With as many Anime blogs that there are out circulating cyberspace (dead or alive) I am noticing a variety of recurring themes. One theme pertains to how well most bloggers stick with their predefined molds whether it be an episodic blogger, editorial writing, figurine reviews or any other roles that might apply. That said, with myself, I see the variety very far and few in between and makes me wonder how people choose their respective areas of Anime blogging. Do bloggers choose things like episodic blogging because they excel at it or because they want to? Do bloggers that go the editorial route choose it because they like to challenge themselves or simply because they wish to bring the subject at hand some deeper thought? I would love to hear how people got into their role of blogging, but first, I thought I would try to examine the many archetypical roles.
Episodic bloggers are the most common paradigm I seen thus far around the net and one’s that are always interesting to frequent. They usually excel often or not with their own respective writing style and means of posting to create not only mere summaries, but also add their own personal spin on things for the series that they are covering. Of course, many creativity minds do not limit themselves to just episodic post and do tend to dig outside their arena as well. Personally speaking, in the past (way before I founded Kaminarianime) I did do a little episodic blogging and found that I liked it, but also founded it difficult. Not too long after the disbandment of the site I use to be at, I knew that getting back into the mold of episodic blogging was something that was not for me, but did eventually try to pick it back up and now on the verge for settling to leave it be. I believe that episodic blogs have their craft the most difficult starting out, since they have the task of either reviewing anime series, episodic blogging those that come out (they have an interest in), or mixing it up every now then. Other than that, there is not that much room in between for them. However, I have began to see somewhat of a shift from my idea of what episodic blogging entails and most that have taken up the craft have shattered the traditional rules of how it is done. In short, many episodic blogs do not really have it that difficult at all as long as they are creativity and enjoy their craft. Although, that kind of motto should apply to everyone.
Editorial style bloggers are another interesting model to examine and ones that I see very little of. They mostly focus on material that goes above and beyond the realm of the standard, but also ones that boast some of the most insightful type of analysis that can relate to Anime or not. I feel that this might be richest realm as far ideas go, yet also just like episodic blogging, not exactly easy by any means. Composing the message you wish to convey is one thing, but also the way it is conveyed is the true beauty and challenge of this realm. Again, speaking personally, this is a realm that I have taken very much interest in and one that I do enjoy getting into just due to the vast amount of potential and subjects waiting to be dissected. Even if someone has touched upon something you wish to bring up in a post, you still can since the topic at hand has many ways it can be approached and examined and not everyone looks through the same lens. In many ways, I think that is one of the reasons I like writing those type of post: To generate that discussion and see what other people have to say about it.
Since Anime blogging is not all about “Anime” you also need those that specialize in what others rarely supply. For this paradigm, I am referring to the specialist class of bloggers as I like to call them. Whether it be figurines, manga, recollection of series gone by, or other subjects; I consider these bloggers trailblazers of sorts; forging out into new territory few dare to go or can make work. I am not sure of how I would exactly term their projected range of difficultly, although I would assume they have the same level as the two aforementioned categories, but the potential they hold is just as unknown. That unknown quality (especially referring to my knowledge figurines) is of many reason that I like to visit such blogs and the various others listed that blog about their respective areas.
I am not sure exactly where I belong or fit in with the paradigms I named, but mostly I find myself bordering the “Jack-of-all-trades” model. An apprentice of all skills, but master of none. I am not an episodic blogger, I like editorials, but I also like writing Anime reviews and also writing about miscellaneous items that interest me in the visual subculture. I think that would be the best way to classify myself and my behavior, since I find more enjoyable to experiment and not really sure of what I am really interested in. All that I do know is that I want my content to be semi-entertaining for those that read it, generate discussion, and reflect my personal passion. If I can accomplish any of those things (especially the last), then I think the paradigm I set myself in really does not matter or should not matter to anyone else. “As long as you do what you like” might be the best paradigm follow.