For one thing, on my current-novel, it helped inspire me to vastly expand upon a scene that was always too brief in my opinion before. It was meant as vague foreshadowing, and to show the briefest of glimpses into the future characters, but it was nothing but dialog, and I thought of a way to give it personality that wasn't there before.
For another, obviously, reading about Bleach and seeing all the things it did well and all the flaws it had and such can give me a fair idea of what I can do, and shouldn't do, on my own Bleach-knockoff story. (Especially since I have a lot of the same flaws as Kubo does, namely: I don't kill off characters, in spite of introducing a TON of them. Except for villains, who die off in droves. I can't help that one. It's not in my nature. But it illustrates one example of a flaw.)
Yet one of the main things that reading about reading about the manga Bleach does is inspire me for my mangaesque webcomic...you know. The thing I have half-finished and have had half-finished for months? A little thing called Red Hood Rider? Yeah, that?
I really want to keep doing more art for it. And once more...I have unrestricted computer access, pretty much, with nothing that I "need" to do. I've got no job except on Sundays. My mom's in Oregon. My dad doesn't use the desktop. Neither does my sister. The only limitation is...me.
...And I've been looking for things to do, wasting a lot of time semi-intentionally. I've had some trouble getting motivated, getting momentum going, overcoming artist block for the series and tackling a page which quite frankly would probably have been better if I had split it into two. (It's gonna be cluttered.)
But...dangit, I want to do ART now.
So...I think I'm going to put a hold on my reading and begin to do stuff soonish.