Dear ABT readers, welcome to our humble blog. Ah who am I kidding? Everyone knows this is the best aniblog evar!!1one! Alright, that’s enough joking around; on to the matter at hand. No, I’m not going to create some fantastic narrative about the blogs participating in this round. I don’t think I could top a story about a free-for-all between a horny dragon, an angel whose name rhymes with a certain Decepticon, and a dinosaur surfing on a shark with an RPG-7. Nor am I artistic enough to make a rule 63 drawing of representatives of each blog about to duke it out in a moe-deathmatch.
What I can do, though, is welcome you readers to AOIA. I won’t force a list of posts on you to read since that would only be a representation of my own opinion. Instead, I suggest you take a look around; browse the site and read what catches your eye. If you like what you see, then by all means, come back for more. If you really like what you see, then head on over to the ABT site and vote for us. While you’re at it, check out the other blogs in the current group-round-thingy. They’re all very enthusiastic about what they write, and provide humorous, if not thoughtful, reads. You might also want to check out the oft-linked podcast that has probably been mentioned many times over by now. I’ll still mention it anyway.
I admit, the ABT does have its less-than-pretty moments, but the supposed intent behind it is genuinely uplifting. What could be more heartwarming than kneeling in a circle and– wait, nevermind. In any case, it’s really inevitable that drama appears in such a tournament. We may like to think we’re better than that, but in the end we’re only human. Still, I’d like the readers and bloggers to keep the proclaimed intent of the ABT in mind. Readers, go out there and discover new blogs. A large portion of life consists of trying to occupy ourselves so we don’t get bored, so it can’t hurt to find new sources of entertainment or enjoyment. Bloggers, just keep in mind that we are all tiny insects crawling on the surface of an insignificant planet. It’s not as if winning a tournament will make you the next big thing, so just take it easy and lay off the underhanded tactics.
The ABT should be a fun experience for us all, and specifically one of discovery for the readers. Let’s keep it that way. Take the posts I linked above, for example; “competitors” in a round coming together to have a chat and poking fun at each other lightheartedly. That’s how things should be; not some (fake) discourse on the “evils” of a certain blogger. So go ahead, take a look around. Continue churning out that content. Do what you’ve normally been doing (unless it seriously needs improvement), and the world will keep spinning.