Having reached the one year point, I’ve decided to spend this week reflecting on what I’ve learned from blogging over the past 12 months, firmly keeping in mind I still have a lot to learn.
The third thing I have learned from blogging over the last 12 months is that regardless of the quality of someone’s writing, what I find most interesting is reading the posts of someone who is passionate about the topic. That doesn’t mean they are raving fanatic unwilling to listen to other view points, but that they really and sincerely want to talk about an anime or something and that desire to share their thoughts and ideas just shines through.
There’s all different ways to write about and to review anime. You can take a heavy analytical approach, an entirely how you felt or reacted approach, listing positives and negatives, comparisons to other anime, giving a score out of ten or whatever, and so on and so forth. None of these have more merit than any other as far as I can tell because I’ll read one post on one site and another that uses the same approach on another but enjoy one more than the other because of the writer’s voice. When reading if it feels like I’m actually hearing that person and understanding how they felt about something or how they saw it, then I enjoy reading it more and want to take part in that conversation.
And that’s something I want to continue working on with 100 Word Anime. I started the blog to engage in conversations about anime and I am loving that aspect of blogging. I want my passion for the topic to come across when I write but I also want to add something meaningful to the conversation rather than just being more noise in cyberspace. To be honest, I don’t think I’m where I want to be with that yet. Some posts I feel are getting close to where I want them but others are too reactionary or I swing too far the other way an I feel my voice gets lost because I’ve tried to be more analytical. That said, having gone back through some of my earlier posts (for my feature on Friday where I look at how the blog started out), I am definitely happy with the progress I have made in writing this year.
This one was a shorter post than the previous lessons learned, but while it is short, I think this is one of the most important things I’ve been thinking about in regards to improving my blog overall (without adding to the content at this point).
What are your thoughts on this? How do you get your voice across?
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