Episodic Blogging at AOIA

@fkeroge in business mode.

I would like to ask you guys a question. Do you want us to continue doing episodic posts, or do you want us to stop and focus more on editorials instead? This is very important to us, as all of us at AOIA want to make our readers happy. Any form of feedback would be nice, but we would like to ask you to vote on the poll below, and preferably hear your opinions in the comments section. Thank you for your time.

Here are recent samples of episodic posts and here are examples of editorials, reviews and discussions.

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9 Responses to Episodic Blogging at AOIA

  1. CTheHash says:

    It really depends on what you guys want to write, and the time you guys have to write them. If episodics are killing you, better stop and write more editorials instead. While the post may not be as much, you can make up for it with quality.

    As for episodics, it’s more to share what you think about the episode, and how you perceive the story would go, or how you would speculate it would/should go. While it may have speed and post quantity, it may lack quality.

    My thoughts :3

  2. Yamadipati says:

    What i chose was editorials BUT…

    What i think is when you do episodic reviews, or editorials i think you should just make sure you/yourselves are… “passionate” about

    Not just like, everyone can like everything but they might/might not be passionate about some things. It’s like how i write figure news, i don’t just write about figure news i like, i write about figure news that i’m sure gonna get, loved, and anxious to enjoy.

    I know that’s not possible with anime since it might be a nice roller coaster ride in the beginning then falls into a lame game. But i think it’s ok to drop a series the second an author feels that he/she’s not going to like it anymore.

  3. Valence says:

    God, man, just a poll in the sidebar might have sufficed.

    IMO I think we should stop labeling those posts as ‘episodics’ since ‘episodics’ imply that all we do is give a summary of the episode without any thoughts whatsoever. Remember the good old days where pretty much all of us blogged Puella Magi Madoka Magica, every episode? Me neither.

    But what I do remember is how we did it in the good old days. A quick summary if needed, or a summary inter-sparsed with our own thoughts. And then our evaluation of the episode, and not something shitty like “I gave it 7/10”. That’s how we should go. Editorial-style. Episodic blogs clutter the aniblogosphere. They are literally everywhere. And a lot of them just blog the same thing. We don’t want to be the same, do we? We want to follow the series we like, yet be different. That’s what we should aim for – not more editorials or less episodics, but how to make our posts as a whole more entertaining and unique.

    • TRazor says:

      This.

    • @fkeroge says:

      The issue here is that we label our episode thoughts like regular episodic bloggers do. Though I think our posts are mostly editorials in themselves (no summaries, and just thoughts on the episodes), the way we name them makes them look unappealing. I still call them episodics since we oblige ourselves to blog about certain shows every week, even if we don’t have much to say. I wanted to ask our readers if they want that or not. If you ask me, I want to just drop episodic blogging and go back to the good old days where we blogged Madoka Magica to no end, but I don’t know if the readers share the same sentiments.

      • Valence says:

        Trudat.

        Why not we just title them differently then? Go email Smiley or something.

    • Shance says:

      This. And not this. Why? Because doing it “summary + opinion” is like doing it the way Random Curiosity does. And you’re no competition to that.

      I agree on the search for a creative and unique way to blog a show. You guys must worry about post count a lot more than post quality if you’re going to just charge head on with your ideas for blogging material.

      Then again, what’s there to lose in trying?

  4. Rakuen says:

    Bottom line, don’t force yourself to write about every episode of an anime. If you’re really jazzed for it and want to do it, then by all means do so. The enthusiasm will show in the writing and people will like it better. If you’re forcing yourself, for god’s sake stop. There’s no point in doing it if you don’t like it, and again, it’s going to show in the writing and it’ll turn people off.

    In my head at least, it’s really that easy. Write what you like, don’t write what you don’t. 🙂

  5. Smiley says:

    Semantics aside, when doing “episodics” it’s easy to fall to the temptation of posting about every episode for the sake of “completion”. I’d like to I avoid doing this, but quite obviously I am susceptible to the “compulsion”, as evident with my last Kore wa Zombie post. As such, I refrained from making one for this week’s episode because I also found myself with nothing substantial to say.

    Aside from this lapse, though, I’ll make it a point not to post if I find myself at a lost for words after having watched an episode.

    As for the naming of things, I agree that the words we use should be carefully and properly chosen. However, to a certain degree, these things are in the end quite arbitrary, and I’m uncertain as to whether making such a change would have much of an impact. But of course, this is more of an off-topic observation and not exactly an argument against the topic at hand (a perfect case for an objection in court), so do what you feel is appropriate.

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