The goal is simple: have a post ready for the twelve days leading up to Christmas Day. The posts tend to center around twelve separate things you found notable about the anime/manga/stoof you watched this year. That’s basically it. I’m not looking to disqualify anyone over technicalities like whether the show aired this year or if you’re even going to write about a show for one of your posts. If anything, I welcome any form of variety. If you truly do have a question on something though, either comment here or reach me by twitter (@appropriant).Personally, it’s been a weird year for how I’ve ended up watching anime. Getting a Crunchyroll premium membership on my iPad kind of killed my motivation to download shows and thus it also killed the amount of screenshots I’d usually generate over the year. Having fewer screenshots meant that I wasn’t as eager to share my feelings about episodes on Twitter. And having fewer thoughts on Twitter meant that I ultimately kept a lot of my impressions on this year’s anime to myself. And given my real life circumstances, I had to be less active on social media. So there isn’t a lot out there to share. If I have anything about the aniblogging/tweeting community that I regret not doing enough of, it’s certainly this. The 12 Days project, thus, helps me at least have an excuse to talk about what I watched. It also helps me, more importantly, to remember what I talked about. Having not posted about anime the entire year, I’ve discovered that I retain very little about the shows I’ve watched if I’m not writing about them. And it’s not like starting now is going to magically get me writing consistently again; a turnaround in my writing motivation isn’t what I want out of this project. It is, of course, just a project. You establish the goals, you do the work, and you’re done. Published out into the ether (and to my spreadsheet where others can read them).
That’s just an example of what you can get out of participating. Those of you thinking about participating can join in for any reason you like. In my eyes, it’s more content and the bare minimum I expect out of every participant is content. Do you want to do a top 12? Some thematic piece for your favorite anime for each day? Memes? You could even mix and match. Hell, you don’t even need to talk about anime (even if it says 12 Days of Anime). Manga, American animation, Jay Arr Pee Gees, and others such can also be written for the 12 Days project. Take me, for example. A good month and a half of my time was spent cooped up in bed and playing Persona 3 which I now am addicted to and need help for. That motivated me to look into Persona 4, Persona Q, the Persona 3 movies, and then obviously Persona 5 once I get my hands on a PS4. I woke up to play Persona, ate while playing Persona, and slept after playing Persona into the morning. Persona persona persona persona social links social links social links social linksSo that’s enough about me. If you’re interested in joining in and seeing others work at the same time you do, come join the spreadsheet. I’ll always be around to respond on Twitter and any updates will most likely be on Twitter. Anitwitter is basically the reason why my blog has been hibernating for years. Look for me on Twitter.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very stressful 12 Days of Anime because I know most of you aren’t going to write jack until the night before the post is supposed to be up. Best wishes :D