What are the Ongoing Investigations?

Of all the questions I get about the blog oddly enough one of the most common is what are the Ongoing Investigations about? Several people have asked what their purpose is and how are they supposed to fit into the rhythm of the blog. I figured it would be best for me to lay out their purpose on the blog as it in not intuitive.

The Ongoing Investigations are supposed to be little peeks into what we are watching and reading outside of our main posts on the blog. We each pick three things that we were interested in that week and talk a bit about them. There is often not much rhyme or reason to what we pick. They are just the most interesting things we saw since the last Ongoing Investigation.

1. They are quickly consumable.

Most of the blog can be a bit verbose especially to the rapidly expanding tl;dr Internet crowd. There are some things we would like to talk about that are worth mentioning about certain shows that we want to get off out chests but are not complex enough to turn into a whole article. These are just little tidbits about what we looked at in a given week.

2. We have different tastes.

While we have very similar tastes in anime Narutaki and I are hardly of one mind when it comes to what we watch. Shocking as it maybe Narutaki does not really have anything to do with Type-Moon fandom despite what the Internet might assume. I don’t read that much BL. I don’t think their either of us would be thrilled to read everything the other one is enjoying no matter how much we individually might enjoy it. The¬†Ongoing Investigations are a way for us to talk about things the other person on the blog could care less about.

3. It is the closest we will come to being an episodic blog.

I don’t think either of us have the patience or desire to run an episodic blog. But at the same time I know that people are often curious what we are watching and what we think of it. The Ongoing Investigation are a good way to show people what we are keeping up with. People might be curious to what I think of the new Pretty Cure iteration but I would rather not make a whole post to just say, “It was pretty alright.”

4. They are an easy way to increase the post count.

We both just wanted an easy article to do once a week. People like to visit sites that regularly update. So we try to get out content as many times a week as possible. This is something both of us can work on and usually get out once a week no matter what is going on in our lives.

4 thoughts on “What are the Ongoing Investigations?

  1. will'o'wisp says:

    Heres a suggestion. Maybe you guys could set up an ‘About’ page for the blog so new readers can get a quick rundown of how things work such as what Ongoing Investigations are or what the Speakeasy refers to and maybe a links to a few of your most popular and/or best articles.

  2. Mushyrulez says:

    Perhaps something like ‘New to Reverse Thieves? Click this link to learn more!’ that’s considerably less cheesy would work.

    I think you guys might want to add a mini-introduction to each Ongoing Investigation, e.g. ‘In this week’s Ongoing Investigation, we’ll be talking about buying caterpillars, that new Tetris game, and also some short thoughts about last century’s episode of Phantasmagorie.’ Yes, the posts are already short as they are, but in this economy, even tl;dr is too long to read!

    P.S. I guess this economy doesn’t have to do with anything, but OH WELL.

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