As you can no doubt tell from the title, this is an update post. I’ll keep it short and sweet because I don’t want to dwell too much on this, but I feel I should post an update here so everyone’s up to speed.
It’s about the Weekly Watch series on this blog. More specifically the future of it.
As some of you have no doubt noticed, I’ve been discussing this subject quite a bit recently on Twitter and when chatting with other bloggers. And after much consideration and asking for everyone’s thoughts on what I should do, I’ve finally come to a decision.
I’m going to stop doing the Weekly Watch.
For once, this isn’t out of laziness and I actually have some legitimate reasons as to why I’ve decided to stop the series indefinitely.
First of all, it’s taking up far too much of my blogging time. I work a full time job from 8 to 5 on the weekdays, and I’m often really tired by the time I make the commute home and get settled down. Because of this, I tend to make a post every 2 days, as opposed to every day to give myself some downtime and allow me to come up with some great ideas for future posts while I’m relaxing.
But with the Weekly Watch, I haven’t had a lot of breathing space to publish any of those great ideas. I want to post them, but because the Weekly Watch is on a tight schedule due to the weekly nature of watching and posting about each episode, they often take priority. I could do them in between Weekly Watch days, and I’ve definitely tried to, but without that day of downtime in between posts, I’ve often been too tired or lacked the focus to want to write those down great ideas. And I want to write everything when I’m at my best.
And while we’re on the subject, the schedule is also something that I’ve been getting more and more uncomfortable with. Needing to be constantly up to date with whatever show I’m writing about was beginning to pressure me. I often felt rushed to write about the most recent episode, and as you can probably tell from my consistently poor sleep schedule: I don’t like schedules. I like to go with the flow and just write about whatever is in my head at the time.
And much of the time, my thoughts on the most recent episode of whatever show I was meant to write about wasn’t what was on my mind.
Finally, I guess the main reason is that I feel that doing the Weekly Watch has been restricting me creatively as a writer. There’s only so much I can say in a weekly review of a shows most recent episode until I merely begin to repeat myself every week. I want to get better at writing and I want to focus on more in depth posts, like my Lethargic Rambles.
Part of the reason I started this blog was to express myself more creatively. I stopped being a MyAnimeList reviewer because I wanted to go beyond the scope of simply reviewing something and I wanted to become more analytical and take a deeper approach to Anime beyond giving it a score or simply sharing another opinion.
But with the Weekly Watch, I feel I haven’t been given a whole lot of opportunities to do that.
I want to focus on bigger and more in depth projects. I recently did a post comparing the Manga and Anime adaptation of Aku no Hana. That is, in my opinion, the best thing I’ve posted on this blog and the post I enjoyed writing the most.
I want to do more posts like that because I simply enjoy writing them more and I feel that stopping the Weekly Watch will allow me to focus more on posts like that.
This may be coming across as a fairly negative post, but it really isn’t. I enjoyed writing the Weekly Watch and I don’t regret doing it at all. But I’d like to focus my time on bigger and more exciting projects, which judging from some feedback I’ve had, many of you would prefer I do anyway.
I’m sorry to those that enjoyed these posts. I’m sure you’ll no doubt be a little disappointed. However, I do plan on doing an in depth post on both Scum’s Wish and elDLIVE when they’re finished. Call it a “review” if you will. Stay tuned for those in the coming weeks.
With that being said, I hope you all understand. Stay tuned for more and thank you for the support as always!