A somewhat brief examination of environment, the types, and if it has bearing on the content Anime bloggers produce.
Note: This a rewrite of a previous post with slightly more detail on the subject matter.
Picking up Anime Blogging as a hobby is undoubtedly the best thing I could of ever did for myself and thanks to it, I have began to see it in a different light than I have previously. My ideas even seem easier to synthesize (expect lacking polishing), but with that said, I am still not free from some of the basic constraints which does tend to make the quality of my work suffer. It could be a number of various reasons, but instead of trying to pick them out among things like: time, energy, interest, state of mind, etc – I do believe it could center around a bigger culprit: Environment. Who is to say that the experiences that we have and the lives that we lead do not play a key factor? Could something like habits – the way you live even affect the quality of work you can produce or the way you choose to do it…? Getting slightly ahead of myself, so think I will explain the two different type of “environments”.
Immediate environment is the exact space where you are and the place where you are at the most when you write. Whether it be the comfort of your own room or your favorite cafe, the immediate environment “usually” can dictate what kind of quality of work you will produce. I say usually due to many people being able to do their best under any types of conditions while others of us (myself included sometimes) are conditioned or need a specific mold to work in, but not limited to. For example, I can say that I am very conformable with writing Anime reviews, but for a post of this manner, I have to stay focus and most of the time recline in my bed where I can muse and mediate on everything that I write or think of. It is just difficult to a degree doing it at my desk opposed to a place where I am naturally at ease. With that said, the immediate environment can also be said to be “constructed” to the person’s preferences and taste; more simply put, it is a place that we can control most of the time. This would be in regards to things like cleanliness, natural noise (tv, radio, etc), lighting, and other minuet things. Their are more nuances and the like to this rule, but the listed paints the gist of what I mean.
As for the second, personal environment, it is just what it sounds like: All the factors that personally involve you and how they relate toward you. To name a few of these traits it would be things like: lifestyle habits, personality, time, demographically setting, etc. This is probably one of the most flighty aspects when it comes to blogging, since it deals with things you have little to no control over or usually have a hard time trying to control. So for example, if you live in the city opposed to someone that lives in country; the level of work you will produce will differ from that other individual. However, do not misunderstand me – by no means do I mean that one is better than the other or can produce better post. That is not what I mean at all, but simply mean that lifestyle habits and ways of life – perspectives of personal environments lead different people from different walks of life and lifestyles to produce material how they see fit. Simply put (again), diversity of lifestyles grant diversity of material produced. Since a majority of us lead different lives and time effects us in different ways, whether we hold jobs, go to school, both, or whatever – inspiration, ideas, etc can strike us at different moments and the settings we are in affect this.
To put this all into perspective and terms easier to understand I will use myself as an example. This is just a general outline:
“Leaving out a few bits of information (for the sake of simplicity) I see myself as average twenty-one year old currently making my way through college to earn my degree. While my schedule is flexible and work load fairly rigorous, I still have free time during the weekends to write – where my immediate environment is kept semi-clean and neat. I have minor distractions and my personal environment outside my home (neighborhood) is moderately quiet and peaceful.”
Even though this is not a very fine tuned example of what I mean, if you think about what I have written and how it relates to you adding in things like writing style, your analysis skills (are you more macro or micro or both), time management skills, other hobbies, etc – it will make more sense than you can imagine.
The terms immediate and personal environment are terms I sort of coined and came up with myself, so maybe they are not the correct or best way to tackle the subject I mediated upon, but does bring up food for thought so speak. After all, Anime blogs and the people behind them are not homogeneously alike – we all are different. With different personalities, ways of thinking, ways of living, and other factors to minuet to mention them all, it is somewhat proof to the diversity of content Anime blogs come up with. In many ways, it might be the “environment” that helps or hindrances the writer – yet, I might be over thinking…again.