Here’s a chance for you to delve into the depths of my puny brain, as I unleash my thoughts and run them all over the place. You can say that I’m sort of writing an annotated blogroll (but not really, because this post focuses more on my realizations). Anyhow, to be quite frank with you, dear reader, I have no idea where to start. I love organization, because it’s beautiful when everything makes sense and comes together as a whole at the end, but I have no idea how to use this element in my post.
I’m also aware that by the end of this, I run the risk of being called a n00b, but hell – that’s okay with me – seeing that I have only around two months or so of veteran experience. Hopefully the “n00b” status will change to “newb”.
Half a year ago, if you had asked me for reference to an anime blog, I would have given you a link to Random Curiosity. (And I’m still giving you a link ) Because back then, it was the only blog that I knew and treasured for it’s episodic summaries. I still treasure it – when I’m too excited to wait for subs and when I want summaries that give everything from overall plot down to specific details.
By some mystical power (because I do not recall how I ended up there), I started lurking around at THAT Animeblog. i was amazed at the contents of what each writer wrote. Thus, their writing drew me in deeper into the blogosphere. Crazy to think back about it, yes, because I can still pinpoint the exact time I ended up there and what I wrote, to my dismay. It’s in the archives on THAT, unfortunately. On “Nabari no Ou 02: Raimei Arrives” by the lucky guy who received my comment Riex, I wrote:
yayyyy thanks for blogging!!
Yoite next ep! Can’t wait. =]
Hoshi added these pithy words on Apr 19 08 at 8:23 pm
Whoa, my god, stone me. That, or seppuku. And yet, even though it feels so long ago, take a look at the date – it’s only been around THREE months since then. Shocking revelations.
I ended up stalking following Riex all the way over to his blog Tyrannosaurus Riex, or what was then known as typeZERO. (And meeting my fellow co-worker Sakura on his site, but at the time I didn’t know it.) So there I was, happily commenting around, before another event hit the streets of the blogosphere – the all-girls round robin.
Started by the lovely Itsubun (who’s writing I adore the most), I thought it was a great idea. However, even though I wanted to join, I did not have a blog. Well, not having a blog thus leads me to the present, and the main gist of this post.
First and foremost, you may thank blissmo, because her post on Yukan’s annotated blogroll influenced me to write this post.
Anyhow, continuing on – Calamitous Intent was started by us girls – all having the intention to write in the Round Robin. We have, and as you can see, we also have started blogging on other things like Macross Frontier, visual novels, Nabari no Ou, and Gintama.
But where does this all come in? Sorry, continue with my rambling a little more.. In the past, the only blogs I thought existed were THAT, Random Curiosity, and Riex’s blog. Calamitous Intent, this blog we created, has lead me to visit and read various other blogs. And, as the title suggests, I am constantly being blown away by the contents that these other blogs have to offer. Whether it’s just from music at “Lelangiric”, down to just plain manners offered by The Animanachronism, to food from Incredible Nothing!, then to the collective writers at Yukan Blog! (who’s theme/layout I love), back to the fastest poster (imo) at Anime Chatter, and to the funniest I’ve seen since at Baka-Raptor – they’ve all “wow-ed” me.
The Future (And) My Realizations
Wow. It’s like Evolution. I’m wondering even now as I’m rambling, do I realize what I’m writing? No. Maybe this is just a “praise” post where I realize how much I’ve been influenced by these people.
Anyhow – remember Yukan’s annotated blogroll? Yeah, there are a couple hundred blogs out there that I still haven’t visited. The blogosphere is still continuing to blow me away, but heck, it’s a good thing – all these blogs, in their own way, have influenced me. Believe it or not, being on teh interwebz and scouring around can teach you something. (Since WHEN do I use “LOL” while talking to someone else in RL? And why do I use variations of 1337 speak? My god, the realizations…)
And although right now the blogroll on Calamitous is small, I know that we will expand the list in the future – when we get around to reading/frequenting all the other blogs out there. We’re probably still in the baby/toddler stages compared to other blogs, but we hope (I think it’s not just me?) to influence other people as other bloggers influence us. Continue to dazzle us, Blogosphere~ (Perhaps it is only me…)