Introducing AmeWota Version 2.0 (Finally)

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It happens every year or so – I decide to relaunch the blog. A clean slate, fresh woods and pastures new.

Except this time I decided to take a hiatus, as well. And what was originally just going to be a week with the site down ended up being two months. I was still around on International Wota – but that was writing about other bloggers, not blogging myself really.

It wasn’t that I didn’t have anything to blog about. Seriously, I could take the rest of the year completing the blog entries I’ve been dying to do.

But I just wanted to make sure I was committing myself properly to this blog and to my writing on a broader level. I’ve long been chasing the perfect balance between writing, family, and work, and it was a heavy imbalance away from writing that made American Wota 1.0 a flawed phase in my blogging adventure. New baby and too much work led to a rather spotty track record; there were some highlights (I’m fondest of my Top Ten U15 Idols essay, where I lay out much of my conceptual beliefs about idols), but also a lot of silence and excuses.

So with Version 2.0 of American Wota, I want to push myself and my writing to a different level, to live up to the promise from Cult of Pop 2.0 – and add some new twists, as well. I must admit, I’ve now got one eye always set on a bigger picture – blogging doesn’t just have to be the be-all and end-all, it can also be a part of a larger process for me as a writer. And at the heart of it all is my fascination with pop culture, especially the world of idols. To quote Victor Hugo, “Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.” He surely must have had Shihono Ryo and Tsugunaga Momoko when he wrote that. Okay, maybe not – but those are words worth living up to, eh?

While I’m not going to make any promises – Haru Moni’s even more of a handful as she approaches her first birthday, and I have to say I’ve been wasting a whole lot of time on my new Xbox 360 Elite (should gaming be a part of the new balance I seek?) – I do hope to give readers a good reason to check this site out on a regular basis. I’ll make a small stab at timeliness with short reviews of recent releases. There’ll be more historically- and semiotically- minded reviews of favorite performers, starting off with a look at ten years of Morning Musume’s singles PVs (a series that I promised, what? six months ago? a half dozen scandals back?). And there’s going to be wota-centered fiction, beginning with a serialized pulp novella called The Bukkake Artist.

So this should be fun. It should always be fun. I can’t ever forget that, or else why am I bothering?

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12 Responses to “Introducing AmeWota Version 2.0 (Finally)”
  1. zush says:

    Finally comeback of our J-pop&rock light house (or something)!

  2. Julia says:

    Now this is what I like to wake up to. =D

  3. Garamond says:

    Congrats on your new blog. Looking good. 🙂

  4. Chuck says:

    Welcome back, Ray. It’s always good to have your unique perspective springing itself on the unsuspecting Internet.

  5. broomhead says:

    Glad to see you back!

  6. Hanachan says:

    I don’t think a day went by where I didn’t wonder what happened to AmeWota-honestly. Glad to see you back 🙂

  7. Wu-san says:

    you know, I was getting worried 😉

  8. paul.thomas says:

    Good to see you back, look forward to reading your posts!

  9. HUGE void gets filled back up. Keep on keepin’ on!

  10. reedf says:

    i’m not sure where to post this (its kind of late…) but the new site is great, however ever since the new one came up i can’t access the forums?

  11. Ray Mescallado says:

    It’s still in the same location: http://www.americanwota.com/forum/ . The link at the top of the page should take you there.

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