Earlier this year, Kai shared how he comes up with new posts. Personally, coming up with new ideas for editorial posts is usually the hard part since it requires some effort to come up with topics and remembering them. Also, I will share what I use to write and edit posts.
Where do you come up with ideas for your editorials/essays?
Compared to episodic posts, editorial ones while interesting to write is a bit more involved because it requires one to come up with a topic to talk about. While I usually have what I want to write in my mind, there are some instances where I have writer’s block and can’t bring myself to write. When that happens, I spend my time doing other things such as surfing the Internet, studying Japanese or play video games to refresh my mind.
Regardless, there is many places where I get my ideas that include, but not limited to: Anime forums, personal experiences (Anime/Video Game/Japanese Self-Study related), other blogs or current events that are relevant. In addition, I also analyze themes from shows I watched that I find interesting. Some examples include the portrayal of foreigners in Hanayamata and popularity of Idol Anime.
After coming up these ideas, I usually keep my ideas of what topics I want to cover next in my mind or record it in a Onenote notebook. While some Anime bloggers tend to use drafts to keep track of what post he/she might want to write next, I don’t use them since I have a tendency to forget them. When I decide on a topic, I start writing it and look for look for evidence to support my argument such as examples (real life, personal or from Anime), other posts and resources (if needed). When I finish my first draft, I leave it alone for one day and then edit/proofread it the next day (this also applies to reviews).
What do you use to write your posts? How do you write/edit your posts?
Currently, my go to device when it comes to blogging is my Macbook Pro since it has a good keyboard and has a big screen. Generally, I don’t like writing posts in the WordPress editor since there is a good possibly of losing my work if I lose Internet connection. Sometimes, there may be instances where I want to write posts when I’m not online. Because of this, I typically write my posts in Word before pasting it into WordPress where I make final adjustments before publishing. People may prefer the visual editor in WordPress since it’s simple. For me, a word processor for me gives me a better peace of mind and flexibility.
While I have an iPhone and an iPad, I don’t find it very comfortable writing posts on a mobile device, especially on the former. First of all, the WordPress mobile app does not have a visual editor, which is a deal breaker since I use a lot of captions for pictures. Not only that, editing posts on these devices are just a pain in the butt since its troublesome use multitouch to select text compared to a mouse. I have published posts on my iPhone 4S during the power outage after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and it was a painful experience
While Pages is an okay replacement for Word on the iPad, it’s difficult to take screenshots and upload them to WordPress. This limitation eventually changed when I got a Surface Pro 2, which is a Ultrabook shoved in a tablet form factor. It enables me to write and publish posts like I would on a regular laptop and watch fansubs. Of course, it’s a clunky solution since I have to rely on the regular desktop, which is not optimized for touch. Even so, I was able to write quite a few posts just using the touch screen keyboard and even edit them before I return home or arrive at a hotel room and make the final touches.
As a whole, this is my writing style in a nutshell. If you are an Anime blogger, how do you come up with new ideas for posts? Do you read other blog posts, go on Anime forums or participate on social media to find new topics to write about? Feel free to share what devices/programs you personally use to write your posts.