I wonder how one provokes responses to ones internet online web journal entries. Perhaps it is necessary to write about things that others are interested in. There’s a novel concept. I could write about anime, but I’m not watching these days with the slavish devotion required to pounce on raws as soon as they’re uploaded […]

I wonder how one provokes responses to ones internet online web journal entries. Perhaps it is necessary to write about things that others are interested in. There’s a novel concept. I could write about anime, but I’m not watching these days with the slavish devotion required to pounce on raws as soon as they’re uploaded and immediately engage brain reflection mode to turn out something interesting in regard to the current episode. There are plenty of blogs that do this far better than I could, at least without an enormous expenditure of effort on my part that I don’t feel particularly inclined to put forth at this point. I could write about current manga. This is a far less cluttered field, but requires scanning, and clean scans require debinding, and I don’t feel particularly up to debinding several pulp monthlies on a regular basis. Again, apathy wins. I could review chapters without any visual data to back them up of course but online dating sites say you are a zillion times more likely to get responses if you include a picture in your profile and this is no doubt true with manga reviews as well.

I could provide a daily news digest as I tried to do for awhile there, but the only original news I have the inclination to scoop is regarding eroge and there is no audience for it. I can and will keep doing more in-depth previews/reviews of things I’m excited about, of course, but perhaps my interests are just too esoteric for an English-reading audience. That’s something of a problem when it comes to generating discussion regarding my posts in the Comments section. Maybe I should fall back on relating amusing anecdotes of life in Japan. When I think about my life here it doesn’t seem anything other than average, on the drab, boring side really. I get up, go to work, go home. Am on the internet a lot. Watch some anime, read some manga, play some eroge. Plan to start painting models soon, payday is on the 10th and then I can buy a compressor, airbrush, paints, and the other basics I’ll need to get started. I have a bonus coming up this month or the next and with it I may finally be able to pick up a PS2, a TV tuner/video capture card, and a couple of games. I lead the life of a hobbyist, my hobbies are what I think about these days; I don’t typically ruminate too much on the oddness of my situation, at least not in a way that would be entertaining when regurgitated here for your perusal.

If anyone reading this has anything they’d be interested in hearing about that they think I could provide a unique perspective on, please let me know. Even if it’s something already mentioned above. Accomodations can no doubt be made. It would be nice if I were a bit more handy with the computer machine, as I have a vague feeling that there are ways that the more onerous bits of the blogging process could be automated, especially image generation and little html tricks. I also have a certain wistful longing to just intuitively know CSS so I could cobble together my own template for the site, something exciting and attractive that would be a magnet for external interest. I guess as long as I’m engaged in hobbies that have little following outside of Japan though it’s something of a moot point, no matter how engaging my prose may or may not be there’s nothing that can be said in reply to a post about a game that no one else can play or a model that no one else can paint. Oh well.