Whenever I hear from other anime bloggers about how large of a group we are, I roll my eyes and disregard the statement. I think we tend to forget that we aren’t nearly as important as we think we are, and more importantly, that anime/manga isn’t as important as we think it is either. It’s good to keep things in perspective, and even though I support and have donated to the effort of Anime and Manga Bloggers For Japan (and an ad banner is to the right as well, for those who care), the pitch being made on the website makes the group sound more noble than it is. And to me it has a whiff of that sort of “support the industry” mindset from others that has what really is a drop in the bucket sound like “our” helping out is the only way to stop the flood.
That being said, any donations to any charities is a good donation more often than not, and I certainly get behind the two organizations that Anime and Manga Bloggers For Japan are supporting given that Japan is only just starting to deal with the aftermath of a powerful earthquake and tsunami. But we need to remember that we’re probably helping out other people in different situations too with our donations, and that although it’s probably easier to think about, it shouldn’t just be about Japan or us. In the grand scheme of things, or blogs even, while we can make an impact, we’re still only just a tiny part.