Just Some Quick Updates (03-17-21)

Just Some Quick Updates (03-17-21)

Hello, everyone. I Just have a few quick things I wanted to go over—some plans I have for the future, as well as some things that have already taken place.

 

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m very new to this whole blogging thing. I’m like a newborn blogger, baby. I’ve only been doing it for a few months, and I had no idea what I was doing prior to starting, aside from the bit of research I did.

 

To give you an idea of just have much of a newborn I am, I didn’t even read blogs or get involved in anything like that before I started. I was basically the guy who decided to open up a restaurant after spending a month in the kitchen. Still, I thought about getting in that kitchen for a while, if that analogy makes any sense. It did to me, at least, and that’s all that matters. I can validate myself, thank you!

This all means that I’m learning very much as I go, so sometimes I need to make a few changes to things. This will outline and talk about those a little bit.

 

Changes

I don’t know if any of you will actually notice this since my readers, I imagine, come from the RSS Feed, something I probably would have thought was a type of scientifically enhanced barn animal fodder a few months ago.

 

I originally had a schedule of every post I was going to make throughout the month. In theory, I liked this idea, and it sounded good when I first started. But I’ve realized that it does more harm than good.

 

I liked it because it would give me a commitment that I needed to follow. A way to stop me from slacking, more or less. It was also helpful for letting people know what to expect.

 

Firstly, I don’t have a problem with slacking at this point. I think about and work on the blog every day of my life, and I’m incredibly passionate about it, more so than any hobby I’ve ever done in my life, to be frank. An arbitrary schedule won’t change that.

 

I also think that leaving the content unknown is better. For one, it means it’s a surprise to people, which I think is fun. Also, I’m allowed to change things on the spot when there are no expectations. This is a lot more freeing to me, and I think I’ll actually end up writing more without being shackled by that. It’s going to be better, I think.

 

Take for instance the post I have coming out on the 19th. An idea sparked in my brain suddenly, and I wrote up the whole thing throughout the day I had the idea. If I was still strictly following the schedule, I may have waited to write it since I couldn’t put it out until the other stuff came out. What this means is I likely wouldn’t have made it at all. That’s no longer a problem.

 

I still follow somewhat of a schedule, so things still go out when I want, but not having that be public knowledge means if I want to save something for later or write up a quick post I have an idea for, I can without it seeming out of place.

 

Another thing I had early on was “rules.” These were basically obvious things that any self-respecting person would follow. Having them was completely pointless, and I’ve seen that for quite a while, and I finally decided to axe it. There was no point, as there usually isn’t for pointless things.

 

Many of these things I did were because of how inexperienced I was (and am) about this stuff, and I just tried to imitate creators that I respected all monkey see monkey do style, even if that wouldn’t translate well into what I’m trying to do in particular. So basically, these things were born from my own inexperience, and like the ruthless tyrant I clearly am, I got rid of them as I do all who oppose me.

I’m also just messing with the type of content I want to make, and I’m still trying to find my “niche,” but I do believe I’m a lot closer to getting there. I’m still inexperienced, so expect more things to change from time to time, but I feel that I am learning fast, and I’ll continue to figure things out, one step at a time. 

 

Future Plans

I do have quite a few plans for the future, some bigger than others, but I won’t reveal them now. I want to wait a bit longer for various reasons. What I will reveal is a new series I want to do that I think is a great idea. It will be very infrequent, though, because of how long it will take to make.

 

It would be called What’s in a Studio or something along those lines. The concept is that I will watch every single anime that a studio has produced and give my opinions on various things. How consistent they are in art, their quality. The various genres they create. The diversity in their works. Stuff like that. I’ll also look into the studios themselves and give some history on them. It’s basically a big post dedicated purely to one studio.

 

I think this idea is fascinating, and I really want to do it. The big reason is that I’ve wanted to learn more about the studios behind anime for a while, and this will give me an excuse to do that, but also because I just want to watch more anime. It’s not like I don’t watch it. I do, but not nearly as much as I could or would like to. This will help with that.

 

Because of the nature of this, I won’t be talking about big studios often, if at all. We’ll mainly be focusing on smaller studios, which I think is neat in and of itself. Would I like to do KyoAni? Yeah. Do I want to watch like 100+ series? No. So that’s the idea.

 

I plan to have the first one out sometime next month, but if not, it will be soon after. It will be focused on CloverWorks. This (Clover)works for me because they haven’t produced too much, and many of their series I’ve either seen already or have wanted to. It should be fun. 

 

And this kind of goes without saying, but I will anyway. If a series is particularly bad, or I don’t like it at all, I’m not required to watch the whole thing. Just until I get the gist of it.

 

I’m also working on finding a series I can produce quicker. Eventually, I would like to get to posting something every three to four days or so, but I never want to sacrifice quality to meet that, so I’ll figure something out in time.

That’s basically it. For those who don’t know, the anime I’ve been using arbitrary pictures of to spice things up is called Amagi Brilliant Park. It’s wonderful and isn’t made by CloverWorks. I just really liked the anime. Expect me to talk about it at some point. It’s a serious contender for my favorite anime. Also, the main character was named after Kayne West, so that’s a thing.

 

Thank you very much for reading

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Irina

    Wow, I’m looking forward to seeing what you do next. Watching every single title a studio has put out is and impressive project, especially since so many studios are born from others and so forth. It sounds really interesting

  2. Irina

    I think my comment got eaten

    1. Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to it! It’s probably because I still have to approve comments. Now that I get comments somewhat regularly, I’ll probably ditch that.

  3. Edy

    The studio analysis sounds fun. I’ve always been intrigued by how some studios have consistent styles even with different directors. Sounds like something that might take a lot of time, but if you do it I’m definitely looking forward to it.

  4. The studios behind anime have always been really fascinating to me. I’m glad I’ll have an excuse to learn about some of them now. I think it’s all going to be pretty fun. Actually watching the series, learning about who makes them, even comparing some of them, putting the whole thing together. I think it’s all going to be a blast. I’m looking forward to it a lot myself.

  5. deathby1kslimes

    I think everything you mentioned is a great idea. I started out putting out one post a week, every week, which I stopped because it was limiting my output. Even then I was following a very rigid set of rules regarding length, lexicality vs impressionistic-ness of each post, thematic cohesiveness, tags, metadata, and the like. I finally shed the last of those around the start of this month and I think it’s done good for my ability to express what I want to with each post. When you try to hit one idea really strongly, if you miss then the whole post is pretty much a wash, and that’s what I feel happened with, say, my Yuuki Yuuna post. Whereas with something like EVApril I can hit a larger variety of ideas per post, which not only reflects the density of content that I admire the show for but also makes my own writing more like something I would appreciate reading.

    Sorry, I don’t mean to talk about myself so much. I just bring that up to say, this is how I relate to your goals and why I think you’re taking the right idea with your blog. I look forward to reading what you have in store!

    1. You don’t need to apologize. I like hearing other people’s experiences, especially when it’s about blogging in general and the more technical side of things, which I’m still working out myself, and I find very interesting. It’s just one learning experience after another, and I’m trying my best to actually grow and not get complacent, which is why things may change. A lot of things have changed, even just little things, but I feel like they’ve all been for the better. I used to do longer posts once and week, and now I do medium length every four or so days. I also focus more on the anime side of things than I originally intended, but I’m honestly alright with that. If I want to talk about video games and other stuff when I want to, I will, but I’m pretty happy with how things are going. So long as what I’m making is exciting for me, interesting to read, has somewhat consistent release times, and is thematic for the site in some way, then I have no other rules. I kind of just do whatever, and it’s been a lot less stressful. The reason I was so strict in the beginning was to hold myself accountable. So I would force myself to stick with it. And as I said in the post, I’m past the point where I need to be forced into it. I’m doing it because I really enjoy it. We’re all just doing our best and learning.

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