Out of all hobbies I have, anime is probably the one I’ve been most vocal with. Books and video games have always been there, and I feel no need to go around proclaiming my passion for them, even if it’s there. But anime? You watch anime that air in Japan right now? Really? And God forbid that you actually write about it?
I’ve kept this blog, wrote in it for four years. Despite what the more self-disparaging bloggers tell you, blogging isn’t a waste of time–I’ve learned how to temper my passions, be creative in presenting my ideas, look at the media I consume critically, and let others have fun with me. It’s supplemented me in ways I can’t even fully comprehend. It’s gotten me friends, people whom I’ve never spoken a word to in person, but whom I would totally have a drink with, should they ever drop by here. I know that these people may be different from me, or may not even like the same shows I like! I’ve learned to live with that. People are people, and in the end it’s the pleasant company that matters.
My job also helps. Along with blogging, it has helped me become less jaded, cured the misanthropist in me (which only surfaces whenever I read stupid news articles), and taught me how to talk to people. Years ago, if you told me I needed to talk to a complete stranger for two hours and judge whether they’d be a good hire, I’d be positively soiling my pants. Now, I can do it! Interviewing has also taught me patience, and not to spontaneously combust at people having different ideas than mine.
Perhaps I’ve been around the block for a while. I’ve picked up a lot of things, and most of them are fairly good to keep me around. The way I see it, most bloggers quit because they lose their passion, be it the passion to write blog posts or the passion to watch silly cartoons. For better or for worse, I’ve managed to cling to mine, and my lifestyle still allows me to sneak in a post every now and then. What do I have to lose?
But with dwindling time (and patience), I’ve also shortened my tolerance for online bullshit. I can no longer tolerate the stupidity, the posturing, the lame memes, and the jaded irony that some bloggers espouse as their style. Some of these are blogs I started reading from their inception, or way before I started mine. I am above these now; rather than pick fights, I head for the Unsubscribe button.
Still, I can safely say that the bloggers, commenters, and friends I’ve gathered over the years are very much worth the trouble. I can no longer read anime blogs as faithfully as I used to, and I feel disconnected from the tide and ebb of activity. But if your blog is interesting, and you’re interesting, I’ll get wind of you, hopefully!
Here’s to four more years!
PS: I’ve also done a bit more fiction writing on the side. The quantity isn’t big, but I’m putting more thought into my prose, and by actually trying at least I can learn from any mistakes that I make. I’m also doing NaNoWriMo this month, steadily meeting my word quotas (for now). I really wouldn’t have done it, if I didn’t tell myself that I should at least experience for myself how to crank out consistent output.