Update: The Going-ons & Future Plans

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Hey there! So it’s been about a month since my last update and although I don’t plan on making these a regular thing, I felt like I needed to put out something like this since things will be changing around here. There’s also been a lot that I’ve been thinking about regarding the blog and I wanted to talk about it. So here we go.

Weekly Impressions Posts

Yup, this is once again on the docket. I missed a weekly impressions post last week and this was completely intentional. For those of you that don’t follow me on twitter, I tweeted out last week that I’d be foregoing the post since I didn’t have a whole lot of time to write it up and I didn’t want to rush it. Instead, I wrote up something a little different in its place (more on this later). Over the last couple days, I’ve been thinking a lot about the weekly posts and I’ve decided to stop writing them.

The posts were fun to write for the most part in the beginning but the constant pressure I put on my myself to finish them every week on time was a little too much. The last one I put up felt super rushed and ended up as something that I honestly wasn’t proud of. To add to that, there really isn’t that much to talk about with the shows I’m watching. Maid Dragon and Scum’s Wish usually give me enough to fill most of a post, but writing about both of those shows come with their own challenges. Maid Dragon’s last couple episodes have been good as always, but they haven’t inspired the same kind of writing that previous ones have. Scum’s Wish on the other hand is so incredibly dense and complicated that I felt like I wasn’t doing the show justice with my simple reactions posts.

Doing these posts also had the side effect of me having to avoid other impressions posts. I made a point to write down my feelings for each episode without any influences from other people so that my posts were as close to my pure impressions as possible. Because of that, I didn’t read other posts and avoided twitter until the work was done. This took away from what I enjoyed about ani-blogging from the start – the sense of community I got from reading the work and opinions of others.

So yeah. No more weekly posts for this season and probably for the remainder of my ani-blogging career. I think I’ll still do an initial impressions post for each first episode in a season and some kind of mid-season/end-of-season wrap up post but this weekly thing isn’t happening again. For anyone that enjoyed the weekly thing, I apologize, but stopping this thing will leave me with a lot more time for other writing projects so hopefully that stuff will be to your liking.

The Girl in Pink & Deliberate Practice

So I posted “The Girl in Pink” last week and it was surprisingly fun to write. The post was a dramatized short-story about something that happened in Aqours’ first live – a live concert performed by the voice actresses of Love Live! Sunshine. One of the girls had something like a panic attack on the second day of the concert and the reactions of the fans and her fellow performers was pretty amazing and heartwarming. There was a lot that led up to her on-stage mishap and afterwards that was so full of emotion that I felt like I really need to write about it. My little summary doesn’t do any of it justice so here’s a link to a reddit post that summarizes it much better.

The events of the live made me want to write pretty badly, but I also wanted to try something different with writing. I’ve said time and time again that this blog was for the purpose of improving my writing, but I really haven’t taken too many steps to further it. Over the past week or so, I’ve been listening to Freakonomic’s radio podcast at work and their podcast episode titled “How to Become Great at Just About Anything” really caught my attention. The important bit I got from the episode was this: you need to practice outside your comfort zone to properly improve. In hindsight, this kind of thing seems pretty obvious but I’ve been pretty conservative in my writing. So I decided to take a chance and write a narrative for this post and I’m glad I did. I’ll likely be trying out more different things in the future and maybe more stuff like this, but we’ll have to see.


So in summary, no more impressions posts and probably more different things in the future. I’ve had quite a few ideas on things to write about and I’m itching to work on them. I’ll have a lot more time for new posts now but no real deadlines so hopefully I’ll find the motivation to get stuff out regularly.

Thanks again to everyone that’s still keeping up with my work and as always, thanks for reading.

Carriage.

5 thoughts on “Update: The Going-ons & Future Plans

  1. Pingback: The Girl in Pink | A Carriage Return

  2. I must admit that I can’t make heads or tails of this ‘Rikyako Incident’ (idols aren’t my scene) but I did enjoy the narrative twist you put on it. I think you can definitely make something from the experimentation you have planned. I actually find it quite funny how you’ve gone through a very similar progression to me with blogging. I sincerely hope this isn’t a sith-like situation where you have to kill me at a later point.

    Good luck!

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    • Hmm. Looking at it again, I guess there’s a lot of nuance left to be explained. But yeah the idol stuff isn’t quite for everyone, haha. I’m glad you enjoyed the post though!

      If that’s the case, I’d like to ask if you have any advice for anything I might run into later! And I don’t think you need to worry about that, I can barely kill a fruit fly.
      Thanks!

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      • Advice:

        – Keep writing as a hobby and not a job. It will feel more rewarding and you can still pay the bills.
        – Don’t be afraid to drop a project if you hit a wall. Distance helps a lot when you’re struggling.
        – Set easy goals. I’d rather be known as the blogger that achieved my goal to write one post in a year, than be the blogger who aimed to be an anime celebrity and catastrophically failed.
        – Switch up the length of posts. Try not to make anything too standard. If you always write long then making something short can show you how being precise helps condense a lot of depth into a short few sentences. Likewise if you always write short, then try something long and see how much further (and clearer) you can develop a single thought.
        – Don’t let anyone tell you that “you’re doing it wrong”. Fuck ’em, if you want to write a 20 page essay on the etymology behind a special kind of flower named in episode 5 of obscure anime #15467e, then go for it! Essentialism is the enemy, fight on comrade!
        – Research how to use Twitter and then report back to me so I can learn.
        – Retire from a short and not-so-lucrative blogging career into an undeserved cheerleading/mentor position for other bloggers.

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        • Good stuff! I’ll have to save this somewhere or slap it on my wall or something. That 5th point actually gave me some ideas so thanks for that.

          I’ll get the twitter report to you definitely within the next 12 years, I promise. There’s uh some things that I’d object to with that last point but I’ll leave that to another time.
          Thanks a million!

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