Two Years

It’s that time of the year again for this blog. And it’s changed a bit since last year.

Slowing down

It’s no real secret that my posting habits have become even more sporadic this year. I find that I have more things to do, and anime can’t take center stage all the time. However, I’m striving to replace quantity with quality, so I pick the shows I watch more carefully, old or new.

Despite that, I actively keep track of the ‘sphere, and I’m very up-to-date with the latest news.

I am my own idea machine

Despite that, I am happier with the posts I’ve made this year. One reason is that I’ve started to draw ideas from every facet of my life. Merely blogging about myself in an anime blog would be boring, so I try my darnedest to channel my experiences into something relevant.

These posts are products of my newfound method:

Aside from that, I started a Tumblr writing blog, which you can find if you look for it. It was made with the purpose of jotting short stories down, as well as a place where I do strange and terrible things to magical girls. While I can’t deny that it has taken loads of time from this blog, I’m confident that my writing has generally improved since then.

Blogging with confidence

I’m more seasoned than before, in the sense that I have come to know stuff about my preferred genre (mecha) that could come through experience. Maybe a year ago, I would have still participated in inane “which mecha is the strongest?” debates, which tend to degenerate into meme-throwing sessions quickly. I’ve developed an appreciation for robots beyond their raw combat ability, and while I haven’t approached the level of expertise to analyze mecha design aesthetics in great detail, I’m pretty confident of what I know. Of course, learning is a continuous process, so I’m not just going to hang my hat and declare myself an “expert”. There’s a lot more to watch, and learn.

What’s more, I’m helping other bloggers with their mecha diet. Mentoring Owen in his noble quest to experience UC Gundam is a very fulfilling task, one that I’d like to extend to others.

It’s safe to say that I’ve found my niche.

Reaching out to non-otaku anime fans

Since the past year, I’ve met a bunch of people who are into anime, but aren’t utter freaks like I am. A year ago, I would have acted snobbishly towards them (“they like Naruto, I like The Tatami Galaxy, we have nothing in common”), but I’m starting to approach things from their perspective.

This is due to certain reasons:

Reading Bakuman, a shounen meta-manga, opened my eyes to how the world of Shounen Jump works, and granted me a newfound appreciation with shounen manga. After all, they aren’t highly regarded for no reason, and I’ve become more tolerant of the garden-variety anime fan.

Another reason is my own initiative to reach out to anime fans, regardless of what shows they like. In my last job, my coworker was a huge fan of sports fighting anime like Hajime no Ippo and Baki the Grappler, and I callously brushed off his favorite shows by saying that I outgrew those kinds of shows. How horrible of me! After that, I resolved to stop looking down on people just because their own life experiences have primed them to like the shows that I may be indifferent about.

Another thing I’ve started to do, for fun, is to explain otaku-geared anime to my coworkers, who aren’t otaku. How do they understand OreImo, or what made School Days so morbidly entertaining? I shall write about this more in a later post.

What’s next?

Honestly, I don’t know. But I’ve come so far in life with anime, and I can’t see myself quitting in the foreseeable future. And with that, I will continue to blog, while still taking it easy.

To all readers, commenters, random people who came to this blog with search terms like “anime mech porn gif” (you’ve come to the right place!), thanks for all the patronage. Continuing World will still continue.

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34 Responses to Two Years

  1. Shinmaru says:

    Note to self: Place “Continuing World” into “mech porn gif” bookmarks folder.

    Congrats on two years! I always try to read your posts even when I know fuck all about the shows you’re writing about (which is more often than it should be; I’m a terrible anime fan!), so you must be doing something right!

    • schneider says:

      Well, a lot of shows I write about are off the beaten track, so the effort on your part is much appreciated… you don’t have to bend over your back to read them just because, though!

      Thanks for the patronage, my eternal aniblog tourney rival.

  2. kluxorious says:

    2 years? huzzah!

    Glad that you’re growing as a person and animetard. Brushing people off just because they have different taste than you do is kinda childish ^_^

    • schneider says:

      I won’t lie, I can be an asshole at times. Sometimes anime fans really do infuriate me, but often it’s just me acting on a perceived threat–like different tastes.

      I’m getting better now, I think.

  3. Congrats on your two years! Sounds like you’ve learned a good bit over time, and I’ll look forward to more. That post about explaining OreImo and School Days will be interesting to see.

    • schneider says:

      It’s something I’ve always wanted to do–blogging to a readership receptive to anime is one thing, but discussing the shows otaku enjoy to normal people is another.

  4. 2DT says:

    おめでとう!

  5. Congratulations and keep the writing. More often is nice too :3

  6. keikakudoori says:

    I just noticed we started our blogs on the same month and year. Oh, man time sure flies. Well congratulations on your two years!

  7. Owen S says:

    Uhoh, the 2 year mark appears!

    Just kidding. I know you’ll outlive us (especially that guy above me). I believe in you. Congratulations, and thank you for the mecha tutelage so far.

    • schneider says:

      With the power of all dead bloggers, I shall transform into a watermelon-shaped missile and thrust myself deep into the heart of the enemy! Or something like that.

      I’m proud of you, my robo-Padawan~

  8. gaguri says:

    Now to third and beyond!

  9. Congratulations. This post also reminded me that I’ve had my blog for almost 6 years now. I should probably start doing something less useless with it.

  10. Shance says:

    Continue further into the world, comrade! I greatly anticipate your future endeavors.

    Also, do take note of the 2-year blogger survivability mark, then blame Scamp for it (just kidding, Scamp-kun, you’re a good chap!). But hey, you’re unstoppable, right? I guess I’m worrying too much.

  11. animekritik says:

    Congratulations on your two years! I’m next :D

  12. DoctorBaronvonEvilSatan says:

    Smoke weed.
    Everyday.

  13. hayase says:

    Congrats! Good to see another blogger with an interest in mecha. :D

  14. Gorilla says:

    Congratulations for the two years!

  15. Canne says:

    *applause*congratulations on the second anniversary!
    It’s amazing to hear that you are mentoring others on mecha topics. I wonder when I will achieve expertize in any particular field. :)
    ps. I recently and unintentionally use the manabi fists pic in my blog. I just wanna let you know that it was totally a coincidence.

  16. TheBigN says:

    Congrats on two years, man. Hoping to see more fun posts in the future from you. :3

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