Although several of these new blogs feature excellent and weighty content, none has attracted the creative energy, the debate, the passion, or the scale of participation Neomarxisme achieved.
I feel like some of Neomarxisme was that there was a debate in the air and I was there right-time/right-place. I also had a schedule that allowed me to essay every day and a backlog of topics in my head. Now there are a lot more good blogs about Japan that actually provide lots of nice details and information instead of rhetoric and opinion. My Neomarxisme writing about Japanese politics, for example, is criminally simple.
MEKAS. and Clast are over for me, so I am now working on a lot of new content for Néojaponisme. But I feel like the "stakes are higher" in this 2009 blogosphere compared to 2004, so I have to work a lot more on each essay before it goes up. The old site had a lot of spontaneity and rough edges. The product of youth, no doubt.