Spill the tea: Why I can’t be an anime blogger

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.

15 thoughts on “Spill the tea: Why I can’t be an anime blogger

  1. I totally know what that feels like, I still love anime and on ocassion I watch a few episodes, but I hardly ever feel compelled to watch a whole show anymore, at least not in a pace I can keep up constantly blogging about it

    For me part of the problem is the “what do I feel like” issue. I can tell what I feel like and can often place a movie in that category, with anime I cant do that as easy!

    If I feel like watching vampires, Shiki and Blood Lad, hit very different notes. With anime at times I feel like , I have to want to watch THAT specific anime to pick it up rather than have a general need. It does happen, it just happens a lot more sparingly.

    I have a few anime I plan to pick up still, just not enough to be an anime blogger! More so a fan blogger or something!

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    1. “I have to want to watch THAT specific anime to pick it up…” Word. I tried watching an anime with the intention of blogging about it, but I couldn’t get into it. I slaved through a few episodes and then dropped it. But I mean… If you pay me, that’s a different story πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. For one thing, I never bought into the episode reviews thing myself. Being that I work some 50+ hours a week among other obligations, I don’t think a daily post would be feasible for my end. I also sympathize with your desire to find a niche; for me personally I found that mixing in aspects of my religious faith with certain anime tropes helped me enjoy my blog writing weekend more, and that’s why I keep going. Hopefully that you can find a spark that keeps you going.

    Also – have you considered focusing on anime films instead? That’s what I have been doing for the past few months now, since I don’t have much to dedicate to episodic series. In fact the last one I finished was Hyouka, and that was back in October-ish.

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    1. I tried watching anime films. I think the last one I watched was A Whisker Away or something like that. I didn’t finish it πŸ˜‚ Hyouka sounds familiar. I might check it out. The spark that keeps me going is from writing other things… That aren’t anime πŸ˜… it may be related but now it’s rarely the focus.

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  3. At some point, everyone grows out of something they love. I think that for you, you’ve not grown out of anime, it sounds more like you can’t find something that peaks your interest. I hope you do find something you like! Also, I love the fact that you don’t write about just anime, it’s interesting to read all the other things you write about.

    When I started my blog, it was just anime, but then I slowly got into manga and webtoons because I ran out of anime to review and also couldn’t find anything new.

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    1. I think I got pickier over the years haha I’ve seen some ani bloggers putting out Webtoon and manga content too. I guess there’s only so much you can do with a niche no matter what it is. I’m glad you enjoy my other content πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to what you and the other writers put out!

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  4. Having your blog feel like work is sad 😦 For what it’s worth, I’ve been enjoying your blog, reading about any topic you come up with πŸ™‚ I hope you have fun with it and don’t let it weigh you down!

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