Blog Carnival Round Upstats and compilation of aniblogging tips
Reviews, Commentaries, EditorialsWHAT DO YOU LIKE TOREAD AND WHY?
The majority of the bloggers who participated in this blog carnival (26all in all) reads almost every type of posts, be it reviews, commentariesor editorials. It’s very rare that someone will declare that cares onlyfor reviews or only for editorials.•Reviews are read with the purpose of comparing opinions and/orvalidating the reader’s own opinion and sometimes they are used as aforecast to save watching time. They are hardly ever used as spoilers,since a big part of the fandom hates spoilers.• Commentaries/ editorials have gained popularity the recent yearsbecause they provide different perspectives thus giving a holisticexperience, as well as food for thoughts and discussion. They aredeemed illuminating and inspirational. They can be easier to read forsomeone that doesn’t watch anime at their airing time.From the info gathered, people usually visit regularly only one or tworeviewing blogs, but they can keep up with much more of the editorialtype, since reviews can get quite repetitive after awhile.
Before going on, it’s important to talk a bit about the terms used for thisquestion, hence reviews-commentaries-editorials.The most troublesome for some was the ‘commentary’ by which I meantsomething that is between a review/episodic and an editorial. It beginsfrom the series itself and goes to an idea. It’s a ‘comment’, something thatexplains things seen in a series.On the other hand, editorials, or what I’d like to call ‘essays’, begin from anidea and end at the series. Of course, the idea comes up while watchingthe series, yet the idea you want to elaborate on makes use of the series(in your post) and not the other way around.Naturally, it’s not always easy to distinct between these two. And everyblogger has his/her own way to go through things.--
As for reviews flomu contemplates on their nature and their problemsand pinpoints the following:Spoiler-free reviews ask the reviewer to consider an anime/manga/KatawaShoujo and write something intelligent about it without giving away anydetails. This aims to convince people who haven’t seen the anime/playedKatawa Shoujo to go play it or never get near it. The intentions are good, butthe execution is often lacking in many areas. Since the reviewer cannot citeany specific examples from the media, the review is inherently vague. And asa result, you could apply a single review to multiple anime or manga withouttoo much conflict. Or worse yet, somebody else could write a spoiler-freereview about some terrible anime and a naive reader wouldn’t be able to tellthe difference, since the vocabulary for spoiler-free reviews is solimited. Basically: a bad idea.Reviews with spoilers try to encourage discussion about a show amongthose who have already watched the entire thing. This allows for great watercooler and/or twitter discussions, but betrays the very purpose of a review: togive a good judgment on an anime that encourages/discourages people towatch it.
First impressions – Visiting habitsWHAT DO YOU DOWHEN YOU STUMBLEACROSS A NEW BLOG?
Most people will play around with the front page, a very few will just reada single post or check the design, and then judge if they should follow thenew-found blog. There are many that will check the categories to dig indeeper as well as the about page, because:It gives me an idea of the voice I can expect and what motives/agendas saidvoice may try to advance in addition to the type of content I can expect. […] Ican also determine if the writer has a sense of humor and how similar it maybe to mine as well as hints into other personality traits. Finally, it gives me ataste of the caliber of writing I can expect.~ The PaperLinks to other social media and a contact form are also considered amust, but you can read more about this on the next section…
Selected Opinions and TipsWHAT MUST A GOODANIMANGA BLOGHAVE & DO?
Animanga blogs are about visual culture, right? So I expect a greatanimanga blog to have a template that involves colors and posts withpictures.Yes, people do judge a book by its cover, the template is the firstimpression, its the environment where you read the content and if yourvisitors find it unpleasant, dull or tiring, then its simple: they wont stay todiscover your content.If your posts are over 2 paragraphs long and you expose them in theirfull form on the first page, I feel like you force me to read and rub thecontent on my face- not very polite.Also, you write for an internet audience. If I wanted to read a book, Id gopick up one, so walls of texts without images explaining or decoratingyour thoughts are totally the wrong way to go; I wont read you unless Iknow the content concerns me a lot.Dont assume that the readers know your nickname. State it clearly inthe about section. Dont force them to go searching around comments toguess it. ~ Foxy Lady Ayame
I generally like to read blogs that are consistently updated. By this, I meanthat they change designs, utilize new topics, and don’t go on month-long“maintenance” periods.There are many things that a person can write which will tick me offstraight away. First and foremost, one of my biggest problem with bloggersand their writing styles is that their ideas feel like they’re joining abandwagon, just to appease their readers. Seriously, I don’t hop from blogto blog looking to read articles with the same idea. I’m at a certain blog topick up what your unique thought is, not what some other person has.Also, if you try to meddle with scientific/academic topics and youtruly lack a firm hold/expertise in the field, I will show disdain for you.Youtry to make yourself seem so “high and mighty’, yet if I do know moreabout that subject, I will mostly likely pick up on any discrepancies andregard you as a charlatan. That’s simply a big no-no. ~ Sabishii Miruku
It seems common sense, but I have stumbled across blogs that didn’tprovide options for subscribing via RSS, E-mail,Twitter, or anyother medium. Sure, I could manually plug in the blog’s URL intoReader, but why force your visitors to go through the extra steps? Theonline world is a fast-paced beast always on the hunt for the nextquickest feast, so neglecting these short cuts can really bring down thetraffic of a blog. Make the links noticeable and hopefully tastefultowards the blog’s overall colors and theme.Bag the self pity. I know that sounds harsh, but I’m really notinterested in the occasional post bemoaning a lack of readers, topics,or the quality in present anime. While negative posts can be fun andclever in their own ways, there’s a clear difference betweennegative criticism of anime and self-bashing/pointless complaining. Thelatter lacks depth and pride in its own possible merits. ~ MarinaI’m not much of a tag person when it comes to episodic posts but they,along with categories and widget setup are very important.You haveto give your new readers a “table of contents” to entice them intoventuring deeper inside your den of gas house gorillas. ~ Overlord G
Nevertheless, what does annoy me? Without a question, I hate it whenbloggers lack any particular viewpoint. There’s a tendency out there tosay as little as possible: “If I only express ‘self-evident truths,’ I cannever be wrong.” And while I do understand this sentiment, I believe thatit is counter-intuitive in the long run. ~ E-MinorArguing without basis. It is good to discuss and debate, especiallywith people with opposing views, who can provide an in-depth outlookof their own perspectives.Yet, there are some who does not read thewhole post, get the whole picture or even thinks from the author’sperspective, who posts their selfish and biased opinions whichamazingly, does not even had anything to do with the actual topic athands sometimes. As E Minor puts it, disagreements should be food forthoughts, and if one should disagree, he should be able to provide legitreasons, and calmly retaliate at the other party. ~ Kai
Here are my secret tips for writing well, as I shared last year:1. Have something to say.2. Say it.3. Stop.Follow these rules and you can’t go wrong.Two is the easy part.Your writing style doesn’t matter much to mecompared to what you have to say, as long as you use coherent English (orSpanish works too). One and three are the hard parts. The way that mostpeople seem to screw up is in spending a lot of time saying nothing at all.There are so many posts of hundreds of words that could be summarizedin a single sentence.Here are some other ways to annoy me:Write a letter. This is a blog post, not a letter. You don’t need to have agreeting or sign your name.~ draggle
Now, amusement is not and should not be the only feature in a blog’sposts, but it should certainly be always present. People perceiveentertainment in a multitude of ways; some enjoy being intellectuallystimulated, while others like themselves some humorous satire. At theend of the day, nobody wants to read a boring animanga blog, and nobodywants to write in one. ~ bobbierob[…]a good blog should be presentable and must have an author ofpromising mind. Balance between concision, elegance, and depth isdrawn from fundamental prerequisites. ~ RyanDo not lose focus. There’s always time that you want to write somethingcompletely out of the context of your blog and it is okay to do so once ina while. But if that happens too often, your anime blog turns into yourpersonal diary which no one cares about but yourself. ~ Canne
As I said, mindless bashing, generally disrespectful attitude (isannoying). Now I think about it, it mostly has to do with the attitude ofthe writer than of the blogging itself. You might write the best posts everand have a blog thats nearing perfection, if youre an ass, I wont read.~ Kuuki[…] a good anime/manga blog must have material that the writer(s)actually care(s) about. Absolutely everything else is secondary – grammar,layout, spelling, coherence, etc. The fact is, if a writer is bad, they canimprove, and the only way to improve is to keep writing. But if a bloggerjust writes about what they think others will care about, then they neverwill improve, because they will come to despise the blogging process. Ifyou are not interested in the material you choose to cover, you willbecome bored and you won’t want to bother anymore. When you haveceased to care, that is the point at which you cannot improve, becauseyou won’t feel any necessity to improve.“This above all – to thine own self be true.” ~ A Day Without Me
The lack of a contact form. This is probably the one thing annoys methe most. It’s one thing if the author states it in their about page thatthey’re not trying to be a serious blogger or what not, just blogging forthe hell of it, then fine, I can understand. But if you had the bright idea ofsaying a lot of good stuff in the about page, provide cool content, and actlike you want to be taken seriously, at least provide a way for readers toget in touch, or provide an easy way to figure out how we get in contactwith you. ~ JustinThe idea has been put forward to stop using big words because it makesyour audience feel dumb, but that’s just silly. As long as the word is usedproperly and doesn’t break the flow of the piece, embiggen your post withcromulent words all you want. After all, it’s unproblematic to recognizewhen intelligence is being obfuscated with egregious utilization ofinfrequent parlance, expectedly through perusal of thesauri. ~ Inushinde
While I think it is alright to be harsh or critical in a blogpost, the bloggershould be polite those who visit their site and comment. I think it isimportant to try to respond to all comments because not doing so isdisrespectful to the people who take the time to comment. Ignoring thepeople who comment will make your site seem uninviting and discouragepeople from coming back to comment. ~ MystGood writers will be able to form elegant sentences out of their thoughts.Good thinkers who write well almost always offer an interesting connectionor perspective on a topic in addition to making their statements coherently;they draw on analogies from other media genres in terms of formal analysisor their personal knowledge of a particular subject that is being discussed.~ Kylaran
You see the blog title? Is it Bob’s creatively named Bob’s anime blog?Or is it something strange “The Pro’s electric rifle ” (That’s a cleverplay on words which hopefully didn’t go over your head. ) Although ablog name might seem clever to you it’s not to anyone else so keep itsimple. Sometimes you might accidentally stumble into a scaryplace ”thekawaiidesu-onee-chansamareviewplace” and will give youthe urge to flee before you even read a line of text. So naming isimportant. ~Ace RailgunContinuously apologizing for posting late or being away. Whenevery post begins with an apology, it doesn’t reflect well on the blog orthe writer.Join the community. It doesn’t matter how good your blog is or howinteresting your posts are, if no one knows about you, then no onewill visit your blog. Commenting on other blogs, exchanging links, andparticipating in blog carnivals *hint hint* are good ways of getting yourname out there and meeting like-minded people at the same time.~Nopy
Thanks for reading (and participating)! Good luck to the aniblog newbies~Warning: The aniblogosphere is a lot like Kyuubey!Proceed with caution before signing your contract.