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.