In the recent months, there is something nasty that has spouted out from the Aniblog Tournament, although this debate has been going on in the blogosphere for a long time. It’s the battle between editorial vs. episodic blogs to decide which one is better. For me, I feel that the debate is pointless since it shouldn’t matter for reasons I will explain below. (Image Source)
One of the reasons why people tend to look down at episodic blogs is that some people still use outdated writing styles. Back in the early 2000s, synopsis and screenshots were a lot more useful back then since streaming did not exist and only the tech savvy knew how to download episodes from IRC and other file sharing technologies. Also, fansub releases wasn’t as fast compared to now. Therefore people who could understand Japanese could watch and give their first impression before it gets subbed. Now, we have various sites like Crunchyroll that made Anime a lot more accessible, thus the old episodic writing style started losing it’s purpose. If you see episodic posts today, most of it is focused primarily on analysis of various stuff and opinions. However, this doesn’t mean that episodic blogging is obsolete by any means since people want to share their enthusiasm for a particular show they watched.
On the other hand, editorial blogs tend to have a bigger audience because it focuses on various topics. This can range from themes of a particular show, opinions or about the fandom. The reason why these posts tend to have more popularity is for the fact that they take a good amount of effort and creativity. Although posts about the fandom and personal experiences are a lot easier to write about, theme related ones take more thought and research. In some of my editorials like one on Hourou Musuko, which focused on the difficulties that transgendered people face from society, it took hours to write all my thoughts down. Even so, these types of posts tend to give a more rewarding experience and don’t require a constant effort like the former.
As for the debate in the blogosphere, some people believe that all episodic blogs sucks and they should die. I disagree since they are still relevant if done correctly. It depends highly on the writer themselves to bring something interesting or enjoyable to the post. For instance, one can use it to flesh out themes or things that people tend to overlook in a particular episode and analyze them. Not only that, maybe someone just wants to share their thoughts on what they saw and Twitter’s 140-character limit won’t allow them to accomplish it. The point I’m trying to prove is that episodic blogging is still relevant even with new mediums to watch Anime. It just has evolved into a mini-editorial post.
Overall, I think this is a pointless debate since neither editorial or episodic blogs have a clear advantage. The reason people follow blogs is to read interesting content. Sure you can make an editorial, but if it has tons of grammar mistakes and/or lacks anything worthwhile, the blog can still fail. The same goes for an episodic blog, although it happens more often since it’s easy to start up. However, bashing anime blogs and telling people to kill them from someone who shall not be named is not only unproductive, but only excites rage and unwanted feelings in the blogosphere. After all, I think we are forgetting the main purpose of Anime Blogging: to share the passion for the medium. I firmly believe this up to this day that keeps me going.