Since gg have yet to sub the latest episode of Hetalia and I’m not in the mood for dragging out another post that’s been sitting unfinished in my drafts for several weeks again, I guess I might as well use this time to post a generic blog update post. Not the most exciting post in the world but essential reading nevertheless.
Ok, failure is definitely too strong a word but I don’t feel my metablogging posts for Sora no Woto are really working. The problem is twofold. One is that my ego is massive and I want to write what I feel about an episode, not copypaste what others have said. I find myself not looking for the best quotes from other blogs but lines I can use to express my own opinion. Plus when there is a really good comment I can rarely find something extra to say about it. Second problem is comments. Even though I’ve really enjoyed reading Crystal Tokyo Anime Blogs‘ posts on Sora no Woto, I don’t think I’ve left a single comment on his site. I also find it hard to reply to comments on my own post because I feel I’ve already ‘replied’ to someone. It’s an odd mind barrier I have and if I don’t feel like I’m putting out good content, then I doubt my audience is either. This format might work for other writers but I don’t feel it works for me. I’m going to finish it with Sora no Woto but then that will be it.
On the other hand, I’ve been delighted, and rather surprised, by the success of the ‘No anime is dropped forever’ posts. They’re incredibly fun and easy to write but I found myself wondering why anyone would want to read them because it’s just me bitching about anime I didn’t really like. But they rake in the hits and comments so clearly the lesson here is that if I enjoy writing them, then the audience probably enjoys reading them.
Next season plans
Sora no Woto ends this season but both Durarara and (if it ever gets bloody subbed) Hetalia still air so I’ll continue to blog both of them. As for new anime, the two I have my eye on are Giant Killing (football anime with proper tactics? I can see myself enjoying writing about this) and Arakawa Under the Bridge. Obviously things depend on how good the first episode is and I’m slightly wary of what Shaft will do with Arakawa (it says something about how exasperated I’ve gotten with Shaft that I have more faith in a Deen adaptation) but most of the rest of the anime I’d prefer to leave to more qualified/excited/interested peers. This does mean I’m picking up 4 anime in one season, which is quite a lot, but at heart I think I’m an episodic blogger and the rest is simply additions to that. Again, this is just me experimenting as I usually do so we’ll see how I cope.
Irish Blog Awards
I know that tag thing say nominee but I’ve somehow passed the first round of judging and I’m on the (not so) shortlist. There’s one more round of judging before the grand finals being held in a fancy hotel in Galway. Now if I pass the next round I have the tough decision to make. Do I haul myself to Galway (which, incidentally, is the total opposite side of the country to where I live), pay €150 to book a night at the hotel and an extra €15 entry fee into the awards ceremony to watch someone else win the award because they use the Irish Language in their blog and I talk about foreign cartoons, OR do I drive about half an hour into Dublin, spend 10-15 euro to see an anime film festival where they’re showing the two Evangelion movies on BIG screens, taking into account that I haven’t seen these movies yet despite the fact that the TV series is on my top 30 anime. Oh, these two events happen to be on the same day. Hmmm…