The fact that I’m writing this post means that I’ve reached that point when I literally don’t have anything anime-related to write about.
I recently finished watching an anime series, I follow the latest anime news on Twitter, did some reading on other blogs I subscribe to and so on.
Still, nothing salient comes to mind as of this writing. And so, I decided to divert my attention to something more ‘practice-related’ which I think anime bloggers will understand, and which aspiring ones should take note of.
1.The need to be constantly updated with what’s trendy in the anime world
You really think this is easy? Do we (anime bloggers) look like we’re some kind of creative writing machines that are capable of producing posts the moment we start typing? Nope. Hardly.
The harder part is, we need to constantly be updated with what’s going on in the animation industry. I’m guilty of not being so consistent on this one. Why? Because I can’t. I have a day job which is taking a huge chunk of my time everyday.
I select the information I consume -which isn’t always the best ones up there, really. But we can’t help it.
2.So many anime bloggers out there! How can I get noticed?
Konnichiwa, to you all! It’s really a great thing to know a lot of people who write for the same interests as you do. But let’s face it, there’s a tough competition in the air.
You want to get more followers? I want them too!
Unfortunately, it all depends on the combined metrics of Google, your personal fanbase (if any), quality writing and a touch of SEO to get your blog noticed by anyone interested in anime.
It’s a tough world, minna-san. The competition’s real. But let’s all be friends, all right?
3.Too much anime, not enough time!
This isn’t particularly on my top list of issues, but I understand that if you’re running a blog that focuses on making anime reviews like TheOtakuJudge, 100WordAnime , and AnimeThief , the demand to literally munch series per season is a must.
I’m not saying that I know the exact sentiments they have in doing this but I can imagine just how much of a challenge it could be. There’s just too much shows for the limited writing time we have!
And remember, they’re not just writing summaries for the show. They’re putting in significant objective viewpoints on how the series appealed to them. It requires work. My respect goes to you, anime reviewers!
4.I just don’t feel like editing.
Sou da ne?
Editing is an entirely different craft in my opinion. While you let your right brain rule when you’re writing (just like what I’m doing right now), editing taps into your left, logical brain and lets it examine the work of the right – in full, objective scrutiny.
Unless there’s a separate person editing your work (which I highly doubt for us, anime bloggers), the editing job falls under our domain.
The funny thing is, we don’t really like it as much as the actual writing, right? Or is it only me? C’mon, be honest!
Bottom line, we need to edit. It’s part of our job. We may not like it, but we have to do it anyway.
And editing is not easy.
5.Endless search for that knockout blog title
This title works. No it needs to be more catchy. Actually this can work better if only…..
Yes. That happens. That happened to me just earlier. After changing the title for this post for three times, I finally gave up and decided that the one you just read on top is a good one.
There are good titles, bad ones, sure-fire knockouts and the like. Most of the time, it takes several changes before I settle to the final one. Unless, in those rarest moments when I’m super inspired to write that I end up getting a nice title in one go.
For me, title is an issue. It’s like the gift wrapper that would dictate whether or not readers would like to open the actual gift (the article content).
If you’re reading this part, then the wrapper I chose is definitely worth it. Thanks!
So minna-san! Did you like the gift?
Make some noise in the comments!