You might to read up on other bloggers taking part in this, including Aorii, 8C, prototype27, Scamp,schneider, the cast at Borderline Hikkikomori, TWWK, Landon, Janette, digiboy, drmchsr0, doctordazza,
Be sure to visit Canon too (Links courtesy of Canon)
April 7th. An unimportant date to most, but it marked a special day for me. It was the day that this very site opened up on WordPress, its author beaming with hope and confidence that perhaps someone out there aside from his schoolmates would visit, and finally, he would have more than 2 readers.
When I started, I suppose that given the challenge (then) of so many other blogs being much more sophisticated and entertaining, back then I tried to carry out many measures to handle this problem. Of course, none worked. I actually used Latin, posted long angst-filled rants or short meaningless tweet-style posts about nothing interesting in particular. Then slowly (albeit miraculously) I got my first commentor, and perhaps my first constant reader.
I gained some confidence from his/her comment, and felt that finally, someone reads my blog. Unfortunately, however, some arses (probably from 4chan) bullied him/her off the net. From then on, it was still pretty much the same. 20 views was an achievement then, and I posted almost every day.
Soon, I signed up for various aggregators, linked to other blogs and started commenting regularly. I felt like I was part of this new frontier, this blogosphere I had never been acquainted with before. I was finally hitting hundred. Until one day I posted a post, which led me to another thought:
He was right. I was trying to sound like the other bloggers, but failing miserably. Long, complex titles. Meaningless posts, nothing to do with anime. I suppose at that time it was still, well, a personal blog. I had just thought it to be an anime blog, but I was wrong. I had still been posting about matters no-one gave a damn about, and people read them simply because they were in such great numbers. These views weren’t real – they were simply a result of so many useless posts no-one actually cared about.
I read other blogs in closer detail. How they used this ‘screenshot with text’ sin in writing, yet appear to be unique and professional, despite generating nothing as ‘unique’ as luminodrake had written. I thought for a moment – and realized the root of the problem. My posts lacked ideas. Concepts. New opinions, wit, or substance. They were like cardboard, soggy from the rain. I had even tried writing crappy columns every week to try and spice things up to a little bit, but alas, to no avail.
So I resolved to change the way I write. And thankfully, it seems to have worked. I was starting to hit higher and higher regions, and soon I had more than just 2 readers. I was happy. Content. Don’t we anibloggers feel a sense of joy or accomplishment when we see that new comment, more and more people coming around to visit, and knowing that people read your contents? It’s like being part of a family. People seem – people do – understand your thoughts, and true, there may be arguments from time to time, but has any family been eternally peaceful? It’s things like this which make me truly feel like an anime fan.
Becoming a blogger soon gave me a sense of identity. I was no longer recognized simply as ‘the tall guy’, ‘the emo guy’ , or sometimes, ‘that guy in the corner’. I was recognized as both an anime fan, and a blogger. It gave me something to be happy about. People started talking to me about anime, and sometimes, about blogging. I started making friends, and becoming a better friend(although I do admit, I don’t have much friends to speak of). I had things to talk about, things to do in my spare time, things to laugh about, to watch and enjoy.
I think I moved past the days of obsessive posting. I started posting in a smart manner. Scheduling my time and posts. Catching up on what I had to, thinking of ideas in my free time. Checking and checking again every single draft written, working on ideas for posts and refining them before publishing. To read what others write, and form my own opinions. To strive to be less ambiguous, and to be more entertaining, or at least, to differentiate myself from the other blogs out there. I’ve even added another author to the site, but since he’s so inactive, sometimes I pondered kicking him out. But that would be another story, another issue to be resolved some other day.
Differentiating myself from the other blogs was an arduous task. For one, I started branching away from being a episodic blog, and slowly becoming an editorial blog. I’ve had my fair share of criticisms and mockery, of flaming and haters. I’ve had someone mock me for being ‘overly serious’ and whatnot. But I wondered : are episodic blogs the only blogs exempt from such criticism? Should all editorial blogs be closed down? Ridiculous – a blog is simply a blog, it’s a platform for us to post our own opinions, regardless of what others think – it’s a blog in the end, through and through.
It’s fun to be part of the blogosphere. Like I said, it feels like a family – like a huge bunch of friends just decided to crash your house one day, and yet you enjoy it. Another good thing about the blogosphere is its initiatives. Its memes, its sense of humour, the constant debates between fans a la OreImo style, and of course, events and groups. From the likes of the figure-loving WLNF to the moe-loving Moe Coalition, and of course, to this very initiative you’re reading about this many moment – the aniblogosphere involves the blogger in this world of fandom, and I like it.
That’s it – the ultimate anime-related moment that made me feel warm this year – was aniblogging.
So this sums up my Twelve Days of Anime this year. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, especially the other bloggers out there taking part in this event as well. Well then, there’s just one more issue to resolve.
Yes, you. Reading this post right now.
What are you still doing on the internet? WHY ARE YOU STILL ON THE INTERNET? IT’S CHRISTMAS! It only comes once per year and you spend it on the internet? GET OUT OF YOUR HOUSE AND CELEBRATE OR SOMETHING! Visit relatives or hang out with friends, or spread the Christmas cheer any way you can. Surely you can find more to do than just stay at home surfing the internet, right? Come and revel in the Christmas Spirit!
Even though I’m an agnostic , I still celebrate this holiday – so you should too, shouldn’t you?
Can’t talk right now – hosting a Christmas party. So with that, Merry Christmas everyone!