I don't blame you if you missed it given how long my log is, but I've already been there and done that. Early on in my journey, I tried out LingQ, quickly exhausted the free trial, then deleted my account and created a new one and resolved to carefully avoid creating LingQs so I could maintain my access. Then I accidentally created some LingQs anyway and gave it up as not worth the effort because the UI creates LingQs if you so much as look at it funny.
Anyway, if you want to find out what I've tried, just read my log.
I didn't miss it. Although I'm slightly puzzled, because it's not like I just stumbled upon your log, I've been here and regularly engaging with you in your log right from the start, and I was the one who originally suggested LingQ to you early on, so it would be rather impossible for me to miss it
(in that light, your request is kind of funny)
I think you misinterpreted the title. I never said I'd only be doing listening practice and nothing else. With my previous languages, I'd start watching stuff in the TL very early on, but I'd also be making heavy use of Duolingo the whole time.
Just to assure you, I am up to date on the log, and I'm also up to date on other related comments you've made outside of this log, including on devilyoudont's log and the main forum. I wouldn't have misinterpreted things from reading the title. I've read every post, and I also understand (from your OP) that you expected your usual TV approach with languages more similar to English would not necessarily be easily adaptable to Japanese and that something extra may be required.
Hopefully that convinces you
First off, thank you for taking the time to write such a lengthy post. Anyway, I'm not saying that SRS doesn't work— far from it in fact! I've been making heavy use of Wanikani and also doing Bunpro, both of which are SRS. My previous comments were about anki specifically seeming ineffective when I tried to study vocabulary with it.
I think I get your point, I think you're saying that the other aspects of Wanikani and Bunpro in addition to the SRS make it more effective, and that just SRS alone can't be enough. We probably agree, and I was just using the words SRS and Anki interchangeably. Just as Wanikani and Bunpro add an extra layer of experience on top of just vanilla SRS, I think that's what a lot of Anki users do as well, but they combine Anki with other things to create the particular combination they want as opposed to using a pre-packaged integration that you find on those two sites. MattVsJapan I think has done a good job on his YouTube channel of describing a lot of the different ways Anki can be used.
Anyway, as for my previous question to you, my interest in your "cautionary tale" on audio-based immersion learning was really just spurred by a recent comment you made on the main forum:
As someone who is in favor of audio-based immersion learning, and thus would naturally be biased to support your position, I couldn't disagree more. I tried that, and it doesn't work. You might notice that my Japanese log
is literally titled "Japanese listening from nothing", and yet I ended up spending the majority of my time studying kanji anyway!
With your expectation that your usual listening approach for languages similar to English would not necessarily translate well to Japanese, I was curious to see what other approaches you might come up with or experiment with, and the "cautionary tale", if it ever eventuated, would comprise the set of posts that log your experience trying those approaches. As you commented above, you ended up spending the majority of your time with text-based learning, and so there is still an untold story of the journey that led you to that transition, which I would be fascinated to read (of course I don't want to burden you with writing this if you feel there isn't much more to share, but still I'm curious in that side of your story).
Incidentally, if you are still on the lookout for more audio-based immersion learning approaches to try (which you might not be), here is a list of audio-based approaches I'm aware of:
1. Story-based text+audio (e.g. LingQ) where you focus on the audio part.
2. Glossika overlearning-style text+audio sentences where you focus on the audio part.
3. Subs2srs generation of text+audio sentence flashcards where you focus on the audio part
4. Kanji Keith's TV method (just watching TV with no translation - hint: not really very effective)
5. Audio text+word flashcards where you focus on the audio part.
6. Probably many others yet to be thought up.