If you’ve read any of my posts, you’ll notice that I can include lots and lots of links. I’ll add links to Wikipedia pages, news sites, or other blogs to take the reader to additional information.
Why do I do that?
I do it because I think the web’s important. I think it’s important because it lets someone like li’l ole me generate content. But just me writing my butt off won’t achieve much; folks have to read what I write. In recent years, publicizing work has fallen to social networks like Twitter, Google Plus, and Facebook. Yet, all three of those venues exist for the benefit of corporations — not for us as content providers.
So, in the hopes karma will follow, I read others sites. I link to those other sites. I link to these other sites because I think that other material enhances what my content brings to the table, and I want to celebrate others who write about the same things I do. By participating in that culture, maybe I’ll attract readers to my site, if my material’s worthy!
I think that’s important.
I didn’t realize how important until I read a post by Hossein Derakhshan. If you want to see why it’s vital we link to one another’s works, read his post on the subject.
So, I’ll continue linking to other sites. I’ll continue seeking out others who have something to say about anime and its culture. I’ll continue trying to add value to that larger conversation. It’s a small thing, but I hope it’ll make the world a bit better a place.