Eight and a half years. It’s been eight and a half years since I first joined as a writer at Random Curiosity. It’s odd to think of it in retrospect, how an email rattled off to Divine at just the right time led to nearly a decade of writing about anime for people all around the world. In that time I’ve watched hundreds of anime and taken thousands of screenshots. I’ve managed RandomC’s day-to-day operations, making sure schedules were decided upon and previews went out on time, more or less. I’ve written editorials, taken part in podcasts, and published over a thousand blog posts, good for Top 5 among authors on this site to date … and when you factor in my legendary wordiness, particularly in those early days, I’ve probably published more words than most.
It’s odd to bring something like that to an end. It’s even more odd to wax nostalgic about what amounts to a decades-long unpaid part-time job. Yet here we are, as I indulge in some hard-earned nostalgia in this, my 1,056th, and final, RandomC post.
Over these past eight and a half years, I’ve learned many a lesson here at RandomC. Originally I was going to list them out and discuss a few, but that seemed even more self-interested than my opening paragraph, if that’s possible. I thought instead about what you, the reader, would be wondering about. Here’s what I came up with:
For those wondering what’s next for me: I’ll be around. I’ll still be lurking, like I did before I became a writer. I’ll still be in touch with the rest of the staff, so I can offer them the odd piece of helpful advice, after I’m finished giving them a hard time. I’ll still be writing, though it’s for clients now, which means I finally get paid, which is pretty sweet. I may even get back to writing books, if things go well enough. If you’re interested in any of that, I’m easy enough to find online, and you’re always welcome to drop me an email if you’d like to connect.
For those wondering what this means for RandomC: Don’t worry. I can’t say nothing will change; it will. I can’t say Random Curiosity will last forever; nothing does. But I can tell you that, as soon as I told the other writers I was stepping back, they started discussing how they would move forward. I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to leave Random Curiosity for the longest time, because I was worried what would happen if I did, but I needn’t have. There are people here who care about this community, and will work to make it a great place to nerd out about manga and anime, together.
Thank you to everyone who has read my writing these past eight and a half years. Thank you to everyone who has cheered me on, or had positive and uplifting things to say. Thank you to everyone who challenged me with kindness in your hearts. Thank you to all the writers I’ve worked alongside. When I talk to my friends and family about “my writers,” with pride swelling in my voice, they know who I’m talking about, and how much sharing this thing with you all has meant to me these many years.
Thank you to everyone who’s called me onii-chan, boss, senpai, the ecchi blogger (which I’m not, b-bakas!!), Stilts-chama, ojii-chan (you know who you are ಠ_ಠ), Stephen, and most of all, friend. Yes, I’m getting sentimental. I’m allowed! This is my one last bit of selfishness before I go.
I’ve had a lot of fun here at RandomC. I’m sad to see it end, even though I know it’s time to go. Thank you to everyone who’s made me and Random Curiosity part of your lives these past eight and a half years. I know the fun will continue, even as I step aside. That’s what makes me so happy and sad at the same time. It’s been an absolute blast, my friends. I’ll remember it forever.
Thank you, I love you all, and goodbye,