AnimeNano vs AnimeBlogger vs Blogsuki

Now that Hung’s new anime blog RSS aggregator site AnimeNano is pretty stable with a decent number of blogs on its roll, it’s possible to do a fair comparison of the three main services available for readers to more efficiently get their regular fix of animeblog reading. The opinions stated are my own so feel free to disagree.


Fight!

Blog Quantity
Animeblogger: Animeblogger has the largest collection of blogs (116). Many of these are listed solely on AB and hence AB has an “exclusive” on them. Most of the more popular blogs such as Sea Slugs are listed on all three so there isn’t much of a difference.

Blogsuki: BS has 45 blogs. These are mainly the older and more established ones.

AnimeNano: AN has 42 but it’s still new so I expect more to be added. AN is like what, a week old?

List Exclusivity

Animeblogger: Requirements are pretty relaxed and anyone with an anime-related blog can get himself listed.

Blogsuki: With the new rules, a blog has to be at least one year old and have a certain amount of traffic before they can considered.

AnimeNano: The entry criteria are the same as Animeblogger. Hung (AnimeNano is his daughter) says that he has rejected zero applications.


Covergirl for Exclusivity.

Update Regularity
Animeblogger: Faster than BS but slower than AN.

Blogsuki: Slowest.

AnimeNano: Always the quickest to show new posts.


Speed of Update. See hidden meaning.

Usability and Functions
Animeblogger: AB has the most established forum which isn’t too populated though. Beyond the basic recent posts list, search function, series classification (which tends to be inaccurate. I use Last Exile analogies and my post is classified as an LE one), there isn’t much really. And long titles get shortened with a "…". That happens to me a lot haha.

Due to the huge bloglist, the new post list moves really fast and within half a day, your post can be pushed to the second or third page and no one will see it. I would rate AB’s effectiveness as the lowest out of the three. The extra trouble involved in having to click on the next page button frequently turns people off reading posts on the second page.

There’s also a lot of unrelated content because of the more lax entry criteria. These cannot be filtered out automatically.

What is good about AB is 50+ blogs are exclusive to it so you do find stuff that aren’t on the other two.

Blogsuki: Basic recent posts list, search function, a strangely inaccurate series popularity meter are all that it has. The forum is a linear string of posts sorted by topic and it looks pretty dead.

Easy to use and the entries are sorted by day, which makes it easier to keep track of which posts you’ve read.

Clicking on each link brings you straight to the post itself in the same window, which is troublesome for IE users. But who the hell uses IE?

New blogs are introduced once in a while and highlighted so readers take notice.

Blogsuki gains points by making everything a reader normally needs on one page, while everything else goes into other pages to minimise clutter. Little details like making the post name larger and in a different colour from the blog name improve readability.

AnimeNano: In terms of functions, AnimeNano is the best. Registering with the site allows you access to a subcription service, “My Nano” that basically is a customisable blogsuki. So now, you can pick what blogs you want on your list instead of being spoon-fed someone else’s preferences. With AN’s still meagre blogroll, this system has yet to be effective because everyone more or less subscribes to everything now. But looking long term, it will come in handy when the list reaches AB proportions.

AN also has a forum and the basic amenities like search functions, categories etc.

There’s a blog directory that shows all the listed blogs on AN plus avatar and self-written description. It’s quite interesting reading what every blogger has to say about their own site. The number of “My Nano” subscribers to a blog is also tracked. Subscription can be applied for with a click and there’s no loading involved.

The problems are not to be overlooked though. The lack of by-day sorting means you have to mentally keep track of what you’ve read and then track backwards from there. The rather large avatar of each post is also an eyesore after a while, taking up too much space which could’ve been used to compress the list for easier viewing.

Not a problem but something casual readers would be concerned about is the need to register before being able to use the MyNano. Some people are just amazingly lazy and will not bother to register even if it takes 2 seconds.


Saber’s pretty usable and multi-functional.

Layout
Animeblogger: A rather green and spartan layout that is not really too pleasing on the eye. A “New Entries” box on the right shows which blogs have just added new content. The main area shows the latest posts and the first para of each.

Blogsuki: Regular banner changes and a typically clean blog layout makes BS the best looking out of the three. Unfortunately the current banner has the same aesthetic appeal as a female Orc.

Each entry has the site’s favicon or some set image to differentiate it without having to do too much image loading.

Clicking on each individual entry expands it, showing the first para or so of the post. This keeps everything compact and easy to read while still offering post introductions without loadtime.

AnimeNano: The dark background and yellow gradient makes it look a little cheap in my opinion. The ads may not be very obvious but are still an eyesore.

Each entry has the blog’s AN avatar, a 70 x 70 px image so a full page will have many many 70 x 70 images. The post lists are thus relatively spaced far apart, meaning more scrolling has to be done. However, each blog having its own personalised avatar means more variety and it can be quite interesting seeing what pictures bloggers feel best represent their blog.

Clicking on each individual entry expands it, showing the first para or so of the post.


Laying down and feeling out. So.. layout.

Accessibility
Some workplaces ban the word “anime” in URLs. So, out of these three, only BS can be accessed at work. Animeblogger is the only one that has its antennae as a directory, so it’s a bit more of a hassle than the other two to get to.


Rena gains access to your house.

Verdict
I check all three every half an hour when I’m at the computer, n the sequence of AN, BS and then AB. Right now, blogsuki is the best since it more or less balances at the point of quantity versus quality. It is, however, heavily anime episode slanted and it lacks most of the figurine blogs I visit.

AN has more growth potential because of its customisable settings which allows for a lot of blogs to be listed and yet not clutter people’s lists. Hung is also adding new features and fixing flaws all the time. Blogsuki is rather full and stable. But it’s quite apparent that once AN’s bloglist completely overlaps BS’s, BS will no longer be necessary for me to check since the advantages it has over AB are nullified by AN.

24 Responses to “AnimeNano vs AnimeBlogger vs Blogsuki”


  • AN FTW because it is Nanoha inspired.

  • Interesting analysis… it made me think about some things (most notably the avatars on Anime na no) that I hadn’t really considered before.

  • Excellent post! While I also visit all 3, it is probably very useful for the authors of each service to see what some of their site’s strengths and weaknesses are.

  • Excellent post! While I also visit all 3, it is probably very useful for the authors of each service to see what some of their site’s strengths and weaknesses are.

    However, I wouldn’t say that Blogsuki will be made obsolete by Anime Nano, since a well pruned list is also very useful for those who want to see new blogs, but don’t want to have to weed through them.

  • Quote: “a well pruned list is also very useful”

    ROFL? LMAO? LOL?

  • I too think that Animenano will not make Blogsuki extinct. Blogsuki has a long history and great support from the anime community, though it is getting progressively more elitist, with only really old blogs being allowed to sign up (Obviously, as a blog excluded I am understandably irate).

    As Animenano is new I think that it will collect almost as many blogs as Animeblogger.net and people will slowly begin to visit it more and blogsuki less, just because of the added features and the breadth of the blogs (I myself don’t go to blogs at all for episode summaries – I would rather watch them myself). However, it does need to be honed a little to improve its userfriendly-ness.

    For example, it could have mini avatars for the main listing on the frontpage (so you can display more results per page) but large avatars for listings in peoples “My Nano” pages.

    However, since my hits have gone up since joining, I am not complainig at all ^_^. Heres hoping Animenano overtakes blogsuki which will force Jason to accept a few more blogs and modify the site a little.

  • “has the same aesthetic appeal as a female Orc.”

    You mean that kind you don’t tell your friends about, but still draw pictures of in class, and then suddenly need to excuse yourself to the bathroom for reasons I won’t go into here?!

    I had a fling with a troll chick. Their tusks are small! I mean, come on! It’s exotic!

    Oh shit, right, the article…

    I thought it was pretty well spot on with my own feelings about the services… I bothered to take the time to sign up for them today, which I maybe should have done sooner, although the only one that gives off a proper vibe is AN. The other too seem to almost like themselves too much. I guess that’s to be expects from a subsidy of Anime on My Mind. AB gives off that sort of feeling of disarray, kind of like mangajouhou.com and animeondvd.com, but them’s good people, so I’m sure that AB is too, for no real reason.

  • The owner of AB is a nice guy, Maestro4K I think. Not only does he provide a lot of people with free hosting for their anime blogs, he also runs the forums down there all free of charge. I don’t see him being all elitist and judgemental too.

    And when I started WoW (btw I have quit because I realised I was virtual killing virtual monsters in a virtual environment getting virtual items and virtual experience becoming virtual stronger so I can kill my virtual enemies in a virtual PvP virtual battle for virtual territories and virtual honour. WITH REAL MONEY AND REAL TIME.) I was a Horde member because all my friends were on there. I spent a hella long time trying to pick a good looking Horde character and I failed. I selected Abh (Seikai no Senki) blue skin on my troll, Samurai style hair etc.

  • Wow, this is really helpful! Thanks for the giant article!

    Y’know, when I started writing Anime Nano, I wasn’t setting out to have a deathmatch or make anyone extinct. I just wanted to make a service that I myself would rather use. I guess a little sensationalistic journalism never hurt anyone, though ;)

    Many of your points have been well taken. I didn’t even know about that “anime” being filtered out at work thing. Must happen a lot in Canada…

    And the hidden meaning of updating slowly is that you look really cute in the process? Or is it that having toast in your mouth makes you a speed maniac?

  • Interesting analysis. One thing I’d like to know is why these sites don’t have a “blog of the week” feature or something like that, some way to distinguish some of the more interesting blogs from the masses.

  • Nice comparison you have here. My thoughts differ slightly though. First off I am oddly addicted to the hover ability AB has. If I check their page rather frequently I don’t have to scroll down or go to a different page at all. I just hover my mouse over the “New Entries” to see what the post is about, and then decide if I want to go read or comment on anything.

    Personally I must say that AN has to be my favorite out of the three, and it’s mainly because of the looks. For one thing, its not boring old white like so many other sites, and secondly I am a big fan of the avatars simply because I can remember the blogs by their avatar. Lastly, AN updates crazy fast unlike AB and blogsuki which I consider to be a big plus, additionally AN displays the correct time of posts which is also rather useful.

    One last thing that I would like to point out is loading time. I personally have around an extremely fast connection, but I know not everyone does. So, I took the time to test their speeds through http://www.websiteoptimization.com and this is the results.

    AnimeBlogger: 56K | 12.19 seconds
    AnimeNano: 56K | 29.27 seconds
    Blogsuki: 56K | 57.78 seconds

    Obviously AB took first with its simple layout followed by AN and then blogsuki.

  • @remarks regarding Blogsuki and “elitism”… I’m not sure that that quite hits the mark. Jason’s explained it to us several times over; it’s primarily /his/ service. It’s not elitist; it’s preferential. Certain older blogs might have some kind of innate advantage, but that definitely doesn’t make it elitist. Jason makes every call, and that makes sense. Hung also makes his own calls- just in a slightly (much) more lenient manner. These are all services run by individuals (am I wrong?) and as such no one service’s methods can appeal to everyone. It’s understandable that a newer blog’s author/newer blogger might be irate at being rejected from Blogsuki, but does that automatically make it elitist? I feel that that might be an overreaction.

  • Wow SeVIIn, great job. I actually had a loadtime section but I deleted it because I’m based half a world away from the majority of people who visit these three sites.

    Michael makes a good point though. I think blogsuki used to have this “notable posts of the week” thing but it’s all so subjective that he stopped doing it I guess.

    And Hung, I am Nagi and you are Hime.

  • @tj han

    I wish I had watched Mai-Hime or Mai-Otome so I could understand that reference… It’s from one of those anime, right?

    I’d actually like to add a blog of the week feature, but I dunno if everyone would erupt in jealousy or something. It’s always a risk when you decide to single one person out, whether it be for praise or otherwise.

  • I for one think it’d be a cool feature. One has to look at the features the service gives you through the eyes of a reader, not a blogger. I think Jason was on to something there. And as a reader, a weekly featured blog/post/whatever would be a great addition.

  • I very much prefer desktop aggregators over web-based ones. Getting an unintrusive on-screen notification everytime the string “Haruhi” is found just beats surfing 3 sites every half hour hands down.
    Even if I didn’t have my own selection of blogs, blog好き and the others have RSS feeds which nullify layout or usability concerns.

  • erdpilz is actually right, there are a lot of other ways as I mentioned to quickly see new entries. But it’s just not as fun.

    Hung: Yeah it’s from both Mai-hime and Otome. Your concerns are valid, as shown by Makenaidesu or something, one of the new blogs added to Blogsuki recently. He mentioned in a post how he felt pressured etc since he was added amidst the controversy and people took note and made unfair comparisons.

    erdpilz, there’s also inertia involved here. Why do you think Windows is still using a desktop interface? Because it resembles a real desktop. Likewise, switching frm a webpage that loads feeds to a live bookmark etc may be uncomfortable for some. Also, if the list of new entries is too long, you’ll still have to go to the site.

  • Okay, so I know this post is already a day old, and thus relegated to the sands of time, but I wanted to further address the “blog of the week” issue, as I really feel that it’s something worthwhile.

    I’d say that making a little “vote” button for the users would be a nifty option, so they can vote for posts that they found to be very interesting. Thus you could have something like the “top ten posts of the week” or something like that.

    Then you could also have a “webmaster’s choice” blog, which would be a blog that you found particularly interesting at that moment in time.

    Another feature to add to make all of this nice, would be a “random blog spotlight,” where you have the site’s code randomly cycle through the blogs everyday and pull out a new one, stick its blog image, and description up on the site, and voila, instant exposure for that blog on that particular day.

    Implementing multiple ways for blogs to get to stand out should decrease the amount of frustration you’ll see if you only implemented a “blog of the week” (basically the same as the “webmaster’s choice”). By having a way to see what you like, what the readers like, and just a random blog, things will balance out and you’ll, for the most part, please everyone. Or at least, those are my thoughts on the issue.

  • >>erdpilz is actually right, there are a lot of other ways as I mentioned to quickly see new entries. But it’s just not as fun.

    It is less fun once you’ve got all three aggregators feeding your RSS with all blogs into the same feed folder in a single aggregation application on your computer. Often I see the same post come up four times in my aggregator (because I also subscribe to the blog’s feed just in case.)

  • Sorry I didn’t leave this comment sooner but had to have surgery Monday and not exactly been in great shape so I haven’t been online much. :(

    The Antenna’s not just a subdirectory, http://antenna.animeblogger.net/ works just the same and in the future the http://www.animeblogger.net/antenna/ directory will redirect to the subdomain as well.

  • HI MAestro4k!

    There’s barely any difference between the subdomain and the directory I think, the same amount of letters have to be typed.

    Get well soon!

    Michael’s suggestions are very good and it’ll be quite interesting. Everyone loves voting and polling anyway.

    Anyway I noticed this interesting fact. In any sort of discussion, after a while, neutral people will start jumping in and proudly announcing they sit on the fence and start reprimanding/laughing at those discussing the issue seriously. In fact, I did the exact same thing when Jason did his major rant on Haruhi being undeservedly “overrated”.

  • I just wanted to comment on the whole “desktop aggregator” thing.

    I use a desktop aggregator for feeds, but here is the operative idea that I use them for, and someone mentioned it before in this thread.

    I use the desktop aggregator for news that I DON’T want to comment on. Like, Joystiq, Kotaku, a few Japanese blogs, comics, and stuff like that.

    With the anime blogs, I am mostly in it for the conversation. That’s a large part of why I run my site in the first place. I mean, what is more fun than debating and analyzing and all that good stuff, and I think the aggregation sites really help by having you ALREADY sitting at a browser. It’s nice, damnit!

  • @tj_han what is a “live bookmark”? Why would a blogger restrict his feed to less entries than he posts between me fetching updates (every hour)?

    @lolikitsune when the duplicates started to annoy me I unsubscribed the aggregator feeds. My favorite blogs are in a folder so their posts are displayed in one list anyway. And if something important comes up on an otherwise boring (hence not subscribed) blog, I trust the others to link it.

    @Randall my desktop aggregator (NetNewsWire) has a browser built in. I can comment on a post and just leave it open in a tab (even between restarts) to wait for an answer.

  • Blogsuki is teh R.I.P. Sadness takes its toll. :(

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