A Very Belated 7th Anniversary Blog Post

November 20 is the birthday of Ogiue Maniax, and while I’ve forgotten it before it was never quite to this extent. All I can say is, whoops! It’s not really that big a deal in the grand scheme of things, but an annual look back is one of the traditions of this blog, and it’s one I like to keep up. So, here we are.

Of course the biggest change this year for me and the blog has been moving back to the United States. In light of this, I’ve considered maybe doing something new for it. Perhaps a new banner? Maybe a new series of posts? Then again, the Gattai Girls and Fujoshi Files are still going on, and especially with the former I can only get a new post out once every few months. I also tend to drop a lot of ideas after bringing them up for no other reason than lack of inertia. Switching back to the old daily posting schedule is also a possibility, but at this point it might not be so feasible like it was four years ago.

At the same time, I’m still devoted to posting at least twice a week, though this has come with its own challenges. A few years back, in an effort to not fall behind when I was extremely busy, I started writing a number of posts in advance so I could keep up a consistent schedule. It’s worked, but one side effect is that often-times I’ll have ideas that I should be posting sooner when a show or whatever is fresh in people’s minds, but then I delay it because I have so many. What happens then, if I have a huge archive of drafts such that I don’t have to write anything for a while, is that I start to feel a bit disconnected from anime, manga, games, and even myself. It’s a weird feeling, like somehow I’m engaging less with this stuff (even though I’m still watching and reading plenty). However, if I start posting all of them at once, I get nervous about running out of a supply. I still have posts from like two years ago that I finished and just never published because the timing never seems right, and some I’ve gotten rid of because they just didn’t feel right.

I don’t know if I’ll ever get rid of this feeling, even if this blog magically became my job and I could live off of its profits (fat chance). In fact, that might make me feel even more pressured which might result in Ogiue Maniax losing some of its identity. That’s not always a bad thing, but still something I probably wouldn’t do. I know it sounds like I’m not enjoying the blog anymore, but that’s not the case at all. It’s still my favorite place for talking about the things I love.

To end off, I want to use this post to give a eulogy to my old Tenhou account. Though I managed to reach 4-dan a while back, my own neglect resulted in me failing to log in during the 3-month grace period, and so it’s been suspended with no way to bring it back. I now have to start again from the bottom, though of course that’s not actually the case, seeing as I’m re-starting with a lot more experience behind me.

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7 thoughts on “A Very Belated 7th Anniversary Blog Post

  1. Happy Anniversary! This is the only blog I “follow”. I came for the timely Genshiken chapter reviews, and stayed for the commentary.

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  2. I love a lot of the posts you make but maybe you should cast your gaze onto
    Showa:A History of Japan by Mizuki Shigeru in 4 volume of manga. Like a good manga it will make you laugh and cry. This covers the period from
    the Great Kanto Earthquake to the Death of the Human Emperor.
    So far I have read the first two volume and am finishing the 3rd shortly.

    I recommend it to you and hope you will find it worth your attention.
    bliss

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  3. Ogiue Maniax might be my favorite blog on the Internet.

    Hope some of those posts eventually see the light of day here. Whenever you’re feeling up to sharing them, of course.

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  4. Congrats! I totally hear you on the time and blogging thing. It has REALLY become a challenge to me in my current job since I’m oncall and offshore support love to call me in the middle of the night. ^_^;

    I guess I’m one year up on you since my 8th is coming up soon.

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