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The Null Set Is Now 7 Years Old

It’s actually been seven years for a couple of days now, the anniversary was this past Wednesday, January 21 and I needed one of those sometimes helpful WordPress notifications to remind me of it. 🙂

To all the frequent readers and occasional readers of The Null Set – I wish you a very big, sincere Thank you!!. To all the people who commented on my posts – I loved and appreciated each comment, even if I was a poor blog owner and took entirely too long to respond or neglected to do so. I’ve also enjoy seeing the “shares” and “likes” because that means, even if the person didn’t leave a comment, the post was good enough to elicit a response. I can’t promise the upcoming year will be a better year here for The Null Set but I want it to be.

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Leveling Up The Null Set to Celebrate It’s Sixth Anniversary

alpha_jumpIt’s time to fess up on something – I hated reading my own blog. This vexing feeling started off as a vague, insidious whisper that I couldn’t shake and it only strengthened over time. Upon examination and reflection, I was able to sum up the problem as The Null Set was “taxing” to read. Puzzled, because I had picked a theme that steered clear of tiny 8 pt. and 10 pt. fonts as well as poor color choices like grey text on a black background, I finally decided it was probably a fault of my writing. Not a particularly uplifting thought and a less stubborn or optimistic me probably would have decided it was time to stop blogging, if only to ease the suffering of those who continue coming back.

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The Null Set is 5 Years Old – That’s Like 35 Years in Dog Years

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Only a few hours late this year! 🙂

Five years ago, on January 21, 2008, I started The Null Set with the idea to cover anime and print science fiction so that fans of one would try the other and hopefully expand both fandoms. I pretty much failed at that but I did find many things to keep me blogging.

It turned out I really like the feeling from realizing there are actual people out there willing to read what I write and spend the time to comment back. (Unless, of course, my brain is in a box somewhere connected to computer network and I’ve been writing to a bunch computer sub-routines designed to fool me into thinking I’m alive.) I even somewhat like the feeling having to clean up spam comments because that means by some measure The Null Set is worth spamming.

I also became a better and deeper anime viewer. After starting The Null Set, I needed to start asking “why” when I would watch anime so that I’d have something to say; it wasn’t enough to just say I liked or disliked a certain anime. I needed reasons. I, also, pushed myself to try a wider variety of anime shows because I felt, and continue to feel, that the more rounded and complete I was in my viewing habits, the more truthful and correct I would be in what I wrote. Of course, personal biases and the like will play into whatever I write but, at least, if I say show X has the best action of the year there won’t be readers frothing at the mouth because shows A,B, C, D all had better action but I didn’t watch A, B, C, or D.

(Speaking of best action, I’m working on my Best of 2012, hoping I’ll be able to see the end of a couple shows before I finish my look back, and I can say with full certainty that anyone who picked either Fate/Zero or Sword Art Online for best action of the year is flat out wrong. Next year, watch more anime series and don’t let how pretty the backgrounds look confuse you.)

There’s other reasons to keep me blogging but I’m starting to ramble now. Suffice it to say that I see myself continuing to blog about anime (and the occasional SF piece) for the foreseeable future because anime still has the power to move me, entertain me, wow me, and make me think. As long as that remains true, I’ll be here. It helps that I’ve never promised a certain post rate. (Which seems to have chased some very good veteran bloggers out of anime blogging much to my dismay.)

This year was a pretty good year for The Null Set.

I did better then I thought I would in the Second Aniblog Tournament by making it into the top 32 before losing to a very strong opponent. I also participated in the Secret Santa Project that Reverse Thieves runs for a second year. I’ve also started to vote in kevo’s Weekly Anime Power Rankings done at Desu ex Machina. Also new this year was my participation in the 12 Days of Christmas Project and the Fantasy Anime League on MyAnimeList. After realizing how badly I picked my team, I’m happy that I finished 94th out of 199. I also just came off my busiest month since February 2009 and I hope this signals an upswing in posting by me.

Before I get to the boring part, I want to say a big THANK YOU! to everyone that reads The Null Set.

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The Null Set Is 4 Years Old Today

After almost 2 years of kicking around the idea of starting an anime blog I decided four years ago today to see if I could write an anime blog and keep up with it. I guess the answer was – yes I could. (With the caveat that my writing style never developed into something that I liked and I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like to 🙂 .)

Looking over my previous anniversary posts I noticed that they get shorter each year and this trend will probably continue this year though I might start showing my age by reminiscing about the good old days …

… Thinking back, it was a strange decision to make about starting a blog. I was always more math/science attuned and find organizing my thoughts into something coherent on paper a very difficult task. For example, that comment I left in the previous post took me almost two hours to write. Also, during the anime season that I started blogging, Winter 2008, I was feeling burned out over anime and was only watching one series. Why this was a good time to start blogging about anime is beyond me now. …

Sorry about that; reaching four years isn’t even that old compared to many blogs out there. 🙂

Before I lose anymore eyeballs to my meandering thoughts, I want to wholeheartedly thank the people who continue to read and comment on my little blog.

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The Null Set Reaches 1,000,000

There are many ways to measure the success of a blog; any honest blogger would rightly say that numerical standards are not the best judge but that same honest blogger would admit that having good numbers is a nice thing. So, I’d be lying that I’m not psyched that The Null Set reached such a lofty level as getting a million hits (or page views, if you swing that way) because it must mean I’m doing something right but this elation is tempered with the knowledge that I still see much room for improvement before I’m satisfied with my work here.

My most heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone that’s stopped by over the years; I’m glad The Null Set was able to be of some use to you.

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The Null Set is 3: Shouldn’t I Be Burned Out By Now?

xkcd - one of the funniest webcomics ever.

 

The actual birthday was on January 21st, which makes The Null Set exactly the same age as Hanner’s Anime Blog.

I’d like to thank everyone that’s taken time to read The Null Set over the past three years; it’s been a more successful and gratifying experience then I’d’ve ever imagined and it’s because of you. I would also like to thank those that take the time to comment on The Null Set (except the spammers out there); I oftentimes don’t reply promptly or even at all or leave comments on the blogs run by the commentators (even when I really enjoy their blogs) but I read and cherish each comment made.

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