If I had a Mastubatory Blog Crap category, this post would most certainly go in there. However I don’t like putting rude words on my sidebar, especially when my sister reads this blog, but you should be able to get the gist of what I’m saying here. This is me looking forward and trying to work out what I want to do with this site. At 18 months in the blogging business, I’m hitting the young adult stage of anime blogging. That time where you look forward and think ‘what do I really want to do with my blog?’. With the recent moving away from Bokutachi no Blog and the establishment of The Cart Driver, this topic has been at the forefront of my mind recently.
I’ve been experimenting with different post styles recently. We’re not just talking editorial pieces, this includes the way I structure my episodic posts. I’ve been taking post styles from different blogs I enjoy reading and try to take the aspects of their writing into my own posts. For example, I really enjoyed reading Jason Miao’s episodics and the way he used what happened in an episode to go off on tangents to discuss things outside the episode itself. Soon after reading his posts, my Hetalia episodics tripled in length. Granted, it’s very easy to go off on tangents with Hetalia but you get the drift. With every new show I blog, I try to take a slightly different approach. Sometimes it’s just something small, like blogging an over-blogged show like Durarara just to see if I could compete for attention, to big differences like my metablogging project with Sora no Woto. My posting habits have become a general mish-mash of different blog styles with an attempt to make my own stamp on them. The monthly roundups and my format for first impression posts were taken from Star Crossed. The season preview formats were originally nicked straight from THAT, although I’m pretty confident now that I’ve made these season previews my own.
A big change I’d like to make is more shorter analytical pieces. Expect more posts like my one on reviews, which actually went down quite well. Something similar to the style of posts at Ogiue Maniax (something I remarked upon on twitter and was picked up by the man himself). I’d also like to do something similar to 2-D Teleidoscope and make posts comparing two anime together in certain aspects of their messages. However these are two BIG names to say I’d like to emulate and I’ve noticed that a lot of the ideas for posts I have half formulated are…ummm, well I won’t say wrong because there’s an element of truth to each of them, but I can already foresee counter-arguments.
Which leads to the main reason I’m writing this post. What is The Cart Driver? He is a symbol of people discussing aspects of anime on the internet, convinced that their own view is true. For every post where I say ‘BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CART DRIVER!’ someone will retort ‘CC WAS TALKING TO HERSELF!’. But would it have been better to never put forward your immortal theory in the first place? No, this all encourages discussion. One big change I wanted to make was to be a more prolific writer, with about 5-6 posts per week. That’s hard to do when I’m afraid to post my ideas, so I said to myself “screw fear and post them Scamp!”. I want to challenge your own opinion and I strongly encourage you to comment where you disagree with what I say. That in turn challenges my own opinions and then you get the cycle of counter-arguments that was The Cart Driver when he was being discussed.
The more I experiment, the more I learn. I’ve come a long way since I began and I’m a hell of a lot better writer, but in no way does that mean I’m content with staying as I am. I’m trying to innovate, experiment, expand and improve. Anime blogs come and go. Those who were content with how things were back in the good old days of anime blogging get dissilusioned when things move on and newer blogs show up. Gotta constantly change to keep up.