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My Very First Real Neat Blog Award!

You guys! Can you imagine waking up to an email that’s asking you to moderate a link only to find out you’ve been nominated, for the first time ever, for the Real Neat Blog Award?!

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So pretty!!

I’m so excited that I’m legit buzzing with energy!

A HUGE THANK YOU TO CROW’S WORLD OF ANIME!!! I was delighted to see that you saw something special in my ramblings and enjoyed them enough to nominate me! What a sweetheart! I look up to their blog structure and content and it just means so much to be nominated by them!

There are a few rules I have to follow (and mention) in the spirit of the nomination and they are as follows:

  1. Display the logo (look up!).
  2. Thank the blogger for the award (done above!).
  3. Answer the questions from the one who nominated you (scroll down).
  4. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers (I’ve done 7).
  5. Ask them 7 questions.

 

The Questions.

What do you think makes your blog special — either to you or your readers?

The thing about my blog is that there’s no rhyme or reason to it. I have some semblance of structure and order to it but mostly it’s just me trying to express my joy or exasperation at an anime I’ve watched or manga I’ve read and hope that it connects with someone else out there (though the manga is currently taking a backseat since they’re ongoing).

When I publish a post, the things I’ve written are 100% me. I don’t usually take a neutral stand, I let my readers know if I like the episode, hated it or was disappointed with it and I believe this is what makes my blog special. It provides a bit of an emotional insight from a person who’s watched the show and, hopefully, warms them up to the idea of watching a particular show or warns them of aspects they’d rather not watch.

When you first started your blog, what did you think would be the most enjoyable part of blogging?

Definitely sharing my thoughts with people and having constructive discussions about a particular show or episode!

When I first started the blog, I was just looking for a place where I could express my feelings about how the ‘Chihayafuru’ fandom treated Arata fans. The ‘Chihayafuru’ group I was a part of was really toxic and about 90% of them were ‘Team Taichi’. Arata fans were bullied/provoked/disregarded and Arata was written off as a ‘genius’ and not as hardworking as Taichi. I was also incredibly heartbroken about Nana and Ren’s story from ‘Nana’.

I took to WordPress to vent and honestly, it was really therapeutic. The Chihayafuru post is quite different from what I initially planned to write. I left the group, reviewed my post and decided that despite everything, I liked Taichi’s character and didn’t wanna spread hate or negativity. I wanted to calmly express my opinions, socialise with like-minded people and have discussions on differing opinions.

I guess you could say that I looked forward to creating a peaceful and safe place where anyone could express their thoughts and opinions without having to get all defensive about it. I feel like I haven’t achieved that aim yet and so it pushes me to continue with the blog!

What do you think is the most enjoyable part of blogging now?

I would still say having the chance to talk about my thoughts and opinions is what I enjoy the most about blogging but interacting with other bloggers and reading about their experience with a show is quite enjoyable and refreshing as well!

You’ve been charged with revitalizing the Isekai genre. How would you do it?

All isekai, except Shield Hero, is now cancelled. I would ask the show creators, and the source material creators, to take a hard look at their plot and characters.

Like, I enjoy watching KonoSuba but can the plot please move forward? What is with the isekai genre being synonymous with the harem genre? Not all of us enjoy watching ecchi stuff every 0.012 seconds! There’s also the whole Rem and Emilia thing. Are you blind Subaru? Are you really blind?

Granted there may be a few good ones out there but the ones that completely suck have such overbearing presence that it makes it hard to think about anything else!

Excepting my site and yours, what is your favorite blog post? If that’s too broad, what’s your favorite blog post in the last month?

Ooooh! This is a good question!

From the top of my mind, I would say Irina and Karandi’s Given collab. I’ve been following the manga since it caught my eye on a few spoiler accounts on Tumblr and Instagram so I knew what was going to happen in the anime and as such it was delightful to see the thoughts and musings of people who were, as far as I’m aware think, really experiencing the full story for the first time. I had to really hold myself back at times from commenting and spoiling the next episode.

What advice would you have for new anime bloggers trying to get started?

Know your passion. What I mean by this is that you should probably decide on a theme before you begin instead of fumbling along (like me). You can’t just say, “I’m going to write about anime” and then write about anything and everything under the sun. If you’re more into the shounen genre, you might wanna focus on that instead of forcing yourself to watch and write about ‘slice of life’ or romance if that isn’t your cup of tea.

My theme, which may not be evident, is ‘Curious and Experimental’ which means that before a season starts, I read and research plots of all the shows that will run and pick the ones that look and sound even 1% interesting. This is why I make my little posts at the start of each season about the shows I’ll be picking up and then mark them as ‘Dropped’, ‘No Review’ or ‘Final Thoughts’.

Another advice would be to PLEASE have a schedule, especially if you’re thinking of making money out of this. Since that is not my aim, I am a little lenient on myself but if you’re passionate about this, HAVE A SCHEDULE!

What one anime character do you most identify with, and why?

Erza Scarlet because why not?

Kidding, I never pass up an opportunity to talk about her.

For me, Erza is the ultimate anime female. She’s fierce but merciful, strict yet kind,  beautiful but powerful… do I need to go on?

She’s been through so much in her life and she’s managed to overcome it and open herself to the people around her, offering them strength and inspiring confidence. I identify with her not because our personalities are similar but because she is what I aim to be in life. Fairy Tail was my very first anime but Erza was my very first inspiration. I still watch episode 167 before any major exam or when life has me down. It’s one of the most inspirational scenes I’ve seen and still brings tears to my eyes to this day because of how much hope she gives to her friends when she defeats all 100 monsters!

 

My nominations:

I don’t follow a lot of blogs mainly because uni work already made it difficult for me to keep up-to-date with the ones I am following so I think I’ll be nominating a few of my followers so I can get to know them better!

  1. The Otaku Author
  2. Karandi
  3. Sirius Writes
  4. crackdownreview
  5. Irina
  6. A Nerdy Perspective
  7. Anicoverage

And here’s my list of torturous questions:

  1. How did you get into blogging and how did you decide what your content would be?
  2. How do you stay motivated about blogging or following a schedule on a lazy day?
  3. What was the one thing, related to your blog, that brought you immense joy?
  4. Have you ever attended a con and what was it like?
  5. If you could do any cosplay you wanted, who would it be and why?
  6. Name one anime and one manga you rewatch and/or reread without getting bored of.
  7. What anime is your favourite so far for 2019?

And there you have it!

Thank you for reading and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

As usual, feel free to start up a discussion!

10 thoughts on “My Very First Real Neat Blog Award!”

  1. “I let my readers know if I like the episode, hated it or was disappointed with it and I believe this is what makes my blog special.”

    That one of the reasons I like to visit!

    “I guess you could say that I looked forward to creating a peaceful and safe place where anyone could express their thoughts and opinions”

    I like that goal. The more places like that, the better.

    “Another advice would be to PLEASE have a schedule,”

    I’ll second this! There are a lot of times I find a blog, see something interesting, then wait a few weeks or months before they post something else. I’m wondering if they quit or got bored or what! Helping your readers know when to expect your next post helps keep them around.

    ” I still watch episode 167 before any major exam or when life has me down. ”

    Okay — challenge accepted! ( Went to Crunchyroll to find episode 167) That was seriously impressive. I think the crowd’s reaction is what really sold it! I can see why you rewatch it before tests.

    Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions!

    And you and Lynn are right. I have no idea what Subaru was thinking. After everything Rem did for him — after episode 15, for heaven’s sake! — it’s unfathomable.

    I can’t even think about episode 15 without becoming an emotional wreck…

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  2. Thank you so much for the nomination and mention. Karandi and I had both read the first few volumes of the manga before Given came out but for both of us, the experience in anime form was pretty different.
    I loved writing those posts so I’m psyched someone else enjoyed them

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    1. You’re welcome!

      I read the first post you guys did in the collab and it was mentioned that the manga didn’t leave much of an impact and I remember sitting at my laptop and smiling like a madwoman at how your opinions would, hopefully, change over the course of the anime!

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