I came across my answer to this question: What has happened to you when you’ve followed your bliss? on Quora. Since it is absolutely related to Okazu, I wanted to share my answer with you:
Campbell talked about this line at length. “Follow Your Bliss” wasn’t ever meant to be a bumper sticker, but a compulsion, something that the Hero HAS to do. It’s not easy, cute, fluffy-bunny stuff. It’s hard work, thankless and you can never go home again.
Yes, I’ve followed my bliss. It’s hard work, thankless and the new home I have made is full of amazing people. But it’s still work, every day. And when I die, no one will remember or care. I will be a footnote in a book, a sidebar discussion in a discussion and that’ll be my entire legacy. 3 paragraphs in a text no one will read.
I wanted you to know that, yes, I consider this endless promotion of a genre to fans who would suffocate it to death with their love a compulsion.
I cannot stop exhorting you to support the creators with money, to appreciate the riches you have now, when a decade ago you had so much less.
I will not stop writing reviews in hopes that you will buy or license to consume the content on a particular platform no matter how many excuses you have to justify not doing so.
I will continue to tell companies like Sentai to cease translating the word “Yuri” if they cannot find a less skeevey phrase than “girl on girl”. I will continue to rag at Seven Seas for never thinking to send me a review copy of their books – even the ones I worked on.
I will continue to comment on fanboys’ absurdly simplistic understanding of women. I will be too opinionated and too rude for these poor, sensitive fanboys who are remarkably fragile for people who threaten to rape and kill me all the time.
I will continue to support the industry with loads of my money, because I fucking love Yuri. And if you love it, you’ll do the same thing. (And I’ll keep saying that.)
I will continue to spend 40 or more hours a week on reading, writing, researching, answering questions, working websites, projects and promotion.
When I die, no one will remember me or Okazu, because I will have not been the person who made any money on this, gained any recognition or lifetime achievement awards. It’ll probably kill me in the end.
But I have to do it, because that is what I have to do. Because I love it with a burning flame of passion that can’t be quenched.
This is what “Following Your Bliss” looks like.