Recently there were a lot posts on this topic circulating around the aniblogosphere. Granted, different sub topics were discussed. AceRailgun questioned about what keeps an anime blog around or not, Feal talked about competition and rage blogs, and Tsurugiarashix explored the different types of anime blogs. His Majesty OG even listed down his reasons or rather drive force of existence. These are all interesting read as it allows readers and bloggers alike to reflect on this community we’ve build together.
I don’t really have much to add to what was already being discussed. Like I said, those are great posts. Instead, I’ll write about my own concerns and desires when I decided to be a part of the anime blogging community. It’s fine even if it’s only a small part.
Since day one, I decided not to care too much about blog stats. Reason being I’ll get demotivated quickly if I do. Of course, I’m happy to have readers and please know that I appreciate you dropping by and taking your precious time reading my posts. And of course, I’m even happier to see daily stats soared as I continue blogging. But really, blog stats shouldn’t be a reason for me because that’ll never work in the long run. Instead, what I do is just keep writing whenever I have the time and material. The most important thing is I enjoy the process. My greatest and only desire for this blog is for it to be a channel for me to express my thoughts (positive, negative or neutral) on certain anime or manga titles and connect with other likeminded people. It’s always fun, for me anyway, to discover new blogs and read another opinion. You’ll be surprised what you may find.
Speaking of time, time is what I lack these days. That is one of my major concerns. If I don’t have the time to watch anime or read manga, then I don’t have the material to blog. Even if I have the time for those doesn’t necessarily mean I have the time to finally sit down and write. Trust me, it’s a lot easier and less time consuming to visit the blogs I’ve subscribed in my Google Reader and comment than to write a full post. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I never make post count as goals to reach (WordPress actually made the goals for me >.<), set up schedule or something like that. I just wanna go with the flow. This blog is strictly a hobby and you know what hobby is – an activity done during leisure time for pleasure. It isn’t a job, and it isn’t a chore.
Another concern is language. Growing up in a country that speaks multi-language has its disadvantages, especially when one’s group of friends are users of mixed language in everyday conversations. We’re kind of like jack of all trades, master of none. I speak three languages, predominantly Mandarin. However, my casual conversations with friends and family usually consist of borrowed words from another language. For example, if I don’t know a word in English, I can always use other language or dialects to substitute it and they’ll understand. So, my greatest concern whenever I write a post is failing to get my message across. It was even worse when I started this blog more than a year ago. I was worried about multiple grammatical and structural issues. In the end though, I just write whatever that comes to mind and hope my readers get my point.
I’m sure there are a variety of ways that will work as remedies to those concerns. Like read more English books, practice better time management (actually I think I’m doing pretty well at this one, just that I’m working on more side projects lately and I’m not about to let that slip away) and such. Anyway, will look into those. If you know a few, don’t hesitate to share.
So basically that’s it! Do you have your own personal concerns and desires?