Three years for me is a long time. It’s longer than any single project or occupation I’ve held in my lifetime. Thus, I am personally quite stunned at how this hobby, primarily expressed through this blog, has become (outside of my family) the most stable and enduring thing in my life (since starting this in 2008, I’ve changed employers three times – twice this year; took part of starting 3 or so ventures – failing at one, and countless projects that never saw the light of day).
I don’t necessarily view this as a good thing at all, come to think of it. But I choose to do so. Thanks to this little blog hosted at no cost, I found a way to get back to writing. I’ve stopped writing in a fun and fulfilling way for so many years. Thanks to blogging anime I also enjoyed the three most creative years of my life. To think that I’d experience this in my 30s too – I will forever be thankful for this hobby, and for this blog.
I have more to thank and be thankful for in this post. But first, some thoughts and resolutions:
What I resolve to do is to instead of casting my doubts about how long I can keep this up, I commit to keep WRL running for another year. This is tied with how I, upon reaching (my arbitrary) milestones, enjoy sharing the things that I think allowed me to reach them. 3 years is such a milestone, and so is reaching 4. What’s important to longevity is to have a clear purpose. I know I am more compulsive than I am driven, but purpose gives me direction. These are some of mine:
Share and celebrate Macross like no one else does. To this end I’ve been able to rewatch the original series with fans, and new viewers; and it is as fulfilling as I always imagined it would be. This also allowed me to blog the show in my way, and arrive at fresh ideas I didn’t see coming. After the second Macross Frontier film, there will be no new Macross the coming year. This is rather sad, but this gives me time for a new purpose: to come up with a perspective of the franchise as a whole, in its 30th year anniversary on the 3rd of October 2012.
Explore what makes the Gundam franchise so fascinating. I love Gundam, both the excellent and the awful. As to why this is so there seems to be an inexhaustible amount of answers or, that the question cannot be fully answered to satisfaction and therefore will be answered continuously. Unicorn, AGE, and the upcoming Gundam the Origin makes me wonder all over again. But this upcoming year I will definitely finish Gundam X, and more importantly Gundam Wing, the last of the shitty Gundam shows (including Endless Waltz)! There will be posts!
Explore how it is to be a fan of anime. Another unanswerable question, that I can’t help but keep asking – I’ve written many editorials, culminating in a record of my favorites. I don’t imagine seeing a lot of changes in the list come next year, but it’d be interesting if there were! The thing about blogging is that it is a self-centered activity; the blog is a self-centered place. The value in the blog and the writing is how others connect with the personal thoughts and experience. Except when I’m obviously inflammatory I attempt to create each post in the spirit of sharing. If it isn’t obvious yet, I love this anime stuff.
So yes, purpose: I have these things I want to do and accomplish writing from WRL; corollary to this is the attempt to present blog content in newer, more innovative ways. How I’ve always attempted to distinguish WRL as a blog (and myself as a blogger) is how I give more fucks per blog post, whether it’s the concept, composition or the presentation I want to remember love for the subject in a way that honors the effort that led to my experience of it: from the creators to the fansubbers.
Now, to the thanksgiving proper:
Fansubbers and scanlators. Without you I have nothing.
Standing Committee for the Coordination of Simultaneous Anime Viewing. This community has truly expanded my social experience of the hobby. I wouldn’t have survived Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and GSD without you. I love you forever.
My awesome, awesome collaborators. It’s one thing to watch stuff together, but to make stuff together has been a tremendously fulfilling experience. I will name some of you:
- AJtheFourth & Vucub_caquix
- otou-san (friend, mentor, father)
- The lovely family of @thatblog, but with special mention of Executive Otaku for Sai Mecha. That shit fucking owned.
And lastly and most importantly, all you readers, all you lurkers and subscribers; and all of you who leave comments and engage me in discussion. I will never ever be able to thank you enough.
So count on one more year of remembering love. After a brief spell of burning out on my backlog watching I love anime more than ever before. Also, count on the Cowboy Bebop project being completed. It’s one of those things that make me love what I do.