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Random Curiosity – 1056 (END…?)

Back when I had surgery in mid-June, I had taken a few days off from blogging even after I had gotten back from the hospital. During those days, I thought a lot about what I was doing and the future of this site. It was a struggle about whether or not continuing to write was worth the time and effort.
Taking my personal life out of the equation for a second, I have to explain that for me, running a site like this has had its ups and downs. On one hand, I love introducing people to the latest and greatest bleeding-edge stuff. I’ve always said that my favorite times of the year are at the beginnings and ends of seasons. Finales are exciting because they are the culmination of so much time and emotion invested into a series, but even more exciting for me is exploring new shows and then being able to share my thoughts with a community of people. And aside from anime, I also love talking about the newest music videos or whatever crazy thing the Japanese variety shows are airing.
On the other hand, however, blogging does take a lot of time. The advice I always give to new bloggers is to not write summaries unless you’re really really motivated because there’s nothing that will kill your interest faster in blogging than that. For me personally, I didn’t mind so much because I was both highly motivated and I had plenty of time to kill. But just like everything else, there were times when I hated writing summaries (such as almost every week of Fate/stay night) and times when I just couldn’t write them fast enough because of how much I wanted to tell people what happened (the latter half of Mai-Otome is a good example of this).
However, I’m at a point now that I don’t have quite as much motivation and I definitely don’t have much time. In those days after I had my surgery, I had decided not to stop and instead to continue blogging until I went back to school. Well, today is finally that day – the first day of my final year of college. I have a lot of work ahead of me, especially since I’m going to be applying for graduate school soon. Still, that alone wouldn’t have stopped me. The truth is that I really just feel like I need to take a break from blogging. I’ve felt this way for a while now and the school factor is what made that day today.
Does this mean that I’m quitting for good? Probably not. I’ve been blogging for some four years now (not all on this site), and so I can say with almost 100% certainty that I’ll be back to doing it again eventually. But how long that “eventually” turns out to be, I don’t know. It could be a week, it could be a month, or it could be a year. I also don’t know if I’ll come back to this site, some new anime site, or even a site on a completely different topic.
What I do know is that Random Curiosity is the most successful site I’ve ever created. To put it in numbers, I’ve written 1056 posts which have gotten a total of 19,680 comments. This site averages about 18,800 visits/51,000 page views per day, and during this past July, it logged around 147,000 unique visitors, amounting to over 300GB of bandwidth used during that period. It’s thanks to Maestro that this site exists with AnimeBlogger‘s free hosting, and it’s thanks to the support of the community and thanks to readers like you that this site became this popular.
In closing, I have to say that while writing this entry, I felt the urge to scrap the entire post and rethink all of this at least three times. But for now, I really am going to take a break. And so, to each and every one of you who reads and relies on this site, I’m sorry. Who knows, maybe I’ll find myself longing to blog again when next season starts or maybe even sooner, but there’s no way I can guarantee that.
All I can say now is つづく…? (To Be Continued…?)

August 21, 2006 at 3:41 am
385 comments »
  • August 23, 2006 at 2:42 amJenny

    Just want to say THANK YOU for all the efforts put in, for the benefit of all of us.
    Your site is THE MOST informative website for anime, in fact is the best. (That’s why this link is in my favourites!) ^^

    But am definately sad :( to see you go, yet at the same time, happy that you have something more important to do FOR YOURSELF.

    Moving on, i wish you all the best in your studies and excellent health!!! Please do take care of yourself.

    I will look forward to see you back online again!

    Thank you

  • August 23, 2006 at 3:50 amzizou

    just wanted to say that you’ve done an excellent job with this site
    but, what you said is right, final year of college takes a lot of your free time
    will look forward to your return
    cheers man ;)

  • August 23, 2006 at 3:55 amAbby

    So sorry to read you’ll stop blogging anime even though it’s true that it takes a lot of time.
    Are you going to shut this blog too? The archives are like gold mines of information and you’ve influenced so much my choice of anime, it would be sad to lose them.

    Good luck for your last year and applying to Grad School! Wish you all the best! Thanks for all your time and efforts!

    Hope to read you some time soon!

  • August 23, 2006 at 7:28 amGeta

    It really is a shame that you’re not going to blog anymore. I used to go to your site daily to read how anime I otherwise wouldn’t have the time to see turns out. If you ever do start blogging again, I’ll be sure to make this a daily visit again, if not, have a good life man and goodluck with whatever you’re trying to major in.

  • August 23, 2006 at 9:39 amdarkblue

    It’s a sad thing that you decided to quit blogging for at least a while and I will miss it , but I guess everybody can understand your reason :)
    And if this thing is so much fun to you , maybe you should think about a job in this direction ^^
    Good luck with everything and take care =)

  • August 23, 2006 at 10:23 amw.s.

    Just wanted to say that I think you had the best blog of all the ones I’ve ever seen. I’ve enjoyed coming to you site to see what new shows there were out there and what was the episode of the week. Although I’m an anime fan myself, I don’t normally have the time to watch and catch up on shows so I relied on your site to fill me in. Thank you for all your hard work. Now I just want to say good luck in your endeavors and may you have a prosperous future awaiting you when you graduate from school.

    :-)

  • August 23, 2006 at 10:44 amilanidrac

    Thx for all the effort and time thus far, and enjoy the rest of your life! you only live once you know!

  • August 23, 2006 at 12:39 pmp3p

    good luck in college~~!! pls do not waste ur future for us ‘the ppl who u dont know but is really addicted to ur site n will still root for u in evrythin’ ^^

    oh n THANX A LOT! i watch all the animes u post….n drop all of the ones u did too….XP

  • August 23, 2006 at 12:44 pmFayt87

    T.T dude you have done a excellent job for the anime community with your reviews and me and all other thank you. As you enter your last year in college i begin mine. If i start a blog i will totally dedicate it to you and in your honor.

    anyway god speed in your future. …..See you next time Space Cowboy…..

  • August 23, 2006 at 1:08 pmClamp-X

    Thanku very much for your time and effort!

  • August 23, 2006 at 1:43 pmmanut

    Thank you so much for everything. You really “are” one of the best anime blogs on the Internet. I watch it for over a year. And it was thanks to your blog that I saw a lot of the anime that I watch. Best witches and good luck in the future.

    PS When you decide to continue blogging. If you decide to do it in another site. Could you let us know on this blog. I really want to read more of your work on the future.
    I’ll keep Random Curiosity on My RSS Agregatos just in case. :)

  • August 23, 2006 at 1:59 pmLeen

    I’ve been following your blogging for quite a while and this is the first time I commented. I just wanted to say that I loved your blogging, because it’s packed with goodies XD. I hope you enjoy your break and come back soon. :D

  • August 23, 2006 at 2:49 pmGood Luck

    Good luck, you had alot of great posts

    Hope to see you back sometime

  • August 23, 2006 at 3:07 pmTrejon

    hey man i really have to thank you for all you have done… thanks to you i was able to find awensome series and with the screenshots i could decide if i download it or not… and i own you one :P
    Good luck, i hope you can come back to the site sometimes…
    and i hope this website to DONT DIE!! it will be super sad… i almost visit this website 3 times a day :P i hope you can find someone to take over the site… i would be glad to blod instead of you but i dont have time for that…
    well that all, i want to read a lot more of your works in the future and i will keep Random Curiosity as my Home Page for see if you posted any new blog
    GOOD LUCK IN SCHOOL!!! GRADUATE WITH HONORS!!

  • August 23, 2006 at 3:23 pmasadkismail

    log on the computer… click… open browser… click… randomc.animeblogger.net

    this ritualistic routine of mine shall be sorely missed! :D frantically clicking on the website.. in the hopes of seeing the weekly episode summary of FSN, Otome, Shuffe, FMP .. i cant even name them all.. being updated. Thanks for all the hard work, patience, typing!! hehe

    i would just like to say.. you.. by doing this .. have become immortal my friend.. you shall be surely and sorely missed!.. and yet.. we will all look back fondly at how we were.. well.. obsessed over what was.. and what i hope in the future will again be.. omni’s anime blog aka random curiosity…

    btw.. after all this melodramatic talk.. i would just like to wish you all the best for all that you do in the future… and may you remember.. the force is with you! :D

  • August 23, 2006 at 6:28 pmayasawada

    I’ve lurked up until now, but it looks like this is my last chance to say something. Omni you’re the best! 315 comments (and counting…) can’t be wrong.

    Nothing I can say expresses how much I’ve enjoyed this blog or the tremendous influence it’s had on my watching habits. For a long time it’s been, ‘if it’s Omni likes it, I’ll love it”‘ and that’s usually been true.

    Best of luck with your studies and stay healthy. I hope to someday read more of your posts.

  • August 23, 2006 at 6:34 pmTJ

    As a person who just completed professional school, I would like to extend my sincerest wishes for success in all your future endeavors. While I have no idea what your intended course of study is, I have personally found your writing to be very lively and informative. Best of luck in the application process. I know how stressful it can be.

  • August 23, 2006 at 9:28 pmAlgester

    mm so what now since your retiring from blogging what about the poll? and good luck on your life

  • August 23, 2006 at 9:51 pmqiao

    i will miss all your entries
    hope that u will have a good time in school
    a job well done…. thanks a million….

  • August 23, 2006 at 10:08 pmRev

    Really. You’re the favourite blogging site for many including myself.
    Best of luck to wherever you venture off to.

  • August 23, 2006 at 11:51 pmblahblah

    I’m going to commit suicide if you cancel this site .. you hear me!!

  • August 24, 2006 at 12:46 amkirinpoopy

    Damn. I never commented but I guess I might as well comment now. Your blogs are well written. I loved checking out the upcoming Blood+ eps here before they were available on fansub. Thanks and good luck to ya.

  • August 24, 2006 at 12:54 amClamp-X

    I CAN LIVE WITHOUT U!!!!!!!~~~~~~~~~ wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! XD

  • August 24, 2006 at 12:55 amClamp-X

    wohooh woops i meant can’t*
    LOL

  • August 24, 2006 at 1:35 amDont go

    Think this over thoroughly!! I mean what about your BLOG FANS lolll PLEASE DONT GO!!

  • August 24, 2006 at 2:33 amdiana

    i just wanted to say that whenever finishing a nana, honey and clover, or ouran host club episode, i check this blog to see your thoughts on the weekly installment. previously, also hana yori dango. this is the only anime blog i make a point to read. from the number of comments you’ve received on this entry alone, i’m sure you know that you have a lot of faithful readers, and i’m happy to be one of them. good luck with your last year of college, and everything else–you deserve this break. be sure to take care of yourself, and of course we will always welcome you back (if you so choose).

  • August 24, 2006 at 6:30 amDefoo

    Thanks to your detail summary I have gained interest in the anime Blood+ again. Surely, it will be a great lose to the anime society without your input. I bit you farewell and good luck. Hope next time I come back to random curiosity, I will see you bloging anime once again.

  • August 24, 2006 at 9:29 amiRez

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog summaries, screen shots and so… Good luck with your life and enjoy more! =)

  • August 24, 2006 at 9:41 amgammaoh

    My, when I read that, coming back from vacation, it really shocked me.

    But hey, it’s not as if I wasn’t expecting that. You did a lot for us and you deserve the warrior’s rest. Whether you come back or not, two words: おめでとございます

    そして…

    がんばってね!

  • August 24, 2006 at 11:10 amanamesis

    im 330th post….

    if that doesnt show you how much people really care for the blog, omni, and anime in general your blind, deaf, mute, and stupid………

    >>about poll

    lol lots of people want to help but cant cause of language restrictions

  • August 24, 2006 at 12:15 pmdeltazechs

    Like many others, I found this site extremely useful for previewing upcoming episodes or season first impressions. For the broken record, your blog summary was very detailed and well-written. It really influenced me on whether to pick up the series and drop it. Of course, can’t forget the screenshots :p

    This site is also one of the first site to check out whenever I open up my web browser

    Nevertheless, we really enjoyed your hard work on this blog. Good luck in all your future endeavors! By your free will, come back to work on this blog whenever you feel like it! Like many others, we look forward to hearing more from you

  • August 24, 2006 at 12:35 pmSniperb

    Well its a shame that we cant read anymore but still all the best in life :)

  • August 24, 2006 at 12:39 pmClamp-X

    lol i can care less about summaries, all i need is screenshots then im good ^^
    dammit i want screencaps for utawarerumono >_

  • August 24, 2006 at 12:42 pmVexx

    All things come to an end — transience is the only permanence.

    I’ve really enjoyed reading and posting in this blog since I’ve gotten into anime and I’ll miss the Yotsuba title page :) This was one of the handful of blogs I’d check to see what a new series was about so I’d say your efforts got a gold star and free internets.

    Have a good break, if you come back — it’ll be great if not, gambatte and banzai etc.

  • August 24, 2006 at 2:09 pmKertas

    Yours is the only anime blog that I regularly read … Oh well. Good luck Omni.
    Could anyone recommend alternative places to get my fix ? One as good and up to date as this one ?

    /sigh

  • August 24, 2006 at 4:32 pmCR

    I usually don’t comment, but this was the only anime blog i’d ever go to read summaries.

    Thanks for all the help. You were always up-to-date and consistent when it comes it comes to writing summaries. Thanks for everything, and good luck.

  • August 24, 2006 at 5:03 pmSanjiyan Unkara

    Man…. I still kept checking back here almost everyday in the hope something happens and the site is alive again.

    I seriously miss the summary. Sigh…

  • August 24, 2006 at 5:58 pmFlame-X

    Good old times… =]

  • August 24, 2006 at 8:09 pmChristy

    As someone who visits this blog religiously, while it’s sad that you will be taking an extended-maybe permanet-hiatus I can understand. I will miss the weekly Blood+ fixes I get here. Takes care and thanks for the good times ::sniff sniff::

  • August 24, 2006 at 9:34 pmWolx

    ya i sure miss the old times, and same here i revisit this site everyday too. Hope that there will be a sign of the site reopen, but on well still the same. Hope u get well soon, thank u so much for providing the summary.

  • August 24, 2006 at 9:34 pmLiny

    Hola desde Puerto Rico. Greeting from Puerto Rico.
    WOW!!! On the day of my b-day you write that it may be the end of this blog how sad but I understand your reasons but let me tell u that this site was the my introduction and source for anime blogs. Wher will I go now? There is not another site that can compare to yours. BELIEVE IT! Your summaries and comments are the best. The site is awesome in layout and organization. If u comeback great and if not thanks for your great insight on new anime for me to watch, your dedication and hard work for us to be able to read.

  • August 24, 2006 at 9:50 pmSesshu

    I’ve always visits your blog in time when I haven’t much to do. And those time come very often. You will be miss as you probaby know, seeing that they’re 300+ comment wishing you farewell, begging you to reconsider, etc etc. With that said, let me get this out of my system

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    *ahem*
    anyway, good luck to whatever you may end up doing. ;)

  • August 24, 2006 at 10:11 pmlover

    WE LOVE U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! QAaaaaaaagHHHHHHHdrgesdryhrh

  • August 24, 2006 at 11:04 pmJosh

    T_T

    dont know why but evry time i go online i must come to this site to see what anime is release. But now…..

    anywhere wish u luck and stay healthy

    come back soon…

  • August 25, 2006 at 1:03 amMeshooo

    Good Luck!
    you did a great job ^_^

  • August 25, 2006 at 1:07 amGil

    I’m still coming back to check up everyday… :(

  • August 25, 2006 at 2:37 amkotoro

    this is my 2nd post about this topic…. T_T I still cant get this site out of my system! your site gives me reason to come to the computer when i haven’t much to do..and i still love it! =] god luck in whatever your doing now..& we would love to see you come back soon! thanx!!!!

  • August 25, 2006 at 5:08 amOmg_Zerg_Rush

    I think the most logical question i can ask is “anyone know of a anime blog as good (or close to) as this one?”

  • August 25, 2006 at 9:51 amJT

    this is sad ! u had all the newest blogs :’( welll good luck to you and hope u come back to blogging soon

  • August 25, 2006 at 10:12 amLaiba

    Ahhhhhhhh! i checked my calender is not april fool! i can’t say anything cuz real life is more important and i really liked the Mushishi, Honey & Clover and Host CLub reviews Thanks alot! Wish u good luck ! btw will u remove the site?hope not!

  • August 25, 2006 at 10:21 amgundamfans

    I have followed your blog about 1.5 years ago. Your blog was the first I ever came across and because you’ve done such a great job keeping up with each episode summary & impressions, I kept up with you. Not only were you prolific, you were ON TIME. There are a lot of anime impressions I like to seek after I’ve watched the episode. No one in the blogging community was really actively following Zegapain and Angel Heart (you seemed to have stopped there too..).

    I understand how when life and reality kicks in, sacrifices have to be made. I was an undergrad at Vanderbilt for the past 3 years until starting this August, I joined Vanderbilt’s MBA program (it’s a 3/2 program, 3 years undergrad, 2 years MBA -simple enough) and life is a lot tougher with much higher expectations. Anime and gaming took a huge hit.

    Although you may no longer have the time to keep this blog up as before, I hope you’ll still be able to enjoy anime and whatever you like.

  • August 25, 2006 at 3:28 pmhomo

    gundam seed destiny is gay

  • August 25, 2006 at 4:50 pmSanDo

    Blood+ ———-____________————-

  • August 25, 2006 at 5:47 pmGisselle

    thanks

  • August 25, 2006 at 7:15 pmChaoFan

    waaaaah!!! i’ve search the net almost d entire day to find a blog site like yours… piff… no luck! man, i will really miss your blogging. you really did an awesome job! i’m still hoping that you’ll be back soon T_T

  • August 25, 2006 at 7:19 pmSanjana

    Hello,
    I’m so sad you have to end this wonderful work you did, I read your site since 2 years and I’m coming here every days and I have to say that I’m really fond of reading all your articles, you did a great job ! Even if it in a limited format, I will be very happy if you continue :) because I really appreciate your work ! and no one can do this work as best as you do ! ;-)
    See ya !

  • August 25, 2006 at 8:01 pmHinano

    I saw your poll and honestly don’t force yourself on this blog out of guilt because you have like 300+ people here complaining and crying.
    You’ll regret it and it’ll be extra stress on ya
    just let things go for a bit, and see how much time you have and maybe in your spare time do an ep or 2. remember that school comes first because if you fail school, no one here is gonna fund for your retake of classes or pay your apartment rent ^^;

  • August 25, 2006 at 8:41 pmindeed

    what a bummer

  • August 25, 2006 at 9:19 pmacidflower

    My congratulations.

  • August 25, 2006 at 10:20 pmAhuri

    Thank you so much for all your great reviews, it was a lot of fun, especially when “huge spoiler, don’t read!” tags would appear. Ah, the good times of Mai Otome and Canvas 2 ep. 24 to name a few…

    Enjoy your well-deserved break, I’ll gladly come back if you decide to blog again when you feel like it :)

  • August 26, 2006 at 12:07 amDarkFantasy3

    Thanks for writing all those summaries. Really helped man. Make sure you have a nice and long break before doing anythign else =). lol, sometimes its nice to just and do nothing. Well, thanks again for all the blogs, see you around!

  • August 26, 2006 at 12:22 amed ong

    i will meesh uuuu :) plz come back to check on ur site if u ever have the chance :)

  • August 26, 2006 at 12:28 amSkane

    It was because of Random Curiosity that I started watching RAWs. Your comprehensive summaries enabled me to get the main gist of an episode before the fansubs were released( since I prefer to watch quality subs over speedsubs).

    I am sadden to see the current hiatus, but I understand the need to avoid burnout and to allow yourself to recharge your enthusiasm.

    Thanks for all the hard work and effort you placed into this site. :)

  • August 26, 2006 at 3:39 amFern

    Good luck and thanks for everything, I hope we’ll meet again.

  • August 26, 2006 at 7:15 amcreamscream

    well it’s a feat that you bother to stay tuned to every anime episode, kudos to you. Thanks for providing me with a weekly dose of Blood+ XD. But anyway concentrate on your studies. you dont have an obligation to this website. but well, if you have time you could post summaries of the more popular animes.. like Blood+! All the best for your future endeavours!

  • August 26, 2006 at 7:44 amHirvine

    Yup, you shouldn’t blog stuff you doesn’t want to. Why did ya blogged Fate/Stay night if you didn’t want to? Poor you, you always have so much updates. Updating the site everyday is a mass time killing issue, hopefully we’ll see updates every week, which is good enough, I think.
    I hope you won’t say good bye forever, but you should not force yourself. (Ah man, now I have to find another anime blogger who writes as much as you, will probarly be a mix of blogs.)

    Live on!

  • August 26, 2006 at 8:31 amelizabeth

    i guess i will no longer have such a detail anime guide animore =( do hope u come back..

    jane~ and take care

  • August 26, 2006 at 8:34 amkrazy

    Your summaries have been the most fantastic stuff I have ever read around the Net. Wishing you the best in your studies and your life outside of blogging! Although I was pretty much a lurker around here, I visited very often, so thanks for all that you’ve done! ^^

  • August 26, 2006 at 10:02 amGoldInk

    Thank you so much for what you’ve done so far! Good luck with school and hopefully someday when you have the time you’ll post something again.

  • August 26, 2006 at 10:06 amBy

    altough i know you made your dicision i still look here everyday for some reason =(

  • August 26, 2006 at 10:10 amoOgA

    i admired your website…loved it and and u deserve the best u can get….gd luck to ur application in ur sch..ur life and everything ;)

  • August 26, 2006 at 10:23 amken

    i understand you

    even is one of my fov. sites cuz is so hard to find summary of blood+>>is really hard!!!

    thx for everything and good luck

  • August 26, 2006 at 10:34 amShii

    The first thing I do when I go on the internet is go to this site, so I already miss your entries. No need to apologize, you’ve helped us a great deal with your blog entries, especially when there are no subtitles available. Every person deserves a break. Good luck in college, and hope you come back soon. :]

  • August 26, 2006 at 10:35 amSapphire

    Good luck /o/

  • August 26, 2006 at 11:10 amchaosdemon06

    I;ll miss u and I’ll continue to post in your blood+ 45 entry I hope others will too so that we can all talk about the new episodes until the series ends in 6 weeks.

  • August 26, 2006 at 1:22 pmGil

    Hello,

    Back again to check up… :(

  • August 26, 2006 at 3:01 pmBen

    well it is sad but understandable. School needs a lot of work and also that’s your real life. Hope to see you running this site even in limited version like weekly updates which would only take couple of hours each week not each day compare to before.
    Good luck with your school and thank you for everything

  • August 26, 2006 at 3:08 pmheidie

    I love this website. I always look forward in visiting this blog everytime I search the net. It is my no.1 source of episode summaries(esp BLEACH).

    Thanks for all your endeavors in providing summaries and all.

    I wish you good luck in your career in life. God Bless .^__^.

  • August 26, 2006 at 3:11 pmKoop

    zomg it still goes on..

  • August 26, 2006 at 3:35 pmavow

    congrats on a job well done, you will be missed.

  • August 26, 2006 at 3:37 pmRegiria

    I love your site and that makes me sad to hear you’re taking a break. On the other hand, I think your reason is very understandable. Thanks for everything.

    Best of luck. And hopefully, we’ll all be able to enjoy more of your writings again. Sooner or later…

  • August 26, 2006 at 11:29 pmtru

    i have a suggestion
    why don’t u have a sort of audition for another (or more if u want) blogger for ur sight
    u could basically “hire” the one u think is the best
    u could even review the posts before they’re up or have someone else do it for u
    pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeee don’t go
    this site is toooo amazing for it to just stop
    and i only just found it a few months ago!

  • August 26, 2006 at 11:39 pmjustme

    ARGH, I MISS YOU!!! >

  • August 26, 2006 at 11:41 pmjustme

    …come back?… onegai ;;

  • August 28, 2006 at 5:33 amZeepish

    Couldn’t be more glad to see you back ^_^ Okaeri

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