Remembrance of things past: in search of lost time
It has almost been two years since I started writing a blog. What initially were spiels regarding literature and computers had evolved, through time, to be a blog about anime. It all started with a post defending Rozen Maiden; thence on I ventured into writing a proper anime blog. I was initially hosted at WordPress; what made me persevere through those formative times was that as time passed, I became more and more popular to the sphere of anime blogging: at my apex I belonged to WordPress’s Top Blogs. It was an achievement for me, and this was what allowed me to persist despite everything. In time, I moved to animeblogger.net with the kindness of Maestro, but I sadly lost some readership after the move. I can only guess, but I think primarily writing only editorials was the reason.
With regard to blogging, I sometimes ponder and ask myself this question
There were lesser editorial bloggers back then, and to be honest I could also only remember a few. Lupus-sol of THAT wrote his own blog back then, and it was highly insightful at times. Most of the time, however, it was just really funny. Hopeless Sensei now has his blog riddled with spam to the extent of being suspended by WordPress. Time and real life assassinate in their passage.
I am glad and highly thankful, however, that I am still being read. I have had my fifteen seconds of fame, and it was enjoyable. I appreciate co-bloggers like Ryan of aloedream, who I have exchanged ideas and thoughts for more than a year. I am truly grateful. I can only say that most of the time, the subject matters I discuss often alienate a lot of blog readers. I alienate some because despite some inconsistencies, I try to write posts that are more than episode reviews and internet drama: I try to write pieces that would persist through time. I guess most of them are unsuccessful, but I am glad that even with my minimal success rate, some posts like this have already been used as a reference in a research paper.
To be honest, the tension is difficult: I want to be read by more people, but I do not want to write vitriolic posts or merely episode reviews. Anyone could do that. I want more people to comment, to disagree, to offer alternative ideas, but I guess that is very difficult considering my blog aims to juxtapose different media with anime as being one of the foci, literature being the other. I know that what I write about often puts me in disfavor with many; however, I wrote this primarily because I wanted to reflect upon myself.
(The title, if anyone noticed, is an allusion to Proust. I got the third volume of his novel-cycle hardbound and at a really cheap price; in addition, I found that it is relevant to the matter at hand. I also really wanted to write more, but I guess it can be edited and elaborated upon later on, especially if anyone comments )