Over the last four or five months, I’ve written half a dozen new articles for this blog that haven’t made it through to being published. I don’t know why I’m now dithering so much, but as its now been two months since I last published anything new, I just wanted to say that I’m still here and won’t be giving up any time soon. Just to emphasise that fact, in December I renewed this website’s address for another two years, so you’ll be stuck with us until late 2015, at the very least!
When I started anime blogging in 2006 (ignoring some obscure attempts in 2005) it was such a new and shiny mode of communication and felt like being on the crest of a wave of something special. And it was, just look at Anime News Network today in comparison to 2005. Blogging has completely changed the world of publishing, for better and for worse, but if 2006 was the Spring of anime blogging, what we’re in now is the Autumn.
Or rather, it’s the Autumn of WordPress. Most every years-old anime blog (including this one) uses WordPress to publish its content, but compared to newer platforms like Tumblr, WordPress is now too clunky and isolated. If I had to advise someone looking to start an anime blog, starting on Tumblr would be my recommendation. It has a massive, inbuilt audience, is filled with enthusiasts for whatever niche subject you could possibly imagine and is easy to use. None of these things are true for WordPress. It’s getting old, basically.
With WordPress in decline then, so too will the definition of the ‘classic’ anime blog begin to fade. Would a truly interconnected blogosphere still feel the need to regurgitate the same old episodic posts again and again? When every anime blog is no longer an island unto itself, that repetition we see in anime blogging should disappear as well, and thus the dialogue between fans may become that much more interesting, too?
That, then, is my idea of what the future of anime blogging may hold. I give us two years until the apocalypse, but in the mean time, there’s not only a new Mushishi series on the way, but a Masaaki Yuasa adaptation of Taiyou Matsumoto‘s amazing Ping Pong manga too (and if you really want to be cool and ahead of the curve, watch the excellent live action film!)