I like blogging.
Well, here it is, GAR GAR Stegosaurus is seven years old. I remember when my blog seemed to pass into “old blog” status because it’d survived past its third birthday; it doesn’t feel like it should already be crossing the seven year threshold.
I started up GAR GAR Stegosaurus as an undergraduate student who had finished off finals, managed to lurch my way home, and was staring down a summer of part-time employment. I’d been reading anime blogs for a while, had had one short-lived one myself, and hadn’t felt much temptation to get back into it. (If you are curious about that blog, you can find it here… not that there’s much to find. I believe I may’ve purged it a long time ago, but I can’t quite recall.) Along came the All-Girls’ Round-robin, which birthed a few blogs even if the effort itself didn’t manage to persist for long – which, truly, is too bad, as it did spur some pretty interesting discussions. Entranced again by the idea of blogging, I plunged in. Seven years later, having moved across a country (more than once!), and ultimately across an ocean, undergraduate life a mere dot in my rearview mirror, I’m still at it, and I’ve got one hell of an archaic blog title as proof of the length of my endeavors (although, the currently-running Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works adaptation does seem to suggest that to everything there is a season! no word yet on a new AIR adaptation.
Of course, its only fair to acknowledge that my output has declined a fair bit from the boom era of this blog – funny how its easier to blog frequently as an unemployed undergrad, huh? But I have managed to post at least once every month during the existence of this blog, as the list of archives along the side attests.
I’m trying to get back into it more. If you check my most recent posts, you’ll note that I’ve somehow managed to post three (not including this one) in roughly the past week. My life has settled down a bit as I’ve gotten used to a new job, wrapped up the efforts included in moving to a new home, and exulted in a commute that even on bad days is about a third as long as my commute was on good days previously. I have also, unfortunately, re-discovered the Love Live! School Idol Festival mobile phone game, so, uh, whoops, maybe I’m calling more activity on this blog a bit too soon?!
Every time I do this sort of post, I say that I’m really glad that I got into anime blogging, and my reasoning has more or less been the same each time I mention it. Blogging really cracked open fandom for me; in college, I had no friends who were into anime, in contrast to having tons of friends and associates in high school who loved the stuff as much as I did. A single visit to the anime club in college was enough to chase me off – I think all that needs be said is that the president of the club was infamous for having chased a panicked female member of the club through several classroom buildings and residence halls one evening. Sure, I had been reading anime blogs, but it isn’t really the same as participating actively. Getting into anime blogging brought me in from the cold, and it was exciting to feel my experience of fandom truly opening up. Even after all this time, I’m still meeting new people who are pretty cool because I sat down and started this blog once upon a time. Hell, I even ended up meeting my future spouse because of anime blogging! Talk about totally mind-blowing.
So, I’ll close as I usually do in saying that, if you are thinking of getting into anime blogging – do it. Don’t worry so much about whether you’re any good at writing or not; the best way to get better is by practicing, and why not practice by writing about something you love?
My only regret is that I still haven’t managed to obtain a stegosaurus to serve as my mascot! It isn’t even as if its for want of trying! Do you have any idea how many stegosaurus plushies, figures, wooden puzzles, clay models, and pillow cases I’ve intensely stared at over the life of this blog???