I’ve never gotten to do one of these before! Thanks to animegoodreads for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. I really enjoy reading your posts, you have such a good voice and style!
The rules are:
- Thank the person who nominated you and feature a link to their blog in your award post.
- Post the award banner somewhere on your blog.
- Share the reason why you started your blog.
- Share two pieces of advice that could benefit new bloggers.
- Nominate a maximum of fifteen other bloggers.
- Tell your nominees about your award post so they can participate!
Share the reason why you started your blog
When I started blogging the very first post I made was “The Obligatory First Post,” where I talked about my goals for the blog. I started thequotorium because I really wanted to write 2 posts: why Death Note’s second arc isn’t bad, and a character analysis of Hyouka. And once I’d done that I didn’t have much else to say for a while. It took some time to get my creativity going regularly. I’m doing my Master’s at the moment and writing about anime fandom and its North American cycle of production, which means that I’m constantly analyzing anime, reception, circulation, and filmmaking in general.
thequotorium is a great way for me to just take whatever little topic has been festering in my brain and analyze it. Overtime this blog has turned into a place for narrative analysis to run wild, and I’m very happy with it. I really like digging into intentions and messages that happen through something being filmed, so that’s where the majority of my ideas start. Maybe at some point I’ll write shorter, informal posts, but who knows?
Share two pieces of advice that could benefit new bloggers
There are 2 key parts of blogging, and it more or less boils down to 1) how and what you blog, and 2) how you get into community with other blogs:
- Creativity and Content: What Makes You Tick?
First, start blogging where you’re comfortable. What makes you want to write? What makes you excited? What do you want to see in a blog post? Start there. Once you get your footing, it gets easier to apply ideas to your blog. For me, this sort of application led to me writing about non-anime topics like Netflix Originals, blockbuster movies (animated or otherwise), Starkid, Taylor Swift, etc. Look for inspiration that you wouldn’t usually think of engaging with and see how your interests align with that.
Keeping your interests active gives you more opportunities to blog, although it’s important not to feel pressured to create. Posting often is obviously going to boost who sees you, yes, but sometimes that pressure is pointless, and sticking to what you think needs to be on your blog can make for a better one. This isn’t to say that every single thing you like should be posted about; I’m highly aware of how dangerous trying to commodify your interests can be and I try not to engage with EVERYTHING I like. Branching out also diversifies your audience! And who knows, maybe you’ll meet people through those connections…
2. Community and Connections: Who’s Doing Things You Like?
I’m super shy online so it took a while for me to feel comfortable having a presence on here (arguably still that way tbh), but the next step in blogging is getting involved in your community. Searching for content similar to yours on WordPress or elsewhere is an excellent way to learn about what the community is like, who focuses on what, and how people go about running blogs. By observing similar blogs to mine, I’ve learned a lot about interacting with followers, what widgets are useful for my blog, how often people tend to post, how interactive or personal I should be online, etc. I have no idea what I’m doing with blogging most of the time, so a little guidance goes a long way!
It’s also really neat for me to see what sort of people blog about anime, and how they value anime differently. Everyone has a different approach to blogging, whether that be their format, their topics, their consistency, etc. Following, liking, commenting, and otherwise engaging with bloggers who inspire you helps you to become more involved in your online community, and it can give you ideas to bounce off of those around you.
Most of my nominations have probably gotten this already, but here they are:
Thanks for all your wonderful blogs!