I’m going on a semi-hiatus. It’s not a full one because I will continue to update with work I do for JRock247, NekoPOP, and Drama-MAX. However, I won’t be posting anything, and Beneath the Layers will continue to be on hold.
Blogging has somehow turned into this chore that has been making me stressed despite the enjoyment I get from writing. At this point, I have three blogs (four if you count my inactive steampunk one), and I am a contributor to four others. That’s too much for me to handle.
I’ve become unsure about where I want this blog to go. I started it to continue the education readers of my travel blog got while I was doing JET. It was also a way for me to combat reverse culture shock. It’s been almost three years since I left Japan, and my interests have shifted, partly from getting involved in the J-music industry and partly from just changing as a person.
My editor wants to discuss the future of Japanese entertainment sites, and it has me thinking about whether this blog is becoming redundant. I know I have my Sister Cities stuff, unpublished JET insights, different features about science and subcultures, and Beneath the Layers interviews. I want to share those things, but I also want have a more active role in my journalism gig. Can I do both? Maybe, but there’s other things too that are higher priority and more unique than a Japanese culture blog.
I want to ask you the following: what parts about my blog do you like the most? This may help me determine what I need to cut from here. I’m really unsure about why I have this blog now, and so its future remains up in the air. Therefore, let me take some time off to think and if you have some feedback, I would love to hear it. In the meantime, enjoy the A-kon links I share.
Listening to: “KNOW YOUR ENEMY” live by FROM ADAM ON DOWN