Baka-Raptor is my destined rival in anime blogging. We stand on opposite sides of a battlefield – a lolicon against an upstanding citizen; a man who demands ‘plot’ against a style hound; a self-depreciator against a self-aggrandizer (hint: I’m the latter). And yet, we are great friends, always offering inspiration and competition to one another.
…or so I believed.
“I respect your blogging, but it’s not the kind of blogging I want to beat. Remember how surprised you were at how long it took to write an Objective Analysis post? That’s how all my posts are, if not longer. Updating three times a day at your word count isn’t something I can do, nor is it something I want to do. I like to polish my posts as much as possible and maximize the impact of each sentence, even if it means I’m working longer on my posts than most of the other bloggers out there.”
Ouch. In other words, I am not good competition for Baka-Raptor, because my posting style is too shallow…
…unlike Baka-Raptor’s, which is deep.
Baka-Raptor doesn’t see anyone as having a similar style to himself, and his only goal is to become like Maddox. He claims that other bloggers don’t influence him because they aren’t like him. However, what Baka-Raptor doesn’t realize is that regardless of whether or not he is influenced by me, I am influenced by him – hell, I’m influenced by Maddox as well! After all, what is a man but (A MISERABLE LITTLE PILE OF SECRETS) the amalgam of all of his influences?
Baka-Raptor sees himself as Duke Togo in terms of blogging goals. Just as Duke only thinks of accomplishing his next mission in the most efficient way possible, Baka-Raptor is only focused on creating fully realized posts and pursuing an ultimate goal of reaching Maddox’s level. However, I am a Lupin-type blogger.
Lupin is a genius of technique who will look at the big picture of a situation and make sure that he walks home with everything he wants. Just as Lupin is a master of disguise, I am able to emulate and pull on the styles of other writers in order to create my own. Suffice it to say, I have NEVER written a post that wasn’t in some way influenced by Baka-Raptor and Maddox, because I allow their styles to become a part of my own.
It is pointless to make another author your goal, because that author already exists. A real goal worth pursuing is taking their style and pushing it to a new level. Evolving it. But I guess Baka-Raptor wouldn’t understand evolution, since he’s still a dinosaur.
If I wanted to, I could do what Baka-Raptor does. I have read all of his posts (and all of Maddox’s posts), and I fully grasp the style – I could become ‘the next Baka-Raptor.’
But I don’t want to. Baka-Raptor thinks that this means we can’t be rivals, but he’s missing the point. I’m always thinking about how my posts are comparing to those of other bloggers. When I write a post justifying moe and slice-of-life anime, I always think ‘is this post going to convince a person like Baka-Raptor? Am I writing in a way that he will respect?’ When I’m writing about a show and trying to find something in it that isn’t necessarily intended to be there, I think ‘am I doing this as well as Anime Kritik does it?’ I’m always making sure that I live up to my influences; And with a bit of mountain training and practice, I know that I can conquer those self-imposed expectations.
Whether he likes it or not, Baka-Raptor is my rival. So is Anime Kritik, and so is 2-D Teleidoscope, and so is Ghostlightning, and every other blogger that I love. Even though they all are my friends, I still write with the intention of one day kicking their asses.
So, Baka-Raptor, as well as the rest of you – I’d like to see you take this as a challenge. Meet my desire to overcome you with your own desire to overcome me. If you give in, I will overtake you and eliminate you. You must always evolve and become better, or else I will eventually progress beyond you and take away your very purpose. My ultimate goal is to be the greatest anime blogger of all time, and it’s up to you to make sure that I can’t reach that goal easily.
And if all that tough talk isn’t enough to get you to face me as a rival, Baka-Raptor, then kindly turn your attention to this slanderous photo of you.
(For those of you with no idea what the hell is going on, this is a reply to Ghostlightning’s 300th post, which is all about having a rivalry with your fellow bloggers, even if they don’t feel the rivalry the way that you do. Specifically, it is a reply to Baka-Raptor’s comments on the post. The style of this post is meant to emulate Baka-Raptor, and most of the images are edited versions of images from some of his best posts.)