Life update/Blog update/Looking for feedback?

Whelp, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. To be honest, I’m running out of ideas for content at the moment, and a lot’s happened in the past couple months, so I thought it might be good to sit back and talk about it.

The New Year was an incredibly stressful time for me. I don’t even want to talk about, you know, what’s wrong with America and all that nonsense. More personally, my mom had a nasty fall and broke her wrist, and my dog (who is now 17 years old, such a trooper!) has been getting sick a lot. I’ve been having my own health problems, thankfully not as severe, but it’s been tough being in a household where no one is feeling well. Luckily, my mom is getting her cast off on Thursday and I’m taking my dog to the vet later today. I hope that these issues will be over soon.

However, the biggest change in my recent personal life was quitting my soul-sucking data entry job. I’d only been working there about six months, but between the overwhelming workload, the company’s unrealistic expectations, them shafting me on my health benefits, and a generally miserable work environment, I couldn’t handle it any longer. I was getting severe burnout and anxiety, which I realized was partially due to my autism and not fitting in the corporate world. So I gave them my two week’s notice, left the company last week, and I’m now looking for something new.

It’s a bit scary. I have a little money saved up, but I have no idea what to do next. I’ve had many different jobs and careers and none of them have really worked out for me. So I’ve been thinking… why not do this? Not anime blogging specifically, but trying to make a career out of writing Internet content. Even if it’s just freelance work, it would be nice to make money doing something I do for free anyway. But then I think about how difficult it is to truly succeed in creative industries, and having to learn SEO and all the other tips and tricks feels overwhelming. I don’t have any connections or a working portfolio. I don’t even know if my writing is good enough to be professional. But I guess it’s better than doing nothing, right?

So I guess that brings me back to this blog. I’ve been posting here for about a year and a half now, and I love all the friends I’ve made on WordPress. I didn’t plan on doing this for more than a couple months, but posting in Starting Life From Zero was one of the few things that kept me sane during the awfulness of 2020. But at the same time, I’m itching to try new things with it, to make it grow. And to be honest, I’m getting a little burned out from writing about anime. Like, I absolutely love the new Re:Zero season, but I didn’t want to do episode recaps on it this time. There’s only so much I can say about the same tropes and characters before I get tired of it, you know?

I guess I’d like to know… what would y’all like to see me write about? What things do you like about my blog, and what things would you like me to make changes to? Do you prefer my straightforward reviews or recaps, or the more in-depth stuff like my character and music analyses? And finally, what topics would you like to see me cover, besides anime and manga? I don’t want to stop completely, of course, but I’ve also been enjoying writing game-related posts a bit more lately. I’ve also been getting back into Star Trek lately, so I could write a bit about that? Idk.

Any feedback or constructive criticism is appreciated. Things are kind of weird right now, but we’re still here, together, and that’s what’s been keeping me going through this shitshow.

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  1. Wow, freelance sounds great but scary! I bet you can make a decent living at it if you work hard though. I have never done it myself but a lot of our fellow bloggers have sold posts and I think the going rate is about 50$ per. So if you write like 5 a day you can get 1000$ per 4 day week. I’m not sure if there is enough demand mind you. Still it’s exciting. I hope you keep us updated on how job hunting for freelance internet writing goes. I would love to read about that!

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  2. I find myself doing fewer anime posts as well and wanting to cover different topics. It just feels like everything has been done. Drifting away from the otaku realm keeps me blogging. My concern is that I’ll lose my anime followers, but OTOH maybe I’ll gain new ones.

    Still I think people enjoy variety in what thay read. I get likes and views regardless of whether I write about a social issue, autism, blogging arcana, or just running around naked in the woods. I don’t feel abandoned.

    As for doing it professionally, that takes a special personality type. I don’t have it. Somewhere I lost all my drive and enthusiasm. But you are still young and you may still have it.

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  3. “I guess I’d like to know… what would y’all like to see me write about?”

    Would you be happy writing what I wanted?

    Put more generically, would you be happy writing just what anyone else wanted?

    Maybe I’m being idealistic, but I think the question is what do you want to write about? What captures your imagination? What would make you move heaven and Earth to write about?

    What is in you that’s dying to get out?

    For example: Are there characters and situations that you can’t get out of your head? Have you considered writing novels? There’s honestly never been a better time.

    You don’t know how to write novels? Go to YouTube and search for “dan wells seven point story structure.” I have never seen a better, more clear presentation of how to structure a novel.

    Don’t know how to self-publish or leverage Amazon? Check out Nick Stephenson’s site. I bought one of his courses, and I got a ton out of it. Even his free stuff is helpful.

    Nick Stephenson’s stuff would be helpful even if you want to write non-fiction. It’s all about building awareness of your books and getting people to buy them.

    But in the end, those things are external skills. You can learn them as easily as you learned to drive a car or do basic math. It all come down to: What do you want to do? What do you want to write about?

    Because if you can figure that out, everything else is refinement.

    And figuring out a data entry job was killing you is a fantastic first step!

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    1. I agree. Write what interests you, otherwise it will become a chore that you will loose interest in. I started my blog with the intent of it being about autism and migraines, but quicly realised that that would make a blog of a narrow field of interest. Although I still post such topics from time to time, I now post whatever takes my fancy whenever the mood hits. I’m still an irregular blogger but I’m confident that I wouldn’t have as many followers if I had kept to my original plan and kept to a regime of migraine and autism posts published at regular intervals.

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