsessed with getting followers or more notes but hey, everyone remember OEG, right? There’s always pros of cons of each social platform. For blogging, there’s always the people that go and troll and start flame posts or if your host is down, or there’s a bunch of copy blogs. Anyways, you all probably knew.

    For now, I think I’ll just comment. I might get back into blogging, but atm I’ll just have my blog archived in case I ever want to start again. I don’t know what to type about if I ever do, but awesome points to people who keep blogging. It’s not always easy. Taking screenshots from animes, downloading animes for screenshots, typing up long paragraphs, spell checking, taking time to respond to each post, doing maintenance on blog, coding, and more. It does take up time, and if people discontinue after a few years, that’s perfectly fine, at least they tried, and they’ll probably know a better idea how they want to express themselves.

    • Hi Crystal! It’s been a while. I don’t have much to add to you comment, it’s beautiful. It’s kind of sad that you stopped blogging, but it’s nice to know you’ll still be around on tumblr and such.

      Blogging can be extremely exhausting and some people find their niche well, but things change over time and I find it’s perfectly normal to fall in and out of the activity. It’s a nostalgic tide. :)



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