(Random Tharja picture because I’m so obsessed with Fire Emblem. You don’t even know.)
After several years, Never Outgrew Toys is still chugging along. But while the figure world continues to churn out plastic temptations, the real world is forever changing, and with new friends, hobbies, and priorities, I’ve found it more and more difficult to maintain the blog like before. Ideally, I get new figures, photograph them, write a review, and publish easy peasy…except that has not been happening. As I get more and more figures at a time and find myself with less time to review them, they pile up and up and up and up and…you get the point. My review backlog stretches back to figma Levi, and not even cleaning Levi . I’m talking about original Levi from summer 2014. Now, catching up is not impossible. I could buckle down and do it, but just knowing that there are that many figures backed up is very stressful and stops me from what this blog should be about…fun! Now, this isn’t anybody’s fault. I was the one who decided to review figures, and I really do like it. Whenever I get a new figure, I love looking at all of the details and can’t wait to show them to you all, but I’ve found that my current system is rather stifling.
What I have been doing is getting a new figure and putting it away until I can properly review it. Then, I try to give it the best most unique photo shoot possible to accompany the review which itself takes several hours to write. The whole process is very formal, and I’ve begun to dislike it more and more, so I want to do away forcing myself to do it. I initially began reviewing my figures to show them off with fun photos at the end of the review, but trying to make everything perfect and planned takes away those little moments of serendipity and candidness which I personally value.
What I want to say is that I will not be quitting reviews, but I no longer want them to be my main focus. I have many many photos from throughout the year waiting on reviews that will take ages to write, so I am just going to publish them. It will be the same with all of my new figures. If I want to photograph a figure, I will. Then I can publish the pictures right away and you all can see new figures sooner leaving me to write a review on my own time. The reviews will still have fun photos at the end–nothing about the reviews themselves will change, but I do not want to withhold content anymore because of them. Hopefully, that way my blog won’t be Figma News Fridays for weeks at a time anymore and I can return to enjoying the hobby and concentrating on what I really want to. When a hobby starts feeling like a job, you’re probably doing something wrong.
I am not upset about this change though. When I began blogging, my life was very different, and I had a lot of time to myself–maybe not in the best way, so I am happy to see things swing in a different direction, and I think that this change was a long time coming.
Anyway, please look forward to posts perhaps not regularly, but at least more often and an overall looser feeling with my photography. I have some cute figma pictures to share!