Lately I have been having this thought and it goes something like this… I love anime; I also happen to love gaming. The two often blend very well together by bringing out games like, J-Stars or Persona. They marry so well that it is often hard for one to feel as if the two could ever be at odds. Lately I have been seeing a divide in my own lifestyle where gaming often takes a front seat and anime gets the back seat. It never lasts for long and they often switch places and it got me thinking, Can you be both? The short and simple answer is, yes you can. This however, will not do for an article as it is pretty redundant to say that and then be done with it. The issue that an anime and gaming fan has, that is first and foremost, is the question of which one gets the most attention? Which one do I devote more time, if not equal, towards? As you can tell with our own website, that line is blurred quite a bit. There will be weeks or months with nothing but anime love and hardly any gaming love. With this past month, gaming has been a dominate post style for us, due mainly in part to Overwatch, and while it has still be received very well, it feels as if I am splitting my time unfavorably. While I am splitting my time and still watching anime, I am solely covering just the gaming aspects of my life. This just is not an issue with myself. Many other authors out there have ponder and may ponder the exact same questions as I have.
The issues of putting time equally into one section is almost a difficult dilemma as we want to devote the most time possible into the one thing that we are enjoying immensely. It’s like wanting to eat your favorite dinner but you also want to eat another dinner item that you really enjoy. So you end up splitting your time between them and ultimately you may start to favor one over the other. You like the Sirloin but the Tri-Tip is just so much more juicy for some reason. Granted I am not the best connoisseur when it comes to comparing steak’s but it serves as a proper example.We just want to enjoy both but we end up favoring one over the other and it usually ends up with us having mixed feelings. Especially when it comes to two amazingly fun categories that many of us spend almost a lifetime enjoying. So, what do we need to do, in order to provide the best amount of focus between the two? Time management. Often easier said than done, the simplest solution is to create a time management system of sorts to give you a better balance between being a fan of both. Anyone can devote time to two things they love and still get the satisfaction of enjoying them both very equally. Then again too much of one thing is not anything bad. Sure, it makes you feel as if you are simply ignoring the other part of your fandom but as long as you are still watching your favorite anime and playing your favorite games, it should be a win-win.
When it comes to a website perspective however, this could be a make or break deal; especially if you pride yourself on providing a varied spread of content between the two. It becomes a matter of alienating viewers who love your site for anime over the ones that enjoy the gaming aspects. The situation can also be taken vice-versa when dealing with anime over gaming. It becomes a matter of now balancing personal loves and interests over the interests and focus of a website. This may very well be where most of the drama in running a website develops from. If you want to share your passionate love for a particular title on your site you risk not providing an equal spread of gaming love and anime love. This varies from individual to individual but seeing as many of you run sites yourselves, what do you all think? Is it a situation that develops for you? Do you ever feel or think that you may focus to heavy on one aspect when you also want to focus on another? Feel free to leave us a comment below and tell us how you feel!
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