Today’s my 29th birthday, and being only a year away from the big 30, it’s a little scary. This past year has seen a lot of changes in my life, both in terms of blogging and personally…
For those of you who were around during the summer hiatus I took last year, you know that I’ve recently returned to being a full-time student trying to get certificates in the IT field. When I first announced it, I was still working at my previous job as well as taking a summer course, so I had to put the blog on hiatus for a while. When the fall semester came around and I was busy taking four classes, I quit my job (it was just a minimum wage job that I didn’t intend to stay at forever anyway) so I could focus solely on my studies. I also decided to loosen up my blogging schedule to once every 10-14 days as opposed to once a week like I was doing when I was working.
Now that I’ve taken about nine computer science classes in different areas of the field (networking, web site design, database design, PC maintenance) I have indeed gotten a lot more knowledgeable on the subject than I was a year ago, but I know I’m still a ways away from having the kind of knowledge I’d need to get a well-paying job. I’ve gotten As in all my classes, but that’s mostly because I’m a good student who turns in assignments on time and knows how to study well for tests. But like I’ve said before, I’m lacking terribly in hands-on experience, which is what’s really important in this field. A lot of my fellow computer science students have an edge in that they already have hands-on experience building computers, designing networks, etc., either due to their jobs or personal hobbies. So I know I’ve got a long way to go to catch up, especially since computer science has never been a hobby of mine (besides dabbling in html for my old web site) and is still relatively new to me. I don’t think I can make myself as passionate about computers as I am with my other interests, but hopefully that’s not a necessity for landing myself a decent job in the field. I also know that I should pick one area of computer science to focus on – after all, it seems like you’re more likely to get a good job if you become an expert at one thing rather than being only mildly knowledgeable about several things – but I’m still unsure as to which area I like the most and feel the most confident about. And then again, many of my teachers who have had very successful IT careers seem to be experts on everything about computers…gah, if any of you reading this are IT people and can offer advice, I’d appreciate it XD
But although I am a bit uncertain about my future, I’m still optimistic as well. I know you can make tons of money in certain IT fields, but I’d just be happy making enough money to live comfortably. I don’t need to get the top-paying job as long as I can live without financial worries, so I’m hoping I’ll eventually find my little niche in the IT world and gain enough knowledge to live how I want regardless of whether I reach “expert” level or not. I already asked the department chair at my college if I could volunteer in the computer lab and he said he’ll look into it. Getting your foot in the door, even if you have to work for free for a while, could be worth it in the end!
Besides that, another thing I took note of this past year is that…I’m running out of blog topics! I know I said that before over three years ago and yet was still able to churn out editorials since. But now I feel like I’ve REALLY hit a writer’s block. I know the one main reason is simply because when you’ve been running a non-episodic blog for so many years, eventually you’re gonna run out of good ideas. But the other main reason is that I just haven’t been motivated to write about anime topics lately. Don’t get me wrong, I still watch anime all the time and am keeping up with all of my seasonal shows. I just haven’t been in the mood to write editorials focused only on anime; if you look at my editorial posts from the past few months, you’ll notice that a lot of them are only somewhat related to anime, or not at all. I still love anime of course, and as I said, I’m still keeping up with my seasonal shows, and there’s a ton of spring shows I’m planning to watch…anime just hasn’t been my most favorite thing as of late. I’ve been into my other hobbies more, like competitive Pokemon battling, Frozen and other Disney/American animated movies, indie horror games like Five Nights at Freddy’s, getting together with friends, and keeping up with videos from my favorite YouTubers. This may not last and I could get motivated to write anime-specific editorials again, especially if I get new ideas for topics. Since this is still an anime blog, I still want to make sure my posts are related to anime in some way, but non-anime ones may find their way here too, as well as ones that could relate to anime but aren’t specifically about it. I know this slight shift in focus, as well as the recent increased length between posts, has caused me to lose some readers, but that’s just how it is now. I’m glad this current season of anime will be ending soon so I can write my reviews of them and won’t have to come up with other post ideas! XD
So that’s what’s been going on with me as I hit my 29th year. It’s another transitional phase of my life, but hopefully one that will lead to good things. My mom has a friend visiting from out of state today, and since this is only her second day here, I knew it would be tricky to celebrate my birthday today, so I celebrated last week. I had eight friends come over and we played Smash Brothers and Mario Kart on the Wii U, as well as a few rounds of Pokemon and Weiss Schwarz, while stuffing our faces with cake and sandwiches. You gotta live it up while you’re young and able! Anyway, I’ll be back in the coming weeks with my reviews for Parasyte, Junketsu no Maria, Shigatsu Uso, Shirobako, and Death Parade. See you all then~!