Update January 4, 2015
Well, it’s been over half a year since my last update, and I’ve only written one post, which was also more than half a year ago. I haven’t abandoned this blog, and I fully intend to post more here in the future. I have one piece in particular that I’m slowly working on, and which will be in progress for quite a while to come. The bigger problem is that I haven’t had anything to write about. Or, more accurately, I haven’t perceived much of anything to write about, at least not at the level of thoroughness that I think would be worth writing up a post for. As I’ve tried to watch things more critically, and thought about what that actually entails, I’ve realized more and more that I really don’t have any idea what I’m doing. I’ve been coming at this blindly, and what’s been happening is that I’ll notice something here or there, and maybe it’ll be worth writing about, but more often than not, it’s not.
I realized that I don’t know what goes into an audiovisual work, so that’s where I need to start. I got my hands on an introductory-level textbook that seems promising, so hopefully as I work through that and gain a better understanding of what to look for and how to piece things together through practice I’ll start having more to write about. In hindsight, I started this blog very prematurely. But I don’t see any point in deleting or abandoning it just to make it again when I have a better idea of what I’m doing, so I figure what makes the most sense is to keep it and post what I can that’s worthwhile.
Despite what I just said, I have done a couple things. The first is that I edited or completely changed some of the posts in the “Anime Wisdom” section. In particular, my thoughts on Aizen’s quote from Bleach and Izaya’s quote from Durarara!! have been completely re-written. The second thing is that I started a Tumblr blog as a less formal extension of this blog that, due to its format, gives me the freedom to post a much wider variety of things. I’ve written a couple short pieces there that fall into the category of being things that I think are worthwhile to write about, but that are not at the level of thoroughness I want for this blog.
I’m still here, and I’ll try to post more of the things I can write about, such as adding some entries to the “Names in Anime” section. I hope you’ve had a good holiday season! 🙂