About 17 months ago, I made a post about the two-year death many anime blogs fall prey to. The post has been continuously misquoted around the blogosphere by people who thought it was a proclamation of the death of anime blogging in general, when really it was just to show how many anime blogs don’t reach the 3 year mark. Those that do pass that birthday often do so in a state of semi-hibernation, only counting as alive because they average a post per month. It’s those blogs that manage to continuously update right until their 3 year birthday that have proven themselves to be in this for the long run and it takes far more for them to ever fall out of this routine. Enough significant life changes have occurred over the 3 years, showing that blogging was not just a fair-weather hobby when they had time.
I’ve finally reached my three year anniversary. I’ve proved to myself that I’m in this for the long run.
While I’ve had the occasional brief hiatus of perhaps 7-10 days when exams and deadlines loomed, the only significant hiatus I’ve ever taken was during the summer of 2009 when I had my final exams for High School (not that they’re called Final Exams or High School in Ireland, but I might as well put the words into internationally understandable lingo). In these past 3 years, I’ve moved house, moved country, changed my circle of friends, changed my education level tier, and generally had a whole load of crazy life changes. It’s not like the fire of passion continuously burned throughout those 3 years to keep me posting. There’s the occasional bout of ‘why the hell do I blog anyway‘ syndrome that crops up a few times per year. But I keep posting through this anyway, because I’m not going to overcome my melancholy by doing nothing. I force myself to write even when I don’t want to, because I know that I really do enjoy writing and that will come only back to me through writing.
I’m not special. I like to pretend I have a big opinion of myself, but the reality is I’m amazed so many people consider my stuff worth reading. I’m only 20 years old. I started watching anime mid-2007 so I don’t have a particularly vast knowledge of the medium. I’d watched less than 100 titles when I’d started blogging. I put the effort in to be funny and entertaining, along with attempting to post regularly, but it does rather surprise me how so many people turn up to read these posts. Thank you for making me feel like this stuff is worth writing. That includes you, the 95% of you that simply lurk and never post a comment. Whether you’re here specifically to disagree with me, I hope I’ve provided you with something suitably rage worthy. Whether you’re here to find new anime to watch, I hope my endless dropping at hints to watch Code Geass/Fireball/Roujin Z/Black Heaven/Code Geass/Berserk/Mushishi/Code Geass eventually spurned you on to try one of those out and enjoy it. I hope I’ve kept you amused at work or in class as you tried to stifle a muffled laugh while reading a season preview. I hope, through whatever methods you see fit, that you have found something worth reading here.
Most of all, I hope I’ve entertained you. If I’ve managed that, I’ve achieved all I ever wanted to achieve.