Anniversary Special – Thanks For Joining Me This Week

Hi everyone, I want to thank you all for joining me this week to celebrate my anniversary. I know the actual anniversary date is May 1 but unfortunately I won’t be online then, so I’m glad you helped me celebrate a little bit early. Despite not being around next week I have content scheduled to go out as normal so hopefully you will enjoy and I’ll be sure to catch up and reply to comments once I have internet again.

All of the anniversary posts including the contributions made by Scott, Mei, Rossi, Irina, Remy, Arithifis, and Aldael can be found using the link below. Be sure to check them out as they shared some great blogging advice and there are links to their blogs if you are not following any of these amazing people.

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Now, to finish off the anniversary week, I have my second attempt at an introductory video for Patreon. The original one was up a few weeks ago for feedback and I was given some incredibly helpful advice from a number of viewers and I really thank them for the feedback. The original video is below:

Now, I haven’t changed the music, because despite the feedback, I like the music and the video is introducing me and I kind of think it suits what I was looking for. However, I have been working on it off and on in-between everything else and I think the second video is a lot better. I’m still not entirely happy with it and I know there’s a sound glitch toward the end where a word is cut off and I still haven’t figured out how that happened. However, I would appreciate feedback if you have the time (the video is less than a minute).

While I’m probably not going to rework an introduction video straight away as I’m going to attempt to start working on a video for Patrons as we’re getting closer to the first goal of $50 a month where I am supposed to be delivering some video content to patrons, I would appreciate the feedback as I will apply it to my next project and I will eventually, once I’ve gained some more skill and confidence, come back and redo the introduction video yet again.

Here is the updated video:

With that, the anniversary celebration is officially over and hopefully you will all still be reading next year and will join in the third celebration of 100 Word Anime.

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Anniversary Special Post – Details with Aldael

The last guest post for the week and another big thank-you to Aldael for getting involved and sharing their thoughts on details. Aldael writes Aldael’s Attic which has recently hit a couple of milestones celebrating an anniversary and 100 followers last week. If you don’t already follow them, be sure to check out their blog.

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And look at this beautiful 100 word response:

It‘s said that the devil‘s in the detail and probably not without a reason. It’s really hard to stop when you find an interesting fact that leads to another one and another one almost endlessly. It seems blasphemy not to share it, and cutting down the wordcount may feel like crippling a beloved child. What to do then? There’s probably no best answer. I think the aim should be to trim anything that doesn’t support the main message of the post. Read and trim, reread and trim again. I’m not that good at this but practice makes perfect. I hope.

Okay, in fairness, I don’t follow my own 100 word rule either so I can hardly get nitpicky when other people are contributing. Still, Aldael hit the word count right on the dot and I have to congratulate that.

And if you are wanting to check out Aldael’s blog, here is a link to start you off:

A huge thank you to Aldael and to everyone who participated in the anniversary this week. Just one final wrap up post to come out later today. All of the anniversary posts have been filed under the anniversary category so if you have missed any thing this week, be sure to check them out.


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Anniversary Special Post – Everything with Arthifis

I have to say a very special thanks to Arthifis for their participation in this anniversary. Rather than taking on one topic for sharing their advice, he took on the whole lot and it is my great pleasure to share his thoughts. If you haven’t been by Arthifis’ Place you definitely need to check it out, and the Facebook page. He’s working really hard to create fun places for anime fans to hang out online and it has definitely been a lot of fun.

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In as many words as he liked:

What I Learned #1 – Writing Content

I’m going to focus in getting ideas to write content instead of only words than how to write your content. The latter I’m completely into write the way you want and be yourself, so I can’t really advise on how to be yourself… For me ideas to create new content is everywhere! I’m a really creative person, so probably I have a little easier way to get things to write about, but I do think it’s really in everywhere. I get ideas to write posts by: reading other people’s content, YouTube videos, things that happen to me in real life that I could discuss in the blog. Basically, at the moment everything I experience my brain thinks, can I do a post about it? Normally it ends up going to places that I didn’t even think about it in the beginning.

What I Learned #2 – Scheduling

I can’t work without deadlines. I give myself to procrastination too easily when I feel I have time to do things and I’m way more productive/creative when working under pressure, this way, from the beginning of my blogging “career” I decided that I would have a schedule for my posts. This way scheduling is really important to me, first it makes my followers know what’s coming and if they are following me because of Anime they’ll come at Tuesdays while if it’s video games they’ll come on Thursdays, etc… But, more than that it makes me write content in a regular basis and don’t just procrastinate during the week.

What I Learned #3 – Passion

Passion is everything, in my opinion. Let’s be honest, there are a lot of content creators putting content out there about the same thing you do. Even if you’re way to do it may be (or not) more creative the thing is, in the end of the day, it’s just another review of the same show or something like that. What really does make the difference is seeing your passion writing about the things you care and your blog itself. It’s a blog, so it’s expected for you to give your own opinion about things, saying you love or hate something and just put yourself out there. If it was not for that, people would just stick with the well-constructed neutral articles all over the Internet.

What I Learned #4 – Details

My goal at the moment is to make reviews always around 1000 words… I mean I could write the triple of that, but then they would just become too boring… Anyway, it’s important for your content to have details, if not for that people would just go and read a synopsis from huge and trustworthy websites. But there are so many details how to choose the right ones? Well, I normally go with the ones that made me like the anime (or dislike it for that matter). Probably if you were the one writing the review for the same Anime you would pick different details than me, but that’s what is fun about blogging!

What I Learned #5 – Finding Time

I’m not going to lie… Finding time to blog and more difficult, catching up with other bloggers’ content is HARD when you are working full time (or studying). And don’t forget that watching Anime, playing video games and so on also enters since I see as getting information to use it on my blog. In fact, I will be writing a post about this in the future (well, when this comes out probably the post is out there already), but all comes to time management and giving the 120%. I never stop basically, instead of lunching in one hour I do it in half and the rest is past writing a post or reading other people’s content, I watch Anime while ironing, I see Saturdays as a Work Day, although it’s for blogging, so yeah, time management and giving it your all is my way to have time for blogging.

What I Learned #6 – Interaction

Interaction is really important If you are a blogger. Yeah, it will help your blog to grow and everything, but there is something way more important than this. You will make friends period. You will have people who are there for you when you think in giving up, people that you will laugh your ass off while talking with each other, In WordPress, Social Media, or even private messaging. The Anime blogging community (at least I WP) is one of the best I’ve ever seen and not going to lie that in days that I’m not that happy with the posts I’ve wrote or with the results I’ve got, there is ALWAYS a comment that makes me smile, makes my day and makes me thing that everything is worth it!

Some links to Arthifis’ blog if you haven’t already checked it out:

Again, a massive thank you to Arthifis for their contribution to this year’s anniversary. I really appreciate the time they took and I hope that with everyone sharing their views and advice this week on the topics that some of this helps other readers who are struggling with the same questions.

Once again, if you’ve missed any posts this week, or want to check out last year’s anniversary posts, use the category anniversary and you should find all of them.


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Anniversary Special – Friday’s Feature: Blogging Goals

I kind of feel like you always need to be working towards something. It gives you drive and a sense of purpose and when I’m left without something to aim for I kind of feel adrift or like I’m fighting against the tide. I kind of talked about that a little in my post where I reflected on avoiding stagnation and just resting at one place.

At the one year anniversary, I set myself 5 goals so that seems like a good number to try again for this year.

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Number 1: Continue to have fun. This is a must. An absolute priority. I feel the writing and the sense of community I have been trying to create here at 100 Word Anime will all just kind of fall apart if I’m not enjoying doing what I do.

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Number 2: Continue to work on improving content. Write posts I am happy with and think about the content I am producing. This is more or less an ongoing goal for the blog and will hopefully always be a priority, but I really do think I need to work on this over the next twelve months.

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Number 3: Increase the average number of daily views by about 25%. So I’m kind of looking at an average of 250 daily views and I would love to increase that to 312 (let’s round it to 310) by the next anniversary. It seems like a doable kind of goal given the previous rate of growth and it gives me a target to aim for.

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Number 4: Reach the $100 a month goal on Patreon and remove advertising from my blog. I feel this is an achievable goal. With over 2000 followers, if even 5% of them committed to $1 a month (which is only $12 a year) I would hit this target. I am working toward this goal by trying to increase the content patrons get access to.

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Number 5: Work to increase the average number of comments per post. At the moment I think I’m at 10 comments per post. I think I’d like to see that increase to 15 by the end of the next year. Mostly because I love talking to people about anime and I love to know what they thought of an episode or a show. What they loved, what they hated, whether they agree or disagree with my thoughts. I’d really like to see this kind of engagement increase.

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So those are my main goals for the third year of the blog. I’d love to know what you would like to see on the blog over the next year and what you like about the blog, or what you would like to see improved. Feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message via the contact as I’d really appreciate your feedback.

Stay tuned for the final posts of the anniversary celebration as we have Arthifis, Aldael and then the wrap up still to come. Catch all the anniversary posts here.


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Anniversary Special – What Did I Learn This Year?

Hey everyone, and thanks for joining me as I celebrate 100 Word Anime’s second anniversary. This has been a fantastic week and I’m really happy with how things have gone. Hopefully we will all still be around to celebrate again next year when the blog turns three.

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However, this post is about looking back at what has happened over the last 12 months and considering some lessons that have been learned in that time. The first 12 months it was very much about learning just how to keep to a schedule and fitting my blog in with my life. This second 12 months has more or less been about learning that no matter how much I learn, there’s still a huge amount I don’t know.

Some things I learned that have been helpful:

  • I finally learned how to actually add HTML codes to the widgets on the sidebar of the blog – yes, I am not that technically minded.
  • I also learned how to make pages that list previous posts in particular categories (thanks Irina – I think – for pointing us to that).
  • How to add audio to posts but I still haven’t learned not to hate the sound of my own voice so I’m working on that one.
  • I did learn to use one video editor and then my computer died so am learning how to use a new program but I guess that counts as learning.
  • I learned that I hate trying to write anything using my phone so if I don’t have my computer or a laptop I’m not writing a post but I can read some blogs and comment.
  • I learned that I can no longer open every single new post in my reader because that actually takes me around two hours to read through so now I have to be more selective.
  • There were also some specific things I learned about formatting an ebook.

Still, what I think I’ll take away from the second year of blogging is that this is definitely something I love to do. The hours I put into it always feel worthwhile and the people I have met through my blog have been amazing.

So this year I’m not going to give advice on any specific thing but a few things that work for me in terms of keeping the blog going:

  • Have a routine time each day that you use for your blog. Whether that is reading other blogs, drafting, editing, or replying to comments, find a time that will work. For me, the set time is in the morning from whenever I wake up until my alarm goes off which usually gives me about an hour (sometimes two or three depending on my current sleep pattern) to just work on the blog. In the evening after work, depending on how tired I am, I will usually also spend time on the blog, but I don’t feel bad if I don’t do this because I know I have a set time where I will check in on the blog.
  • Trying new things. It is scary but the internet is an ever changing place and no matter how much I like what I’ve done with my blog, there’s always something that could be improved. But while making small changes and trying a few new things is fine, there still needs to be some general consistency or people won’t recognise your blog anymore. Think about what changes are needed and when to bring those in.
  • I know I’ve said this before, but have an opinion (and it doesn’t need to be the same as everyone else nor does it need to be different just to be contrary). The best conversations get going when people are honest about what they think about a show and they are open to discussing their reasons and to hearing a different point of view.

I wonder what I’ll learn in the next twelve months of blogging?

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What I really think is important for me to take away from this year, is that regardless of whether the blog is a hobby or becomes more full time, the drive behind it is that I love writing the content, I love interacting with the community, and I continue to love anime. Regardless of how busy or tired I get, logging on and seeing my blog and picking up a draft, or watching an episode and figuring out how I felt about it, sharing a comment with someone else about it, all of these things make me smile and make me realise that starting this blog was one of the best things I ever did and I will never regret it.

A huge thank you to everyone in the ani-blogging community for all your support and I hope to see you all still around for the next anniversary.


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Anniversary Special Post – Scheduling with Remy

A huge thank-you to Remy for joining in the anniversary celebration. Remy is pretty well known already in the anime community, but for those that don’t follow his blog, The Lily Garden, you should definitely check it out. There are some fantastic posts that come out over there that really make you think. Remy regularly features on my In Case You Missed It Posts because so much quality content comes out over there.

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In about 200 words, here are Remy’s thoughts on Scheduling:

Unlike Karandi and Irina, I’m not one for scheduling. Winging it is how I often do things, so publishing posts right as, or a few hours after, I finish writing suits me just fine.

With that being said, it also (accurately) paints me as inconsistent since days can pass by with nary a peep from yours truly.

As time goes on, planning things out becomes more appealing as a strategy. Consistently pumping out quality content like the two aforementioned aniblogger superstars is definitely a good thing!

But even if I weren’t such a capricious content creator, I’d still make excuses and claim that the scheduling system sometimes swallow posts whole and make them disappear from the WordPress Reader. It’s happened a few times to other anibloggers and to me on occassion. As a result, the potential danger has left me shaking like a leaf in the wind.

But maybe you can be braver and more disciplined than me. If that’s the case (and it certainly isn’t very difficult at all), then I think following Karandi’s example and Irina’s path would be more ideal.

Be sure to check out Remy’s blog for more great content and just to have a chat with a great person. To start you off here is a link to a fairly amusing post that Remy put out:

For a more serious post, check out their appeal that we stop overusing the word ‘dark‘ to describe anime. It’s a great read.

Thanks again Remy. Later today, I am going to look back at what I learned in my second year of blogging, tomorrow morning I have my feature up where I set some goals for the third year, we still have Arithifis and Aladael’s contributions to come out over the weekend and then the anniversary week will draw to a close.

If you’ve missed any posts this week, or want to check out last year’s anniversary posts, use the category anniversary and you should find all of them.


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Anniversary Special Post – Passion with Irina

Starting again with a massive thanks to Irina for coming along to the anniversary. Of course, I guess the party couldn’t get started until she arrived, after all, she’s shouting the drinks. For the few of you who don’t know, Irina is the writer behind I Drink and Watch Anime which she describes as drinking games disguised as anime reviews, but really, her blog is so much more. Irina is one of the many fantastic people I have met because of my blog and discussing anime with her is an absolute joy. Our collaborations on Black Butler and Natsume Yuujinchou were amazing fun to write and I look forward to working with her again in the future.

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In nowhere near 100 words, plus we’re going to get off topic as Irina decides to make me blush, again:

Passion is most probably one of the most attractive qualities one can display. When I was younger they tried to fool me into thinking caring wasn’t “cool”. That you should try to be above it all, that the neutral and dispassionate argument carried more weight, but they are wrong.

I have always been drawn to passion like a moth to a flame, so I am well aware of it’s duplicitous nature. Having the courage to put your passion on display in a post will always yield something special. Something beautiful and worthy of your time – I very much agree with Karandi on this. It’s why I love anime where I can tell the subject meant something personal to the author beyond a tale to tell.

But sadly, the flip side is that an excess of passion can blind us to the bigger picture. Make us unable to appreciate alternate view. To me, someone who is truly passionate about an issue, subject, point of view…will have enough faith in it to let it stand up to criticism. If you can defend a thesis with both passion and reason – then you’ve truly figured it out.

Ok, so Karandi asked us to do a series of posts for her anniversary week. There were specific rules. Write a hundred words – I’m at about 200 now – make it about one of the 6 specific subjects, stick to a format.

I’m bad at things guys.

I read all the posts that were submitted last year, and they were all about how fantastic 100 Word Anime is. I wasn’t around then so I missed my chance but I’m not going to now. I got something to say.

Of course, I mention Karandi in my posts often, but I’ve never really taken the time to talk about her or 100 Word Anime as I have other blogs. At first, I was simply intimidated and awed. I mean everyone already knew her and was impressed, what more could I really bring to the conversation? I have come to realize that just because something is a plain and obvious fact, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it.

Most of the posts from last year, and really just the general consensus in the community, is that Karandi’s hard work and discipline are unparalleled. The fawning odes to her work ethic, the general whispers of How is it even possible for a person to do all that (I still think there’s an army of clones involved), the raw drive I see in everyone to try to be worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence (let’s face it, we all gave up on actually competing a long time ago)…All of it is simply undeniable. Every one of those compliments has been earned and paid for with hard work and dedication.

But you know what we don’t hear as often? Karandi is kind. She has done more to encourage new bloggers and bring the community together than anyone I know but she does it quietly, without ever drawing the spotlight to herself.

Every single week she collects posts form all sorts of bloggers and features them like it’s no big deal. As if it doesn’t take hours of work. Every day she reads through an unbelievable amount of posts. And when she comments – it’s always substantive. Not a simple good work or rehash of what you said in your post but an actual conversation, a relevant question, an opposing viewpoint always shared in a positive matter. This to me is encouraging above all else.

There’s a reason I went to Karandi when I wanted to get the blogwarming project off the ground. She’s proven that she deserves the respect and quite frankly authority she has in this community but more than that, I simply know that she would want to help. That she has always worked to bring us together and to make a community she clearly loves, one that we will love as well.

Since I’m reaping the benefits of that, I want to take this opportunity to thank you K. Here’s to another 2 years and then many more after.

When I first read this in my email, there may have been a few tears (happy tears, but tears nonetheless). Army of clones notwithstanding (apparently I’m also possibly an AI, depends who you talk to I guess), someone saying that about my blog was an incredibly touching moment. I don’t think any of us start our blogs because we want people to tell us we’re great and I know that I started mine expecting no one to read it and was mostly just hoping to maybe get a conversation or two around anime going, but just because that wasn’t the intent when starting the blog doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly appreciated when someone does offer you a moment of thanks.

So Irina, you made me blush and cry. But thank-you so much for those words. They mean the world to me.

And, if you aren’t already one of Irina’s avid readers, be sure to check out her blog. Now she didn’t actually provide me a link to share so I’ve picked two of her posts to link to:

Right, tomorrow we have Remy discussing scheduling and I use my feature to set some new blogging goals for the third year. Over the weekend we’ll have one more guest post from Arthifis on, well, everything, before I’ll conclude the anniversary week with a bang (hopefully).


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Anniversary Special Post – Scheduling With Rossiroad

Another huge thank-you to Rossiroad from My Brain is Completely Empty for participating in the anniversary celebration. Now, if you don’t follow Rossi, he’s currently involved in putting together an incredibly ambitious anime data base with a series of linked reviews. It’s a pretty massive undertaking and I tip my hat (should I be wearing one) to him for the amount of effort that must have been involved in the scheduling of those posts. I’m very glad they decided to get involved in my anniversary celebration and share their advice on scheduling.

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In about 100 Words:

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Even if you have no consistent schedule you should be scheduling posts. What if you have two ideas on the same day? Releasing two posts on the same day makes your posts squished together and less clickable! Only a fool would want that! Here is an example of a foolish and unlucky blogger who fell for this mistake; don’t be like this!

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Scheduling posts day’s apart means that people are more likely to read everything and develop a connection with your blog, which is good. To schedule click on “status” then “publish immediately” and click the calendar to change the date and time. Do it. It also means you can take a 7 month long vacation from blogging without anyone realising, like me!

I’m still going to maintain that those posts didn’t come out at the same time (though it wouldn’t be the first time I stuffed up my posting schedule and had posts come out together). Anyway, this is excellent advice as when you have multiple posts going out together, the posts kind of get lumped together in the reader and it makes it fairly easy to skip over, or to only look at one of the posts.

Be sure to check out more on My Brain is Completely Empty, and to start you off, here’s a post to check out:

Later today Irina is up with their thoughts on Passion and tomorrow Remy shares their thoughts on scheduling so be sure to keep checking out the anniversary posts. I’ll link to all of these at the end of the week, or you can sort by category and find all the anniversary posts in one place (from last year as well).


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Anniversary Special Post – Interaction with Mei

A big thank-you to Mei for deciding to take part in the anniversary this year. Mei writes over on The Treasure Box where you will find, well, treasure. Or rather, a treasure trove of thoughts about anime, manga, drama and whatever else Mei’s thoughts turn to. For their contribution, Mei has taken on the idea of interaction which is something that is pretty crucial for a blogger. Thanks so much Mei for being a part of this anniversary and for sharing your experiences with the community.

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In probably more than 100 Words:

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Honestly, when I started my blog on WordPress, I was not expecting to interact with a lot of people. I initially planned for my blog to exist as a record of the thoughts and feels I had for series that I watched and read and to practice expressing my thoughts more in written form.

But I don’t have problem leaving comments on the posts I read and have something to say about. As much as possible, I leave comments because I think bloggers deserve to know that their effort of putting up a post is very much appreciated. It’s also because I feel like it’s an assurance for them that I read their posts and not just “liked” it. There are times I fail leaving comments, though, because I don’t know how to respond or to give a sensible comment.

On the other hand, I am not confident with the content of my posts, so I’m continuously surprised that there are people reading and even commenting on some of my posts. These few comments are what encouraged me to leave some few questions or statements with intention of interacting with other people by the end of some of my recent posts. I still feel a bit shy about them, but I believe courage and diligence are needed to establish a good relationship with others. I found the community we have here is wonderful and it’d be a waste not to be involved just because of my timidity.

Mei makes the excellent point that the community we have here is wonderful. Almost all the ani-bloggers I have met welcome comments and discussion and for the most part bloggers want people to leave comments. It makes us feel as though we aren’t just casting our words out into a void and that someone has actually heard us. So leaving a comment for someone else is kind of important.

If you want more from Mei, be sure to check out The Treasure Box and here is a post to start you off.

That’s it for now but check back tomorrow when we have Rossiroad discussing scheduling and Irina sharing her thoughts on passion.


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Anniversary Special Post – Finding Time with Scott

I want to thank Scott for being a part of the anniversary this year. Scott’s been following along for most of 100 Word Anime’s life and he’s such a great member of the ani-blogging community. If you’ve never come across his site, Mechanical Anime Reviews, you should definitely check it out. While there are a lot of mecha anime covered there, particularly during Mecha March, Scott covers a wide range of anime and anime related topics and puts a lot of thought into his posts. He’s one of the many great people I’ve gotten to know since starting the blog and so I was really happy that he decided to be involved with the anniversary celebration. Scott decided to write about ‘Finding Time’ as a blogger and I’m glad to share his words of advice.

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In 100 Words:

Finding time for writing for my blog came from a combination of a couple things. The first one is obvious, actually find time to write. The other one is knowing my limitations of what I can write in a week’s worth amount of my free time. I am a busy person, but I want to come up with the best posts that I can write.

Finding time is simple. Whenever I am not doing something, like watching anime, working, sleeping, or playing an instrument, I should be coming up with ideas for a post or writing post. It’s as simple as that. By limiting myself to writing a few posts a week, plus one constant collab thing, I can put out the best posts that I can write in a good amount of time. Not psyching myself out is an important part of finding time to write.

I think Scott makes an excellent point about knowing our limitations and what we have time to write and making sure we don’t rush content and end up not writing something we are happy with.

If you want more from Scott, be sure to check out his blog. Here are some posts to have a look at:

Check back later today when we Mei shares some advice on Interaction and remember all week there will be anniversary special posts so be sure to check them out.


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