One year, huh? Time has seriously flown since I started this little blog of mine. These past twelve months have been some of the busiest times of my life and maintaining a blog even semi-regularly definitely added more to my plate than necessary. But I don’t regret any of the time I spent here or on Twitter at all. Back when I first started this thing, my decision to create this place was a step far outside my comfort zone and looking back at it now, I’m not even sure how I managed to go through with it given how much more anxious I was back then. That’s not to say that all that anxiety’s completely gone now but after conversing and connecting with people on twitter, seeing positive reactions to my writing, and just by being around people that I admire as not-just-another-lurker, my confidence has really soared. This comfy place I’m at now, the amazing people I’ve come to meet online or even in person, and all the things I’ve checked off my personal ani-blogging bucket list, all of it came about from that single tiny step I made one year ago. I’m satisfied with my ani-blogging journey thus far and if I needed to call it quits right now, I’d honestly be okay with it.
But of course, that’s not happening. A Carriage Return’s only about halfway to the average ani-blog’s expiry date after all. I feel like I still have a lot of growing to do and with the bulk of my personal growth coming from this blog and the various things and people associated with it, I’d be remiss to stop it all here. And like some others, I haven’t even written about my all-time favorite anime yet. The future’s wide open for me here, as frightening as that is to me, and I’ve still got a lot that I want to do.
So as a departure from the regular anniversary celebrations, rather than looking back at the pieces I wrote over the past year, I wanted to talk about stuff to come and where I want to go from here.
It’s no secret that my blog’s taken inspiration from the various other large blogs and bloggers that I follow. My propensity towards personal stories interwoven with my experiences with anime came from reading Emily’s work at formeinfullbloom. Writing about my personal experiences felt easier for me and given my serious lack of knowledge in a lot of what makes up regular anime discussion I felt it was the best way that I could contribute to the community. At the same time though, I’ve always enjoyed reading the more critical, analytic, informative, or review-type pieces. I love learning about the minute details of the direction or animation of a scene, hearing about the production of a show, or even just finding out the context behind the writing of certain stories. These kinds of articles all collectively shout out, “There’s so much more to love here, so let me show you!” and so they do, passionately and with impact. It’s the kind of thing that I really love to see and regardless of the plethora of excuses running through my head right now, I want to try something like this someday and I think I will. And while exploring these various styles of ani-blogging, hopefully I’ll be able to figure out a writing style that works best for me, and one that I can proudly claim as my own.
Content-wise, I just want to write more; more about the light novels I’ve been chewing through, more about the amazing line-up of shows I’ve been keeping up with, and more about the incredible people that I’ve been able to meet because of my infatuation with Japanese cartoons. There’s just so much to write about and so little time to write about it. So moving forward, I’m definitely aiming to write more but without any sacrifices to quality (which is something I’m super guilty of).
I’ve never been one to set very high goals and this time’s no different but if nothing else, I’d like to maintain the connections that have now, grow a little more as a person, and maybe write something that’ll captivate someone the same way that other bloggers have done to me in the past.
Thanks to anyone and everyone that’s read, followed, or otherwise touched this site in some way. I really couldn’t have made it this far without you all. I can’t promise that I won’t disappoint but I can promise that I’ll be here.
And as always, thanks for reading.