Hey, everyone out there in Internet Land.
I’m still alive. Man, what a year 2020 was. As things seem to be on a trajectory back to normalcy, I figured that I would do one of these “What am I doing with the blog?” posts.
I’ve never been a big fan of these. It’s navel-gazing taken to a level that I’m not comfortable with. I know that blogging in and of itself is navel-gazing, but this kind of meta talk about something that is already self-indulgent and egocentric just strikes me as the height of self-importance.
Yes. Look at me. I’m so important that you should read my words about the words that I plan to write later about things that I am utterly unqualified to discuss.
But I also feel compelled to spell out my plans.
Enough of me wasting time. Let’s go.
Haruhi and Galaxy Express 999
So as much as I really like Haruhi, I’m kind of stuck on it at the moment. I do have a couple of ideas for blog posts, but I’m kind of muddling my way through them.
So I figured that I would take a break from it, and start working on covering Galaxy Express 999.
To be honest, I’m a little intimidated taking on a 100-plus episode series. Especially one that I’ve never personally finished. I’m partially inspired by a collection of academic essays that just came out that were edited by Helen McCarthy and Darren-Jon Ashmore. That and there was this lovely review that said most people haven’t ever finished a Leiji Matsumoto series.
I really want to be one of those people that finish one.
Maybe I’ll finish Monster and Legend of Galactic Heroes one of these days as well.
My reasoning on this is that I can take a break from Galaxy Express 999 and go back to Haruhi at any time.
So I joined the Jon Spencer Coalition. I’m not really sure what the plan for it is, right now, but I like the people involved. It’s this joint marketing effort by a group of fellow bloggers being run by Jon Spencer. For the most part, I enjoy participating in #AniTwitWatches and sometimes partake in socializing so it seemed like a good deal.
Here’s some more info about it if you’re interested.
I don’t really have that much to say about it, but if you see me use the hashtag, that’s why. I haven’t joined a cult.
Well, maybe I have. But they haven’t demanded that I give up my worldly possession and drink the Flavor Aid.
Weird things I noticed on the blog
So I thought if I’m going to engage in navel-gazing, why not go all the way.
I noticed something really strange when I returned to my blog. This post about whether Misato is a pedophile or a parent is by far the most read thing on my blog. This surprised me in two ways.
First, the Eva blog posts have been, by far, the most popular thing on here during the past year. Now, I’m not saying that I wrote anything bad in those posts, but so many people have written and talked about Eva that the last thing that I expected was for people to seek out my stuff.
Why would anyone take the time to read my Eva stuff over my RahXephon or Big O stuff? Those shows are far more niche. That said, I did get invited to a RahXephon Discord based on the stuff I wrote. That was super cool.
The other thing that surprised me, or at least disappointed me, is that it happened to be my post about whether Misato is a pedo or not. It’s completely a salacious title for something that I don’t think is true anymore.
At least WordPress doesn’t attract the trolls that YouTube does.
Tag posts and schedules
So I’m trying to keep my posting to two days a week. This notes post won’t be part of that, but I write a lot for my day job, and if I do it too much here then it starts to feel like work.
I plan to keep doing The Otakusphere posts because they’re fun and they encourage me to read other people’s stuff. That way I can actually be part of the larger community, and not just some hermit that lives in my shell.
The thing is that I have a couple of tag posts lying out there that I haven’t responded to. Now I believe in responding because that’s part of the social contract. You ask me a question, and I am supposed to answer.
But I may or may not get to them, and if that is the case, I apologize. But I want people to know that I’m still really grateful for getting recognized.
That is everything that I have to talk about for right now. I still appreciate that you took the time to read my ramblings, and I hope that you’ll be good, be careful and learn a lot, but not necessarily in that order.
And, as always, thanks for reading.