When I first started this blog, I wanted to focus on anime. Why? At the time, those were the only blogs I followed and read. It also seemed like there was a higher viewership for anime content.
So I naturally thought to start an anime blog that focused on reviews, character analyses, and more. When I started writing content and managing it, I quickly realized that I couldn’t do it.
It felt like a job. Keeping up with every episode of an anime felt like a chore. Sometimes I would stare at a blank page, not knowing what to write even after watching it. Sometimes, I wouldn’t even know what anime to watch as none of the newer stuff caught my interest.
I wasn’t passionate about it. Yes, I like anime. But when I hit the hurdles I encountered in the last paragraph, did I want to solve them? Not really. I mostly went with the flow. If I had something to say, then I’ll write it down. If not, then I move on.
I didn’t stand out from other anime blogs. Early on, I didn’t know what else to write other than reviews. At the time, I was busy with graduate school and didn’t want to invest energy into other things. So, when I figured that I wouldn’t contribute anything to the community, I just left it because tons of anime review blogs were out there, and I didn’t see anything that would make me stand out from them.
Sticking to a niche is hard… at least for me. When I wanted to write about anime, my mind was going in a different direction. I quickly had ideas related to Japanese dramas, Kpop, Webtoons, and more. It wasn’t until later that I found a way to tie all of my interests together.
Lastly, I think I’m gradually losing interest in anime. While all of the other points could apply to all types of blogs, this one is specific to anime. Is this true? I don’t know.
Maybe it’s just a phase, and I need to find the “one” anime that clicks with me. But, I could not get myself to watch a new anime for roughly three years now. The last “new” anime I watched was Cells at Work, which was on a whim.
Even with all the anime reviews I’ve read, it still wasn’t enough to get me interested in watching it. I’m hoping that this is just a phase because I still love anime. It was my childhood, and I still love the characters I watched growing up.
But I guess we’ll see. This isn’t to say that my blog will be anime-free, but this is why you see a lot of reappearing characters in my content.
Is this an anime ‘burnout’? Who knows.