Why do I blog? What keeps me going? I’ve asked myself those questions whenever I went on hiatus (often) and I don’t think I’ve quite yet answered those questions.
Ultimately, I’ve narrowed it down to three main factors: expression, reflection, and interaction.
Expression. This is pretty much what blogs are all about: expressing what’s on your mind, be it about symbolism and shinboism, about how wonderful the world is, or whatever else comes to mind. Because the blog, unlike say, a review site, is a lot more informal in terms of style, yet it maintains some proffesionalism that what you say is clearly distinguishable from oh, a forum post. Furthermore, because of the free nature of the medium, you can post whatever you damn well please, as Sankaku Complex demonstrates quite clearly. The blog is a burgeoning new form of medium that allows anyone to have a say, and now is a great time to be part of it.
Reflection. I like how blogs provide a venue for you to mull over things. In Real Life™, anime has virtually no place in more serious circles of society, leaving few chances for us to be able to think over that last episode in that certain anime, or the lines of our favorite characters. Blogs give us the opportunity to ponder all we like about that, and further encourage us to continue doing it.
Interaction. This is really what makes web 2.0, web 2.0. With the advent of all these social networking sites, user-controlled data, consumer-generated media, and all that jazz, interaction has really become one of the core components of the internet today. To bloggers, this means feeds, aggregators, and basically sharing the love. And let’s face it: there’s a lot of love to share.