(Hosaka, because it's the closest anime picture I can think of to represent middle-of-night feedings)
I realized I haven't posted *anything* here since June, which is kind of sad--I can't say that I'm completely retired, but I think it's pretty safe to say I'm on some kind of semi-hiatus. It's definitely nothing to do with my love of anime, which is still going strong, but although I can't imagine anyone bookmarked this site given my sucktastic writing skillz, I feel like I at least owe The Internet an explanation for why I'm not exactly cranking out posts anymore.
So without further ado, here's why this blog has gotten even more dame-dame than usual lately:
1. Real life, not to mention just watching anime, always takes priority over writing about anime
My wife and I were fortunate to have a beautiful baby girl recently, and between 4am feedings, changing diapers, trips to Babies R Us, posting pictures and videos for friends and family out of town, and just spending time staring at her, one definitely have to prioritize one's free time. For the record, the first anime she ever watched was episode 10 of Toradora, although since she was sleeping in my lap at the time, I'm not sure she sees how great a series it is :) To me, with less time for my anime hobby, actually watching it takes priority over writing about it, and that means less bloggage.
2. There are 8.9 million anime blogs out there already, and most are better than this one
This is probably the most daunting thing about anime blogging for me--in the old days, when BlogSuki fit a couple days worth of posts on one page, if you wanted to write about a series you didn't have to worry about writing up a post only to find someone else has said exactly what you wanted to say, only far better. For example, my favorite series this fall is Toradora, but the post at Anime Diet recently extolling its virtues did so far better than anything my sleep-deprived brain would be able to conjure up.
3. In some ways, I like forums better than blogs anyway
For D-list blogs like mine, you don't get the same conversations going that you get on more popular blogs or on anime forums like AnimeSuki. I don't know any anime fans in real life, so for me blogs and forums are a great way to have those conversations with other fans about series that we like, a substitute for hanging out by the water cooler talking about this week's episode of Two Tree Hill, Gossip Guy, or Dancing With Convicted Felons.
I'm not quite prepared to say I've given up blogging, but just wanted to explain the reason is not the anime burnout you sometimes hear about--I've been lucky in that each season without fail brings me something to really enjoy. For winter, I'm guessing that will be the new season of Minami-ke Okaeri, but the Anime Gods may yet surprise me.
(One side note now that I have a baby myself--the more I think about it, there really are no babies in anime at all, unless you count baby Jinto and Lafiel in the ED credits of Crest of the Stars. 80% of the anime population's high-school age, and the rest are lolis.)