Random Curiosity

All Good Things…

Off Into The Sunset

 
They say that all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, that time has come for Random Curiosity.

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that I am going to retire from blogging.

 
Why now?

This was an extremely hard decision to make because I love watching anime and writing about it, but there are several reasons that I’m choosing to stop now.

As some of you may know, I’ve been in school all this time. I am finally going to finish grad school with my Master’s degree at the end of April, and I have already been hired for a new job. This is a very exciting time for me because of all the new opportunities that go along with this new phase in my life, but I know that it will also be a very busy time, especially the coming few months, and I won’t be able to continue blogging.

I’d also be lying if I said I weren’t a little bit burnt out from having run Random Curiosity for five straight years with few breaks in between. In that time, there have been a lot of great shows that I’ve enjoyed following, I’ve met a lot of great people, and the site has reached some significant milestones (over 3800 posts, 50 million visitors). However, blogging takes up much of my free time, and there’s a lot of things I’ve been putting off that I intend to do while I’m still fairly young.

On top of all this, Random Curiosity’s server contract is due to expire mid-April. Thanks to Mentar’s help, it wouldn’t be too hard to get a new contract, but the timing of everything is like someone is telling me that the end of this season is the ideal time for me to stop, even if it means not being able to finish some of the series I currently enjoy the most.

 
So now what?

Patrik has set up a website for his light novel posts, and will remain online with his pet project text-image.com.

Divine will be maintaining a copy of the site, using a layout we were originally hoping to switch to at some point, so none of the posts or comments will be lost when the main server goes offline. He hasn’t decided whether he’ll be updating it regularly yet, but at the very least, it’ll serve as an archive of the site’s five year history.

I will continue blogging until all of this season’s series finales are over. My final posts will therefore be the Kimi ni Todoke finale and Bleach episode 264 on March 30th. I think it’s sort of fitting that Bleach is the last post since it’s the series I’ve been following the longest. As I mentioned above, I do regret not being able to finish series like Durarara and Fullmetal Alchemist, but (along with the above reasons) I don’t want or have the time to get caught up in a cycle of new shows with the new spring season. This also means that there will be no spring preview post, so I apologize to everyone who’s been waiting for one. Never mind – Divine has kindly written one up!

Of course I am not going to stop watching anime. My decision to stop blogging is in no way an indictment on the anime industry, and if I’ve learned anything after all these years, it’s that there will always be interesting series to follow. I also won’t completely rule out returning to blogging some day in the future, but there are no guarantees of if, when, or where that will happen. On that note, I do encourage anyone out there who’s ever wanted to share their thoughts about anime to start your own blog. My advice for any aspiring writers or bloggers is to be creative and innovative – do something or write about something that others aren’t.

 
Finally…

Thank you Divine and Patrik for contributing so much to the site, and thanks to all of the past writers I’ve worked with as well. Thank you Neo and the folks at Maximum7 for helping host images for the past 20 or so months. Thank you Maestro for getting me set up blogging, and thank you Mentar for setting up the servers the site has used.

However, the biggest thank you goes to all of the readers out there who visited and commented here. You guys are a big part of the reason I’ve kept this site going for all these years, and I thank you for all your support and for making Random Curiosity a great community of anime fans.

See you…out there…

March 22, 2010 at 12:01 am
1,350 comments »
  • April 1, 2010 at 2:32 amjellayrei

    Best of luck Omni. Thanks for all your hard work and hope to see you again sometime again in the future!

    -jellayrei

  • April 1, 2010 at 2:41 amSetsuken

    You know… I may be late thinking this, but maybe its an April Fools joke in advance? If it is, I gotta say, its a pretty strong one XD

  • April 1, 2010 at 3:05 amGekokujou

    farewell Omni and thanks for everything

  • April 1, 2010 at 3:22 amJeimuzu

    i will miss checking out your blog , good luck to you

  • April 1, 2010 at 3:33 amtdkyo

    I am hoping that this was a well planned April Fools joke…..

  • April 1, 2010 at 3:34 amdojikyo

    I actually found about this site back in 2005/2006 during Shuffle. Thank for running such an excellent blog as long you did. You provided great reviews and I especially loved the season previews features.

  • April 1, 2010 at 4:10 amxx_At

    will miss you omni, thank you for everything u’ve done :) good luck for wateva you plan to do next

  • April 1, 2010 at 4:11 amnoko

    Cool April Fools, OP. *thumbs up*

  • April 1, 2010 at 4:38 amZet

    wow no one realizes that its april fools eh?

  • April 1, 2010 at 5:11 amphil

    ohhhhhh so omni was just messing with us. april fools!! ahh you got me there, nice one :D

  • April 1, 2010 at 5:19 amYon Kyon

    This is my first, and last post here.

    I’v been reading RC past few years.
    I used to be a silent reader, I did not made any comments. But I always loved the arcticles and reviews.
    This is so sad that I feel like I’m gonna cry. Godamn, I avoid commenting cuz I can’t even write properly, my grammar sucks. But this time I had to, at leat, try.

    I’m feeling so bad, I can recall feeling like this in some anime endings. Thats so weird that I can feel like this to all anime-related stuff that come to an end.

    Well, I just finished Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight, what else to say?

    FOWARD GO!

  • April 1, 2010 at 5:38 amribbonz

    I’ll miss you guys :(

  • April 1, 2010 at 5:58 amakatsukisan

    You’ll be missed. Tis a shame you’ve stopped, yet inevitable and like you said…”All good things must come to an end”.

    Good luck in life Omni.

  • April 1, 2010 at 6:01 amSyne

    postet on “March 22″

    that was no april fool…

  • April 1, 2010 at 7:04 amLio

    This is a very well thought out April fool’s prank I know it…..denial.

  • April 1, 2010 at 7:52 amKaede

    I love april fools.

  • April 1, 2010 at 8:22 amSin1505

    BYEE!!!
    It was Fun~!

  • April 1, 2010 at 8:22 amSin1505

    what?!
    meanie**

  • April 1, 2010 at 9:25 amnikos

    :(

  • April 1, 2010 at 9:41 amIchiCC

    Haven’t posted here before, but I started following this site during the airing of Code Geass S1.

    Would just like to say thanks for all the time put into this site, and good luck for the future.

  • April 1, 2010 at 9:55 amyamid

    It’s the third or fourth time you say good bye? hahah… As always, april fools :P

  • April 1, 2010 at 9:55 amYuuume

    I’m not the one who like to post comment. I really enjoy reading your post and people’s comments. Visiting your blog has become part of my daily routine. I’m sure I will miss you, Omni. Thank you for everything you have done. Good luck on your future.

  • April 1, 2010 at 10:19 amPatrick

    I also have been reading this blog for years, never commented much. But definitely a site I hit every day, especially when I travel and I’m bored out of my mind. Thank you for all your hardwork and passion. I wish you could keep it up in your spare time! But hopefully whatever opportunity you are now pursuing will be as successful as your site – you clearly have the ability to see things through. GOOD LUCK!!

  • April 1, 2010 at 10:48 amNoobiesnack

    I still find it funny that people think this is an April Fools joke. If it is, it was well coordinated, well planned, and most of all, extremely well executed with absolutely no loop holes. It is too perfect to be an April Fools joke. That, and the post was made over a week ago on march 22.

    But I guess the people who make the comments about April Fools, have not looked into everything so they naturally would think it is a joke. Still, even if it is a joke, I must give an applause to Omni and Divine for being able to carry it out so perfectly with absolutely no loop holes for anyone to figure it out.

    Well, it seems Divine has decided to move everything over tomorrow instead of today, so See everyone on the other side!

  • April 1, 2010 at 10:53 amBabyJ

    If this is not April Fools, I’ll be fucking pissed. The fact that neither Omni nor Divine has addressed the obvious issue leads me to this conclusion.

  • April 1, 2010 at 10:55 amBabyJ

    It’s too coordinated. Every post has had a mention about today, Divine not sure about the future of the site, new site that is already up etc. etc. I just don’t see other blogs close shop like this.

  • April 1, 2010 at 11:14 amIron Shiek

    Fack!

  • April 1, 2010 at 11:37 amUmaro

    This better not be some planned April Fools joke where you suddenly go “When did you get the impression that I would stop blogging?”

  • April 1, 2010 at 12:04 pmDfig

    I have never posted here as well, though i’ve followed the site for around 2 years now. As much as I hope this is an april fool’s joke, whatever it may be I hope the best for Random Curiosity and the community. Thank you Omni and Divine!

  • April 1, 2010 at 12:47 pmChao_S

    I’ve been lurking these pages for over 4 years now and words cannot describe my disappointment at its departure. I really want to thank you Omni and all the other bloggers for doing such an excellent job on all the series you’ve covered. I’ve been able to pick up several series off the recommendations comments from this blog (I absolutely love how screen shots are posted of each episode)that have made my top 10 and are likely there to stay. I wish you Omni, the best in your career and I sincerely hope that some years down the road, you might once again pick up this site for the pleasure of everyone who visits this blog. Thank you.

  • April 1, 2010 at 12:51 pmM’RC

    I’ve never commented here before, but I’ve been on this site for, like, since the start of Death Note or something.
    And I’ve followed almost every post you made, and it really has been an amazing site.
    Good luck to you, and hope that maybe you can pop in sometime on the new Random Curiosity to see how your live goes :D
    Thanks, &bye

  • April 1, 2010 at 12:58 pmmit

    How much i want to heard these few words from omni “April Fool Guyz,i am not retiring” ^_^

  • April 1, 2010 at 1:09 pmBri

    Good luck to you, Omni.

  • April 1, 2010 at 1:09 pmStan V

    Never commented but have been a visitor for a long time since NovaStorm died. You did really great job here, thank You for that and good luck in your life!

  • April 1, 2010 at 1:44 pmSanchez

    i never commented on this site even tho i been on here since the blogging of code geass and i want to thank u onmi for blogging. Good luck onmi and come back and visit the site one in a while….

  • April 1, 2010 at 2:01 pmJason

    We all wish you good luck. We can only wait for your comeback in the future. :)

  • April 1, 2010 at 2:11 pmZro

    So long and thanks for all the fish!

  • April 1, 2010 at 2:23 pmKandur

    This is the most well-coreographed April’s Fools joke I have seen in the last 10 or so years. Kudos to you guys. Really.

  • April 1, 2010 at 2:34 pmTenck

    @ Kandur

    This was posted March 22, not on the first. It was simply moved back to the top. So yea. If it IS an April Fool’s joke then it’s one that was very very early…

  • April 1, 2010 at 2:40 pmholicuser4u

    Thank you for all the things youve done. We appreciate your work.

  • April 1, 2010 at 2:48 pmjust some gal

    never commented here before, but after reading this blog for years and finding many great new anime series, I felt like I had to thank you. it’s rare to find anime blogs with this quality.

    so, here it is: thank you and good luck with future :)

  • April 1, 2010 at 2:55 pmmortal

    thank you for keeping this blog alive for so long, you really helped me to discover so many good shows that i lost count. This blog is a reference

  • April 1, 2010 at 2:56 pmMad_Dog

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    this had better be some kind of April Fool
    s joke!!!!

    If not i’ll miss you. you helped me select some of my most favorite animes over the past few years and i appreciate it. all you hard work made for some good, and bad, reviews. I wish you luck in your future.

  • April 1, 2010 at 4:12 pmJonus

    Wow man, thanks for all this effort you’ve put into this site and your articles. I read this site every day i dont know how i will be able to find an replacement. Best wishes, jon.

  • April 1, 2010 at 4:43 pmAshigaru22

    This is actually my first time commenting but this time I felt it would be wrong if I didn’t. Thank you Omni for all these years of blogging which I have thoroughly enjoyed as a reader. Truly appreciate the time and effort you’ve put into your blogs and like so many of the others here I’ll miss reading your blogs which has become almost habitual XD Best of luck in the new job and all the best for your future!

  • April 1, 2010 at 4:46 pmSam

    Thanks for blogging for all these years. It’s sad to see you go, but have a good life.

  • April 1, 2010 at 4:50 pmdivine

    I’m doing a final database sync in the next bit and will be enabling commenting on the new site right after. I have a new post ready to go for a spring show too, so if you’re interested, please check it out.
  • April 4, 2010 at 6:22 amBlitz

    Thanks for everything Omni.

    Sadly this is my first comment on this site…decided to comment after reading Divine’s post here http://randomc.net/2010/03/22/all-good-things/comment-page-13/#comment-567884

    I shall not be another non-commenting lurker anymore!

  • April 14, 2010 at 7:45 pmNattylee

    i havent been able to watch anime lately and havent been visiting your site lately and then today I find this :(
    I think this is my first post, but I’ve been following your blog for i think four years now and I can’t believe its coming to an end T_T I cant believe how sad this is making me, but
    Good luck with everything Omni~ And thank you so much for bringing anime to my attention that have brought me happiness C: I hope your life goes on to be very lovely for you and take much care <3<3

  • April 17, 2010 at 11:30 amDebris

    Grazie Omni.

    Debris. Italy.

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