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.
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?
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.
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…