Okay, I know I’ve answered this before somewhere on my blog but I cannot for the life of me find where and with new followers I may as take it on again.
Hello Karandi! As a kind-of-new anime blogger (one month), I’d love to know how you started off as an anime blogger. I admire your writing style and your blog in general. Learning more about the origins of your blog would be pleasant (if it isn’t too much to ask). Thank you! ( ᐛ )Anon
You know there are moments when you read something and it makes you feel really good but at the same time your whole face feels like it is on fire and you want to hide under a table? Maybe it is just me. However, this question made me feel really good about my blog while at the same time made me genuinely break out in a blush.
But you know, I should probably answer the actual question. As I said in the introduction, I know I’ve talked about why I started a blog and how I started previously but blogs and their communities are constantly changing and while there are a few readers who I know have been with me since nearly the beginning, there’s a lot of new readers who have come along, so revisiting this is probably a good idea from time to time.
The real hint is in the name ‘100 Word Anime’. At the time when I started the blog, I hadn’t been writing fiction for a long time because work was busy and I was getting frustrated with starting a project and then not being able to work on it and losing momentum and so I just kind of stopped. I’ve always written fiction for fun and going for a length of time without writing was making me even more frustrated. I was also trying to find people to discuss anime with and using the Curnchyroll forums, Reddit and other discussion boards and the like but found that wasn’t so much a conversation as a shout factory with everyone just trying to score points rather than converse.
Someone close to me suggested I start a blog to write about what I was watching and that maybe that would be a good way to meet people to talk about anime (they were so right but I don’t think they realised it at the time). The title came about because I was just going to write 100 words about what I just watched and that was my only real intention when I started the blog. You know, because I couldn’t use the excuse I was too tired. 100 words was an achievable target and it got me writing again.
Turns out writing is contagious and the ani-blogging community is so incredibly supportive. I seldom managed to only write 100 words and I soon branched into features and top 5 lists and so on as well as episode reviews. 3 and a half years later and I’m still finding it to be a joy to write about anime and certainly I’ve found a community to talk to about the shows I’m watching. I think what keeps it all going is just how much fun it is interacting with this community and I never seem to run out of stuff to write about.
Obviously, my intentions for the blog grew over time and now I’d really love to make this my main focus. I’m not at a point where I can do that yet, but one day I’d love to say that I’m a blogger and not add that it is as a hobby. But for now I’ll thank the readers I have for taking the time to stop by and if I can open up a discussion or give others a place to talk about anime then I think the main goal of the blog is still being met.
Thanks for reading
100 Word Anime.