With spring coming to an end, it’s time to look at what I plan to watch during the summer. As expected, this list is subject to change. Also, I address my continued blogging frustrations as well.
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Air Date: July 2, 2022
From the surface, it looks like a bunch of cute girls working at a traditional Japanese café. But, of course, there is something more beneath the surface. You know, fighting monsters and zombies and such. It should be interesting how the story develops since it’s an original story.
Love Live Superstar 2
Air Date: July 17, 2022
As expected, we are in for more as the awaited second season. Last month, four more members, who are probably the new first-year students, joined the existing cast. We will certainly know more about them In the second season. Also, can they win Love Live this time around? We’ll see very soon.
Air Date: July 3, 2022
While I haven’t watched Strike Witches, although I probably will get to it eventually, this is apparently a spinoff. The premise makes it evident that this is an idol anime with this squadron singing and performing music. The question is, will this spinoff be more lighthearted than the main series? We’ll find out soon.
As for the fourth show, I will decide what to cover once the season begins. It’s most likely Prima Dolls, but we must wait and see. I will also be watching Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii but won’t be covering it.
State of the Blog and Blog Updates
As mentioned earlier, I still feel frustrated by the lack of comments and how it’s going in the year’s first half. So far, the number of comments received is not meeting what I expected, and I am very frustrated.
Not having that many comments make me feel that I am being left out of the community as others have no problem receiving them. However, they play a good part in the social aspect of anime blogging and gauge that people enjoy my content. Also, I do not participate in social media since it has become so toxic. This is especially with Twitter, as if the deal goes through, Elon Musk will make it worse. I don’t blog about anime to make money or become famous. My day job, donations from the apps I develop, and investment income takes care of that. I do it mainly for social and enjoyment, which is why my blog lasted this long.
I must admit that I want to improve the engagement on my blog in terms of comments to the likes of “I drink and watch anime,” “Crow’s World of Anime” and others, which receive more comments on their posts than me. Back when I started my blog, I hadn’t had these issues as some people regularly leave comments. Note that I reply to most, if not all comments that I receive.
This has been a challenging few years of blogging as, since 2015, getting people to leave comments has been challenging. While last year was an exception, with 556 comments left, it’s just an abnormality. As a result, this problem makes me feel less motivated to write certain content, such as editorials and reviews. I fear I won’t receive any after I spend hours writing it. This paralysis is hard to overcome as it becomes a vicious cycle.
I must admit that some factors come into play, like the popularity of social media. While this is a generalization, Generation Z also apparently has lower attention spans. That is why things like short-form content like Tik-Tok are popular. While Anime and Manga are also popular with Generation Z, there is a good possibility that the content might deter people from engaging with my blog. Therefore, I will provide a text-to-speech audio version of the post for editorials and reviews so people can listen to the content instead of having to read it.
To attempt to hopefully get more people to leave comments on my blog, I decided to focus on content quality. I have noticed that my content became too long in the word count. So, I plan to limit the amount I write for episodic posts to 500-700 words (excluding captions). I also subscribed to Grammarly Premium to help edit my content quicker and improve my writing quality. Of course, not all suggestions Grammarly give is perfect, but hopefully, they will make my content more engaging.
Lastly, there are other changes I plan to make. While I am putting the new theme on hold since I discovered a few issues with posts not rendering correctly. I have yet to hear back from the developers because of a cybersecurity incident in their third-party data centers. As a result, I am putting this on hold until I can receive a fix.
Lastly, the blog will go ad-free starting July as I am hardly earning anything from WordAds since the pandemic. In the last six months, I only received .44 in revenue or less. So, it’s not worth having the ads, especially since I earn more from dividends from stocks I make per month (around $5 and growing).
With that, feel free to share what you plan to watch this summer. Also, if you have any suggestions on improving the engagement on this blog, feel free to share them.