It’s that time of year again as the 2nd AniBlog Tourney commences in a few weeks. During the first one, I looked at the participating blogs and gave constructive criticism to help people improve for the future. This time around, I will do the same, but a little differently…
For those who don’t know what is the AniBlog Tourney, it’s a competition where the readers check out blogs and then vote for the one they are most likely to read. (Image Source)
When I take a look at a blog, I’ll focus on following based on the criteria below:
Content – This section focuses on the content of an Anime Blog. I will only focus on the overall content and not so much on grammar/spelling mistakes. Also, posts should have some originality. It should consist mostly of your thoughts rather than the synopsis. Some summary is fine as long you use it to support your argument. Otherwise, most readers will stop reading your post and therefore, they might miss some of the points you are explaining.
Frequency of Posting – This section measures the activity of his or her blog. Infrequent blogging (e.g. only writing 1 to 3 posts within a whole month) will result in a lower score. However, this is not indicative to the post quality, so it will get graded separately. At the bare minimum, you should at least post once a week.
Design and Accessibility – Unless you use WordPress.com as a host, there is no excuse not to have an original design. This means that you should make some changes to the theme so it looks unique. In addition, you must have archives and categories accessible through a widget or archive page. If you are missing these, haven’t done some customization to the theme or its poorly designed (clashing colors, hard to navigate, etc.) will result in a point deduction. For those who use WordPress.com, you will get exempted from the theme customization. Instead, I will check the header image instead.
If you are interested in customizing your current theme, you should consider taking a look at this.
Bonus Points: Mobile Site– If your site is readable without zooming on a smartphone, these points will get added to the total score. Otherwise, no points will get awarded.
Since I received some feedback, there won’t be any score for future critiques. Instead, I will only share my thoughts on the criteria above without revealing the blog I voted. Everyone will have an equal chance to get a good review, which means no favoritism. If you are uncomfortable on having your blog reviewed by me, contact me either my email or on Twitter so you can opt out. Otherwise, I will just review it.
Good Luck for those participating! If you have any concerns, make a comment below.