In this time of year, since the holidays are around the corner, many of us are thankful for the things in our life, from presents to family and friends, no matter how big or small the gifts come. Despite your religious or non-religious alignings, there is one thing that the holiday season brings: a sense of giving thanks.
To be honest I am really glad I started this website earlier this year and am thankful that there are readers for both this site and for Anime HD Audio List, but lately I have been losing the motivation to write. Maybe due to having many concerns in my personal life, or wondering if I am writing about anything worthwhile?
Do anime fans care about Hi-Res music, or about what I write about? Should I write different types of articles, or add more for the site?
It is hard continuing if it feels like there is no audience to listen. Many artists of every medium struggle to get an audience, and it may take time (which is a main reason I temporarily stopped producing, it seems like I was making a lot of effort for my works, and the only thing being listened to was a quick remix for the Pacific Rim theme). Every artist wants to been seen, heard, read, tasted, appreciated, what have you. But there is a real struggle that many as well as myself will need climb continuously up for.
In my mire, there was one small and unexpected event that help brighten my world a bit: someone tweeted a page of mine I wrote months ago about how I loved self-publishing sites. In the article I mentioned about a link as an example of music producers also uploading lossless files (even Hi-Res files) as opposed to just lossy mp3s or the like. The one who made the tweet was STERN of star.ac.jp, a producer who organizes those free Vocaloid album compilations and writes lyrics.
Just discovering his tweet really brightened my day, and gave me more motivation to keep this site going, even when it doesn’t seem no one is reading. I know that there are lurkers and those who do not wish to comment (or have no need to), but it is comforting that knowing someone is paying attention to your efforts.
Although minor, I am really thankful for this small gesture as this is my first site and still learning about running a blog and what it entails.
I guess around this time of year one reflects back to what they have done in the year, and mine has been hectic itself: Started this site, revamped and split it, while learning how to make websites, moving two states over with no job lined up, getting a second job after the first one was abruptly cut short, and overall staying focused.
Once again, thank you STERN for your tweet (this was my first tweet someone else made for my site). So let me promote your Bandcamp site in this post and hope more fans will come to support the producers you help!