So, what happens now?

At the end of January, due to creative frustration and an over-all lack of hope for the future of this blog, I made the decision to close it’s doors and stop releasing new content. I didn’t know at the time whether I was retiring or just going on hiatus, but I knew that no matter what I did, it was time to take a break, and the 100 review benchmark was the time to do it(I accidentally did 101, but who’s counting).

For the next month and change, I debated with myself where I was going with all this. I’d think about titles I still wanted to review, things I still had to say, chances I was giving up on and all that other fun stuff, but as soon as I’d start thinking about it seriously, I’d come to the same road block: What if nothing changes? What if I go right back into the swing of things, but I never get any further off the ground than I already had?

Around the time of my departure, some bloggers I knew started releasing posts about how hard it can be to blog, and about not giving up, and stuff like that, and while I don’t know if I inspired any of these, I can at the very least say that if I did, then some of them kind of missed the point of why I’d left. One of them said that you shouldn’t judge your work by your follower count, and you shouldn’t set unrealistic goals or expectations for yourself. That’s true, but expecting to break the 100 follower count in less than four years isn’t unrealistic. In fact, taking as long as I did to achieve that mark was kind of an unrealistic failure.

Another post said you shouldn’t compare yourself to bloggers that have been around longer than you… Well, no issue there, because the bloggers I was comparing myself to were all newer than me, and were able to squash my four year subscriber count in less than six months. I think that’s a fair comparison to make.

Anyway, I wasn’t really coming to any decisions fast, but then something happened. It was early march, I was in the middle of a 40 daybreak from anime for this year’s Lent(I played a LOT of Mass Effect Andromeda during this time, which I thought was really cool), and I started thinking about the two quotes I used in my farewell post… “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again,” and “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.”

I then had an epiphany, and it hit me all at once… I didn’t have to give up to try something different. I could keep trying, while changing up my strategy. This, of course, lead to the epiphany that inspired me to post this in the first place: I couldn’t stand the idea of putting in a ton of effort and not getting back great results. I can’t do anything about the results, but what I *can* change is the effort. I’m not getting paid for this, and some of my posts still stand a realistic chance of not breaking into double digit view counts, so instead of giving up or getting depressed, why not just stop trying so hard?

So yeah, I’m back, at least for now, and things are going to change around here. To keep you updated, here’s a brief list of how this blog will work going into the future.

-I will still be posting my full length reviews, and they’ll be just as good as the first 100(really 101, who am I kidding), and possibly even better, with Berserk as an example.

-I will, however, be putting a heavier focus on movies and short-length OVAs, as they take way less time to rewatch than full length series. This may or may not lead to more pokemon reviews, but it will definitely lead to some Studio Ghibli reviews, an area I surprisingly haven’t touched on yet.

-I’ll be cancelling Inconvenient Questions, as it’s insanely time consuming, and nobody cares about it but me.

-I’ll also be cancelling Anime Analogues and A Series of Tubes, because… do you care? Like, seriously?

-I’ll be introducing a few new features designed to take a minimal amount of time or effort, the main one among them being RWBY GRWVZ, which will consist of comedic sketches involving the cast of Rooster Teeth’s web series RWBY. I’ll try to keep the humor accessible, but a cursory knowledge of the series is still recommended before reading them.

-I’ll be cancelling all theme months for the time being. The exception to this is Otakutober, and IF I do Studio Gainax Month again next year, it’ll be the last one.  That’s a big IF, though.

That’s all I can think of to add here. If there’s anything else I come up with, I’ll update this post to include it. Oh, now that I think of it, can anybody explain to me why I keep getting followers from Outlook.com? I’m assuming that’s some kind of spam, but some further insight would be welcome.

Anyway, I’m back. I can’t wait to see you guys next week, and in the meantime, leave a like, leave a comment, follow if you haven’t yet, and show me that you love me as much as I love you.

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10 comments
  1. Hi, relatively new blogger here, but i have been seeing steady growth for my blog. I think a big factor for helping your blog get off the ground is giving it more of an identity. Rught now, I notice you don’t even have a profile picture, so a very real issue can be people think you’re just a lurker when you comment or follow their blogs. Share your posts shamelessly and ask for feedback, because it doesn’t really take up people’s time to do so, and even if they decide not to read, nothing is lost.

    Plus dude, images. People love looking at pictures in between long lines of text. It gives them time for the paragraph to sink in, or to drive a point home.

    Again, take my advice with a grain of salt because I’m fairly new, but that’s the stuff I’ve been doing and it’s working out swell.

    • I’ve been told to use images before, but I’m terrified of copyright. That kinda thing has bitten me in the ass before.

      I’ll see what I can do about a profile pic, though.

      • Copyright’s not a problem since reviews are under fair use. Pretty sure WordPress is a lot more forgiving about that stuff since movies and book reviews are referenced a lot.

    • Glad to have you back!

      Fair Use is a grey area. Generally, as long as someone doesn’t include a lot of content from a work, it’s fine as long as it doesn’t, essentially, replace the original. There’s no hard-and-fast rule or cutoff though, which is what makes it so hard. However, that being said, some people may not be happy if they’re the ones taking screenshots and then other people just reuse them in their own posts. It’s not their own copyright work, but it just sort of shady.

      The best way is to a) limit the amount of images you use and b) just provide a link to whoever took the shot. I generally use images from the official sites as it would be considered advertising and avoid any wars with other bloggers. Otherwise, you may be able to search on Google for images that are allowed for non-commercial purposes or other standards to find some images. Boxart might also be good if you just want limited images, or you can always use your own phone/computer to snap a quick pic.

      • All right… I’m going to post a picture with each post from now on. We’ll see how that goes.

        Thanks for the insight!

  2. Irina said:

    I’m really really low…. I realized you were back a while ago but I only now got my lazy behind here to tell yo welcome back!!! Glad to see you again!

  3. Glad that you are still around. When you have put so much work into something it would be a pity to abandon it. Even writing one post a month is better than just closing an account. You never know what the future will bring.

    Don’t concern yourself with follower counts. A small loyal fan base is better than loads of people who never comment and just follow so you follow them back. I recently suprassed 700 followers, which may sound good until you realize that some people start an account and get thousand of readers in a month.

    Changing strategy can help. I used to write 1000 word reviews and hardly got any comments. Nowadays I just jot down a few paragraphs and get more feedback. Reviewing movies is a good idea too. Less of a time investment and sometimes they get more views than a series.

  4. Thanks for the input.

    I’m not changing my content… Writing long-ass pretentious reviews is my calling, and I’ll go down with the ship if I have to.

    But reviewing more movies IS an idea that I’m pursuing.

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