I just noticed that I’ll be very active this May, since my draft has a lot of posts in it. I also have to edit the T(a)LK collab, my wrap up for April and work on my tea time post. It’s funny because I used to only do review in this blog.
Disclaimer: this is just my opinion. I re-read it, and it comes off as if I’m a know-it-all, and I’m not. This is just my honest opinion, and you should take it with a grain of salt. This is just something I truly learned as I browse wordpress.
Also, I remember last year, when I posted my anime review tips, a blogger, who acts like a know-it-all, actually re-published his own tips about blogging he wrote a long time ago, and I remember how pretentious his post is, hence the disclaimer. I act like a know-it-all in my reviews, but not in my anniversary posts.
2. The Blogger Dilemma
One thing I learned browsing WP is that a lot of bloggers want views, but they don’t know how to get it. I realized that not everyone is like me. Of course, a review blog like mine will get hits no matter what. When Toonami aired a Masaaki Yuasa film, my review of the obscure anime blew up. Other bloggers don’t thrive like I do. Some would do episodic posts, first impressions, even reviews, or they mostly ride the wave of the current trend. Some really good editorial pieces are often left unappreciated, while a stupid top five list with barely any words gets insane feedback.
Then I realize, and this is tip to everyone, your first audience is your fellow bloggers. You want comments, likes and a healthy discussion about your posts? Then you should comment, like and discuss on other bloggers’ posts as well. You see, a lot of readers follow a certain blog. If you comment or like, they often click on your profile (update your gravatar) or your blog, and they could be potential audiences for your post as well. I know it sounds stupid, but the ani-community in WP is close knit, especially the audience that reads it. You want views and comments? Then make the effort to give some as well.
I know there is an attitude that as long as I write good, then the right people will come. This is true, because I thrived on this idea for a long time BUT I’m a very different case. My review especially, since I oddly get on the first page of a goggle search for an anime review. I don’t know why, really. But for first impressions, anime reviews, episodic posts and heartfelt editorials, these need an extra boost. You’re just a drop in a sea of similar content, and not just in WP but in other blog sites as well. So you need to get yourself out there and shout out that you exist.
Now, I do know some people overdo it though, basically treating you as a stat for their blogs. It’s your choice to play their game or not. It’s not a bad thing, really. It’s just really weird sometimes that they put effort in something so fleeting. I used to be part of the myIGN community (username: Karuhi) where bloggers really fight for comments. Drama about feminism is created to garner more likes and views. The myIGN feature is now dead, and all those stats are just code now barely accessible anymore. All their effort is basically gone now, and it’s kinda depressing. But again, follower count and views can be satisfying to see grow but I personally don’t interact with people that’ll treat me as a stat. I’m too good for that, but that’s just me and my untrusting nature playing a part in that as well.
But for any new bloggers out there, say Hi! to the established people of WP and get noticed.
1. The Diversity of the Anime Tag
2. The Blogger Dilemma
3. Collabs are fun
4. Friendly yet Reclusive
5. MAL Synopsis
6. Episodic Review is a Hard yet Interesting Adjustment
7. Dramatical Murder and Yosuga no Sora
8. The Special Secret Relationship of the Fans of the Original Source and the Anime Staff
9. The Faithful Adaptation of a Bad Anime Paradox
10. Hurdles and Setbacks Makes Life More Interesting