TPAB’s Top Ten: Things I Learned From Six Years of Blogging and Reviewing (Part 4 of 10)

I think this’ll be the last one about interacting with other people. The rest of the top ten will be about things I learned as a reviewer, and yes, there is always room to grow even if I’m six years deep into it. But that’s for the next post, let’s end the interacting side with something mushy.  

Ugh, I keep re-reading this one and it seriously sounds cheesy. I don’t have a problem writing with my heart, but I mostly talk about my self, or something personal. Talking about bloggers just isn’t me, but this past year has been about personal growth so I want to talk about bloggers that helped achieve that. I am sorry for the weird shout out It’s so not like TPAB >< 

4. Friendly yet Reclusive

This year, stepping out of my bubble has been an interesting change of pace. As I meet new people, I did soon learn that I actually pick the people I interact with. It harks back to my days being depressed, and I actually have a hard time joining an established group. In every round of tags in twitter, I always hate Leap because he would always tag me. I hate myself even more because I can’t bring myself to join in. It’s a weird trait of mine, and one I am trying to change. Despite engaging in the anime community, I still find myself intentionally avoiding big hyped events and the sort. To me, it just doesn’t feel genuine of me to just join a trend because it’s the thing everyone else is doing. I don’t like forcing myself to be like everyone else, and it’s because I know I am not like everyone else. I have weird unexplored issues, and it is something I want to change moving forward. I should be more sociable, instead of being an awkward potato. Hey, something for my seventh year, I guess.

Despite being a creepy lurker, I do go out of my way to talk to people. If I ever reached out to you in DMs or if I regularly comment on your blog, then I do want to know you better. I’m willing to step out of my bubble and be friends with you. Not just online companions that likes and comments on each other’s’ blogs. No, I seriously want to know you better and be very good friends. I’m seriously putting effort into this, and some people do respond positively to it. Others are instantly wary of it, but that’s kinda my reaction to what I’m doing as well if I was ever approached. To people I try to befriend, I’m sorry for being so forward but also thank you for entertaining my randomness.


I hate singling her out, but I want to say thank you to Keiko, a massive recluse than me, for actually being good friends with me. I don’t have her in my blog roll, I rarely comment on her posts, she doesn’t visit my site at all, and yet we enjoy doing collab projects and greeting each other every day. Ever since our first collab, I’ve always found a friend in her. It sounds so cheesy, but I value our genuine interaction and not our likes and comments we leave in our blogs. I’m not saying commenting and liking is a bad thing though. Seriously cakes, boost my stats! But also, thanks for making my sixth year as TPAB a weirdly interesting one.

I’d also like to give a shout out to Leap, who I believe has been on WP for seven years. He doesn’t celebrate the banality of our existence like I do, but I actually reached out to him this past year. We talk almost every day, I mostly talk about myself and anything under the sun, and we do not hold back on anything. I like confiding in him, and I’m sure he enjoys talking about idols with me. I am actually proud that I dug him out of his idle blogging presence, and we decided to enjoy our long years together as friends.  I believe I’m close enough to these two that I can actually ask them for money should I ever need it. I haven’t asked yet, but I’m pretty sure they won’t hesitate to wire it to me. Actually…

Yeah, I personally don’t ask money so as soon as I got a lukewarm response, I immediately stopped and told them it was all just for a visual gag for this post. I hate having debt of any kind especially one that’ll inconvenience others. Anyways, they’re awesome people, and I honestly would’ve never even met them had I not stepped out of my bubble. Blogging isn’t just about my 1000 review goal moving forward, that’s for sure.

Full List

1. The Diversity of the Anime Tag
2. The Blogger Dilemma
3. Collabs are fun
4. Friendly yet Reclusive
5. MAL Synopsis
6. Episodic Review is a Hard yet Interesting Adjustment
7. Dramatical Murder and Yosuga no Sora
8. The Special Secret Relationship of the Fans of the Original Source and the Anime Staff
9. The Faithful Adaptation of a Bad Anime Paradox
10. Hurdles and Setbacks Makes Life More Interesting

15 thoughts on “TPAB’s Top Ten: Things I Learned From Six Years of Blogging and Reviewing (Part 4 of 10)

  1. When I used to go into chat rooms I found that the friends I made online I tended to be more open with. I don’t know if it is something about being behind a keyboard, but it is nice to find those who you can have a connection with that aren’t even in the same time zone as you.

    • i feel the same way. But I did feel a bit more depressed when my OL friends stop coming online because they’re busy with their lives while I barely made any progress. haha
      but i’m reaching out again 🙂

    • thank you, and yes. my enthusiasm to interact with others comes and goes too. They say its cause I’m a gemini, but yeah, it’s weird.
      thanks for commenting fellow friendly reclusive!!!!

  2. Eyy, I stopped tagging you in those, haha!

    But yeah no you really did kinda pull me out my little laid-back space that I made for myself (which in turn made for a disconnect between me and the commnunity as a whole) by constantly tagging me in those blog chains, lol

    It’s true that I’ve been around for a while (stahp mentioning that I’m old!) and in that time I saw a lot of anibloggers just vanish into the ether. I reckon that was to be my trajectory as well had you not reeled me in to be more active, so I do have to thank you for that.

    And so this comment doesn’t end up as sappy as your post here, I’ll end with this — a mushy write up from someone who claims to be “pantless” is quite the gap xD

    • I’ll do my best to join in those tags.

      and lol, expect more tag chains then because I have a lot on my backlog hahaha

      we are old. us old people need to stick together xD
      and I will not let you vanish, unless RL stuff happens. We’re in this together, us ancient bloggers

      I…don’t get it. but yeah, *nods enthusiastically*

  3. Aww, this was a lovely post to read 😀 I feel like I understand the plights of a pantless anime guy a little more now. 🙂
    I’m an awkward potato, too. Pretty much scared shirtless of everybody. So I appreciate your efforts to step out of our bubble 😀

  4. That was a lovely post and let’s be honest super cheesy. 😂😂 Also, thank you too! If you hadn’t started talking to me first, we’d never have been friends in the first place lol. 😂😊

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