This is the first post in a while that is not about me visiting places and having fun. Up until yesterday, I had a blog called A Product of Wasted Time in which I wrote about anime and manga, and it was hosted on Blogger. That blog is now no longer exists because Blogger had recently received a number of DMCA complaints about my blog for copyright violations. Apparently just writing about particular anime episodes and manga chapters is infringement. I have never shared full episodes or chapters on my blog; I only write about the series I was following. At most, I had a couple of screenshots or one/two pages of a chapter included per post so I can put funny captions. But hey, I understand Blogger has the right to police their service, and I’m not mad about having the blog deleted. But still, R.I.P., A Product of Wasted Time.
I write this post here so that years in the future, I can still remember what I’ve accomplished with A Product of Wasted Time, so this is a bit of an obituary for the blog. So here is the story:
The blog originally started as my Xanga site, back when Xanga was the social networking service du jour. I originally just wrote about my life and happenings to share with my friends/classmates, but then I started watching anime/reading manga. At the same time, I came across various blogs focused on covering anime and manga series, and thought I could do the same. I wrote on Xanga for a while, but then found out that it really wasn’t that good of a blogging platform, especially if I wanted to reach a wider audience. Therefore, in 2008 I officially started A Product of Wasted Time in 2008 on Blogger.
In the last two or three years, I had lost of some of my enthusiasm for blogging manga and anime. I grew older, and with that came grad school and now a full time job, so I had less time to devote to blogging. And because I write slow, blogging anime and manga actually took up a considerable amount of time. Sometimes I feel like I’m posting on that blog because I feel obligated to, not because I really enjoyed it. From that standpoint, I’m a little bit glad that the blog got deleted, since that’ll stop me from wasting more time. Now you know why I named that blog “A Product of Wasted Time”. I would have stopped anime/manga blogging eventually, but certainly it would have carried over for longer, and now I have more free time on my hands… to post on this blog lol.
I see the end of A Product of Wasted Time as conclusion to a stage of my life, since I’ve been writing on that blog for so long. I still have backups from Blogger up to about a month ago, so most of what I wrote on A Product of Wasted Time still exists on my hard drive. I’m not going to build a new website and restore the 2000+ posts I’ve made over the last 7 years, but I might put up some of the series/movie reviews onto this site, given that I do have a Reviews category that I haven’t posted to in a long time. I will continue to watch anime and read manga, but I officially retire from the anime and manga blogging business. I definitely wasted a lot of time on my anime/manga blog, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.