It has been four years since Anime Viking was created. With each passing year it becomes harder and harder to believe that I was once eighteen years old, still in high school and wet behind my years when this blog came to life. Looking through my older texts I realize that I may in fact have actually grown as a person whether I want it or not – the I from today is not the same as I from the past. Change is in itself a frightening aspect of life, but something one must come to accept in order to move forward however difficult it may be at times. The last year in particular has been a turbulent one on a personal level, but I hope and wish to have come out as a stronger person thanks to it.
Similarly, it hasn’t been a kind year to the blog itself. In 2015 it has only been updated once and even before that it was sparsely updated. There is no doubt that Anime Viking can be seen as an inactive, or possibly dead, blog at this point. This is an aspect I have reflected upon a lot lately in regards as to what should become of it.
To those of you who waited and hoped for updates that never came, I apologize wholeheartedly. Believe me when I say it has been just as difficult for me. I still stumble as I am writing this to a certain degree, particularly as I now feel a pressure to live up to what’s been written in the past and not to mention the few other well-written blogs that are still active. This has made me question whether or not Anime Viking has any value, which is something I still haven’t found the answer to.
What I do know, however, is that something would feel amiss without a blog. Without one there would be no outlet left to write longer texts and organizing my thoughts about anime. Yet, at the same time, the previous months have been filled with watching whatever and whenever with no regard as to what’s currently airing. I haven’t been active in online communities and am out of the loop with almost everything. Additionally, video games have been my primary source of entertainment rather than anime.
In the midst of all this I have been considering trying to write about video games, but ultimately decided not to as Anime Viking is an anime blog. Furthermore, I am just as out of the loop with video game communities as I am with anime ones, despite it being an area I am more confident in. In the end, this line of thinking has led me nowhere.
With all this being said, I will end this yearly update on a good note. Regardless of what will happen in the future, I do have a minimum of three blog posts I want to do before Anime Viking perhaps concludes or changes form. These are all tied to me on a personal level and while not necessarily unique, they’re all something I want to have created.
Thank you all for supporting me.