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Has It Really Been Three Years?

Sometimes it feelings like time has just flown by, and sometimes it feels like I’ve been doing this forever, but today marks the 3rd anniversary for Manga Xanadu. Yeah, three years of reviews, ranting and maybe just a little real information imparted. I started this blog to share my love of manga and technology and point out the places where they can/should intersect, and it’s been a lot of fun. There have been some bunpy spots along the way, but I’m happy to say I’ve weathered them, blog and me intact.

As Manga Xanadu goes into its fourth year, I’ll be keeping to the routine I’ve been going with, as it’s comfortable and works well for me. I’ll try to keep the mix of reviews and articles up, as inspiration hits. I’ve also discontinued posting about other fandom on this blog. Manga Xanadu will remain for manga and e-reading technology only. I’ve created a new blog, Fangirl Xanadu, where I will occasionally post my thoughts and reviews of books, movies, TV and comics. It won’t be updated as regularly as here, as this is my main blog. But I wanted someplace to post my other fandom musing without alienating the readers here. It’s a work in progress, but does have thoughts on Doctor Who, movies, toy collecting, and general life in my corner of So Cal.

I hope you’ll stick with me as I move into this next year. I’m really gonna try and start writing shorter reviews and revive the Mini-Musings  reviews I used to do. I have a large pile of to be reviewed, almost as big as my to be read pile, and I do want to move these faster. I may also revive Confessions of a Mangaholic as I work through the process of letting go of titles I probably won’t read again. As much as I would love to have a giant library of nothing but manga, that’s just not feasible. And as much as I talk about it, I really need to change the talk into action. What really makes me sad to think about, is that there are titles that I thought I would never want to let go of, but as I look at my severely dwindling shelf space, I realize how quickly they can be replaced by newer titles that excite me now. And how these newer titles will probably be replaced as well. What strategies do you use to reduce your manga collection? I don’t mean what to do with them, but how do you convince yourself to let them go? How to you tell yourself it’s okay to say goodbye to a series that had once brought you lots of joy? Or is it a problem for you? I’d really love to hear what you think.

Japanese Journal: Change of Plan

SmartfmSome changes in RL has forced me to re-evaluate my Japanese studies. In other words, I have too many other things to keep up the pace I started last month. It hit me that had to come up with another plan when it was almost half way through the month and I hadn’t done anything to complete my kana studies.  So, I did what any other sane person would do. I went online to find something more structured, and joined I’ve head about this site for while, but my lack of progress convinced me that it might not be a bad idea to check them out.  And, they’re actually not too bad. I’ve started my first goal, which is of course, Mastering Hiragana.  This goal is a better way to learn the kana, because it not only takes you through the hiragana, it has audio, shows you the proper strokes for writing it, and has a typing of the romanji on the keyboard.  And it doesn’t go in order, like I was doing with my memorizing. This has been really helpful in teaching me to identify characters faster. It quizzes with multiple choice and by having you type the romanji. If you mess up, it takes you back to study the kana and then throws it back into the mix, quizzing you again until you get it right. I recommend checking out this site and goal.

So what have I been doing instead? Well, you might notice some changes to the blog. This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while, and I just sat down and did it finally.  I chose this theme so I could start to accommodate writing about more than just manga.  Manga will always be the focus of this blog, and will always be the featured article, but I wanted to be able to write about some of my other interested too, such as TV and books.  Manga updates and reviews will continue to be Mon-Wed-Fri-Wknd and and other interests will be on Tues-Thurs.  I just couldn’t keep up two blogs.  Right know you’ll notice a lot of Doctor Who posts.  I’m catching up and will then stay up-to-date through the end of the series. I hope if you share some of my other interests, you’ll enjoy these posts too.  But don’t worry, manga will stay my main focus. The pile of books next to my desk demand that it be so!

So, I’d love to hear what you think about the changes, the non-manga posts, and I’ll try to be more on the ball with the Japanese. Though, it might be more lucrative for me career-wise to start learning Mandarin Chinese.

Another Year Has Come and Gone

PresentsIt’s hard to believe, but this week marks Manga Xanadu’s second anniversary.  I hope everyone has enjoyed reading my posts from the last year.  I set myself a schedule of 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday & Friday, and with the addition of the This Week In Manga, one on the weekends, and have actually kept with it!  I’m rather proud of that.  It can be hard to be consistent, especially with RL and other commitments.  But, I’ve done my best and I hope you’ve been able to take away something from all my random ranting.

Over the past year, I think I’ve fallen behind on reviews for this site, concentrating on more commentary.  E-books and related technology have gotten a lot of coverage and remain among my most popular hits from search engines.  I will continue to cover this ever-evolving topic.  There is a definite future in e-books, one we shouldn’t ignore.  Searches for All Ages books have also remained high on the list.  Hopefully more teachers, librarians and parents are looking at manga as another avenue to get kids reading.  Manga is still misunderstood, and people still need to be educated about it.  Libraries have been under fire, especially in the last few months.  They need our support, and I am more than happy to give them any and all I can.

There have been some changes to the site, though no major overhauls.  I’ve started to add more personal things to the site, with my personal twitter feed and my other hobby, cross-stitch.  I may be adding some non-manga reviews int he future as my reading of audio books expands, as does my desire to share the good ones.

I’ve been keeping up with my other projects, Manga Village and Good Comics for Kids, surprisingly.  But it helps to work with a great group of people, which I do at both.  Having gotten into a good groove, I hope to continue with it, and that you’ll continue with me.

Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year, when you get the itch to clean out closets, move furniture and change up your wordpress website.  Well, the last wasn’t exactly on my list, but thanks to Kate Dacey’s new site Tha Manga Critic, I got the itch to change mine  around.  Half of my weekend gone later, and I have a new theme up as you can see.  I’ve simplified things as much as possible, hopefully making navigation easier and cleaner.

The All Ages Manga page has been updated with the new titles, though Previews has shown me more, so expect more updates on that page soon.

I debated this for a long time, but a look around the mangasphere has convinced me that I should put links for all my reviews for other sites, so the Reviews Archive will be getting a major update as well.

Has it really been a year?

It’s hard for me to believe, but it’s been a year since I started this blog.  I took baby steps before starting this blog.  I’ve never been someone to give my opinion.  I’ve always been a lurker on the internet, even in the days of bulletin boards, I just read more than posted.  I joined in 2005, but didn’t do anything with it until last year, just before they screwed everything up.  I started reading and commenting on other blogs before starting to post things of my own.  After testing the waters there, I tried out Livejournal.  Both were okay, but after listening to my tech shows for a while, I decided wordpress was a better way to go.  I really liked control and customization.  This became my Manga Xanadu, and livejournal became my general ranting about all fandom except manga.

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All Ages Manga Page

I’ve added a new page to help parents (or anyone else interested) in finding all ages manga from all the manga publishers available.  Publishers don’t make it very obvious which of their books are for everyone.  Sometimes I had to dig two or three pages deep to find it.  So, I decided to make this page so that there’s all in one place.  Keep checking the page, as I will update it as I find more new manga. I’ll also let you know of any updates here.  So click the link above, or check the Pages in the sidebar or on top the site.

Viz will have a lot coming out in 2009, which is nice to here.  It would be nice to see publishers like Del Rey and Yen Press, get some more books out.  Broccoli Books and Netcomics surprised me with their selection.  Netcomics even has some BL they rate as for all ages.  I don’t know if I want to start the kids on that…  Go Comi was another surprise, as they had no All Ages books at all.

Site Changes

You’ll notice a few changes to the site. The most obvious is the theme. While I liked the old one, it was old and wouldn’t let me use widgets. This new one is more up to date, has a second side bar, and I just like it. 🙂 I can now add things like the Upcoming Reviews widget. I’ve also added a few new pages. There’s now a reviews archive, with all the reviews on this site listed by title, company and age rating, all linked to the reviews. I’ve also added a page for the manga I’ve got to trade. There’s a list of manga that I’ll trade for, but I’m always interested in new titles, so make me an offer.