I can’t believe a whole year has passed by with the Aniblog Tourney happening 1 year ago. If you are new to the Aniblogsphere, the Aniblog Tourney was a competition with 96 blogs being assigned to a specific division in pairs randomly. When the poll for each division opens, people look at both blogs and then vote for the better blog to go on to the next round. While the tournament is mostly a popularity contest towards the end, it allowed for constructive criticism, which was helpful for bloggers to improve their blogs.
The competition between my blog and Anime Princess was a very close one with a few percentages off from losing. Ever since the Aniblog Tourney, I have taken an initiative to improve my writing, the blog design and accessibility. Eventually, I brought a domain name and moved to paid hosting several months later to make a bigger presence in the blogosphere. (Image Source)
Just a few months ago, there has been some talk about the Aniblogosphere dying with the popularity of Twitter, tumblr and Facebook. RabbitPoets, RyanA and others have shared similar views on the state of the aniblogosphere. However, with the table of Aniblog Tourney’s participants showing the participant’s blog status was posted last week, it tells a different story.
Out of the 96 participants, only 13% (12 blogs) are considered dead and 2% (2 blogs) focused on different topics. 85% of the anime blogs are considered alive with 11% (11 blogs) updating on an infrequent basis and 74% (71 blogs) on a regular basis. While a sample of 96 blogs doesn’t necessarily take account for the whole Anime Blogosphere, a sizable amount of blogs is still alive and well. 1
I find the results very surprising since people have been saying that blogging has been on a huge decline. I always felt that Anime Blogging was exempt since it’s a niche that has a completely different trend. Anime Blogging requires more effort than regular blogging. Also, Anime Blogs still exists since it’s not possible to shove all your thoughts about an episode of an Anime you watched on a tweet or a Facebook update. The trend of Anime Blogs dying is mainly caused by blogging fatigue, mostly from the newer Anime bloggers. I admit that blogging is not an easy task and requires time to write down all your thoughts, proofread it and then publish. Because of this, I’m quite surprised on how many posts I made during the semester while I have piles of homework and exams to study for. Then again, it mostly depends on the person and the dedication he/she puts into it to make their blog successful.
So in short, there is no Anime Blogosphere Armageddon. It’s just evolving and facing its regular trends of the blogosphere. Lastly, the 2nd AniBlog Tourney will be interesting since most of the new anime blogs created in the last three years will be turning 2-4 years old.
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- Note that the blogs in the AniBlog Tourney are 6 months to 5+ years. This caused a slight bias in the assumption. ↩