When I started my PhD three years ago, I ended up with a lot less time and energy for blogging. Nor could I spend hours each week keeping abreast of the latest anime and manga, reading and commenting on blogs, and generally staying in the loop. Real life had called, and contrary to form, I had to answer. Nonetheless, since I still liked writing and remained as opinionated as ever, I decided not to call it a day. Even if I could only blog once in a while, I would eventually get through the backlog- wouldn’t I? In the end, however, even this modest ambition proved untenable. Reviewing anime series in particular became a chore, and by the time I got around to any given review, not only could I barely remember the series in question, but it was for sure that no one else would care about what I had to say.
With that in mind, it’s time to walk away. Azure Flame was fun in its prime, but it’s time to accept that it’s never coming back. After I submit my thesis, I might post the occasional video game review (I’ve still to praise the marvellous Odin Sphere), but I really need to rethink the things I want to write about. And I will write again- I have some fiction projects I want to get on with, my reviewing duties for Amazon to keep on top of, and I plan to use my B-side blog to discuss my recent experiments with bento box lunches. But I won’t be rejoining the blogworld in any big way- I’ll just be faffing around in my own little corner. Anyone who wants to stop by now and then is still very welcome.