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Generic blog update post

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.

Metablogging Failure

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.

NAIDR Success

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…

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  1. Posted March 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Evangelion all the way. What do you get for being a good Irish blogger? An e-plaque? Fuck that, anime all the way!!

    (This comment probably lost you the award. Sorry. :p)

  2. Posted March 11, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    I was totally for you going to that Blogger award thing until you mentioned Evangelion. Not so much the first movie but the second one. Damn thing isn’t even out on DVD in Japan yet from what I understand, so no one can “legally aquire and translate” it yet. Totally go see that on the big screen instead.

    I like your Sora no Woto posts, less for the content (since I don’t like the series) and more for the concept. I wouldn’t drop the idea completely. I’d keep it in mind if another series feels like it’d benefit from that sort of format. If Night Raid might end up being something that’d result in all sorts of different takes that could be contrasted.

  3. wina1
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    My advice is to eat more chicken

  4. Posted March 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Metablogging is boring.

    Can you win without going to the thingy? Though, I would probably pick the movie unless you’re certain you’ll win the contest.

  5. Scamp
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink


    E-plaque helps my e-peen. Also, I think I lost it myself with this post.


    The metablogging idea is sound-ish. It’s just I’m not the right person to do it. And personally, I’d like to keep as far away from writing about Night Raid as possible because I know nothing about that area of history.


    Best advice I got all day


    I’m not sure if I can still win…probably not though. I’ll worry about that if I get through to the next round

  6. Posted March 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    One is that my ego is massive and I want to write what I feel about an epis­ode, not copy­paste what oth­ers have said.

    That’s a breath of fresh air. I’m strongly against this trend in meta, micro, and whatever else it’s called when people call themselves bloggers but don’t post original content. Not that anyone would know since I don’t do meta.

  7. Posted March 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, metablogging is more interesting if you highlight contrasting takes and then put in your own two cents.

    And we all know that all blogs suck, so the obvious choice is to SEE EVA ON A BIG SCREEN!!

  8. Posted March 11, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I think seeing the second Evangelion movie before many other people would help your e-peen more.

  9. Scamp
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Permalink


    Your dislike of meta has been well-documented in your comments. I have no problem with it and I must admit I like Twitter a lot, but it is in no way an alternative to blogging. Mind you, complaining about these people calling themselves ‘bloggers’ when they don’t do that much actual blogging sounds very OEG-esque


    To get truly different views on an anime you need an anime with Endless Eight/Geass R2 levels of blog posts.

    They actually have quite a collection of movies on, including Gundam Unicorn, but the EVA movies are the ones I’m by far the most interested in

  10. Posted March 11, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I think the meta-blogging idea worked well for the first couple of episodes, but to do it episode upon episode probably runs it into the ground. The fact is, that only elite episodic bloggers can continue to say something interesting about every single episode of anime they blog. After the first few eps, most people either rehash what they’ve said earlier or spend too much time on just recounting the plot. I think you could make the meta-blogging idea work, you just shouldn’t do it so often. Maybe something like, once after the first ep, once after the second ep, and once every four or so eps after that. Just check in on what everyone’s saying every few weeks or so, rather than every single episode.

  11. Posted March 12, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Funny thing is, your meta was the reason I first started reading your posts, since going through full-scale episodics is a pain. xD

    It branched off from there :3

  12. Posted March 12, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    I don’t get metablogging, but it looks like a pain.

    Regarding the Irish Awards thing, If I were you, I’d go to the convention, even though I’ve never been to one, and don’t plan to go to one any time soon. You don’t want to go cross country unless you KNOW you’re getting some pussy (or 1st place prize, whatever).

  13. Philip
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    that sad to hear
    i think your sora woto metablog quite good
    especially on beginning
    when every blog had different theories of skeleton and ghost

    maybe you should follow sora manimani tactic to gain difference of opinion
    start shipping noel-kanata perhaps ?

  14. Posted March 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Going to say Evangelion as awards ceremonies can be dull. Think I may drive down to Dublin myself to watch EVA too, would be awesome on the big screen, and I’ve been dying to see 2.0!

  15. Scamp
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Permalink


    I like to think of myself as an elite episodic blogger…

    Yeah the metablogging thing would probably work best for first and final impressions. However that’s not something I plan to stick my feet into for the foreseeable future


    Oh well, I’m glad it attracted some fans. The posts themselves got very few hits


    I’m pretty certain it’s not a convention with the fujioshi armed with yaoi paddles…at least, I hope it’s not


    Ah Hime shipping, good times~

    I try to take a different approach with each series I blog so my shipping approach has been done now. Time to move on to rampant fanboying of DRRR!!


    Holy moley Irish person! Actually Northarn Irish since I think I read that on your site, but it’s all cool!

  16. Posted March 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    i think you mentioned it before, but i forgot that you were irish. i hope i wont read all your posts in an irish accent now D: *hopeless american*

    i havent read your sora no woto metablog posts since i wasnt interested in sora no woto in the first place, but maybe instead of metablogging you could do daily-show-esque satires? though that might win you the contempt of some bloggers…

    as for awards vs. eva movie…eva movie. awards ceremonies sound boring and not worth it, especially if you have to go cross-country for it. even though im not a large fan of eva myself, i would rather see the movies.

  17. Posted March 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    @ Scamp: Aye I’m from Norn Iron, but near the Louth border :D Irish peoples in the anime fandom/blogosphere seem to be quite a rare species for some reason.

  18. luffyluffy
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Oi Scamp! Here you go: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1KLBLEGU

  19. Posted March 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I’m surprised you didn’t like the meta-blog approach, as I thought it was a pretty interesting idea. I can see it being a pain in the ass to actually do, let alone do a good job of, but I thought your using the quotes as a springboard for your own opinion was entirely legit.

    Anyways, if something isn’t working for you, change it. In the end you have to be happy with yourself.

  20. Posted March 13, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Hey, don’t feel bad about not leaving comments, its a common occurrence. I have many anime episode reviews that have well over 5-10K reads and zero comments, I guess people think I’m not very friendly or they don’t care to tell me I suck. Oh, congrats on your making the youth blog short list.

  21. Scamp
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink


    I should have that pic of the cart driver on the sidebar to have a giant backdrop of an Irish flag or something to show my patriotism.

    I’ve toyed with the idea of doing satire posts of other anime blogs as episodic blogging but, as funny as it would be to those who know those blogs, it would be jarring to those who don’t read other anime blogs. It’s isolating your audience and I don’t really want to do that.


    I did find an Irish club on MyAnimeList but it had a grand total of about 60 members, which really isn’t that many. Plus I think a bunch of them were Americans with Irish grannies.


    Again, the idea is sound but I find it really doesn’t work for me. Not commenting on other people’s blogs seems really poor practice IMO if you have something to say and when I do these meta posts, I find it hard to comment on the blog at the same time. It could work for others, just not for me


    woah, 5-10K reads? My Hetalia posts, by far my most popular, struggled to reach that amount and yet they got mountains of comments. I’m not sure whether to feel envious of all the hits or sympathetic for the lack of comments

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