Once in a blue moon metablogging thoughtsPosted: June 21, 2009
Because I don’t often metablog, yet often have random metablogging thoughts floating around in my mind as I wander throughout the aniblogosphere, I’ve decided to collect up all of these broken threads and mash them together into one post.
So random thought number one is on team blogging.
Honestly, the only kind of post from a team blog that interests me (and this isn’t to say that it’s the best of the worst – it really does interest me) is when a team collaborates on a single post, be it episodic or editorial. Team posts are like two blogs smashed into one – I don’t have to click a link to see another person’s views since they’re on the same page. They’re also like the comments section and the post mixed together. There’s a healthy debate (well, sometimes) inside the post between two or more people just like a convo inside a comments section.
But other than that, I’d rather see another blog than more ‘diverse’ posts on the same blog. Hey, Say Anime! is one of the largest active team blogs out there (in terms of members), but I don’t read it often because… well, there’s just too many posts. It’s like taking my post output (which is arguably a shitload, considering I usually don’t do half–assed posts) and shoving it through a 10x multiplier machine – ten semi-active/active mainly-episodic blogs smashed up into one enormous monster of a blog.
When a team blog gets to be more than three or four members large, it’s hard to remember who’s who (and who said what about which anime), especially if the members don’t have their own blogs (as in, OH! had members whose dispositions were already well known from their own blogs, and those who didn’t have their own blogs/had inactive blogs found room to develop their own blogging personalities). On the other hand, a blog like Epic Win, which has only two authors, almost forces you to see the authors’ different (or similar) personalities, since both 0rion (apparently, zeros look like “o”s) and Guff appear in most posts together.
tl;dr team blogs need less people and/or more team posts
P.S.: Of course, I’m too new to aniblogging to know any other team blogs all that well (yukan, for one), and this is all based on my own experiences.
Random thought number two is on post output.
Naturally, a blog (leaving out news blogs like SanCon and ANN) that thrusts out ten posts a day isn’t very attractive, no matter how awesome each post may be.
“Mikotoism” has an average of 1.52 posts/day, which is a lot for a solo blogger. Damn it, that’s why my e-peen is still so small! I got bored of writing this post here yesterday and left it as a draft. Since I totally forgot what I was going to say, let’s just end this point right here.
…but you don’t have to show them to everybody else!
My third random thought is on figure blogs.
I just don’t understand these. I find absolutely no enjoyment in looking at pictures of plastic pantsu, or at posts with so many jpegs that my less-than-awesome computer threatens to explode.
I think that one purpose of a blog is to strike up a conversation/debate. Though there may be some kind of fun in posting random shit that none of your readers care about, posting about something that receives insightful comments is ultimately one goal of a blogger. Receiving comments like “cool,” “I wish I had that,” and “awsumz!11one” aren’t exactly what I’m talking about here… and that kind of comments is usually what I see on many figure blogs.
The fatal flaw of figure blogs is that they can’t connect to readers very well (and thus, the redundant and pointless comments). An episodic post relates to readers because… well, the episode has just come out, and people can read an episodic, understand what the blogger is talking about, and make an intelligent reply. Editorials are equally… conversation-able, if not more so, as they aren’t limited by anime viewers’ short attention spans. Yet posts on figures lack this ability to prompt comments. Readers either have or don’t have the figure. Those who do can go in-depth into how intricate the figure is… or whatever people talk about regarding figures. Those who don’t… well, the most they can do is express their desire for the figure and/or talk about something else that’s not directly related to the specific figure.
My comment on 7’s recent AnimeNEXT loot post (which is pretty much akin to a figure post in its ability to attract intelligent conversation) displays both of these. “That sword is damn awesome” is equivalent to “awsum pantsu lolo” and “NOT ENOUGH LOOT” is equivalent to a discussion on something that’s not directly related to the specific loot.
tl;dr figure blogs suck because they’re not interesting enough for the reader
Random thought #4 pertains to blog names.
I myself have a very awesome blog with a very shitty blog name. Although Mikoto Misaka is indeed the goddess of anime and you probably can’t persuade me otherwise unless you get down to the semantics of the word “goddess,” Mikotoism is quite the crappy title for a blog. A blog title is by nature a very hard thing to decide on, unless you’ve an incredible urge to name your blog something and/or the great Haruhi in the sky has shown you the way to true blog success.
Among the 150 or so blogs that I randomly check every so often (and the hundreds more that I somehow get to, bookmark, and forget about for the next two months until some person links to one of them), there are only a few whose blog titles I truly respect, envy, and would turn gay for: Epic Win, wat u say, Low on Hit Points, some others, and some of those that are totally in Japanese and would seem pretty cool if only I knew what they sounded like/meant/lolwut.
Since there’s no real argument or anything to this specific point, I’m just going to dump out my thoughts on blog titles.
- Too many blogs are titled ____ Anime Blog
- Too many blogs start with “Anime”
- Too many blogs are all in Japanese and I have no idea how to refer to them in English without messing up badly
- A blog title is one of the biggest factors in readership. I mean, I get an average of 400 ~ 500 page views a day while Sankaku Complex gets over nine thousand page views a day. This is clearly because SanCon has such a damn interesting title while “Mikotoism” just makes people think “wow, that is a shitty title for this blog.”
If one were to see my blog and “Sankaku Complex” on the same blogroll, he or she would immediately click on Sankaku Complex because the title is just that appealing. Who wouldn’t want to visit a site that has a name like that?
Take a look at “Random Curiosity” and “Danny Choo.” Neither blog ever contains anything the least bit interesting, but they’re both so popular because of their blog titles. “Random curiosity” strikes one’s subconcious directly. Humans are by nature very curious, and to see “random” in front of “curiosity” is like hearing that Haruhi will have a second season something like that. And “Danny Choo?” That’s just some guy’s name! For some guy to name his blog/site his name, he’s basically saying “this blog is so awesome that I don’t need a damn title.”
Oh screw it, I got bored again.
My posts always fall off the serious cliff and into the sea of trollage.
In other news, I’m considering renaming my blog. Maybe “blog of awesome” is a good choice? Or maybe just “fangzhao,” like dannychoo.com. Thoughts?
Bad blog names might be an option too. At least they’re memorable. “Anime Blog,” “Blog,” and “Shitty Anime Blog on WordPress.com” [abbreviated as SABoW.com] are all things I’m considering.