Saturday, April 4, 2009

And now, for something completely different.

I have had this blog for about two years now, and have so few posts to show for it it's dreadfully pathetic, really. There are a great number of reasons for this, from general laziness to being busy during certain periods to constantly re-writing reviews I didn't like enough. Ultimately, though, I think I decided somewhere along the line that the sort of formal, review-oriented site I originally was looking for really just isn't my thing right now. Part of it is my growing doubt about my ability to continue writing things at a level acceptable to me in the future, but mostly just the thought of putting immense amounts of work into a 1000 or so word review more or less only for myself just doesn't appeal to me anymore. In the beginning I imagined a somewhat grand notion of showing the world--or at least the internet--the sort of reviews I desperately wish were more prevalent in journalism. This is not to say I am confident at all in the quality of my work--quite the opposite, in fact--but that I tried my best to create a review that both argued a point without resorting too much to simple derision or praise for its own sake and that could be entertaining at the same time. Along with it was the idea that each anime series, no matter how long, was, or at least should be, on its own a single, cohesive unit, and should be treated as such. While I understand at some level the current focus on single DVD reviews, I find them to be disagreeable on a number of levels.

Despite all this, though, I really do enjoy writing about the things I love, and sharing my passion, in whatever form it takes, with my friends, or really, anyone who cares to listen. So, I finally decided to just do what I should have done in the first place: use this as a place to voice my opinions and thoughts on the things that drive me, particularly video games and anime. I'm sure the desire to write a more formal review will strike me again, but clearly using my blog only to do those is not working.