There’s nothing like the end of the year to make you reflective. I had hoped to start this post off by proudly announcing that although I’d been accepted to grad school for September 2010, I still planned to continue the blog. Unfortunately, all four schools I applied to gave me the middle finger, and since I had given the middle finger to considering any safety schools, it created this whole endless eight cycle of middle fingers and left my future in flux.
But despite my uncertain state of work/study/future plans, there’s still a couple goals I’m committed to for Rabbit Poets:
- I want to it be a long term thing; to eventually become a mainstay like Sea Slugs, THAT, RC or Star Crossed.
- I don’t want to settle for same old, same old
What’s that mean for 2010?
First things first, I like Atahualpa, but I’m getting tired of it. So you can look forward to a new look, hopefully sometime within the next couple months (hopefully something without banners. I really hate making them). Sadly, the way I’ve sized my screenshots over the past 300+ posts has really limited my options by being a poor fit for themes following the increasingly popular 960 grid system. So I’ve been checking out different options and inspirations. Of all the blogs I’ve seen, I’d say I really like Ars Technica’s new site architecture. It’s not the snazziest, but I like the way the info is laid out and how you can easily access different categories and types of posts. Whatever I end up with will undoubtedly look somewhat different, but I’m planning to steal as much “inspiration” as I can. There’s also a 50/50 chance that I may jock we love maids and Sea Slugs and go mascot hunting at some point. I’m so ashamedly covetous over Aiko and Nama-chan.
Different posting style?
I’ve never liked the look of my individual posts, what with the block of text, followed by the block of images, repeated ad nauseum. It’s the most logical way to post about an episode, and certainly the easiest, but it looks so… plain. I’d much rather take a more print approach to it, where the images more naturally complement the text. I think Blindability over at Bokutachi does a fantastic job of integrating the pictures within the narrative, for example. Which brings me to a point of user feedback. The pictures I pick for each post make sense to me. But that’s just inside my head. If I was honest, I probably end up not looking at or skimming past pictures when I see them on other blogs (unless they’re central to the post like on THAT). So question for you, do you care about the pics, or would you prefer less of them?
I’d love to cover more shows. But I only have so much time to do so. So I either have to shorten the posts I write, or possibly find some co-writers. So again, I wouldn’t mind hearing your feedback. Are my episodic posts too long? Do your eyes glaze over, or are they ok, as is?.
Adding another writer or two is something I’ve been thinking about, but haven’t come to a decision on. If I decide to go forward with it, I’ll post a formal request, probably sometime before the spring or summer seasons. But if you’re reading this and are thinking you might be interested, feel free to contact me @rabbitpoets. Episodics, editorials, I haven’t figured any of that out, so feel free to ask whatever questions you want. I am an open book
Anyway, regardless of whatever changes I end up making, cheers to a new year of anime that’s hopefully even better than the last!