The anime challenge that I embarked on this year took over the majority of my blog since its start. As I near the final stretch, I thought I would give everyone an update on my plans and what they can expect the rest of the year.
To everyone that’s been following my challenge: I’m impressed with you because I haven’t made it very clear at all what I’ve been doing. Looking back, I feel like I could have done more to make this more fun for everyone reading. This is my first blog and, really, my first attempt at sharing a passionate interest with others. I didn’t really know how to get people interested, and I could have been more engaging for those of you that visited here. Instead I just posted reviews and updated a picture every once in a while.
If you have looked at said picture before now: Congratulations! You found something cool on my blog despite my failure to highlight it. Finishing anime was all the more satisfying when I got to put a little sticker (the same ones I use as review ratings) on my sheet and fill my otaku meter 30 more pixels. For those of you that have not seen it, I’ve re-posted it below for your convenience.
The latest update will show that I have finished my viewing requirement. 30 anime in a year, more than my lifetime total. That was the fun part. Now all that’s left is the work.
By work I mean actually writing the reviews so that I have something to show for watching all this anime. When I started doing these reviews, I wasn’t sure how they were going to fit into my challenge. Nor did I anticipate their length. Those of you who read my reviews know what I mean. They tend toward the 4000 word mark, which is probably more than most people want to read. Since many of you commented on the depth of the reviews, I decided to keep doing them that way.
See Kanata Sorami near the far right of the progress bar above? Making a heart with her hands? That’s the review I finished most recently. That means there are four reviews remaining in the list of anime I watched this year. A couple months back, after seeing how much work I was putting into each one, I didn’t think I would finish them all before the end of the year. But with 16 days left, that goal just may be in reach.
What that means is that I’ll be doing the same thing I’ve been doing for a few weeks now: Spending all my free time writing reviews. For those of you who aren’t into them that much, I am sorry. I do have more content planned for next year, but with my goal within reach I would like to continue and try to finish what I started back in July.
I also realize I’ve been neglecting some of the more community oriented things that have been going on. Many of you have also been sending me award nominations and thus far I haven’t been able to do even one. I’m sorry if it looks like I’ve been ignoring you. I value every bit of the kindness you’ve shown me and I’m humbled that you thought of me when choosing blogs to recognize. I haven’t forgotten and I’ll make time for them in January.
Until then, I do hope you enjoy the reviews I have left.
— Weekend Otaku