Just some quick thoughts before the new season starts up…
Looking back… I think I’ve blogged for nine months straight now, and I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without taking a break. Furthermore, I can make it a full year if I just last three more months. I actually feel as though I have momentum. If I can last a year, why not two years? Why not three? Well, we don’t have to look that far down the line. I always used to get tired of blogging after watching a season’s worth of anime, so this has been a nice change. Even though it may seem as though I’ve been updating the blog more frequently than ever, I’ve actually taken steps behind the scenes to ensure that I don’t burn out. So yeah, I feel rather invigorated, actually. I wouldn’t say I’m proud to have made this long without taking a break, but I’m actually looking forward to the fall season. It’s not that I think the upcoming shows are going to be brilliant or anything, but I’m not dreading the thought of writing about these shows.
More content? Some people already think I write too much, but shrug, I do what I enjoy. I’m not going to quit my day job for Moe Sucks, ’cause let’s face it, I’m not going to make a living off of it. Still, I enjoy writing, and y’know, I’m actually curious what it would be like if I put more than two hours everyday into the site. So honestly, I intend to cover even more shows for the fall season. I’m just doing it for fun, too. These posts will never be professional reviews. I’ve long stopped worrying about whether or not episodic posts are worthwhile. I like discussing episodes as they come out, and I don’t think that’s going to change.
Where do I ultimately want to take the blog? I don’t know. I have no grand plans in mind. In my mind, Moe Sucks will always be kind of niche. It’ll always be a place where the seemingly cranky guy rants about shitty cartoons, then he’ll sometimes pontificate about stuff he likes. Still, the blog has grown quite a bit in readership since I came back in… late last December? Oh, I’ll always be too embarrass to say exactly how many views I get per day (it’s not high), but still, I’m thankful for the people who have stuck around for the past nine months to read and comment.
Do I ever plan on expanding beyond anime? Expanding to what? Video games? Probably not. The short-lived series of posts on Tales of Xillia was really my attempt to see if I could make something like that work. I don’t think it garnered much attention, so I quickly shelved the topic. I still want to do something for when Persona 5 comes out… just probably not a “Let’s Play.”
As for manga, the story is still the same. I just don’t read manga frequently enough to write about it.
People have asked if I’ll ever do podcasts or video reviews. First, I don’t think I have the voice for that sort of thing. But more importantly, I feel that I already say so much about anime on this blog that I wouldn’t have anything left over for podcasts and video reviews. Plus, it would be lame to listen to just one person talking for ten or twenty minutes.
Site redesign? Maybe. I’m kind of getting bored of this look, which I’ve stuck with for a couple years now.
What about a new writer? Some of you might have remembered when The Fin used to contribute to the blog. Truth be told, we weren’t all that similar in how we approached anime. Sometimes, I even disagreed with the conclusions in her posts or how she went about writing them. Plus, she was a fan of and wanted to write about stuff like Touhou and Hidamari Sketch, which are subjects that, in my mind, would never fit the tone of Moe Sucks. I’m not necessarily opposed to having someone else besides me contribute to the blog, but it comes down to finding someone who fits. I’m rather particular about how I run things, so for the foreseeable future, I think the blog will remain a one-man show.
Well, that’s everything I have on my mind at the moment. All that’s left is to wait for the fall season to officially start up. Well, I still have the last episode of M3 – Sono Kuroki Hagane to cover, and one more wrap-up post to put up, but yeah, we’re about done with the summer.