Might’ve been more romantic if this came a month from now on the site’s fifth birthday, which is also two days before my blog debuts in the second aniblog tourney, but what can I do? I can’t pass up making a special 1000th post. 1000 posts! That’s a lot! This is including the 87 posts that I have set to private, though not including the 54 drafts. When I published my last post, WordPress told me, “this was your 999th post!” so as far as I’m concerned, it’s an unambiguous 1000th. At least the birthday and tourney should get pure content posts.
Figuring out how to run this blog is difficult. I’ve moved away from being an “anime blogger” at present, having spent more time in the past two months blogging My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and, on this site, writing as much about video games as I have about anime. What am I now? What I’ve always been: just a blogger, only now one who’s less focused on one specific subject.
In this post I’ll explore what I should do about my sites, what my dream is as a writer/blogger, my future in anime blogging, and why I want to be more than just an “anime fan.”
I had a dream: of escaping anime fandom
And I succeeded. You’ll remember that two months ago I stated the following: “…there’s an extent to which I think my anime fandom isn’t so much more massive than my other fandoms as it is more inescapable and easy to be a fan of.” I then successfully escaped anime fandom without even trying. I didn’t watch any anime for almost two months, and consequently didn’t read anything about anime (unless it was by otou-san or ghostlightning because I read their writing indiscriminately). Meanwhile, I stepped into My Little Pony fandom in a way as massive as I’ve ever stepped into anything in my life, if not more so.
I didn’t stop being an anime fan, but I stopped being, “Digibro the anime fan.” For a while you could’ve called me, “Digibrony the self-explanatory,” and there’d be no reason for debate since ponies had a totalizing effect on my life that even anime never achieved. I couldn’t have seen that coming, but I knew that things would even out at some point, and then I was wondering… will I just become an anime fan again? Will I be “Digibrony the anime fan?”
It’s too early to say, because I’ve only re-emerged heavily into other cultures for the past two weeks. However, I didn’t find myself getting hard back into anime as though I’d been unknowingly harshing for a fix (as I’ve done after breaks in the past). I thought I’d end up diving into a new season like I’d missed out on a bunch of shit, but I didn’t react much to the things I watched, and while I remembered love here and there (Zetman), I didn’t go crazy back into otaku mode. I imagine that the effect of Japanese sounding weird to me all of a sudden will go away soon and I’ll remember why I liked some of these seiyuu that right now I’m going uuuhhrrrggg about, but what I also see is a long-broadened horizon waiting to be walked. Right now, more than anime, and even more than ponies (because I’ve almost consumed everything pony that there is, so now it’s more keeping up with new shit), what has my attention is video games. Who knows where this could lead?
I have a dream: of establishing a personal canon
For years I’ve tried to perfect my favorites list. I’ve known forever that favorites lists are meant to evolve constantly, but now I understand that they key isn’t in a list per say; it’s in having a personal canon.
What is a personal canon as opposed to a favorite’s list? Here’s what four entries in my dream canon would look like, roughly sketched.
What makes this so different from a favorite’s list? Importantly, it’s mixed media, and more importantly, it can contain anything. This would be a literal canon of *everything that I care deeply about, period.* It would all culminate into something like this thing I’ve already started on, only minus all of the stuff outside the “favorite things” section.
My dream is for everything I do to tie into one central canon. I want one location that is a hub for absolutely everything: a singular website that is host to everything which I care about. This raises the all-important question:
Is that place here?
Even though working towards a total canon is my god-tier ultimate dream, it would hardly contain all of my writing about creative works. None of the posts I’ve written since coming off of my last hiatus, for instance, have a place in this canon. Yet, the posts within this canon certainly have a place here (after all, the whole site has been structured around perfecting it). But to what extent?
Video games and anime posts feel right at home here. My Little Pony and music posts don’t. This leads me to think of a separate central location for my canon which would link to posts on all of the separate sites that I use to talk about different things. I already have more than one central location of that sort, and while their purposes aren’t quite the same, they’ve all proved a cumbersome and unappealing system.
The problem is that I like this site the best, and I still have the hardest time reconciling what I want it to be against what I insist on making it. I’ve always said that this site was meant to be the ultimate hub of my output; yet, I have a site for pony posts, I have a site for personal posts, and I have sites for about nine hundred million other things (including, of all things, manga!).
The fear of integrating it all here is diminishing, however. For one thing, my readership is already more than well-established. For another, I never write a post expecting people to read or reply to it, and if I do, I go around publicizing the shit out of it. I’m not terribly concerned with netting new readers is my point, and I trust my readers won’t unfollow my blog just because it becomes varied. (If anything, it could have the positive consequences of 1. not forcing people who just like to read whatever I write to go all over the place, and 2. possibly interesting those people in new things through my writing).
The main post feed of the site isn’t even a thing of great importance. You come here, and there will be tabs, reading “music,” “games,” “anime,” etc., and you can damn well figure out what you’re looking for.
My Sword Is Unbelievably Dull has a long and storied history. At no point was it solely an anime blog. One of the first posts I did here was a review of the Halo 3 beta. I’ve talked more about myself than I have about anime, written about many different aspects of the subculture and surrounding cultures, and all the while deluded myself into thinking that this site was somehow focused. (Myself and probably no one else.)
Where does the site go from here?
It should be obvious: the answer is to condense all of my godfucking ridiculously innumerable blogs into two sites: the Digibro Canon (My Sword Is Unbelievably Dull), and the Digibro Creative Output Center (Modal Hsoul Productions). MSIUD becomes a center for many subjects, though, full-stop, it probably will mostly consist of anime and ponies (and possibly video games if the trend continues).
But what of the community? The people who want to read shit about anime, so they come here, and I go read their blogs or whatever? Look, I’m done watching and blogging current shows beyond the occasional impressions/analysis. I’ve been done reading anime blogs outside of the <10 I subscribe to for a long time. I’m done with the idea that I’m writing for anyone but myself and those who care to take a peek. If anything, I think that the readers who really enjoy me will be happy to see me writing more meaningful articles like the ones I’ve put out maybe once a month in between all the other shit I’ve been crapping out these past seven months.
What can you expect?
– More of the same, since that’s never going away
– More of all the stuff you see listed in that canon image
– More pages
– A site once-over (the site will go down sometime in the next 48 hours and I’ll add shitloads of shit to it)
– More things that aren’t anime
In other words, expect what this site has, at heart, always wanted to be. (animekritik.wordpress.com).
And maybe I’ll actually post something!
Sucks. I like anime.
I don’t understand this will to integrate. The whole thrust of the internet these days is to allow you to have different kinds of sites for different interests and media, and then to allow you and others to jump easily from one to the other. I get the need for a central hub, but I don’t think you need to collapse all or most of your other stuff into the single hub (or a pair of hubs, as you’re planning). I mean, the people interested in anime AND games will bookmark two sites if you have them for that, it’s not difficult to do..
This is coming from the guy who has episodic blogging of obscure, untranslated live-action shows on the same site as his anime blogging.
My desire to make it all into one site is like… an ancient thing in my blood or something. I don’t know. I’ve always wanted to do it. I don’t think it will make things much different than anyone thinks.
But more importantly, I hate that I have so many sites. I think it’s part of what makes them all die. They don’t feel as important, so I don’t keep up with them. I don’t know, man.
Any show with Aya Hirano in it is anime by default. How dare you suggest otherwise~
1. bullshit and 2. it’s not even the first time you’ve talked about such things! What about when you rant about history or idols or that whole series you did on that one musician, and the one actress’ birthday, and FUCK YOU BY THE WAY
Oh, go play with your magical ponies, why don’t you.
Maybe I will! Maybe you should go fap to Matsumoto girls!
I can’t fap to Matsumoto girls. Sensei sees everything, and he’d sue me. BTW, I’d give them magical ponies a try if my cable system carried them.
Are you capable of using youtube? It’s a much preferred watching method considering you get 1080p with no commercials.
Also, congratulations. 1,000 is a huge milepost. :)
My body is ready !
I love the troll conversation between you and animekritik btw ^__^
I approve of the one stop shop art culture site plan. (I had planned such a thing before, and one workaround I had in mind for the people who wouldn’t care for getting the full content in their feed reader was to provide multiple feeds based on overarching category tags (anime, gaming, literature, etc).)
The only trouble there is that I don’t think I can do multiple feeds on here. But in any case, 90% of what comes through my feed reader is shit I don’t care about, so I like to think that people know how to skip over things they don’t care about. I mean does anyone read every post a blog makes unless they just love the writing? I haven’t cared about anything ghostlightning’s blogged about in quite a while but I still read more than half of his posts.
“I’m done with the idea that I’m writing for anyone but myself and those who care to take a peek. If anything, I think that the readers who really enjoy me will be happy to see me writing more meaningful articles like the ones I’ve put out maybe once a month in between all the other shit I’ve been crapping out these past seven months.”
<3 my blogging concept since day 1
what, putting out one meaningful article a month? *ZING*
rofl! it’s all good XD i know I’m lazy~
to be fair though I’ve been on a roll over the past couple of weeks though… At least I think so XD
Amusing banner change; not even Touhou is immune to the encroaching equines. I am half-convinced that there must be some genetic factor or biological quality to the MLP fandom: I’m truly baffled at the attachment and devotion shown to the series.
I’ve seen a few episodes myself but I’ve never gone beyond thinking that “Hey, this is a well-made cartoon that would be great with young girls.” I’m not really sure what all the fandom sees in it.
That’s what I wrote this for http://digibrony.tumblr.com/post/17602657524/how-to-plunge-headfirst-into-my-little-pony-fandom-pt
Magical pony invasion! I watched the first 5 minutes of episode 1 but had to leave the house. Will finish it later. The only impression I have is it looks terribly pretty. When are we getting Care Bears: Next Generation?? I’m stoked for that.
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