I have an aversion to the word (ani)blogosphere, feeling like it’s an awkward hat that’s required in an invite to a party of blogs concerning anime.
And I have felt that the sphere is a fun party with so many people sharing similar interests and at the same time remaining very different. I’ve been both hyperbolic and reflective about blogging anime, and I’m still a rookie inexperienced with its trends. But I am very concerned.
Coburn just stopped, 21stcenturydigitalboy is on indefinite hiatus, lolikitsune isn’t blogging (almost/not quite as planned), lelangir is flatlining, Kaioshin Sama is dissatisfied and may have a mobile suit with a nuke in a parking lot, IKnight is un–dead, biankita is planning a funeral after having to attend too many weddings, TheBigN posts more on /t/ than on Drastic (along with most of us), and I had a post scheduled to publish on OH! 2 weeks ago but it suddenly died.
First, the obvious. There’s less content – the kind that I’m interested in – out there. The ones who are still at it and who I enjoy reading write posts at a reduced rate, slowblogging if you will.
Secondly, and perhaps more critical to the utility I get out of blogging is the passing of my best commenters. I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from a well-written comment, no matter how disagreeable.
A comment like THIS, is always welcome. But THIS, THIS, and THIS rock my world. We Remember Love is not quite the Iserlohn Fortress of Godly comments, but I think it’s not bad, more like the Macross Frontier of comments both substantive and lulz.
There are commenters still popping up that blow me away, thank goodness.
One thing I learned is that most comments come from other bloggers. In OH! we were each other’s commenters. It makes sense both in terms of the economy of the sphere, and that bloggers are at least writers of variable ability. And even if commenters aren’t bloggers yet, they could be in some future. I was a lurker commenter for months before I started blogging.
I asked myself, if I really wanted conversation and discussion, why don’t I just join forums? There’s so much less I can do in a forum post compared to what I’ve attempted to do here, or at least I can’t write as many words per post. More critical, perhaps is the control over the content and archving the blog platform offers.
I tell myself that coburn is the opposite of me: a blogger introducing himself to anime and claiming ground for himself, while I’m a lifelong anime fan remembering love for myself and others.
He’ll be missed, especially when he posts like this, this, and this. Coburn, should you remember love for writing about anime and find claiming your old ground too much of whatever it is you gave it up for, you can write here – by yourself or in collaboration with friends.
In the mean time I’ll just nurse this whiskey and sit by the piano where a lady named Yoko is playing something blue.