Kai’s Reflections On AniManga Blogs
During the Aniblog Tourney earlier this year, it did had it’s ups and downs, but I did learned a few things to improve my blog, thanks to some dedicated commenters who actually took the time to carefully observe and comment on the pros and cons of one’s blog.
And just recently, I was given the honor of partaking in another blog carnival project of Foxy Lady Ayame in her blog. The theme behind the carnival is focused on our thoughts and opinions on AniManga blogs themselves. I feel that this is a good chance for bloggers to point out their thoughts about ani-blogging itself, and for newer bloggers to review just what readers would like to see in their blogs. Below are my responses to Ayame’s questions.
What do you like to read and for what reasons (reviews, commentaries, editorials)?
I’m fine with most genres but my most favorite topics will still be commentaries and editorials. These types of topics allow me to learn more about an anime, by focusing on a particular subject or concept which may went unnoticed. Some may be subtle topics, and some could be heavier topics which could even focus on humanity itself. Editorials, combined with meticulously structured writing skills, are absolutely lovely, and the blogs of Yi, SnippetTee and Ephemeral Dreamer are a few of my favorites in that regard.
Due to my lack of time, episodic blogs are what I always try to avoid as much as possible, not because I hate them, but it’s because I don’t have the time to catch up on so many every week, and upon reading these episodic reviews, I may stumble upon some spoilers, which is not good for my heart.. or eyes as it seems.
As I’m a jack-of-all-trades kind of blogger (in fact, I may start my own “anime recipe” post soon, perhaps starting with a simple dish, so some advice would be nice if you may, Marina^^”), I would also love to see more of us like me, Arashi or Nopy, who blogs about topics more then just anime, including manga, games, magazines, light novels, visual novels, figures, music, technology; and reviews/commentaries/editorials/quick impressions for each of these. It really forces a person to go more depth into the culture, not just in anime but in almost everything within the otaku fandom.
What do you do when you stumble across a new blog?
It all depends, but the first thing I do is most likely to check out their contents, if it’s about episodics again, then I try my best avoid any eye contact to avoid any spoilers, seems like I mind spoilers much more then I think, especially if the show is very heavily story-focused. A good blog with a lot of unique contents would sometimes even had me reading the blog for hours. Interested, I would then check out the “about” page to see the blog’s background, and about the author(s). If that blog strikes me fancy, then off with my blogroll links exchange.
What must a good animanga blog have and do?
A “good” animanga blog, you say? There are certainly a few factors which should be considered.
This goes without saying. Blogs without any activity for half a year would immediately be “deadman wonderland.” Half a year may seems like a small period, but one can achieve a lot in such a time. Believe it or not, deluscar and Anime Viking are barely even 1 year old, and honestly in just 6 months time, I was actually proud that I had made such fine progresses, and I’m sure Anime Viking’s author, Marrow would feel the same. Though, even if you’re really need to be inactive due to RL issues, which are honestly understandable, remember that it’s important to announce it to your readers so that they have a heads up.
Most importantly, be yourself. Ignore what the masses of people think and most especially, do not cater to other people and change your opinions based on other people’s wills. Your opinions are your own, and your blog is your own, most people, and especially me, read one’s blog to take notice of one’s unique thoughts, opinions, and even inspirations.
There is no need to make really complicated, sophistical designs for your blogs. The most important thing is that, the background should not make the text too hard to read, and try not to make your sidebar or pages too clustered up. Basically, a simple and neat design that makes it easy on the eyes would suffice. Also, neat organizations are very important, and is also what I’m still constantly trying to improve on. Including simple functions and widgets like “search bar”, “categories” and “tags” is like heaven and hell. There’s no better frustration then when one enters a blog, only to find that navigating through the blog is like navigating through a maze. A better organization keeps messiness at bay.
Everything must possess an equal scale of balance, and in this regard, the ratio between pictures and text is crucial. It is very important to have pictures, but not so much pictures as it would turn into a pics spam. The amount of pictures inserted into a post MUST NOT overcome the content’s presence. Vice versa, the amount of text in a post MUST NOT overcome the presence of the pictures, as doing this would make your post a huge wall of text essay. Also, if what you wanted to write out gets a little bit too lengthy, remember to summarize them as much as possible, or you can break down the whole post in a series of posts; Marrow and his series of fansub posts is a good example.
This is pretty self-explanatory. Remember to always reply your comments no matter how busy you are, and if possible, try to post some comments back at their blogs too. This back and forth cycle is the best and most simple method of gaining readership. Of cause, you should also set up the twitter/facebook widget as soon as possible, and always updates your latest blog posts there as well.
This is complicated, and is probably what new bloggers are trying to achieve: trying to find their own distinctive writing style. Numbers of unique compositions include Ace and his straightforward writing and Ephemeral Dreamer and his abstract, and almost poetic writing style. Additionally, there’s feal87′s childish and hyper persona and also Glothelegend, and his joking, and sometimes trolling (in a good way) demeanor. If you managed to develop your own unique, distinctive style, stick to it!
What blogging behaviors annoy you?
While I haven’t really experience any serious dorama ever since I started this blog (maybe I’m good at avoiding), there are still a few behaviors which I think most should take notice of.
Arguing without basis
It is good to discuss and debate, especially with people with opposing views, who can provide an in-depth outlook of their own perspectives. Yet, there are some who does not read the whole post, get the whole picture or even thinks from the author’s perspective, who posts their selfish and biased opinions which amazingly, does not even had anything to do with the actual topic at hands sometimes. As E Minor puts it, disagreements should be food for thoughts, and if one should disagree, he should be able to provide legit reasons, and calmly retaliate at the other party.
Showing off one’s “wordy” wisdom
There is no need to constantly use big and complicated words to impress one’s readers. While of cause, I appreciate and respect a well-used vocabulary at times, but constantly using complicated words sometimes make it harder for readers to grasp your point, which is an immediate back-fire. Remember, aforementioned, balance is the key to everything.
Leaving without notice
Aforementioned, it is important to notify your readers in case you will be posting much slower or will be inactive altogether. While on a less major levels, not informing your readers and just went off “like the wind” is probably what most people wouldn’t be fond of much, and I’m certainly one of them.
This is my answers, my outlooks, my reflections, on animanga blogs in general. Blogging is a fun activity which most anime fans indulged in, and let’s work on to improve our blogs, and to make blogging even more fun then before! If you have the time to, feel free to have a look at Foxy Lady Ayame’s carnival post and share your views.
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