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.