It’s been bugging me that I haven’t officially closed the blog for a while now. Perhaps I thought I’d eventually dive back in head first and resurrect like a pheonix from old, old, oooooold ashes. But in any case, the chances of that happening are ridiculously miniscule. I have come back to do this one thing though, since I know I’ll regret it if I don’t. And at least then there’d be a reason to remove the site from my bookmarks.
A short history first: I started the blog when I missed a trip to Venice back in July 2008. I actually think of myself as fortunate that my passport had expired the week before – the thought of starting a blog hadn’t even remotely occured to me until that point. While all my friends were in Neo Venizia I was feeling rather lonely back home so I thought to take my anime hobby (something I’d been into for a while, yet hadn’t been able to talk to with anyone since almost no-one was into it as much as I was at my school) and finally create a platform by which I could express myself.
It was a pretty fun ride. From Yukan! to OH!, gaining/losing my readership, the shitstorms (of course) and just following shows and the discourse as it came and went. It was just what I needed – I wasn’t too social before I went to university, so meeting all of these great and entertaining people online helped me feel a bit better about myself. When I did go to university last year, I got slightly busy (and even more lazy) so I stopped posting. Uni was freaking amazing. I met so many new people, did so many new and interesting things and even joined the anime society (not so full of introverts as you might think). I used blogging as partially an escape from reality, so when I didn’t need to escape that reality anymore, I didn’t need to blog. I could just talk with people face to face about shows (although no-one really compares to the guys online). Even when I tried to come back for the Aniblog Tourney, there wasn’t much point as there were already these great new blogs emerging to replace ones that died like me. So, once again, I stopped posting.
It’s not that special really – my personal reason for blogging dissappeared so I didn’t feel like continuing. I’m also kind of dissappointed (and surprised) I stopped following anime season to season, as well as the blogosphere entirely, and that’s something I will try to change since I really miss it.
Thanks to everyone I met, talked with, and who supported me online, waaaaaaaaay too many people to count, though you could just check out my followers list on Twitter (the one thing I still keep up with these days). Check them all out (except for the spam) they all have great articles to read. So for anyone still here, it was a really fun few years, but I guess it’s time to move on. See ya.