What?! This anime blog of mine has turned one year old?
This calls for a celebration post!
Except not really as I have nothing really to say. Just a quick rundown for formality’s sake.
Anyway! Within 12 months, I have published 18 articles! My most popular article is unsurprisingly my very first one but both my posts on German manga publishers needing to stop throwing gimmick extras at me and particularly my Takahiro Kagami translation are trailing behind closely. Though, if one were to ask me about my favorite one, it’d be this one.
So much for the statistics. Not gonna bring up any views since that’s not the point with a format as niché as this and they’re embarrassingly low anyway. But it’s hard work regardless and don’t you ever let them tell you otherwise!
So instead, let me ramble a bit about the state of anime blogging from back in the days. One or the other might end up feeling nostalgic.
When I started anime blogging 10 years ago… elsewhere… it was big. Or, at the very least, it was bigger. Already a bit on the declining side of things but maybe that was just for the German-speaking sphere. Right after I had started blogging, Meidocafe suicided itself and that was that. It’s hard to explain for those that weren’t there but it was a hard loss that had some impact. Not that I care anymore at this point but it’s worth mentioning regardless as its importance on the blogosphere can’t be understated. Yet there were still many others, some with a moderate following. At some point, however, things started to fade and the links and contacts I made went 404 and bloggers turned to people with a real life. For that reason, a modern German anime blogroll is either incredibly tiny or a graveyard. To sum things up, what followed were many dead anime blogs over the years. As of now, German anime blogs are almost completely gone.
I think the same applies to English-speaking blogs by now. Compare the traffic that sites like Scamp’s or Baka-Raptor’s used to generate and now you have barren wastelands. Long story short, anime blogs are gone and dead and nothing you or I will do will change that. So instead, let’s solve the the mystery of who or what killed anime blogs!
Why did anime blogs die?
I guess the primary reason is that with the Internet becoming more centralized in large parts due to the arrival of social media, a new generation of WWW users just simply wasn’t given any incentive to swarm out into the wides of this sea of data. Blogs still had their unique selling points except while they were still unique, they were no longer selling points. The same obviously happened to other kinds of platforms such as forums. Gone are the days of rural personalized pages and hidden hobby sites, urban Facebook and its friends are here! Specifically as far as anime blogging is concerned, twitter was also part of it, doing great damage to a once major scene. Sharing your thoughts with others became routinely easy and let’s be honest – is there really much of a point in writing elaborate posts about the weekly adventures of Omamori Himari and the likes? Probably not. Our lives have simply become faster and easier. You no longer needed an anime blog to express your thoughts, something that posed a demotivating entry barrier. While I miss blogs, I still think that’s a change for the better.
There is also YouTube. Barely anyone can write a text longer than 300 words but middle schoolers are already daring, well-equipped and talentless enough to pick up a camera, a microphone and upload their nonsense to YouTube. People also prefer watching things over reading them and largely, YouTube’s audience does not care much for facts or good research and that’s what helps anime YouTubers. Not that anime bloggers were any good, oh no – but when you look at the putrid pile of garbage and disinformation certain Internet personalities put out, it’s hard to feel optimistic. It didn’t used to be like this, no matter what they might tell you.
So what are your plans for your anime blog now that one year has passed?
Continue blogging, of course! I’d like to keep up my current format of covering anime, games and manga within dedicated articles. Every now and then, I’ll opt for the occasional editorial and then there’s also translations to take into account. Combining my hobby of studying Japanese with my hobby of blogging sounds like PRODUCTIVITY MAX! Or work. I mean, yeah, the more I think of it, the more work-like all of this excessive and tedious stuff seems to be. But as always, we’re here for the times that are good or so at least I’d like to believe.
Maybe I’ll also copypaste and re-edit some of the content from my old blog for the occasional additional post or two. Not like anyone has actually read any of that so I might as well. Then again, so much of that stuff is so edgy and outdated, I doubt there is a lot of use to be found. And while we’re at it, you’re also free to suggest something. But I probably won’t listen!
But for now, let’s rejoice that I’ve made it through one year with no major hiccups. To another year it is then!
And remember: Always love your goth lolis, card game anime and perhaps some other things of importance in this world. Whatever those might be.