12 moments in anime #1: Saying farewell to Bokutachi no Blog

Yes folks. This is my last post I shall ever make on Bokutachi no Blog. Over the course of the last 18 months I’ve made 180 posts (kinda cool how that rounded off so well) and I finally felt it was time to me to leave. After a year and a half writing as part of a team, I eventually decided that I wanted to fly solo. You can follow me on my new blog, The Cart Driver, but for now let me reminisce on my time I’ve spent here. Forgive me if I get a bit corny.

I still have the e-mail I sent Brian two years ago. I could show it to you guys but no, I am far too embarrassed by my level of noobidity, but if I tell you that I used the word ‘baka’ you might understand where I’m coming from. Yikes, did WordPress ever baffle someone so unversed in the ways on the internet. In fact I still haven’t really learned how to work all these various things that surround the text box I’m writing in now. There is no 4 letter combination that strikes more fear into my heart than html. *shudders*

After the dip in hits after Brian and Loba went on hiatus around October last year, the site has grown slowly but steadily. Like a woman will never tell you her weight, a blogger will never tell you his stats, but let me give you this interesting bit of information. The search term ‘bokutachi no blog’ is the 14th most searched term to find our website of all time. However if you were to look at just the last 3 months, it’s the 5th most searched term. That should give you an idea at how the name has grown and how the site has stamped its own personality into the blogsphere. To give you a slightly edited version of the history of the site, I’ve recently updated the epic history of Bokutachi no Blog, if epic tales are your kind of thing.

Once upon a time I had an idea for anime blogging. An Anime Blogger Apprenticeship site. Newbie bloggers would join the site, write there for 6 months and then receive their certificate. The site would solve all sorts of newbie blogger problems. Surrounded by other writers, you can learn off others and also learn what not to do as you see other newbies fall. With maybe some senior person running the site, they would thrive of each other, commenting on each others posts (something that most newbie bloggers sorely need). With the site well-known, this also means their work is open to the world, with a clear separation between each writer and a separate feed for each. When they leave after their 6 month training, they could either be ‘hired’ by established team blogs or start a blog of their own, with their badge proudly showing they were a graduate from the Anime Bloggers Apprenticeship.

Of course, the idea is riddled with flaws, as I’m sure you can see yourself. But take the basic idea of a new blogger starting out their journey on a team blog and eventually to leave once he has found his feet and you’ve got the basic idea of why I’m leaving, (albeit a year longer than I had originally suggested). When I started blogging, it was purely on a whim. I wanted to share my thoughts to other anime fans. Looking back at my early posts is a bit of an embarrassing experience. But I learned. Very slowly, my posts improved, I got better at conveying my thoughts and my jokes were actually capable of making people laugh. But most of all I learned how much I loved doing this. In the same way my anime obsession has only shown signs of increasing, as has my thirst for anime blogging. But being the egotistical prick I am, I felt the need to have a space of my own. To move we forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom…errr…yeeeaaaah…

It’s a bit surreal to nobody be a complete noob in the anime blogging world. To see a blog that you remember reading when it first started and thinking “meh, he’s not very interesting at all” to go on and become some of my favourite anime bloggers around, it makes me feel a bit old. 18 months may seem quite young to some of you who’ve been around for 3+ years but damn, I feel pretty old right about now. So my advice to newbie bloggers is to keep chugging away at it. You will improve, the aniblogsphere is constantly changing with old blogs dying and newer bloggers taking their place. Learn from those around you and create your own stamp on the field. But remember, this won’t happen overnight. Give it…oooh, I’d say about 6 months?

I’m hanging up my Team Zero jacket. Farewell Brian and co. As for the people who enjoyed my posts, I hope to see you over on The Cart Driver.


21 Responses to “12 moments in anime #1: Saying farewell to Bokutachi no Blog”

  1. 25 December 2009 at 6:15 pm

    You will be missed. And great write-up for the epic history of Bokutachi no BLOG.

  2. 25 December 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I’m coming from a completely biased point of view here, but bloggers shouldn’t “graduate” from team blogs, IMO. They should become noticeable enough that team blogs want to recruit them. Yes, it’s a fanciful idea (as Oi, Hayaku! kinda showed) but no more fanciful than the idea that you do your blogging apprenticeship at a team blog.

  3. 3 Poro
    25 December 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Good bye Scamp! May we meet again! *dramatic background orchestra music* Wait does that mean there’s one more space open? O_o? Anyway, epic chronicle for the history of the blog page!

  4. 25 December 2009 at 9:22 pm


    Heh thanks. I really enjoyed writing that epic history.


    I can see where you’re coming from but at heart it’s a personal preference whether you would like to be part of a team or fly solo. None of the people at Oi Hayaku left their own blogs. It was a side project…or was it? My minds gone blank but did they plan to leave their own blogs alone? If they did then no wonder it died so quickly

    The blogging apprenticeship is indeed very fanciful and has so many holes in it, but at the end of their time there they pick whether to join a team or fly solo. Personal preference


    I believe the ‘open space’ was taken by yourself

  5. 5 RP
    25 December 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Aw man, I saw the title and thought you were leaving for good, but I’m glad to hear you’re “graduating” and will continue on your own. Great work on Bokutachi, best of luck with the solo gig!

  6. 6 RP
    25 December 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Which of course, I’ll continue to follow… I don’t know why that last sentence sounded like a final sendoff.

  7. 25 December 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Glad you are still around, I’ll follow your new blog for sure!

  8. 8 kadian1364
    26 December 2009 at 12:44 am

    I always knew this day was coming, but it’s always a little sad to see the little ones grow up and leave the nest. *sniff*

    I think it was your “Favorite Anime Movie Survey” post that made me a regular reader here. All good things must come to pass, I suppose.

  9. 26 December 2009 at 1:11 am

    Farewell, Scamp! I’ll definatly follow you on your new blog…good luck to you, in the vast realms of the net. ^^

  10. 26 December 2009 at 1:56 am


    Hee hee, the title was a deliberate ruse to get people to read the post, thinking ‘ZOMG RAEG QUIT?’ but instead get bombarded with corniness.


    You know, I consider that comment one of the turning points of my blogging life. It was at that time when I started to get a load of regular readers, my Hetalia posts took off and I started to get comments from other bloggers agreeing with me instead of those pointing out my mistakes. [/corny]

    It wasn’t even that well-written a post either…

    @Canne @ksfwolfe

    Look forward to seeing you there 🙂

  11. 11 Humanity_Cat
    26 December 2009 at 2:36 am

    Aw, shit, you’re leaving? Well I hope you still blog Hetalia….I’ll follow you on the new blog, but I’ll definitely stay here as well. ^ ^

  12. 26 December 2009 at 4:58 am

    Hope to see you on your new blog…which I can comment on >_>

  13. 26 December 2009 at 7:51 am

    Good luck! I’ll definitely keep up with your new space!

  14. 14 Poro
    26 December 2009 at 1:39 pm

    SCORE! I have foresight. 😛 eheheheh ^_____^;

  15. 15 gw_kimmy
    26 December 2009 at 3:24 pm

    aww i’ll be sad to see you leave here ;( it means i’ll have to get off my lazy ass and click on another website instead of getting it all on one.


    but anyways, good luck with your new blog and i’ll be there to read your hetalia and other posts! of course i’ll stay here too ;D

  16. 16 blogger
    27 December 2009 at 12:17 am

    Good luck on your new blog! I’ll definitely be reading it! I’m glad that you’ve “graduated,” but at the same time, I think I’ll start reading the other blogs on this site as well, but I’ll also be following your own site as well.

  17. 17 blindability
    27 December 2009 at 1:15 am

    Congratulations Scampie (one last time)!
    You will be sorely missed here.

  18. 18 Duelit
    28 December 2009 at 5:09 am

    Congrats! Visit the blog and post every once and a while! We’ll miss you! See you on your new blog!

  19. 28 December 2009 at 10:26 am

    Scamp, thanks for all the great Hetalia posts… and I’ll definitely give The Cart Driver a look-see. Have a Happy New Year!

  20. 20 kaza
    31 December 2009 at 12:07 am

    Oh wtf…… ugh… *walks away*….

    “I really didn’t see THIS coming.”…..*sighs*

  21. 21 Deponk
    5 March 2011 at 4:45 am

    Good Luck on your new blog

    By the way. Which anime did the smiling kid come from?

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