Blog Carnival: Reflections on Animanga Blogs
The blog carnival is in town again and this time it’s all about bloggers reflecting on what they like (and don’t like) reading in the animanga blogosphere. Foxy Lady Ayame came up with the idea in light of the anitourney, and she asked a lot of interesting questions, so I knew I had to join in with my own thoughts!
What do you like to read and for what reasons? (reviews, commentaries, editorials)
I read a lot of different types of blogs, so there’s not one specific style I enjoy way more than another. When it comes to reviews, I like reading ones that are both for series I’ve seen and haven’t. When it comes to reviews for series I haven’t seen, I read them to see if the series is something I should maybe check out at one point. As for why I read reviews for series that I have seen, it’s simply just to see (and judge) other peoples thoughts on a series.
If I had to pick one post style that interests me the most, it’s editorials. It’s interesting to see an author’s thought on a certain topic, and I like these types of posts because they often encourage the most discussion in the comment section. You also don’t usually need to have seen a specific episode or series to get the point, so that tends to make me even more encouraged to read it.
And last and sorta least, I also dabble in reading episodics. Considering there’s several episodic blogs out there, I’ll only bother reading one of these if the post is presenting in an interesting manner. By that, I mean it could either be the author’s writing or just what they choose to focus on that interests me to read their post. Most of the episodic blogs I follow write relatively short posts for each episode because they choose to only talk about the parts they thought were interesting, as opposed to other bloggers who talk about every little thing, and that often can come across just as one long summary post…
What do you do when you stumble across a new blog?
I love finding new blogs all the time. I now use google reader to stay updated with blog’s new posts, so I regularly find new blogs to follow and add to my never ending list on my reader. When I find a new blog I look at the titles of the posts and simply read the ones that interest me.
The title is the main thing for me considering it’ll be what will determine whether I bother to read the post or not. If it’s just “Sword Art Online Episode 4″, I might still check it out if those are the only type of posts the blog offers, but I’m less interested to do so. Anyway, I mostly read at least two posts to see if the blog is something worthwhile. To put it simply, if the author writes posts (no matter what they’re about) that are interesting, I’m sold enough to add it to my reader.
If I end up liking the blog, I then look more at some of the past posts, about me page, and blogroll. I usually look for a twitter link because I like to follow them if they have an account.
What must a good animanga blog have and do?
This was probably the question that intrigued me most, since I can’t even find a coherent answer to it. Layout surprisingly doesn’t play that big a part in it for me (except, for the record, I’m not too big a fan of newspaper themes). I feel most of it probably has to do with the blogger’s voice.
If the author can make a post sound interesting no matter the topic, then that’s what makes a good blog. Of course that’s vague, but there’s not much that can be said besides that fact that some bloggers manage to write in such a way that their post is more entertaining than another.
Frequency of posts also plays a part, but as long as at least one post is written every two weeks, I’m satisfied. Based on my own frequency, I’m aware I can’t be too picky about this…An interaction with the readers is important, too. I’m less inclined to care for a blog if the comments don’t get replies.
What blogging behaviors annoy us (anonymously of course)?
- Saying “hello/hi/welcome/etc” at the beginning of all your posts
- Posts that aren’t broken up into proper paragraphs (sometimes I see paragraphs with 800 words in them, and I can’t be bothered to even try to read it.)
- Summaries instead of any actual content (I don’t need to be told what happened in the episode I just watched. I want to hear your thoughts.)
- Boring post titles (I’m a victim of this, but I’m trying to improve. Also, even if you have an episodic blog, you can still use a snappy title, like how Feal87 or Draggle does it.)
- Catch-up posts (if you’re three weeks behind on an anime you’re blogging, just skip over the weeks you missed and write only a post for the newest episode.)
- Low-quality images (I’m not asking for HD, but just make sure it doesn’t look like your images are from a streaming site where you print-screened and cropped the image to put in your post.)