With summer coming to a close, blogging projects and carnivals seem to be in full swing. Today I’ll be contributing to a blog carnival that Foxy Lady started called Reflections on Animanga Blogs. Participants write a post answering some questions asking for their opinions on anime and manga blogs. At the end of the carnival, all of the posts will be summed up by Foxy Lady. If you would like to join in or learn more about it, please see her post.
What do you like to read and why? (reviews, commentaries, editorials)
Editorials are my favourite because they get you thinking about topics that you otherwise would not have noticed. From my own experience, they are also very hard to write. A lot of time goes into gathering information and presenting different points of view. Commentaries are nice to read if I’m following the series that they are for. Unlike my days in elementary school, I can’t discuss the latest episode of (insert anime here) the next day with my friends any more, so reading commentaries is a nice way of seeing what other people think about a series and where it is going. While I write a lot of reviews myself, I don’t find them to be all that interesting unless it’s for a series that I am considering. Usually at the end of a series, there is no more speculation or discussion, leaving only room for people’s’ impressions.
What do you do when you stumble across a new blog?
First: check to see if I can read it. Yellow text on a light blue background makes it hard on the eyes.
Second: see what kind of blog it is. If the blog is not about anime or anime-related stuff, then I usually leave.
Third: read the ‘About’ section. This is to get an idea of who’s content you’re looking at.
Fourth: read a few random posts. If I like them, then I’ll start following the blog. If nothing catches my attention, then I leave.
What must a good animanga blog have and do?
1. Have good ideas and opinions. A blog that just summarizes anime doesn’t do anything for anyone.
2. Have pretty pictures. I like Japanese animation over Western animation because it looks prettier. When I’m reading a blog, I’d like to see some nice pictures every now and then.
3. Stay focused. Some blogs claim to be about animanga, but have vastly more content about the writer’s personal life or their cat than anime/manga. A few personal posts are fine, but I am not interested in what someone had for breakfast that morning or what their cat did that afternoon.
4. Join the community. It doesn’t matter how good your blog is or how interesting your posts are, if no one knows about you, then no one will visit your blog. Commenting on other blogs, exchanging links, and participating in blog carnivals *hint hint* are good ways of getting your name out there and meeting like-minded people at the same time.
What blogging behaviors annoy you?
1. Incorrect spelling. I am not referring to typos here. What I am talking about is when someone uses a word that sounds the same as (or similar to) the one they want to use, but is spelled differently. Examples: they’re, their, there; to, too, two; your, you’re; accept, except; etc. The differences between these words is taught in elementary school and beginner English classes, there should be no reason for someone to get them mixed up.
2. Continuously apologizing for posting late or being away. When every post begins with an apology, it doesn’t reflect well on the blog or the writer.