And Another Thing…
The Short Version
OOPS, I DID IT AGAIN
I PLAYED WITH YOUR BLOGROLL
GOT LOST IN THE ‘SPHERE
The Long Version
This was my original post:
Inevitable post, inevitable result, inevitable blog death. Fall semester means tons and tons of work, and I will not have much time to watch anime, let alone blog about it. I might not even have enough time to play Team Fortress 2 every day.
I’ve spent a good amount of time thinking about how to deal with my aniblogging death. In doing so, I’ve read the “final” posts of bloggers like Totali, Omni, Gargron, Omisyth, Otou-san, etc. Omni’s last post is the front-runner for the most-commented aniblog post in history, and totali’s is the ballsiest.
Yet Omni is the only one who logged off for good. Totali is still around. Like [pre-2010] momotato, he’s making a post a year. 0rion, Gargron, 7, canon, etc. gradually died out. Otou-san came back after less than a year (lol). Crazydave, Omisyth, and hundreds more are still active on Twitter. Owen and mefloraine got hitched and left their blogs for a more romantic Twitter relationship. 2DT came back after a week, and rumors of his tokidoki balloony death were greatly exaggerated.
I’m not going to walk any of these paths. The road less taken? More like the road never taken before. I’ll need a scythe and a torch, ’cause I’m blazing my own trail.
I’ll be back.
Cool, ain’t it? But what’s cooler is that I’m metaing on my meta of somebody else’s meta. You can call me Meta “S-tier” Knight.
What path was I talking about? Well, I considered going anonymous and rebooting my blogging career. When I started Misaki/Yukko Thursday, I wanted to become a better and more respected blogger. Of course, you can see how this turned out. But my fatal flaw was carrying over my Twitter account, since my old followers became my new readers and my old fame brought me my new fame. People don’t recognize me as misaki or flomu – they recognize me as the Unlimited Blog Works guy.
What makes a good blog
In the distant past, I had something akin to a regular blog, where I posted shitty episodics, shitty editorials, shitty shit, and other shit. It wasn’t the well-blended mixture of a smoothie – rather, it was the chunky residue of vomit. So in time, I wanted a clean slate to work on – a new blog. But without direction or organization, this was a plan doomed from the start: my many blogs have been similar in consistency and chunkiness.
In my opinion, the best blogs (and the ones that survive) are the clean, organized ones. Sea Slugs, Star Crossed, and RandomC have strict guidelines on post formats, and it works for them. Anime Instrumentality is straight-out music. 2DT, Yi, and the duo at Altair & Vega have guidelines for their posts. My old nemesis Kurogane doesn’t stray from his short reaction-type posts.
On the other hand, mefloraine turned to episodic blogging and it went straight into the gutter. Kielmaru’s shit storm wasn’t destined for greatness. Anime^2/We Love Maids, RIUVA, Epic Win and many more went on a downward spiral of confused, disorganized posts.
In the end, it comes down to “is this blog/blogger memorable?” And for blogs which sport posts going in every direction, the answer is no. You may have a voice, but people don’t remember voices as much as they do the way your blog looks and how you churn out your posts. A fickle blog will attract different readers at different times, while a relatively stable blog will attract a stable, growing readerbase.
How this relates to _____ Thursdayism
I realized this when I made Misaki Thursday, so I wanted a new mechanic that would keep me in line. And my solution was: blog on Thursdays. This was a very simple decision, but it made everything fall into place. With so much time to write a post, I finally figured out what I liked to write: meta… and sarcastic, cynical meta, at that.
But college is rearing its ugly head, and I’ll be off in HARDCORE WORK land for the next few months. There is simply no time to be writing long metaposts on Thursdays.
I considered my choices:
- Wait until winter break, and blog for a month then.
- Wait until winter break, and start a new blog.
- Don a new persona and blog irregularly, then surprise everyone!
- Blog irregularly on a new blog.
- Make the ultimate blog.
I threw out #1 and #2 quickly. I may have minimal free time, but I know the urge to blog very well. #3 looked appetizing – I even played around with the idea back in December 2010. But in the end, I wanted to build on “flomu” rather than construct a different online personality and combine the two.
#4 and #5 were the real struggle. In the past 24 hours, I’ve made two gmail accounts, a new wordpress account, and two new blogs (which I’ve deleted).
Why a new blog? Didn’t you just say that it “was a plan doomed from the start?”
Let me get this out there first: I am proud of Misaki Thursday. My posts may have alienated some of my readers, but I feel that most of them are similar in nature. Each post was painstakingly written over the course of many hours, and the results aren’t too shabby. I hit just over 5000 views over these past three months and received 350+ comments over 15 posts (and some hidden pages!). People read what I wrote, and I thank all of you for that.
I wanted to keep this an isolated bubble of my success, and to make more isolated bubble-blogs, each with a different style and focus.
While I knew I couldn’t keep this blog (come on, look at that URL. I’m not going to be posting on Thursdays anymore, anyway), I knew that I couldn’t keep up these bubble-blogs for long.
After racking my brain over this for some time, my solution was to mash up #4 and #5, creating an ultimate blog with categories to separate each blogging style (for example, the material on this blog will be filed under “Misaki Thursday”). Hopefully, this will work. And hopefully, it will solve many issues. Including my lack of blogging time.
tl;dr From now on, you can find me at “Ultimate blog” http://flomu.wordpress.com.
P.S.: I got And Another Thing… yesterday at Borders. It was $2.99.