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12 Days of Meditations #12: What’s the point of this all?

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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:

  1. Find the drive to write within yourself — that way, nobody could take it away, and you could still write even if everyone hates you
  2. 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?
  3. Be sincere — just get into the stuff you like, and the rest will follow. We have enough of the snarky, cynical 4chan wit around.
  4. Respond to comments — duh
  5. Comment on other blogs you like! — seriously
  6. Use the preview button — it’s great!
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Don’t write season previews unless you know exactly what you’re doing and chances are, you don’t
  10. Don’t rant all the time, or everyone will think you’re a stuck-up asshole
  11. Don’t infuse your posts with contempt — we get enough of that IRL, don’t bring it here
  12. Don’t force anything! — blogging, networking, whatever. If you don’t like it, you can quit. It’s not a competition.
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