Life n’ Blog Updates (and some thank yous)

Yo! Long time no post, yeah? I’ve been slacking on the content, for various reasons, so I wanted to write up a little post catching y’all up on my life and all that.

The biggest thing has been my move. It’s understandably taken me a bit of time to actually adjust to my new environment. I had been looking forward to the freedom of my own place for a while now, but I forgot how stressful having a new space can be. For some reason, I thought that once I moved in, I would immediately go into a fevered writing spree, catch my blog up, and get back to sketching but…I severely underestimated the amount of time it would take for me to adjust.

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Truthfully, this gap in content-writing has me in a bit of a rut. I really want to take writing more seriously, and the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that this site isn’t the right way for me to do that. I’ve been strongly considering starting a new site – one that’s not as boxed in by the topic of anime. I’ve thought of making something that focused on horror, sci-fi, and anime oddities, as well as personal essays. There are some Serious Topics that I would really like to do write-ups about, but they be awfully out of place on a site like this that has Top 10 Anime Eyebrow countdowns.

I don’t want to give this site up, exactly – I actually want to do the opposite. I want to write more essays for it to get back into my groove, but then gradually ween myself off and create a new site. This one is awfully disorganized, just because I didn’t have a solid plan going in. But, I want to try to use it as more of a sandbox environment, to practice writing and to try and get a better feel for the workings of WordPress. You know, get some knowledge about the platform beyond the basics.

Even if I do start another site, which won’t be for a while because I want to actually map it out and have a backlog prepared, I’ll almost definitely still cross-post between this site and pop in for those silly eyebrow countdowns. I just kind of bombed this one when I tried messing with the URL and stuff – the SEO tanked, and I stopped showing up on search engines as much. Not posting very much didn’t help, either, heh. That’s what happens when you start a website as a casual pastime, I guess.

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Still, writing stuff here has really, really helped me grow. It’s given me the confidence to pursue other avenues, and a lot of it is thanks to all of you who have commented and liked, or hit me up on Twitter. I still might not be totally satisfied with my direction right now, but believe me, it means so so so so much, so I hope you don’t think I’m forsaking you!

I’m probably getting ahead of myself. I’m trying to broaden my horizons, yeah, but this sounds like a dramatic farewell. It’s not the end of Anime Hell Zone, I’m just getting sentimental about my time here, and about my personal growth and all that.

In other news, I want to catch up on y’alls writings within the community, so if you get a barrage of likes and comments from me on posts you wrote months ago, I didn’t turn into a spam bot! I’m just catching up on your wonderful content!

I’m writing up some nonsense that I plan to post sporadically throughout the upcoming weeks. I might tinker around and post some non-anime stuff, just to test the waters on some other subjects I want to touch upon. I’ve been watching a lot of arthouse horror stuff lately, so I might hit ya with a sudden review-prototype of something funky I watched. I hope ya don’t mind!

Finally, I really appreciate anyone who’s been following me, despite my infrequent posts. I hope that when I make my other site, you’ll follow me there, too, even though it’ll touch upon different subject matter. I truly value any and all input from fellow bloggers/writers, and I’ve been kind of scared to try and travel a different path. But if there’s one thing this community has taught me, it’s that there’s always someone out there who ends up connecting with what you write – whether it be a silly review of eyebrows or an essay about personal trauma. And that’s a really beautiful thing.

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Cheers to you guys 🙂

P.S. the last thing I wrote was about Sarazanmai and kappa. I had a lot of fun writing it, so check it out 😊

7 thoughts on “Life n’ Blog Updates (and some thank yous)

  1. Totally sympathize with everything you mention here! Sometimes the demands of life, including writer’s block or a general lack of energy, get in the way of posting as much as we would like. MiniPrimes was complaining to me yesterday about something similar: how writing used to feel so easy for her, and now she misses that feeling.

    I told her that what she was experiencing was part of the natural growth process of being a writer. As we develop and change in any respect, there’s always difficulty as we learn to adapt ourselves to our new situation. When all is said and done, the challenge of adapting to our new selves makes us stronger, and more the person we were both to be.

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    1. Aw, MiniPrimes is already being faced with an existential writing crisis…but that’s really good advice. Thank you for sharing this, it made me feel a lot better 🙂

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  2. I rebranded myself a lot in the early months. Even now, my focus isb’t purely anime anymore. You do what makes you feel like you’re growing as a writer.
    And please don’t leave this site, I love reading all the content my blogger friends put out.

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    1. I won’t leave! If anything, I’ll just redirect to a different URL, haha. I don’t know why, but I always feel kinda anxious about rebranding or straying from my path, even though, realistically…everyone does it. I appreciate your comment and reminding me that there’s nothin’ wrong with changing it up 🙂

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  3. I hope you keep improving as a blogger and writer. Trust me, I want to progress, too. I hope things are going well. Also, thanks for checking out that poem I recently wrote with the fan art in it.

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