Before I get into the meat of this post, I’m gonna go on a little personal aside: I really, really like writing. I mean, we all like writing to a degree, right? That’s why we’re here, yeah? Deep down, I’ve always wanted to be a writer in some way or another. First, I thought I wanted to write fiction, and then I thought I wanted to write scripts for TV. Then I realized I actually just wanted to write about TV, but it can be really hard to actually land a steady job or even a freelance job doing entertainment writing because, well, there are already critics doing it and there are a million other people trying to get into it, too.
Right now, I have a job in sales (it’s boring and stuffy and corporate…but I like it), so I’ve just regulated writing to a hobby. But I don’t want to give up on my dream, even if it’s just something I do as a side-hustle. That is, essentially, why I started this blog – to practice writing, put myself out there, and get a better feel for my own voice. I was really surprised when it turned out there was a large anime blogging community to interact with, so that was a fun bonus! Though I am a small blog and post very, very inconsistently, I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read/like/comment. It might seem like a small gesture, but it’s actually incredibly validating, so thank you.
Onto my big question – how do you go about deciding what to write about? This blog is still fairly new, so I’m still very much struggling to figure out exactly what kind of posts I want to write and what my blogging “identity” really is. Yeah, I write about anime, but there are so many different ways you can do that. I’ve been trying to make it a point to write more often, and I’ve even been scheduling posts so that I can be at least a little bit more consistent, but I still feel like my actual posts are all over the place in terms of content and structure.
Though I really enjoyed putting together those posts about Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho and the way the director utilized composition, they were really time consuming. To a degree, they kind of pulled me out of enjoying the show, too, because I was just mentally writing the article in my head while I watched. I want to get back to that series (both the literal anime series and the posts about them), but I’m kinda disappointed in myself for not keeping up with them on a semi-regular basis. Episodic reviews/analysis just don’t seem like my thing.
I also thought I wanted to write more analytical posts in the vein of my dark magical girls post, but those take a lot of effort. They’re fun, for sure, but I don’t know if I have it in me to write them every week. And plain old anime reviews, like what I was writing when I first started, just don’t fire me up enough. They’re also kinda hard to write often, since you have to actually watch a million shows in order to write a million different reviews. I tried writing them with a twist (it was a series about weird, usually R+ rated shows I would stumble across late at night), but I didn’t really keep up with it.
I’ve really enjoyed a lot of the posts out there on blogging, and have found them really helpful, like Irina and Lita’s recent collab series. Remy’s post from a while ago telling anibloggers to just respectfully be themselves was also helpful to me and even, dare I say, inspired me a bit. It really is amazing how much everyone supports each other and gives each other advice even though we’re all technically strangers. Again, it’s all very validating and makes it easier to write, even if I’m stumbling to find a groove that works for me along the way.
But even with all those great posts and encouragement out there, I still wanna know more about how everyone blogs! So I’m just gonna post this post and ask you all your thoughts directly!
How do you go about your blog’s tone & theme? Do you try to stick to a theme, or do you just write whatever comes to mind? Does a theme really even matter to you?
And, if you do have a really specific thing you write about (yuri, mecha, cute anime girls, whatever) or a specific format, how long did it take you to get into that groove? Do you ever find that groove to be too cloying/restrictive?
I know, I know. I’ve just bombarded you with a lot of questions, and a lot of personal mumbo jumbo, but the blogging community really intrigues me. While I of course love reading everyone’s thoughts on anime/movies/pop culture, I also love just reading about how y’all write what you write. So not only am I looking for advice, I’m also just looking to be nosy – tell me how you’re operating. Show me what makes you tick!
I’m looking forward to any answers I get, and thanks again for taking the time to read and respond!