Recently Yumeka from Animeyume celebrated her 8th anniversary of aniblogging and shared her thoughts on an interesting subject about the state of blogging which can be read here. I found the subject interesting and figured I’d throw my own two cents into the pot.
As Yumeka explained in her post it is becoming more prevalent that animeniacs are losing interest in blogging as a form of expressing their opinions in anime and the like. Whether it is because of there being less free time as animeniacs grow older or them losing interest in anime over the years the fact remains that over the years quicker methods of communication have surfaced across the world wide web such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, Reddit, etc.
Some major sites use pictures, large headers and short, to the point non-cryptic texts that are easy to understand and this approach works very well as the modern internet surfer dislikes reading long posts and prefers watching videos, listening to podcasts or the “keep it simple” approach. One thing I am not good at is “keeping it simple”. I am known for being long-winded and in real life slipping on my words. I just can’t sum up my overall thoughts in a short manner. I have to explain myself in detail. It is what I do.
It would be difficult for me to articulate my words in sentences on a vlog without tripping. I know there’s editing but I’m too lazy to make vlogs. Besides I feel more comfortable conveying myself in blog format, not because I do not want to bless the world with my manliness. I’m just used to this method and have no desire to change it. Unlike other life courses blogging is one where the only necessary changes are one’s writing style and topics covered when necessary and the blog layout every now and then.
As mentioned above I am long-winded and find it annoying posting multiple tweets that have a 140 letter limit. I tweet at times but I mainly use Twitter to plug my blog. I mainly use Tumblr to post pictures or plug my blog. I am most active on Facebook whenever a friend drops by but again I use that to plug my blog.
Blogging may be a slowly dying art form but as long as there are people who stop by for more than the Yuri Anime List (and the Yuri Manga List that desperately needs proper trimming) I keep going. I said this once before, if there ever came a long period of time where I would get no visitors at all despite continuously churning out content I would eventually call it quits but as time passed these three years (as of this writing) I get more popular thanks to the fans who stick around and some who promote my work to others. I do not get along well with everyone but with the people I do it’s all good. Also if I were to get popular on Youtube for example, I would get unwanted attention from people who are only there to cause trouble rather than talk about the main subject of the video.
In the end I will continue using the blog as my main form of conveying my thoughts on anime and the like because I feel more comfortable doing this way and also my fanbase. I do not know how long I will continue blogging but as long as I am able and people are interested I still have a lot more to give to the yuri nation and animeniacs in general.