I won’t be reviewing stuff anymore on this blog.
(That’s the short version of this post, so you may stop reading here if you like.)
Since the dawn of time—well, since late 2011—I have reviewed media for this blog. Yes, I know I have a problem. I have the spiritual gift of nitpicking. I can’t help it. Since I already reviewed things in the privacy of my muddled mind, it seemed logical to write expanded versions of those reviews for TMTF.
I wound up tearing through books (and later video games) faster than I could review them, so I eventually decided to review things in groups instead of individually. A single Review Roundup could replace five or six individual blog posts. Perfect!
A problem arose, however: Reviews become really tedious to write. In a small way, they also made reading books, playing video games, and watching movies kind of a chore. I found myself frequently making mental notes: I have to remember to mention this in the review. I can’t forget to talk about that. Oh, I’ve got to bring up this point. With so many notes and observations rattling about in my head, I found it harder to enjoy whatever I was doing.
In other words, reviews took the fun out of fun.
I’m always reluctant to remove features from this blog. I like consistency, and I don’t like giving up on things. All the same, like other abandoned features before it, Review Roundups shall cease. TMTF shall blunder on without them, with heavy heart and lighter step.
I don’t regret reviewing stuff. Reviews were good mental exercises. Besides, I’ll continue making mental reviews; I just won’t write ’em down anymore. Ending this blog’s formal reviews leaves more room for… um… whatever it is we do around here. Heck if I know.
There is at least one good thing we’re doing around here—we’re raising money to provide clean water to impoverished people for Christmas! Please take a moment to check out Operation Yuletide. There are even rewards and stuff! Check it out here!
More time for fiction stories and “That Time I” posts! 😉
Honestly the reviews were probably my least favorite part anyway. I think they tend to be more interesting for the writer than the reader, in general, from my own experience reviewing stuff. Or maybe that’s just me.
It will be a good, lesson-filled chapter in the history of TMTF and we will send it off with a smile and wave!
*smiles and waves*
(Also if you ever get that bug again and feel like reviewing anything animation related there’s always a spot for the occasional guest review at Animator Island!)
Thanks, I’ll keep it in mind!