Hot Topic: Blogger Overkill? Weeds in the Garden? Time for Reflection?

With Jason’s mini rant on Blogsuki kick-starting a discussion on the surge in number of similar anime blogs, Jpmeyer has followed with an article giving out tips for effective blogging. It is interesting because a lot of people use blogsuki.com as their main source of anime news, reviews and other stuff. It provides very up-to-date and easily accessible information contributed by a great variety of people around the world, which makes it far superior to just any regular anime website in terms of providing opinions and commentaries. While a “harder” site like ANN would be more useful for searching out reliable information and details, blogsuki and animeblogger.net serves to simplify the process of blog surfing. Think of Blogsuki and Animeblogger as daily newspapers and ANN as an encylopedia.

So why do we need the same article on the same page on the same day? The point of discussion (or rant) is that there are too many bloggers with similar content and this is tedious to wade through. Of course, just because it appears on RSS aggregators does not mean that readers have to read it. But this issue of repetition and over-crowding has even made Jason stop adding new blogs to his index. So a possibly good blog may not get its deserved viewership because it is swamped out by many similar ones. Case in point: Lolicontrol is a new blog (new? Started at the same time as this one) with many interesting in-depth articles on anime, doujin games, otaku theories etc. But because it isn’t on blogsuki, it doesn’t get as many visitors as it potentially can.

The thing is, a blog starting out is like a germinating seed. Viewership and comments are its sunlight and water, which stimulates further growth. It’s rude but similar blogs with similar content are like weeds in a garden. But rather than plucking weeds, what bloggers should strive for is to convert these weeds into flowers, through the posting of unique content, perhaps more opinion based ones rather than straight factual posts which are often repeated.

Btw if you haven’t noticed, I do not have authority to say these but this is purely my opinion. This blog is still pretty new, but I have learnt a lot over these two months and improved it such that the original Riuva.com is now totally unrecognisable. I started out with a bad layout which used a dark background over light text. It also had an ugly header. I didn’t have a digicam then so I had to use figurine pictures from official sites instead of my own. I wrote really long and tedious posts without any pictures at first. I had poor categories. I did not justify my text and use tiny font sizes. I did not and still do not use the “More” button to condense my posts. I did not link pictures to bigger versions. I did not have a logo and had a messy posting format. But as the months went on and I posted more, people commented and I heeded their suggestions, as well as thought of ways to improve. While I’m still not satisfied totally with the current site, I can safely say it has come a long way since the original one.


Headphoned girls are hot.

Since I’m pretty new myself, I understand the pain of budding bloggers and so shall give some tips that I have picked up from more experienced bloggers or my day job. These are general tips on how to make your blog stand out more among the sea of Haruhi 5s.

Informative, Unique or Funny Titles
The title of a post is what makes people read it. If there were five posts on Haruhi episode 5 with the title “Haruhi Episode 5″, which would you pick? Chances are, it’ll be the one by the blogger with the best track record. BUT if you add a short line beind the title, that makes it unique, informative or funny, just like a good newspaper headline, it’ll attract more attention and inadvertently make people click on the link.

Funny titles are difficult to come by and sitting down straining your brains isn’t going to help. After 10 minutes, if you still can’t think of one, then take a walk about, watch some anime and just forget about it till it comes. As an article in Discover magazine (the science one yeah) said, sometimes thinking isn’t the best way to get an answer.

Unique ones are those moulded in your own style. For example, Heisei Democracy has its Mainichi Junk columns + a short line of elaboration. Just find a style that is one of a kind, interesting and you can stick with.

Informative titles are good because they give a snippet of information which makes viewers want to read on more about. If you have a generic title like Haruhi 5, readers may assume that you are just generically blogging. But by providing a bit of info in your title, your post will stand out since the reader will already have learnt something from the title alone. Of course, informative titles tend to be longer. And any regular reader of this site will know that my title posts are painfully long like episode names from He is my Master. I always try to have a category, then the actual title which is normally a sentence summarising what the post is about. To be honest, a long title takes up a lot more space on RSS aggregators so I feel people will see it more. I wonder if others feel the same way or are they just irritated by my long post names? And my long blog name as well.

And sometimes totally incomprehensible or random titles hooks readers through pure curiosity. Like “Wow that Monkey really Flies like the Sword of Burning Laser!!”


Natsuki

Post as Often as Himeko Says “Maho~”
As Jpmeyer says, posting often will result in your site appearing all the time on RSS agg. sites thus increasing familiarity with readers and they will mostly likely click on sites they are familiar with. Furthermore, when people visit, they will always justify the time used since there will always be new stuff to read. I used to surf blogs in the past until I realised I was time wasting since only about 30% of my visits yielded new posts to read and I stopped visiting these sites.
Posting often is difficult enough and posting often with unique content is even harder. That leads to my next point.


Himeko

Post Canning
Keep a store of interesting topics, subjects or drafts. When you watch something and an idea pops up, jot it down. When you’re on the bus and you feel a sudden urge to bitch, jot it down. Not recording it down will result in the feeling diminishing over time and you may even forget the things you wanted to say. Let’s say I watched Gatekeepers again and I had strong feelings about it (that’s an understatement btw). I create a draft post with the title “Gatekeepers is the new Bible, and Ukiya Shun is JESUS!” or something. So even 2 weeks on, I can still recall the burning feelings I had when I watched it. And instead of posting everything you have, post one or two a day and leave the rest for days you do not have any material to work with, especially the timeless ones like old anime reviews.


Yakumo. Hey why are these girls here anyway?

Timing
This is interesting since the world is made up of different time zones. But the majority of English anime blog readers are still in the US. Using a stats counter, check out when is the period most people visit and post about 1-2 hours before that, giving Blogsuki and animeblogger.net enough time to put up your post. I post at about 7-10 pm Singapore Time, while 11 pm to 1 am seems to be the peak traffic periods. Now I am not if the peak traffic is due to my posts or the other way around but the added advantage is that I will be one of the first few on Blogsuki’s daily list. I’m not sure how useful is that, but being one of the first means that there will be a period of half a day or so when the list is rather empty. Compare that to the end of the day when it has been fully populated, which one allows your post to be more visible?

If you are blogging on episodes or news, speed is also crucial. People rush to read Random Curiosity’s blogs because he is the fastest, presumably since he catches it on TV in Japan. Any posts that comes later will have to push a more opinion-based approach since readers would already have read RC’s summary.


Saber

Images
Use good images. I guess this is where I need to improve as well. My self-taken pictures of my figurines are crappy due to a poor set up and lack of skill. I feel rather than a lot of unimpressive images, it is better to have just 1 or 2 bigger ones with good captions, unique to your site. I use the Lightbox plugin for a cool expansion effect when it comes to linking to bigger pictures. Sometimes it’s difficult to link posts with images, when they are pure editorials. This is when you decide if a random image or no image is better. If my post is long, I would go with no image since I don’t want to clutter up the already packed post. But it may help to break up the word monotony with pictures, so it’s up to you.

Good Layout
I suppose “good” in this sense means two main things – Uniqueness and Readability. Most blogs use wordpress, so the standard for readability is quite fixed. Clean light backgrounds with dark text, simple layouts, are the in thing now but that also means very similar layouts for most bloggers. I guess a few things like having a good header, easy navigation, pleasing background, a favicon helps. Personally, the layout for this site has been drastically improved if compared to the old one but I’m still looking to up it. I like Heisei Democracy’s layout the best but I do not know how to do the dual side bars with thumbnails. Crappy layouts give the impression that the blogger is not professional, so people will be turned off even if the content is good.

Language Issues
English is the main net language but sites in minority languages may possibly be popular too. Many bloggers do not take English as their first language and hence grammar and vocabulary may be a limiter. For those comfortable with the language, it’s more interesting to see writers with their own style.

Here in Singapore, we have a rather unique situation. Our education system is based on English and that’s considered our first language but the majority of the citizens speak their mother tongues (be it Mandarin, Malay, Tamil or dialects like Cantonese), so a huge proportion of the country can communicate with multiple languages. However, this also means we mix up the various languages into a blend only locals can truly comprehend. So the standard of written languages here is actually quite low. Americans and British guys can spice up their blogs with slang or words they use normally, but Singaporeans in general do not talk like how they write, which results in mainly two scenarios – Boring, text-book style English, or worse, an mix of bad English, other languages and local slang incomprehensible to foreigners. It’s not just English, we suck at even our own mother tongues as well. China people laugh at our Mandarin lol. It is beyond my ability to write above functional level to reach aesthetic level.


Last Exile Vanship with description in a foreign language.

Blog Name
Blogs with unique, interesting and memorable names always have an advantage when it comes to discussion. A domain name helps I guess and it’s the cost of two McDonald meals so why not go get one? It allows people to just remember your URL and type it in even without scouring blogsuki or animeblogger. But more importantly, an easy to remember and unique name stands out. For example, BasuGasuBakuhatsu, Lolitron, Heisei Democracy, Anime on My Mind, Random Curiosity etc.

100% or 20%? Content Sharing
When you are the only person to post on a certain subject, you get 100% undivided attention. When you are just one of the 5 Haruhi 5 bloggers, you get 20%. That’s assuming all blogs are equal. I click on posts like Lolitron’s pro-paedo jokes, Jpmeyer’s editorials, HD’s news and reviews etc immediately.


Alvis thinks being unique is important.

Reflecting
For existing anime bloggers, I propose a Reflection. Think about and ask yourself the following questions and post the answers on your own blogs.

  • Does my blog have an interesting name?
  • Is the layout pleasing to read and instantly recognisable?
  • Do I update often?
  • Do I post stuff that nobody else is posting about?
  • Am I posting stuff that everyone else is posting about?
  • Are my posts increasing the readers’ knowledge?
  • Do my posts give readers a different viewpoint on a particular topic/episode?
  • What are the areas of the blog that are not up to standard?
  • How can I improve these areas?
  • What are the areas of the blog that are up to standard?
  • Can these be improved even more?

24 Responses to “Hot Topic: Blogger Overkill? Weeds in the Garden? Time for Reflection?”


  • This issue indeed got me to think about my own blog, and how it’s actually can use a lot of improvement, and I think that this is the case for a lot more bloggers. This article will be very useful, thanks. ^_^

  • Some more tips, from the perspective of an rss-reader user (NetNewsWire)

    - blogsuki is irrelevant, replaced by name-dropping in other blogs (I just added lolicontrol )
    - timing is irrelevant, the reader checks every x-hours anyway
    - full articles in the feed a plus, but not a must (but that’s probably just me)
    - attractive image at the top of an entry draws attention, (when you’re quickly ‘space’-ing through all the new entries) and make sure the image appears in the feed.

  • That really depends on how people surf blogs doesn’t it? A lot of people still go by the old bookmark. More than 90% of my real life friends do not know what is RSS. I would say 50% have not heard of firefox.

    I base my findings on Awstats and Blogsuki does give me the most traffic, hence I’m going from that angle.

  • Seems like what I’ve been telling you finally pissed off blogsuki. Too much garbage. Most bloggers just blog ANIME alone. WTF? We need more doujin coverage. And figurines too. That’s why I only visit RIUVA and Lolicontrol. Maybe it’s biasedness. Oh HD’s damn good too. My equation is RIUVA Lolicontrol First-hand Japan info = Heisei Democracy. Other than this three, I don’t really bother about the other blogs.

    BTW I gave up on RSS… Too troublesome. Afterall, I only visit three blogs.

  • Thanks for the praise but there are a lot better blogs out there that you are missing.

    Basically there’s nothing wrong with blogging anime alone. If it’s anime the blogger is interested in and not doujin or figurines, why would he/she blog about the latter 2?

  • I believe Blogsuki to be listing quality blogs. Blogs different from ALL THOSE OUT THERE WHO BLOG EPISODE BY EPISODE. But I hardly find any good content. That’s why I’m pissed. There’s nothing wrong about blogging episode by episode but since the blog is listed on blogsuki, please at least make an effort to create quality content.

  • >>Blogs different from ALL THOSE OUT THERE WHO BLOG EPISODE BY EPISODE.

    It’s not like all the non-Blogsuki blogs post episode by episode reviews.

  • These are all good tips, and admittedly, I think that my own blog has been pretty much an afterthought for a long time. I don’t blog raws, I don’t take tons of screencaps, and I don’t post ‘titillating’ pictures of half-naked characters (NOT that there’s anything wrong with those. I’m just saying that I don’t do it.)

    But — to play devil’s advocate — why is everybody so concerned about being the most-read blog though? I keep my blog because I want to remember what I watched & what I thought or felt when I watched an anime episode. If other people are interested in the same anime or manga as I am, then great. I’m not about to keep doing something because I know people expect me to.

    Then again, maybe I’m speaking with the arrogance of somebody who’s already on BlogSuki ^^;;; I can understand how the must be a lot of new, upcoming blogs that aren’t getting the hits that they deserve even though their content is vastly superior to the rest out there.

  • lolikitsune: “It’s not like all the non-Blogsuki blogs post episode by episode reviews.” Yes… Thankfully.

  • I admit I am not a regular of this blog, but I feel the need to reply to some of the comments here.

    First of all, I would like to quote the following statement.

    [b]“Different folks, different strokes.”[/b]

    I do not read doujin. I do not read manga. I do not collect figurines( though this might change soon). I do not play console games. Besides watching anime and collecting DVDs of the series that I like very much, I do not touch most anime-related merchandise.

    With that retrospective, I have no issue with blogs that blog anime episodes only because, Good Gravy! It happens to be exactly what I want to read!

    *GASP!*

    Variety comes in many flavours, and there is simply no standard template for what an animeblog should be about. An animeblog should reflect the character of the blogger. No need to twist his arm into blogging what he does not want to blog about.

    If he fails to get listed on BlogSuki, fine. So long as he remains true to himself, I see no problem with it. There are other ways to promote a blog, if he wants to promote it in the first place.

    I currently track 16 animeblogs, and not all of them are listed on BlogSuki. In fact, I never even used BlogSuki until very recently( only two of the animeblogs I read came from BlogSuki references, including this one). I got most of my current reads from searching on Google and cross-references within other animeblogs.

    Getting listed on BlogSuki is not the end-all, be-all of animeblogdom. It is just one way of getting readership.

    That said, I myself personally prefer animeblogs in which the blogger adds in a personal reflection of his opinion on an episode, as this encourages participation and sharing of different perspectives.

    I found myself enjoying a lot of anime better because somebody else caught something that I missed out, or provided an alternate line of thinking that got me to ponder upon it some more.

    Cheers.

  • My comments system doesn’t support any form of code btw.

    First, I would like to point out that comments made by individuals have nothing to do with the post itself.

    Then I address the main issue. Reika has a point, but I feel any sort of blog should have its target audience. Once that is settled, you as the author has to take responsibility for whatever you post and keep in mind who gets to read it. Yeah the internet does not have total freedom of speech I suppose.

    An analogy would be you writing an entry in your diary but that diary’s a magical one that transmits what you write to 1000 people. Should you then have an obligation to satisfy the 1000 people, or do you do what you like since its your diary after all? The answer is up to the individual, but I would probably go for both, doing something you like that caters to the 1000 people as well.

    A personal blog, as I mentioned, is very different from an anime blog. Or has the concept of the anime blog evolved? As Spiderman and Yoriko Readman’s son said, “With great readership comes great responsibility.”

    As for why people want hits, you are delving into the fundamental mechanics of blogging itself. And that’s a whole new topic to discuss. Why would anyone publish something they painstakingly wrote if they didn’t want anyone to read it?

    Skane, you are right in that blogsuki is not ESSENTIAL for a blog to gain popularity. It is just very helpful. Just like how eggwhite and chicken breast is very helpful for body builders but not essential. Or how the Gate Engine is very helpful against Invader Executives. Or how the Vanship is very helpful in sending messages across cities but not essential.

  • I did not justify my text and use tiny font sizes.

    I’ve found that when it’s time to write papers for class, more often than not we get told “Do not justify your text. The spacing between the words makes it hard to read”.

    And pleeeeeeeeeease people, specify the dimensions in your img tags. It’s sooooooo annoying reading long posts and having them start scrolling.

    - blogsuki is irrelevant, replaced by name-dropping in other blogs (I just added lolicontrol )

    I agree somewhat. I’ve noticed that aggregators and aggregator archives are actually only like at most 40% of the traffic that I get. A ton of it are from blogrolls, trackbacks, links in forums, and so on.

    I also increasingly use my blogroll to bookmark sites that aren’t on aggregators and that I want people to visit.

    Informative, Unique or Funny Titles

    It sounds totally illogical, but I’m much more likely to click on something if I have no idea what the title means.

  • It’s troublesome to specify dimensions. I guess I should… my server is located in the US so it should load fast for you guys right?

    I get nervous when I see unjustified text. Must be because I’m used to publishing in a neat magazine format. It feels like I did not proof read properly and the graphic designer missed the alignment.

    Actually I made a mistake when I posted the comment on your blog jpmeyer. Upon confirmation through Awstats, I realised blogsuki gives me 35%, not 50%. And animeblogger gives me 7% not the previously mentioned 20. And bookmarks directs is 50%. That proves Skane right actually.

    But RSS agg is still the best way for an unknown blog to become known. That is surely correct.

  • My choice to make anime-only blog was kind of forced. I don’t care much what kind of figures there is, even less about doujins and I hardly play any anime related games. I find writing review about manga kind of boring so i doubt it would fun to read either. With anime i can take screenshots and feel like i have much more to talk about.

    Shows what i blog (and watch) often aren’t most popular ones so there is no way i would ever get same amount of hits as popular blogs. Content sharing you mentioned, for example even 20% attention with Haruhi is probably still lot more hits than 100% with Kirarin revolution. So in the end at least episode by episode way it’s not that easy to become popular no matter what kind of shows you cover.

  • It doesn’t matter what formula I apply to my own writing, because nothing ever really changes. I used to have non-descriptive titles on a previous incarnation of my writing, but I stopped when I realised even I had no idea what I was talking about just at a glance. That was in days before I had tags.

    I started watching fansubs to become a bigger part of an anime blogging community. Suddenly it’s become a bonfire of the vanities, with everyone attempting some sort of imposition on someone else. I really think that Haruhi has become the ugly face of the anime fan, as people are complaining that everyone is watching it despite the fact that they are the ones who created the groundswell.
    If people think there’s too much chatter and “noise” about shows, who is to tell someone else “You can’t write about [x show], because everyone else is doing that!” It’s kind of like denying SF fans the chance to write their thoughts on Revenge of the Sith upon its release.

    The anime world has now lent itself to blog navel gazing and not nearly enough about the enjoyment of anime itself. We’re not allowed to have fun anymore, or to consider that writing is not only about entertaining others but frequently for the benefit of ourselves. You can have a motive in your writing, and mine is a selfish mix of cataloguing what I have seen and tracking development of series as they go. That was my favourite aspect when I began watching anime, and I don’t want to lose sight of it – a possibility that inches terrifyingly closer if we decide to “govern” blogs under a new world order.
    Besides which, if we do editorialising, it’s frequently just “man, the blogosphere sucks nowadays” … frequently from the “trailblazers” who have risen to the top of the game and therefore call the shots.

    The fact is I don’t really get many readers or commenters beyond the loyal few, and I don’t mind it that way. Now watch me undo all of my hard work by suggesting that the blogosphere is full of illiterate charlatans who besmirch the good names of anime and the English language. Actually, I don’t have the heart for that, nor do I really think that. There are some blogs that I like to read, and some that I don’t bother with; it’s a matter of personal preference and taste.

    But yes, I’ll admit that I have been afeared to say anything on the matter simply because I don’t want to lose my place on Blogsuki.

  • Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like it should be easier to cover more than just anime.  There are so many interrelated aspects that they all flow together easily.<i>I currently track 16 animeblogs, and not all of them are listed on BlogSuki. In fact, I never even used BlogSuki until very recently( only two of the animeblogs I read came from BlogSuki references, including this one). I got most of my current reads from searching on Google and cross-references within other animeblogs.</i>I’ve also noticed that aggregator traffic really seems to be like a set range of hits per post.  It does not grow as your readership grows.  When I was getting 175 hits per day, like 80% of that was from aggregators, 15% was from people Googling for porn, and 5% from other things like blogrolls or links.  But now that I get ten times that, the linkage traffic shot up while the aggregator traffic and Google traffic stayed the same.It’s a nice way to get noticed, but it’s not the be-all, end-all once you start to get established.<i>A personal blog, as I mentioned, is very different from an anime blog. Or has the concept of the anime blog evolved? As Spiderman and Yoriko Readman’s son said, “With great readership comes great responsibility.”</i>I just think that it’s more that the established paradigm doesn’t seem to be as flexible as for "normal" blogs, where the paradigm is "write whatever you feel like".  This in turn makes each blog unique, since it’s what you’re thinking about, rather than this specific thing (in this case, generally an episode) that while experienced differently by everyone, is still this specific thing.  It just seems hard for me to understand how "just write about anything anime-related that comes across your mind" hasn’t really caught on.

  • Hey good discussion going on. Jpmeyer the <i> doesnt work already because I turned on the comment editor toolbar.

    I realise this is quite the touchy issue. And a lot of people have tried to either avoid it or push it under the carpet. I have to admit I’m not that outspoken but merely have received the baton from others in commenting on this topic.

    Alex makes a very good point in that "who decides who gets to write what?". I would say, the blogger of course. But it’s to the benefit of both the blogger and the readers when the blogger chooses to make his posts unique, isn’t it?

    Some people, T_T|||, in particular, have been flaming blogs who post episode summaries. This is not right. It is not episode summaries that are bad, it is the fact that there are a lot of the same summaries with few value-adds. There can be 10 summaries of Haruhi 5, but if all have their own distinct analysis of the episode then all’s good and nice. But the problem comes in since there are only that many ways to analyse an episode.

    Alex also mentioned about whining in editorials. I hope my post wasn’t a whine really because I never meant it to be. But I can understand his concern since whines are the most common type of non-anime blog posts really. The major reason why I barely surf forums is because there are just too many whiners there.

    It’s very easy to get into the cycle of whining about whiners who then whine back. But it would be great like it is now, if people offered constructive criticism and discuss the issue. It sure beats sweeping it under or flaming about it.

  • This topic comes at a good time – I was getting very frustrated with the number of repetitive blog entries I was coming across.  The main problem with people who do the episode-by-episode blog scheme is that the entry ends up being more summary than analysis.  While I understand that not all episodes can receive the same level of analytical attention, usually a summary ends up being almost exactly the same as the other ten summaries you find on other blogs, and hence does not add any useful information.
    Overall, I’ve found very few blogs that follow the sort of scheme that I’ve seen on Riuva – where the focus is more on analysis of a series as a whole, or that introduce various other aspects of anime (such as discussions about creator’s intent, themes in a show, personal thoughts as contrasted with a community bias, etc.).  I like the way tj han does it, because I don’t read anime blogs to get an idea of what a series is about – I usually read them either to get a new perspective on what I’m watching.  I especially won’t read summaries on episodes that I haven’t seen, because if I know what’s going to happen, it really defeats the purpose of my watching it.  I don’t want my own perspective colored by someone else’s right off the bat.
    I started doing "anime blogging" (of the sort that more fits with the editorial/analysis version – I haven’t written a single episode summary yet) a few months ago, and it’s been very rewarding building it up.  I don’t update nearly as often as other bloggers out there (once a week), but that’s okay for me because I’m not too concerned with the number of hits I get.  For me, I’d say that blogging lies more on the personal side.  It’s a way for me to put my thoughts about a series and its effects in a way that will cement my ideas.  This is the sort of style I’d like to see in other blogs, because I enjoy reading about the impressions other people get from anime.  Messages and themes are very important to me as a viewer, and the more people that write about that, the more I can appreciate the anime I watch.

  • I don’t really see an issue with the whole "100 Haruhi 5 review" thing, because I automagically filter out what I read. I’ve never been a fan of episode by episode summaries (especially those that contain no analysis whatsoever). That shouldn’t, however, discourage people from writing about what they like. For each writing style, there will be people who like it. That said, I think certain writing styles are conducive to larger audiences.It all comes down to the intention of the blogger, really. If you want more people to read your blog, post original, interesting stuff. If you just want to keep a journal, write exactly what you want. There’s also a happy medium in there, if you can find it.

  • People commenting on the status of blogging do need to keep in mind the difference between "It’s fun to write" and "It’s fun to get readers/comments" as well as the fact that they often but do not always go together.  "We don’t need 20 posts for each episode of Haruhi" refers strictly to the latter crowd.  These usually go together for what I want to write about, but I also know that nobody wants to read about Pretty Cure or Bubblegum Crisis.  (well, maybe Haruhi is a bad example because I read anything Haruhi related, even the umpteenth episode summary, because people seem to do actual comments on that show, rather than just a synopsis.)Oh and also, I actually do like the ton of episode summaries/reviews at the start of the season, because everything is fresh and original.

  • Don’t worry, TJ, I wasn’t dissing you; I think it would be incredibly bad form to come up to your blog and just start burning the place down. I think that, despite the fact that you think your English is only “functional”, you write about things that are interesting and it rubs off into the reading.
    There is another blog out there which does not always have the easiest expression but is easily one of the best available on the inter nets.

    I would also like to state that I only read the stuff that I like, so I have no real idea of if this “episode at a time” thing is genuinely epidemic; I guess I shouldn’t say anything. That said, I think that if we start worrying about the form of the message, rather than that which the message celebrates – anime – then really we’re just a bunch of people sitting at our computers losing sight of why we started this pursuit in the first place.

    (Besides which, it’s not like anime blogging is the first area of the internet to have discovered ways of broadcasting its members’ vapidity to the world).

  • On a flipside, the only reason why I started watching SHaruhi was because RCurosity wrote a summary for it and explained what was going on. Before that fateful post, I was simply overwhelmed by the number of potentially good Spring 2006 shows. SHaruhi was totally not on my radar.Episodic summaries can, and do, serve a purpose.As I mentioned earlier before, a person should not be faulted for writing episodic summaries, IF that is what he wants to do in the first place. If it is not to your taste, simply ignore it.Different folks, different strokes.If it REALLY aggravates you that much, and for some reason you wish to see that person change his ways; then make suggestions… politely. Feedback in any form or manner, is heartening to a person, because it shows that people are reading his blog. If anything, audience persuasion may lead him to change his views.Forcible actions however, will only lead to resentment, which will lead to self-destruction of the blog either through burnout or lack of motivation. An animeblog is an expression of one fan’s view and character. It is unavoidable that he can’t please everybody.Cheers.

  • Buon luogo, congratulazioni, il mio amico!

  • Excellent post here and it has gotten me thinking. I know my site is pretty new and with only 40-50 pageloads a day, it’s not that impressive, but I’m flying through Hand Maid May and writing my own little review of each episode, a series I haven’t seen posted about on any blog yet. But my layout is the problem.. I like the more feature and the categories, but I can’t even get close to that on blogger.com.. I’ve thought about switching over to wordpress, but taking this layout and moving it over there might be a bit of work for a new blog.. My first goal is to generate traffic, I figure if I can get a good reader base that returns, then I’ll move Anime Alcove over to wordpress or another well renouned site to host it till I can afford my own server.

    Blogsuki also seems to be down, I read about it on another blog that linked me here and if 2/2 blogs are recommending it, how can I go wrong? The only problem is accessing the damn site. If you want to contact me and help me out at all, im me at oxosch0llsoxo on aim or email me, sch0lls@gmail.com.. My contact info is also posted on Anime Alcove to let readers contact me just a little easier.

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