We did it! We’re two months to the day into the lifespan of this here blog! First off, thank you for your continued support. It keeps me going every day.
I’ve got some important changes to outline here for both the blog and my future ventures.
This is a pivotal moment for me. It’s reached the point where this gig is becoming a serious pursuit and I need to position the content I produce to best service it. For the past few weeks I’ve been struggling with this idea of what I “should” be posting to the blog, constantly scrapping ideas because they aren’t about anime or there isn’t enough to talk about for a 1,000+ word article, or just because it’s not “analytical enough.” In the midst of this struggle I believe I’ve lost the plot.
What I want for this blog is for it to be a reflection of myself through media: my interests, tastes and thoughts. I want to be able to have an insight and share it with you in the moment, or to watch an anime or film and be able to talk about it without the pretense of “long-form analysis or bust.” Basically, I want this blog to become my “Digibro After Dark,” a place you come for the miscellaneous thoughts rolling through my head, or at least the ones that can’t fit into a tweet (psst, I’m on Twitter, shill shill shill).
Think of pieces like In response to “How To Make ‘Great’ Anime” as a good example of the reactionary/commentative approach I’ll allow some of the content on this blog to take. If you enjoyed that or, say, my post about Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE’s great usage of the Wii U Gamepad (an example of the aforementioned “in the moment” content), you’re also going to like what’s to come. The key difference is that in these pieces I take an informal, conversational tone as opposed to purely analytical pieces where I’m effectively writing an essay. I feel the former fits the format of a blog better.
You may be asking, “So you’re just going to abandon the in-depth analytical content that you’ve established yourself upon? That’s what I come here for!” Well, you’re in luck because this change means such content is only going to become more ambitious.
There are multiple options I’m weighing for the future of my long-form content right now, some of which may or may not come to fruition, but one is of particular importance at the moment: YouTube. I’ve always been a man of the written word, writing professionally since age 15, but video offers serious possibilities that I can’t ignore. The ability to show footage opens up new avenues for analysis, a human voice gives an inherent personal touch and video is just a more digestible format for most people. Plus, YouTube is one of the logical next steps in reaching a larger audience.
The catch is that I’ve never worked on video content before. This is new ground for me so I’ve got a lot of work to do before I’m able to create content worthy of people’s time. I want to be making YouTube content soon, I want to be able to say “okay, this is one month out, get excited,” but at the end of the day you don’t want unfulfilled promises and neither do I. I won’t put out anything that I think would waste somebody’s time so it’ll happen when it happens, but it’s hopefully within the first half of this year (how long it takes me to put out this content will also be decided by other variables that are currently up in the air).
There’s also this: I’m putting the Monogatari Dissection project on hold until I can put it into video form. Of all my content that’s the one project that I feel doesn’t live up to its potential in written form and is ultimately going to show diminishing returns unless I have it available in digestible videos on YouTube. I mean crap, my Mayoi Snail post was 2.4k words long! I don’t fault anyone for not wanting to read cut-and-dry analysis at that length. I want to be clear that I’m not abandoning this project and will come back stronger than ever when I return to it, which is among the first things I plan to do with a YouTube channel (I’m also weighing establishing that channel solely on that project as a jumping off point but that’s a discussion for another time). I understand this will disappoint some of you but on the bright side I can create more content in the amount of time it would take me to do one arc of Monogatari.
Speaking of long posts this is already dragging out (it’s important, but still). Let’s wrap things up.
In summary: you can still expect analytical content on the blog, particularly in this transitional phase, but it’s going to take on a more relaxed approach. Additionally, I’ll be exploring more in-the-moment content. I think the across-the-board reassessment of my approach to the blog will lead to better content with a more unique voice to boot and will ultimately be a net positive. I’m excited for the future of my content and I hope you’ll continue to give me a shot.
And again, thanks for reading. I mean it, even if this probably comes off as vapid platitude.