Just recently, Yumeka and Kai reflected on how their writing changed over time. When I saw their posts, I became interested to share my experiences of writing about Anime since mine has changed quite a bit since I started blogging back in my freshmen year of college. (Image Source)
When I started, my blog was a big mess. I admit that my writing skills are not the greatest compared to my technology skills despite improving from all these years. However, in my earlier posts, my writing was filled with grammar errors because I don’t read over my posts and proofread them twice like I do now. In addition, my episodic posts consist of mainly synopsis and lots of screenshots, which is pointless nowadays with availability of broadband Internet and now legal streams. In addition to generic episodic posts, I made some pretty childish posts, which is kind of embarrassing.
Thankfully, with the feedback I received from the first Anime Blog Tourney, I took the constructive criticism to improve my writing. First, I read over my posts to check for grammatical or spelling mistakes before I actually publish them. In addition, I started to write more editorials since I have fun writing them along with the ability to think outside the box compared to episodic reviews where you can only talk about a specific episode. I feel that writing more editorials and other unique content (such as Video Game reviews, podcasts, etc.) can make one’s blog stand out a bit a bit more in a blogosphere filled with posts about X show and n Episode with similar opinions.
Another thing I learned from the first Anime Blog Tourney is that social interactions with other blogs and bloggers are important. Sure, we can write a bunch of posts and call it a day, but there are benefits of commenting on other blogs and interacting with other bloggers on social media sites like Twitter or Anime forums. Besides generating comments, you get to see other people’s thoughts or opinions on a certain topic. Not only that, reading other posts or comments can give you new ideas to write about. This is one of the ways I find topics to write about as I lurk around in the blogosphere or on Anime forums like AnimeSuki. Clearly, I don’t use just Anime to spark ideas for editorials, but in some cases, I also use real life events and personal experiences if I can relate it to a certain Anime. Some of these examples include Censorship in Anime, Violence in the Media, and Tiger Moms along with more specific focusing on one series such as discrimination of transgendered girls in Hourou Musuko. While the possibilities are endless with editorial writing, there are still some instances of writer’s block where a person loses ability to produce new works. While I haven’t experienced this yet, it’s best to take a break once in a while.
During late 2010 to mid 2011, I contributed a few guest music reviews for Anime Instrumentality Blog. From my experience, although writing about Anime music is fun since I enjoy and listen to a lot of Japanese music, it’s difficult compared to writing a review for an Anime series. Instead of reviewing the story, characters and other things, you are focusing more on the singer’s performance of the song, instrumentals and the lyrics. Since I didn’t understand Japanese back then before I started studying it, I focused only on the singer and the instrumentals. Through editing process, I understood and appreciate the writing process of writing music reviews.
In short, I felt that my writing has changed significantly from my messy and childish writing to become more polished and mature. My motivation to share my passion for Anime wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t interact with others. Blogging for me takes a good amount of time and dedication to maintain the web server that is hosting this blog, designing a good theme, etc. Despite the challenges ahead, I still enjoy writing about Anime and won’t be giving up anytime soon unless all the studios suddenly stop producing it.