First and most important, a big thanks to anyone who take the time to read this post. I appreciate it a lot. An even bigger thanks if you actually answered some of the polls or left a comment. It really does help me out a lot!
Well, you know how it is, when you live by the schedule, you die by the schedule. Although I do have a few posts all ready to go, none of them are supposed to be in this time slot so naturally, I can’t just publish them today! That would be insanity! So instead, I’m putting this post together and asking you to do all the work!
In all seriousness, I enjoy this blog and writing posts a lot and your opinions are important to me. It makes everything feel more collaborative. I will do my best to work in all your suggestions if I can.
First, let’s get some general blog stuff out of the way.
It’s no secret that I have a fairly serious screencap issue. I actually really enjoy taking screen captures of series and I find it useful for my review purposes. I figure that as long as I’m taking them anyways, I might as well share them with you. The thing is, I take A LOT. I worry that adding them all to my review post will make it way too long to load or at least just make the post itself too long.
I’ve been exploring several options to make the images available to any reader that may want them, but I still don’t know which platform most readers prefer. I’ve made a quick poll for you guys to vote on:
I think I care a lot more about this than anyone out there. I am really looking forward to the results. Even if I have a slight fear that no one will answer.
I also want to know if you guys would like me to integrate more outside media to my posts. YouTube clips or add in more links to official info when pertinent. Or do you find those useless and never watch/click them?
I have seen a lot of bloggers branch out to different formats. Although I’m not sure I’m ready or equipped to do so myself, I have thought of publishing script posts and I’m curious about the general level of interest in such things. Would you be interested in seeing my posts in a different format such as:
Of course, if you have any other general blog suggestions or requests, I’m all ears. Please leave them in the comments!
I also have a few specific post series ideas I would like to run by you. I haven’t properly fleshed these out yet but if I see people would actually like to read any of these, I’m pretty sure it will give me the motivation I need.
I was also thinking of housing some of these on 100word anime instead of here, this is why I volunteer Karandi a lot. Don’t worry, she knows about it. At least she will when she reads this….
Character AMAs (as in: Ask Me Anything)
A very long time ago I read a tumblr post that had a series of these based on Soul Eater. It was really fun to read, and it looked like loads of fun to write as well. The logistics are a bit tricky and for the moment vague, but I was thinking of having a place where readers could suggest anime characters for this series then I could pick one I’m familiar enough with and leave readers a week or so to send in questions I could answer in the persona of the chosen character. There would be some research required but I think I’m up for it.
If I can rope Karandi into doing this with me, we could take turns based on who knows the featured character best or even collab on certain ones. In time, I could see inviting contributors to this series when tackling characters, I know a specific blogger has an expertise on.
I’ve long been inspired by specialized bloggers that concentrate on specific genres or categories of anime. A few more projects of the type have cropped up lately and it’s revived my interest. One thing I have noticed is that people tend to specialize in genres they really love and watch a lot of….duh. Obviously, that’s the way to go, especially if you’re going to have a whole blog on it.
I thought it might be interesting to get a different point of view once in a while. I was thinking of a series of collabs or even of personally visiting other blogs to watch and discuss shows we normally wouldn’t pay attention to or talk about. Get bloggers a bit out of their comfort zone.
Again, there are a lot of details to work out. In my head, it was either collabing with another person and we chose a show we both would never watch normally and give a first impression joint review or having a collaboration where one person picks something the other would never watch normally and getting their novice impressions of it.
I make a Blog discovery post every month. I do like them a lot but I’m wondering if there are any ways to make these posts better. I actually don’t have a poll here, I’m just asking for ideas/advice if you have any.
Although I’m not an expert on the matter, I do have an interest in the mechanics of blogging, and I like to share what I find whenever I can. I’m curious to know whether any of you would like a more structured series on blogging itself and everything connected to it such as monetizing, marketing, writing, ect… A regular feature (either here or somewhere else) instead of random posts, where you could also ask questions.
Finally, I really enjoyed writing my The Promised Wonderland shaky pseudo science post. I do these little forays into anime on my own from time to time, but I rarely put posts together for them. Would you be interested in reading more of those?
Well, that’s all my questions for today. Of course, just like general blogging advice/requests, if there is a post series you would like to see or collab on, my comments are your playground! I’m not sure that made any sense. It sounded good in my head…
Once again, thank you to everyone that answered a poll. Have a great day!