Why do bloggers blog?
It’s a simple question, but you’ll probably get different answers from everyone. For me, blogging is a form of introspection, an outlet, a tool for reach out to like-minded people. It’s great to have a site where you could post your thoughts, anime or not. It’s a space where you should feel safe, and believe me when I say that’s not as easy to maintain in the online world. I try to keep this blog disconnected from my real life, not so I can rant about people behind their backs, but so I can have more freedom in posting.
(After all, if your meatspace friends or even your boss can read your depraved Japanese cartoon blog, it’s going to open up a can of worms.)
Blogging is an outlet, because I can write about stuff that I can’t talk to people here, because they are so out there in terms of subject matter that nobody else cares. So instead of sperging out in their faces, I write it down here. And if I’m lucky, people will read, and comment, and I get a bit of conversation. Then we become Twitter bros4lyf (don’t follow me on Twitter!). Even if your posts aren’t the least bit personal, there’s still a therapeutic effect you can count on–it just feels good.
You know when people rant online about not having anyone who shares hobbies in the area? Man. It’s 2014, make a blog or a Tumblr (which has evolved into something more than a blog, and less). Expand. It’s not like you can do a lot about living in a hick town where nobody else has heard of Crunchyroll. Actually, most of you are lucky to have Crunchyroll.
What about reaching out? Time and again I am surprised with how fans just turn up when I post about something. It’s my favorite feeling when someone comments with gushing enthusiasm in any of my posts. Just means that other like-minded fans will come to you as long as you plant your feet on the ground and shout.
There isn’t much to it. I don’t force myself to write posts anymore, because it’s never going to be good, and someone else will put me to shame on the topic.
These reasons are probably why I am still keeping this blog. Since I don’t care about hits, I’m not inclined to follow any trends that I can’t see the worth of, like, ehem, season previews. They’re useful and all, but this blog certainly isn’t a service to others, and I don’t even have an audience I could reliably pander to!
Lastly, I’ve grown a wall. I don’t read that many blogs anymore. But that said, my wall isn’t that high, if you’re a 50-meter class blogger then you could totally smash it. I still find new blogs to read and bloggers to befriend, though I’m more sedentary about it.
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Whew! I thought I’d never finish this post series. If you’re still reading, well, I’ll drop the semi-serious tone and cut loose with…
Schneider’s Totally Unsolicited Advice For the Struggling Anime Blogger:
- Find the drive to write within yourself — that way, nobody could take it away, and you could still write even if everyone hates you
- Be interesting — infuse your posts with your own life experiences. What new insights can you bring to the table? Why should we read your blog instead of someone else’s?
- Be sincere — just get into the stuff you like, and the rest will follow. We have enough of the snarky, cynical 4chan wit around.
- Respond to comments — duh
- Comment on other blogs you like! — seriously
- Use the preview button — it’s great!
- Don’t owe anyone anything — don’t force yourself to write episodic posts within one day of the episode coming out, or you’ll quickly hate blogging and yourself
- Don’t be scared of trolls — an army of them isn’t waiting in ambush for the first stupid thing you say, and you can always block them
- Don’t write season previews unless you know exactly what you’re doing and chances are, you don’t
- Don’t rant all the time, or everyone will think you’re a stuck-up asshole
- Don’t infuse your posts with contempt — we get enough of that IRL, don’t bring it here
- Don’t force anything! — blogging, networking, whatever. If you don’t like it, you can quit. It’s not a competition.