Obligatory attempt at justifying why I stopped blogging. Again.

And now, a few words from me, as always when I return from a long hiatus. First, thanks for reading this, truly. It takes time to put these longer blog posts together so it means a lot when people read them. I hope you are healthy and otherwise well. Who knew where we’d be a month after this concert? Definitely not me. Covid-19 has basically shut society down and will continue to do so for at least the next two months in my case. Like tens of millions of other people, I am currently in a work from home situation. It has been a crazy transition, but things are starting to finally settle in and feel like a “new normal”, as everyone’s calling it.

Even as not the most social person, this sucks. Not being able to see a movie, go out to eat, go hang out with anyone, or do much of anything other than buy groceries and shelter in place is not the way I prefer to live. I am willing to make change for the decent chance of getting a virus that has a 1 in 5 chance of killing you, though.  However, I consider myself lucky and fortunate that I am healthy, able to stay home, and I am still getting a paycheck. I’m not going to dive into the politics of the matter but this is a terrible situation and my heart goes out to the people who have lost their job, still have to go outside for their job, or worst of all, are sick. And the medical professionals… oh man. Seriously, thank you all for what you’re doing. Everyone, stay safe and healthy.

Even before this, 2020 hasn’t been the most enjoyable year. I can objectively admit that it has been better life-wise. My mom hasn’t broken any more hips, my job feels a bit more grounded, and situation-wise I just can’t complain much, especially now. However, I’ve still had and continue to have some bad spells. Definitely not fun, and a lack of online engagement has made it feel worse. The Japanese idol scene feels basically dead, save for a few hugbox Discord servers. You would think my shift to K-Pop as my primary focus would lead to new opportunities, but it hasn’t. None, actually. I honestly don’t know that there’s any place for me in K-Pop fandom. It led to a lot of bad feels at its apex, but at the end of the day there’s nothing I can do about it.

Because of the above I don’t know what the future holds for this blog, or me as “Datalanche” online. There is a chance that this might be the last post I make on mike-check.net. Maybe as I find my footing again I’ll find value in (and time for) doing this. A part of me does want to, or I wouldn’t have written this article. We can only wait and see. Whatever comes next, I want to sincerely thank anyone who has ever read, retweeted, commented, or shared anything I have done on here. It really does mean a lot to me. Thank you.

Until the next time we connect, be safe and healthy.

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Fan of アイドル, Japanese and Korean music, video games, anime, space, and technology. I tweet and blog about all of the above plus life.

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