[This post is a product of my own creative bankruptcy and laziness ->]
I take anime blogging to be serious business. I don’t mean it in terms that anything I write is of lasting significance to the world, literatrue, or even the anime industry, not at all. It’s just that I put in very serious effort in producing/cooperating to produce writing and creative content — some of the time: Exhibits A, B, C, D, and E.
Many other times I rely on easy to execute mini-posts that can be written far in advance and scheduled for publishing almost regularly. See categories like listen to my song [->] and favorites of the week [->]. The big difference between the two is the work required to do the former is minimal, while the latter required quite a bit of thinking through. This is why I no longer do the latter. I completely failed to sustain it at all; utter fail.
Omisyth attempted to not only do the same format, but also add more content to it (as an in-between kind of post from editorials and episodic coverage. However, he failed to sustain it as well [->]. I’m not here to talk about Omisyth. I’m here to talk about the creative and the lazy.
By creative I mean the ability to come up with very clever content. It needn’t be a multi-media spectacle, it only needs to display an inspired idea (a subjective experience to be sure). I’m fairly creative, and very lazy. I’ll get back to me later. I’m going to mention three other bloggers who are not only some of my close friends in the sphere, but also some of the most wickedly creative people I know.
IcyStorm of Minimum Tempo
I like this post [->] very much. It’s a meta-review of True Tears episode 11 that mashed up a whole bunch of posts by other writers to communicate IcyStorm’s point of view. He didn’t write a single original word in the post. All the text, from the episode summary to the opinion are those of other bloggers, and yet the opinion isn’t necessarily held by most of the people he quoted. Clever and awesome.
And then there’s this series of posts: (1), (2), and (3). The first one is mediocre to begin with, and then you can really see the disintigration of effort in the succeeding posts. These posts are wrap-up reviews in the form of opinions. In the first post, the wheels fall off when he starts talking about Maria-sama ga Miteru 4th Season, where he just spammed the post with “TWIN DRILLS!” the same way comments used to be spamed with “DESU!” In the second post of the series, I submit my comment:
You said you loved Skip Beat! and that Kyoko is your favorite anime heroine without saying anything else except the ending sucked.
Everyone’s going to want to watch the show now. GJ.
Here’s his very telling reply:
Eh. I’m lazy. I could have gone into more detail, but meh.
In the third post, it’s not that IcyStorm didn’t try. He posted one image each to represent his opinions on the subject anime. His use of a roller-coaster photo to represent his experience of Toradora! is clever enough [->]. And yet this is a complete cop-out. This is the IcyStorm creative process:
- Awesome/inspired idea for a post or a series of posts; then
- Confrontation with the relatively massive amount of work required to do justice to it; finally
- Cop-out exectution; great justice is not served.
I argue that IcyStorm is capable of creativity, beyond blog posts I’ve brainstormed quite a bit with him over at IRC. In the case of his blogging, we see that his laziness got the better of him and that explains this Winter Anime wrap-up series I referenced.
lolikitsune of WE’RE FINALLY NOTDOTQ ANYMORE
Clearly one of my favorite people in the sphere, lolikitsune trolls with panache. One of my favorite posts of his I discovered while mining his archives. It’s quite interesting to note that the subject of the post is an acknowledgment that he has been outdone by Baka-Raptor who had employed a trollific convention, the Hisatsu: Maul Comment [->]. lolikit’s post is aptly titled, “trolling across space-time markets; also, lolikit pikchur” [->].
It had working graphs, a personal photograph, and read like a learned essay on trolling. There’s nothing to dislike!
But this post is almost a year old. 2009 lolikitsune reads like this [->]. The post is titled “i endorse eden of the east.” GO AHEAD, READ IT. IT WILL TAKE LESS THAN ONE SECOND TO TAKE IT ALL IN (never mind the comments).
Sure it’s clever. Truthfully I can’t help but applaud the cheekiness of it all. But taking into account most of the posts written by lolikit this year, it’s quite representative of his lazy writing (In before his real life concerns; real life is not a concern of animu blogging and I got his back in that front in my own way).
21stcenturydigitalboy of FUZAKENNA!
On the one hand, there are creative finds like these: (1), (2); then well-thought-out (and well-structured) reviews like this one on Casshern Sins [->], and a trifecta of hard work, guts, and joyful adventure in his series on moe: (1), (2), and (3); a reflection, an editorial, and finally a starter guide. I don’t agree with everything that’s said in those posts, but I had a blast reading/watching them and acknowledge the work and thinking that went into them. I got to work with him in the production of the starter guide. Dude is a beast.
On the other hand there are posts like these: (1) & (2). Both are examples of fanbaiting that can be smelled from oceans away. Seriously I am not an enemy of trolling (see my admiration of lolikitsune), but these posts are lazy-ass rushed wastes of fail. Both posts aren’t fundamentally bad. They have potential in rasing either solid discussion, massive lulz, or both. Neither delivered, because digiboy didn’t put in the same effort he’s put in the posts that I loved.
Now he’s spamming twitter and his blog with MADs. There are creative posts that can be made from these, but he isn’t working beyond just sharing them.
I try to post every other day, and I normally don’t take shortcuts in content-making. The laziness in me manifests when editing my work. Some of my most successful posts discussion-wise are part-way filler posts, most notably this one [->] (seriously, 50 comments and 5 blog responses) where I was less preaching love and acceptance as much as I wanted to show dancing Gunpla to the musical stylings of the hare hare yukai. Considering this, and the crickets I get when I put in a ridiculous amount of thought and work into a post like this one [->] — surely there must be diminishing returns to the amount of work put in a post. So how exactly does the laziness manifest?
I have a nagging feeling that these posts: (1), (2), (3) could all have been either tighter, or broken up into multiple posts. I feel bad for the third post, a heartfelt but out-of-control deluge of words and media about how the Philippines has or had this love affair for a super robot, and how my generation is, to a degree defined by the relationtship to this anime (Choudenji Machine Voltes V). Sometimes it’s very easy to write a lot of words, it’s quite difficult to do the dental work to make the post as tight as it can be.
Jesus Minci I just wrote over 1200 words. orz.