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12 Days of Anime #3: The Aniblog Tourney

The Aniblogosphere is-

So what better way to spend our time by pitting them against each other!

In 2008, a bunch of people, led by Impz from THAT Anime Blog, decided to set up the inaugural Anime Blog Awards. I started anime blogging just after it had ended so I didn’t really know much about it, but I did read the posts about the event. Posts pre the event occurring were quite excited about the thing, but those after the event seemed far from pleased. Many didn’t seem to even know who had won each award. There was obviously some drama, it was labled as just a chance for the big boys to pat each other on the back. I liked the idea of the awards, but there didn’t seem to be any plans to ressurect and improve the format. So I asked people on twitter about what had happened. Many of the people I talked seemed interested in some sort of knock out anime blog tournament. So, with quite a considerable amount of time on my hands, I went to AnimeNano and the now defunct AnimeBlips and drew up a list of all the anime blogs on their lists.

Not exactly the best planned procedure, was it now? It showed as well. Some of the complaints filed against the tourney when it set up were some legitimate concerns. Drama and trolling was inevitable, but we never had a set-in-stone method of dealing with them, which meant some of avoidable drama spiralled out of control (although crazy Tenchi Muyo fans is not something you can exactly plan for). It ran on for too long. It was a bit of a mistake to start the tourney without having consulted the people who ran the ABA’s 2 years back for advice on what went wrong with that, instead of drawing every conclusion from old blog posts that didn’t have the luxury of retrospect.

But the net result was definitely a positive, although often in ways I didn’t see happening. Instead of resulting in all the competing blogs with new readers, it gave a whole load of readers new blogs to read, which isn’t quite the same thing. I was wary about even allowing comments on the tourney, because most dorama could be avoided by closing comment. What it did allow was for readers to provide constructive criticism and discussion about the merits of various blogging methods, which really came as a massive surprise. This includes conversations that tread close to the dorama line, such as the merits of blogs like Colony Drop, because they still provided many different viewpoints to a style of blogging that a lot of people don’t like. Many people commented that it gave them a greater feel for what the aniblogosphere was like and made them feel like part of the sphere for a change. It also got more people to read Mecha Guignol, which is always a good thing.

Most of all, it was entertaining. It made the sphere a hell of an interesting place to watch for a while as blogs feigned ambivalence, only to change their tune and proclaim that, if they were in it, they might as well be in to win. It was endlessly entertaining to read the various call for votes posts, along with some of the surprising bitterness. It has forever warped to the way I see Tenchi Muyo. I don’t really have a moment to pick from the tourney though. The stress of running the thing made it all go by in a bit of a blur and thanks to RP and Mefloraine for helping out (along with our ninja admins that must not be named). I still plan to run the tourney again in two years time…wait, I mean 16 months time. Holy shit, that’s not that far away at all! Argh!!!

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  1. Posted December 23, 2010 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Why the long wait? 16 months….I don’t see much of a reason ;D

    Also, drama and trolling ensues every time there are such events, which makes the blogosphere suddenly much more entertaining…..

    • Scamp
      Posted December 23, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      19 months is almost not long enough…

  2. Posted December 23, 2010 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I more than doubled my readership, and I wasn’t even in it.

    Sideline trolling is always the best choice.

  3. Posted December 23, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Also, there were plans for a second ABA. In fact they even sent emails to prospective participants. In the end, however, the ABA committee was just too busy with their real life work to pour their effort into something that wasn’t going to pay anything back.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      Like most blogging projects, they seem to die when the people who run it dissapear off the face of the earth. That’s how Oi Hayaku died and that’s probably how the ABT will die too

  4. Posted December 23, 2010 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    As I failed to make it out of the Qualifying Round, it only boosted my readership by 3 or 4 people. However, it was nice to be included as it meant someone thought I was in the top 92 (or was it 100 with all the withdrawals?).

    • Posted December 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      I feel like you might win now if we battled again. =w=

      • Posted December 24, 2010 at 12:03 am | Permalink

        Not a chance. You’d first kill me for having heard your voice, then used your superior fanbase to put the matchup away legitmately:)

      • Scamp
        Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:12 am | Permalink

        Let the grudge battle commence!

        One thing I am looking forward to is re-matches~

      • Posted December 24, 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

        It’s not really a grudge match Scamp as much as it is each of us wanting to think the other is far superior. I’d imagine a rematch would end up with pretty much the exact same result.

      • Posted December 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

        Okay, your death might make things hard for you.

        But I barely even post posts anymore! At least you do that!

  5. Fai D Fluorite
    Posted December 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    The time when Aniblog Tourney was going on,I was new to anime blogs.Because of that,it introduced me to a lot of blogs slowly!Thanks for that :)

  6. Posted December 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    by the 16th months, some of the blog that was featured in the tourney might not even be around anymore.

    I’m one of the people who is thankful for the tourney because it gave me a wider list of animeblog to lurk around. I’m not really into the drama though but some of the posts by the blog that participated sure were entertaining. I didn’t even know who won the tourney tbh because when Baka-Raptor got knocked out, I quit.

    So who won it?

    • Scamp
      Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      You know, it’s hardly difficult to click on the bloody link to the site…

  7. Posted December 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I helped too until the Glo incident. ;_;

    As far as I’m concerned, once was enough. Never again. XD

    • Posted December 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      What Glo incident?

      • Posted December 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

        One where I said quite honestly in my reviewing of Glo’s blog that his type of humor wasn’t my thing, he poked fun at me, his fans overreacted to the fact that I said something slightly negative about him and attacked me and harassed me on my blog. Glo was very civil about the whole thing, he didn’t mean for me to receive that backlash, he was just fooling around after all. It was just his fans who couldn’t deal with it.

        I have mental illnesses (caused by physical issues) and was under the stress of my last semester in High School. I had a total mental breakdown, and was unable to help anymore with the tournament.

        Funny you don’t remember. YOU were one of the people who insulted and harassed me, and showed no remorse for it. Believe me, I remember you.

      • Posted December 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

        It’s also because of the level of harassment I received that I never wish to participate in the tournament again, and I don’t exactly have fond memories of it.

    • Posted December 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      Ninja admin~ :3

      • Posted December 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

        That I was. For the short time I was there. :)

  8. Posted December 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Definitely one of my highlights of the year too. Also, it’ll always hold a special place in my heart because, being a new blogger at the time, it allowed me to meet so many cool blog(ger)s and led us to make our own (Baka-san inspired) tourney vid. Good times! :)

  9. Posted December 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I found it interesting, even though I never commented or voted. The drama was less than I imagined it would be or was it the Tenchi Muyo thing that pushed all of the other drama out of the way. That was the big draw for me, watching that nuttiness. On the other hand, that might not have been all that great since that became the point of interest for me rather than the other blogs in the tourney.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      Eh, if you were drawn in by the nuttiness, then at least a blog or two might have caught your interest in the crossfire. Better than having no interest whatsoever

  10. Posted December 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I thought the drama was less than it could have been. And now that it’s all over, it was pretty fun.

    I hope I’m still around for the next time.
    A-and if you still want me, I’ll try to help out more next time.

    I think my favorite moment was when Yi actually won her hardest match. Though I didn’t care for the comments afterward. :|

    • Scamp
      Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      If you’re willing to put up with my control-freak ways again =|

  11. Posted December 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    So… will we ever find out who the mysterious geass troll is? The world may never know.

    Still, the few blogs that ran analysis on the individual participants was probably the most valuable thing that happened. At least, that feedback was invaluable in getting me to change the shitty theme I had back then.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      He’ll show up again next time. But I’ll be ready!

  12. Posted December 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Well our readership dropped significantly when you went solo, but it’s always nice to give the general community – and whoever we were up against a boost (into the next round, haha).

  13. Posted December 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    I definitely appreciated the AniBlog Tourney, despite going out in the 2nd round (which I was over the moon with) I got a significant boost in traffic and lots of very helpful feedback – invaluble since I was very new to the blogging side of the blogosphere.

    There wasn’t as much drama as there could have been, and I got a ton of new blogs to read – overall it was a positive experience!

  14. Posted December 23, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    I think the honest and constructive feedback that bloggers got really made the aniblog tournament worthwhile by itself. Throw in people discovering new blogs, the fun of seeing some of the matchups that occured, giving bloggers a push to fix up their blogs, etc. and it definitely was one of the top highlights this year.

    I think next time we’ll see even more participation from the everyone. I, for one, am going to actively campaign for my favorite blogs next time – too many of them got voted out too early.

  15. Posted December 23, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    This tournament did a great job of proving my circle-jerk model of the blogosphere.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      Because nobody knew we were all circle jerkers already =|

  16. Posted December 24, 2010 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    I forgot about that Tenchi Muyo dude. Weirdest troll/stalker ever.

  17. Posted December 24, 2010 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Definitely helped our blog. We almost doubled our subscriber numbers in May, and now it’s almost tripled since the beginning of the year. Looking forward to going around again in two years time. Two years is the right gap, too. Not enough changes in twelve months, but a massive amount changes in just two years. Funny how it works like that.

    Hopefully next time we’ll last a bit longer than two rounds.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      Oddly, I’ve noticed that blogs don’t really die as frequently as I once thought they did. They seem to go through rebirths a surprising amount. I have a feeling the landscape won’t look quite as different 2 years from now as I had thought it would

  18. ~xxx
    Posted December 24, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    The tourney indeed killed and helped a lot of bloggers around the blogosphere.

    Hopefully I could manage to know all of them now.

  19. Posted December 24, 2010 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    I still refuse to accept the concept of blogs having fans. What the fuck, seriously.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      Why? I’m a fan of Death Note because it entertains me. I’m a fan of Ogiue Maniax for largely the same reason. Don’t see what’s so difficult to comprehend there

      • Posted December 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

        I don’t understand how simply liking something makes you a fan. But I guess it’s a difference in definition. The way I see it, fan has a degree of obsession and views the object of fandom as superior in some way.

        I really hope my readership doesn’t have these dumbfucks. Makes me feel sick just thinking about it.

      • Scamp
        Posted December 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

        Obsession is just the requirement to be an obsessive fan. But yes, e I do see, say, Ogiue Maniax as superior to myself. Even my over-inflated ego recognises that while I’m quite capable and being snarky about boring cartoons, he’s much better an d genuinely interesting as someone who disects minor parts of anime fandom. I’m a fan of your stick cartoons because you can draw frustrated stick faces better than I can and make me laugh.

        I don’t see what the problem with fans is. Someone produces something good, you like it. Same person produces more good stuff, you like that too. You therefore proclaim that you like this guys stuff. You are now a fan.

      • Posted December 24, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

        Try as I might, I cannot classify liking something as a definition of a fan. That’s just liking what you see, that doesn’t subscribe to the supporting and enthusiastic behavior of a fan as I know it. In short, I follow the Merriam-Webster’s definition:

        : an enthusiastic devotee (as of a sport or a performing art) usually as a spectator
        : an ardent admirer or enthusiast (as of a celebrity or a pursuit)

        And any person who projects this towards an anime blog is an utter idiot. What’s admirable about anime blogging? Absolutely nothing at all. Anybody can do this shit, just that some are lifeless enough to do it more than others. Me, I’m one of the worst cases.

  20. Posted December 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the free hits!

  21. Posted December 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    It was a disgusting circlejerk and the champion of retard bloggers was crowned king of it.

    Yeah, I guess you could say it allowed some small bloggers to be in the limelight for a while, and that’s about the only good thing to come out of it, aside from showing the world how braindead the anime blog readers are for choosing someone like psgels.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Could have been worse. Kurogane could have won

      • Posted December 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

        Is it terrible that my ultimate goal was to see that he didn’t win?

      • Posted December 24, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

        All the huttburt protest voting totally made the whole tourney for me. Well, aside from the TM troll anyway.

  22. Posted December 25, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    I’m always glad to make your day Jinx.

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