I Hijacked 12 Days of Anime, Sorry (December 11, 2016)

I think I hijacked 12 Days of Anime. I didn’t even mean to. I mean, I wanted to, but not right then and there. So I guess that means that I did, eventually, mean to do it.

I think it started when the spreadsheet from last year accumulated a lot of posts.  It was the first time I had realized that yes, indeed, this thing that I’ve been doing since 2012 was actually being done in other blogs too. It also helped that 12 Days was the primary motivator for this blog’s existence. If it weren’t for me looking forward to these posts from other blogs, I probably would not have the drive necessary to actually start writing for myself. So that’s what I did.

But now that this spreadsheet existed for me to actually track whoever was actually doing their stuff, it became a whole lot easier to not only read but also experience what everyone else felt about that year of anime. I enjoy reading these different perspectives and it informs me of how I may stack up to the rest of the community in terms of how I present myself and how I think of this medium.

When 2015 ended, I made the decision to keep the link to this spreadsheet in my bookmarks bar. Half the reason was because I wasn’t on schedule. My #2 post on Death Parade came in just before the year ended and my #1 post didn’t even get finished until April. So there’s that. But I needed that link for other reasons. I did say that actually being able to record all my progress in the project was half the reason. The other half is because if there were to be another one this year, it should be similarly documented as well.

As it turned out, no one really planned to. Hell, the founder of this project even forgot to make a post about it. Questions were asked. The people cried out in horror. A beloved aniblogger tradition was being threatened to obsolescence. Luckily, I know how to manage spreadsheets. A simple sheet and copypaste later, the project is pretty much revived and applications are open.

12 Days of Anime was always targeted towards anibloggers, since blog posts were the common medium of communicating out thoughts back in the day. But in this era of Twitter, Tumblr, and others such, blogging has sort of fallen to the wayside in favor of writers who actually get paid to talk about this stuff, who actually have the time and dedication to talk about anime on a weekly if not daily basis. So I’ve extended the invitation out to not just people with a WordPress blog but also anyone else eager to write about this year in anime.

This goes for those of you reading this post, as well. You are all invited to participate in 12 Days of Anime. You can talk about anything, everything, and to whatever extent you want to. All I ask is that you make your content available on this spreadsheet. Don’t worry about time, about your motivation, about having to impress people with your knowledge on whatever Chinese Pornographic Cartoons you happened to watch instead of the latest Westworld or The Walking Dead episode. I encourage you to write what’s on your mind. Because that’s what I’m going to do.

Officially the posts should start coming in on Wednesday the 14th of December and continue daily until Christmas Day, which is a Sunday. But no one participating in the project will be strictly held to that standard. I know how hard it is to write every day. Just take a look at my update schedule in the past few years and you’ll understand why I feel for those who are daunted by the task. But if I can do it, and given how I tend to be it should be considered pretty difficult for me to actually pull this off in a timely manner, I think you should give yourself a chance to do it too.

Happy writing, everyone.

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41 comments

  1. so you’re the one enabling natasha to bully me into writing

    1. I am not liable for any damages that you personally experience from this project I am a warm and innocent cinnamon bun

  2. While I don’t have a blog yet, 12 days of anime seems to actually give me the push to just write about whatever, and actually do it, without thinking about the quality of what I write. Granted, I probably won’t post anything that I’ll write during those days anywhere, and I don’t think I’ll have the time and energy to write a post everyday, but what counts is that I write. I’m often getting hung up on huge projects I either don’t actually work on much and they just fade out, or take months to make a first draft and by then not wanting to continue. So having a little extra motivation to lower the scope, free myself from stressing out about my writing, and write more regularily is pretty awesome. I actually thought it started on the twelth and had already written sort of a post, so so far it’s going pretty well.

    So what I actually want to say is: Thanks for doing, spreading and organising 12 days in anime, and more people appreciate it then have actually put their names on the spreadsheet.

  3. […] can read the description of the 12 Days Project on the Perpetual Morning […]

  4. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go […]

  5. […] many anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  6. […] a slapdash “why not?” carefully considered decision we’re going to give 12 Days of Anime a try! Popularised by Scamp and this year hijacked by appropriant, the rules […]

  7. […] is a post in the 12 Days of Anime blogging challenge! For others in our series please check out our master […]

  8. […] memorable moments in anime. For more details about this year’s 12 Days of Anime, check out this post from appropriant, or this video from Bibi’s […]

  9. […] many anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  10. Hello Appropriant! Finally found the time to start reading some of these blogs and I must say, you have put me to shame with how well you are organising the 12 Days of Anime for all the Anibloggers! Your Spreadsheet makes a lot of sense and you have a really good grasp on the history of the event (Far more than I do, I thought someone else started the event!) as well as how to best serve the blogging community. And you did all this while I was totally unaware of it!

    I will be honest with you, I do not know the first thing about blogging. I didnt even know the scope of how big the community was. I feel like because I didnt (and still dont fully grasp) what blogging is all about that I was failing this community pretty badly, so its great to see that you have been able to come in and organise all of this, I cant thank you enough. I will have to menton your spreadsheet in a video soon so that other people can find it, and I feel like you deserve some recognition for what you have done for the comunity. You are an unsung hero!

  11. […] And you can find a better summary of the twelve days here at perpetualmorning: click me too! […]

  12. […] is a post in the 12 Days of Anime blogging challenge! For others in our series please check out our main […]

  13. I surfed on in here from another aniblog. Maybe next year, I will even hop on this 12 days of Anime train. Because, although I am far from an expert on any anime, and although I blog, anime isn’t a theme – because I don’t consider myself an expert – I do think I could come up with 12 worthy subjects around my love of anime to write about. And it’s a great idea. And I’ll be browsing through all of these. So thank you for appropriating and continuing this challenge going. Realistically, I do not believe I can produce a quality post each of these twelve days this year, and I’m already behind, but I shall enjoy reading and maybe next year…

  14. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my previous […]

  15. […] many anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  16. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my previous […]

  17. […] many anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  18. […] meant for the Lounge to get started with the Winter 2017 season, but then I discovered the 12 Days of Anime project.  While I’m not really setup to write a full series of twelve posts…  there […]

  19. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my previous […]

  20. […] is a post in the 12 Days of Anime blogging challenge! For others in our series please check out our main […]

  21. […] is a post in the 12 Days of Anime blogging challenge! For others in our series please check out our main […]

  22. […] many anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  23. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my previous […]

  24. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my previous […]

  25. […] anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  26. […] anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  27. […] anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  28. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my previous […]

  29. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my previous […]

  30. […] anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  31. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my previous […]

  32. […] many anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  33. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my previous […]

  34. […] anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  35. […] is a post in the 12 Days of Anime blogging challenge! For others in our series please check out our main […]

  36. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my previous […]

  37. […] many anibloggers. For more info about the project, check out appropriant’s introductory post here, and check out the full blog spreadsheet here if you’re interested in the work of everyone […]

  38. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my previous […]

  39. […] 2016’s rendition of the 12 Days of Anime aniblogger project. For more about the project, read appropriant’s introductory post. For a spreadsheet containing the work of all the bloggers participating, go here. For my […]

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