2002. Livejournal, then a growing social network, inspired Ms. D to try her hand at an online journal. A month-long experiment of emo yearnings yielded mixed results. I enjoyed the writing but not the environment. And so I explored other options. The search led me to Blogger.
At around that time, the geekiness inside me blossomed into a lovely but weird entity. My love for Japanese animation and graphic novels has matured into a point where they were my primary entertainment. I did not watch television at all. And when you are in love, you have the urge to announce your love to the whole world. And thus, begin a turning point.
Blogger became a platform of episodic series reviews and anime-related tidbits. The site ran from 2003 until its last breath on late 2007. I became part of an awesome (but obsessive) community; I became friends with some of the best people I know.
During this fun times, I accumulated an expensive hobby of collecting DVDs, graphic novels, PVC figurines, artbooks, etc. It’s one thing to purchase items you will treasure for a long time. But my collecting morphed into hoarding. And my downfall was graphic novels. My thinking, “I just had to have it. Period.” As if to prove to the readers that the growing list is proof of my never-ending love. In fact, I had a category called “Splurge” to glorify spending. Yes, I was that person.
Let me share an excerpt:
It is mid-July and this impulsive shopper has not purchased any anime/manga related goodies for the month.Methinks, I didn’t miss a whole lot so I set my sights on the eighth month of the year.
August. My birth month. It’s a great excuse to spend hard earned money. Forget 401k. Think instant gratification.
Ummm… Yes, I said, “Forget 401k. Think instant gratification.”
I cringe at my poor financial literacy.
While I shake my head at my financial failure, I weep for those books packed in boxes and untouched for many moons. These volumes are meant to be read.
Fast forward to 2013. The Doodles acquired close to a thousand of graphic novels. Only a third of them, I truly love. So we added a goal for the year: Sell the unloved two-thirds to people who will adore and care for them. (And no, it’s not a spiel. I really wish them great homes.)
Last week, Mr. D helped inventory half of the collection as a starting point. Captured images will included to item description in the online store . I am in charge of the set up, while Mr. D will be the courier. By December 2013, this goal shall be completed.
Hobbies are awesome. We derive pleasure, relaxation, and moments of fleeting joy. It is a positive experience at your own leisure time. I understand the advice for using the library for your daily reading habits. At the same time, I believe in supporting writers and artists whom I respect and admire. Yet extremes need to be balanced. If you must, curate only absolute favorites. Mindless purchase for mere bragging rights is a waste of money and a disrespect for the author.