OK, this should really go without saying but just to be say you should know that this post is purely for comedic purposes. I’m just poking a bit of fun at the community because I love it so much! Most of us fall into several or all of these types and some of us change from post to post. For giggles though, I tried to figure out which combinations of traits come up the most often. Play along! See if you can recognize yourself or anyone in any of these:
This is our little baby bloggers. They’ve been around for a few months and are still super excited about EVERYTHING! They jump on tags, they want to try out new things. All the new things. They have lofty goals for their blog! We love them.
Whatever these bloggers may lack in experience they more than make up for in enthusiasm. And whenever we get a new active member it gives all of us a shot in the arm. It’s such a thrill to discover a new friend to share some interests with and revitalizes the community. Sadly, only the most precious ones can stay Freshfaced forever, the rest of us eventually see that newfound wonder dull a little. That’s ok though – we have other qualities!
For instance, we have wisdom! Ok You guys have wisdom! The senpais are the mentors of our community. Those are who we turn to for inspiration. Those who are always there to answer our questions or guide us along the way.
These are blogs that have hung in there and have seen it all. They’ve forgotten more about blogging than you will ever know! Thankfully, they also remember some of it. Some of these blogs are impressive just by virtue of having existed for so long. I have had the frequent heartache of discovering a new blog through an absolutely wonderful post only to see they haven’t published anything in years (DomShiki come back!) So when someone’s been around since 2013 I can’t help but to be impressed. You should be too. They know what they’re doing!
The Community planner
What would we do without our industrious outreach team. You know those wonderful people that make everybody feel welcome. That go out of their way to make smaller blogs known or help form connections throughout the community.
They are the seemingly tireless folks that comment on 50 posts a day (minimum). That take time out of their busy schedules to help form bonds between the members of our little aniblogging world. They are the glue that holds us together. And whenever we loose one, it’s very hard not to notice.
These bloggers are always up for a project. They may not be the types to start something, but they’ll take part, happily. These guys answer every tag, devote themselves to every writing project and happily participate in bloggers groups whenever they can.
They publish response posts to further conversations they are interested in. They often have an extensive archive and are happy to relate their own posts whenever pertinent. These are the guys that keep projects alive. The ones that make sure something’s always going on. Without them, life would sure be quiet and probably a little dull.
I actually split these into two:
The Aspiring Writer. These writers use their blogs in hopes of parlaying it into some type of career. They talk about said aspirations a lot and really dedicate themselves to the blog like it was a job. Because they hope it will become one someday. Some of them may in fact try to monetize their blogs in some way but ultimately, the point is to either turn the blog into a steady source of income or get a job as a writer on a professional blog.And you can tell by the high quality of the posts and rigid schedules they manage to stick to.
The Essayist. These bloggers may not in fact be trying to break into writing (some of them are already successful writers) but they still insist on a professional approach to blogging. They try to give measured, balanced reviews with a generally objective tone. They favor researched or analytical posts. They cite their sources. These are posts that are worthy of collegial thesis!
We admire and are a little intimidated by these bloggers but we know who to turn to when we want posts with substance!
Honorable mention : The Clueless
These are bloggers that seem impervious to learning. No matter how long they do this, they still make the same mistakes or seem to forget previously acquired skills. They know some of their shortcomings, and continuously apologize for them but still make the same mistakes over and over again.
Their posts are just riddled with typos and grammatical mistakes…
But you still love them…right? Right, guys?
So what do you think, did I forget anyone? Probably. Are you any of these types? Maybe you have a super special unique type!