It must take the worst of bloggers to completely forget big anniversaries like these right? Completely forgetting the blog’s birthday and only remembering the next day. (and posting this 2 days later.) If I could date this blog, it would have slapped me already, then kicked me out to sleep in the rain. But I digress. Time for another introspective on running AOIA.
It was rather funny how we managed to actually pull through all the way to the aniblog tourney, actually. In my mind, I thought that the blog would die when my exams started, then I thought so too when my Junior College started schooling. It was things like these, occupying my free time and my life. I didn’t remember about the blog’s birthday because I was too preoccupied with preparing for both the aniblog tournament and the tests I had the following week. Yes, the life and times of being a student.
When I read the posts I made last year, one line struck me:
For one, I decided to dump the episodic posts gradually. Why? For ambiguous reasons, of course. And also because all the episodic posts were pretty much the same. Why not directly skip to the ‘my thoughts’ part and elaborate on it rather than be part of the sheeple?
How foolish I had been. As I wrote, I realized that there was a lot more to episodic writing than just describing the episode. How could I keep posting my thoughts on the show as-is? Do I post what I thought about the episode without even giving them a summary? As a humanities student, I was, as you can say, forced to accept the importance of evidence, and it is the same here as well – evidence and elaboration.
More stupid things I’ve written about:
Things got less and less like Bad Book Club,and more and more like Freakonomics.
I have to admit that for the first year of blogging I had pretty much become a wannabe sophisticated blogger. But after a while I found that an extremely formal and classy style of writing was stifling for me. I prefer mine to be fucking laded with vulgarities, because it was much more flowing that way. And as I let go, I found that my aniblogging had little jokes in it throughout rather than become devoid – I had started writing like Bad Book Club again, and I didn’t mind as much.
Last year, when I wrote the previous introspective, I also commented how we had become a team blog. Back then it was just me, @fkeroge and Anima. Carillus had left for an unspecified period of time. CyborgCommunist was barely in his infancy as an aniblogger. It was a time when Shance wasn’t on permahiatus and 2Dt and MkMiku were still blogging. It’s scary really, how many bloggers having stopped blogging during this time. It’s like a car accident, you just can’t look away. The pain of having lost a real friend was similar to what it felt like to me.
I remember this guy. He used to go by the name scarletdevilmansion, and then he got bullied off aniblogging because of his less-than-stellar grammar, or so it seemed. He/she was one of the first few people to visit the blog, stay, and a source of encouragement throughout. Yet I had to say farewell to Luna Dial. And even as I typed, they wouldn’t let go. I was genuinely depressed for quite some time after that. Even though I went against Luna’s wishes in posting this screenshot, after so much time, this was still one of the events that struck me the most as an anime blogger. I was motivated.
I also remember that one of the motivations for me to continue blogging and not just go on permanent hiatus was the epic showdown that was the Aniblog Tourney.
Getting into the Aniblog Tourney is a dream of mine. I became a full-time anime blogger after the tournament itself, and since then vowed to keep blogging until I could participate in the next one. Little did I know that so many people would join AOIA and blog as well. Even though we’re mostly Singaporeans, we seem to be doing rather fine, in contrast to what the OEG said once. Nonetheless, as the aniblog tournament approaches, the AOIA team starts to pick up steam again. Posts are being churned out almost every day. I’m watching anime more than before. I remember that post on trzr about their favourite anime team blogs, and I noticed that we weren’t on the list. No-one seems to know us at all. No-one seems to be aware of our existence of a blog, much less our existence as a team blog. People all fawn over their favourite blogs, praising everything they do, and little pay any heed to us. Counting us out, that we’re down for the count, that we have no chance of survival.
This is all going to change.
Come the aniblog tourney, we will make a difference. As you have believed in us, readers, we will also believe in you. Vote for us, everyone, and we can assure you, there will be much more posts, much more discussions, much more interesting ideas and of course, much more ambiguity, in the times to come. We will keep blogging onward to a brighter, more ambiguous future, one with a blue sky.
Wish us luck, and let us toast to yet another year.