Would you prefer a little bit more organization?

I was just thinking whether it would be better to have set dates where I will post regarding a specific aspect of the different media I am tackling directly or tangentially in this blog. That way, it would prepare the reader if he is going to expect a post juxtaposing an anime series or components of an anime and the relevant literature that parallels whatever it is I am talking about, a critique and exploration of anime as simply anime, or discussions and vivisections of current issues in anime blogging.

I thought of this scheduling primarily because I wanted to consistently write posts that juxtapose literature with anime. The problem is, before I can finish the relevant books and other written works to posit and to proffer a good comparison, I am often befuddled with new ideas that explore either only anime blogging in and of itself, reactions to current occurrences, or simply ideas regarding anime that I have thought of as disjointed to literature, such as my previous post.

My attempt at somewhat organizing this, the Smorgasbord, failed. It was too aimless, at least for me, and I found that if I just avoided playing DotA I always had a lot of time to think through and explore different aspects of anime as well as its relation to other media. The posts within the last two months have been relatively consistent, so I know I can be organized enough to be consistent with my posts. I want to ask opinions from you, however: what do you think about this? (I think my posts would be better labeled if I posted regarding literature on Mondays [or any other day], reactions to the occurrences in blogs on another day, etc. I think one gets the idea.)

P.S. Some days ago, I downloaded Notepad++ as a substitute to the regular Notepad program found in Windows systems. I love its tabbed interface, as well as its many other tools that help me write in a more organized manner. It is a great program, and I recommend that one use it.

13 Responses to “Would you prefer a little bit more organization?”

  1. DrmChsr0 Says:

    Google Notebook is way better :3 and online :3

  2. Kljigen Says:

    Well, don’t restrict and confine yourself. Freedom is always better as compared to working with a deadline. Failing to meet something brings disappointment to both you and the readers. However, working without a schedule makes things alot less stressful and also makes the reader fill excited about each post. Well, that is my opinion afterall.

  3. Lupus Says:

    To be honest Mike, I don’t really read your literature posts. I like reading books, but I only read mainstream sci-fi and fantasy stuff (speaking of English books, of course). The moment I pick up a classic, I either get bored witless by their generally slower pace or can’t persevere through the strange (by modern standards) or English. I tried reading Alice in Wonderland a while ago (I bought it in a pack with Murakami’s Wind-up Bird Chronicles, a absolutely fantastic book) and got weirded out after 3 chapters. Seriously, what does Louis Carroll smoke to be able to come up with something like that?

    Anyway, on topic: I think it’s a good idea. I won’t have much use for it (you always link in IRC anyway lulz) but I think anything that makes things organised is good.

  4. Michael Says:

    Only on IRC, though :c (lulz)

  5. IKnight Says:

    I wouldn’t recommend putting yourself into a ‘diary straightjacket’ simply because the garment is too painful . . . but if you’re brave enough I’d be interested to see you attempt it.

    Lewis Carroll is supposed to have been something of a lolicon.

  6. cassandra Says:

    i really love the way you write and what you write makes sense to me only the way you’ve been writing it, as it comes to your mind and you think it through and post it. i enjoy literature as much as anime, in fact i believe they are two media that concur to provide new data on reality and fantasy.

  7. elvyse Says:

    Well I’m not much of a schedule man seeing how often I miss my deadlines so I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer, but here goes. 😉

    I’d say it’s all up to you. If you feel that having a schedule will help you, then by all means do it. But really, do it for you. I know for a fact that I will never remember that Mondays are literature posts and Tuesdays loli posts. I consume all my news and blog posts through rss feeds and as such I’ve stopped caring about dates long ago. I have a stream of entries coming to me automatically, I don’t need to actively seek for content. I’m processing entries sequentially, so the Monday entry will just be a new entry in the stream that comes after the previous one and before the next one.

    What I’m trying to say, with my flakey English skills, is that should you decide to follow a schedule, do it for you primarily. I enjoy your posts because you write them obviously, but my enjoyment is a consequence, it should not be the main goal.

    P.S.: I’m writing this entry in Notepadd++ which has replaced Notepad on my computers for a few years now… 🙂

  8. Michael Says:


    Thanks. 🙂


    Yeah, I don’t think I can pull it off. I’ve thought of something new, though. :p


    Thanks. 🙂

    And Notepad++ is great!

  9. Cameron Probert Says:

    Eh… Honestly, I like the blog as it is. I can understand the organization thing. I don’t usually have it either. Or I don’t really have enough ideas to sustain one type of column for really long. Unless I draw it out.

    And generally, I think the free floating atmosphere here is envigorating. I never know what I’m going to get. 🙂

  10. Totali Says:

    Post when you want silly. If you want a schedule, make one. If not, whatever!

  11. Michael Says:

    Guys, thanks. I think this is enough for me to write about topics chosen haphazardly. :p


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  13. Martin Says:

    Two votes for Notepad++. I especially like the colour-coded syntax, which is great for coding CSS, HTML and PHP (the ABC archive’s pages were written onNotepad C++ alone).

    I wouldn’t stick to a strict itinerary though in case it gets too restrictive – if you are out of town, ill or suffering from some other unforseen occurence such as server downtime, you timetable goes out of the window! I’m a huge fan of obsessively organising things though, so I can see where you’re coming from there. I was overjoyed when I discovered the usefulness of WordPress post tags for that reason. They’re a bit like categories, except a bit more flexible…if you upgrade to version 2.3 of WordPress, it supports tagging automatically. If you use tags to categorise your posts it can make it easier for readers to browse the different topics and themes without needing to keep to a schedule.

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