Recently, a fellow blogger over at Ospreyshire’s Realm approached several of my Anime Review posts, and we were able to strike up a nice conversation regarding the topics of said blogs. It’s always nice to be able to meet other like-minded bloggers who share my taste in anime and other things in popular culture. This led to my blog being nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award – so big shoutout to ospreyshire for the nomination! I’m very happy when people like my content; they’re a source of inspiration for me to keep on writing and always thinking of new ideas to put here. So without further ado, here’s my post on the Blogger Recognition Award. As is the case with all these types of posts, here’s how the format will look like:
1. Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that person’s blog.
2. Give the story or history of your blog.
3. Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.
I’ve already covered the first part, so I will now address the next three pieces in sequence.
STORY OF MY BLOG
As previously explained in my One Year Anniversary Special post of 10 September 2019, I started this blog with the intention of sharing my interest in, primarily anime, as well as the traditional Roman Catholic faith. Initially, most of my blogs were mainly rambling pieces on certain anime shows that I liked, small discussions on things that pertained to my Catholic faith, such as the Traditional Latin Mass, and the occasional talk about anime conventions here and there. What I didn’t cover however, were what other third-party resources served as inspiration for my blog – and I’d be glad to share. There were primarily two things that have shaped my blog over time:
- Ever since I was in middle school, I was a big fan of YouTube personalities such as The Angry Video Game Nerd and the Nostalgia Critic; internet critics who would review phenomenally bad video games or movies, and break down what it’s about, what they liked / disliked about it, along with some clips of the gameplay (in the case of the Angry Video Game Nerd) or in-depth analyses of character flaws and plot holes that took place over the course of the movie (for the Nostalgia Critic). In fact, in my most recent review on Guilty Crown I styled it based off the antics and personality of the Nostalgia Critic. See if you can spot where they are 😉
- For things pertaining to the Catholic faith, I have the blog Introibo Ad Altare Dei, a Catholic blogger who talks about world issues from a Catholic standpoint, to credit as one of my inspirations. Earlier posts about Catholicism on my blog mainly talked about my personal experiences with the Faith; but in recent times, partially inspired by the above blog, I’ve decided to pivot them and talk about anime either from a Catholic standpoint, or expose elements in the series that have parallels or contrasts with Catholic beliefs or practices. In some cases, I’ll even quote pre-Vatican II theologians or devotional books to carry the point across; a habit which I’ve picked up from him.
For those of you who want to become bloggers on the WordPress platform, allow me to piece together not one, not two, not three – but FOUR pieces of advice.
ADVICE #1: START EARLY!
It should be a given that in order to be a successful blogger, one must set a consistent schedule of blog posts; what I do is pick a day (Friday) on which to release a post. If you have a lot of free time on your end, maybe release two or more posts a week; the important thing is to get your content out there! However, in order to do this, we go back to the age-old adage that we have been taught since the early days of elementary school: start early! Rather than scramble and hack together an all-over-the-place post on the day of, set a schedule for when to start writing, and work from there. That’s what I used to do, but now, I’ve refined my writing schedule: since I typically post on Fridays, I usually gather my thoughts all throughout the week, and then begin writing them down at least a day in advance. The result is that my thoughts are more coherent when pieced together.
ADVICE #2: ORGANIZE YOUR POSTS
There’s a reason why the folder system exists on computers – so that they can provide a place for us to organize our ever-growing mess of files, and pack them into different areas that we can identify them with if we need to reference them. Likewise, when it comes to blogs, make sure to set a few categories for what you want to write about – and stick to them. On my blog, I have five sets of blog posts, dedicated to anime reviews, convention stories, personal editorials, a series where I discuss anime from a Catholic standpoint (or something of the like), and recently, a section where I share my favorite anime pairings. I encourage new bloggers to do the same – you’ll find it keeps your blog clean, and handy for others to go through.
ADVICE #3: DON’T USE PROFANITY
For what it’s worth, please don’t use profanity. If you really must include it, at least make an effort to censor it (such as if you’re referencing a quote that someone else said, or a meme that includes such).
ADVICE #4: HAVE A CLEAR VISION OF WHAT YOU WANT TO WRITE ABOUT!
Finally, and most importantly, set a clear goal for your blog. What do YOU want to write about? Do you want to make your blog about your favorite recipes? Essays on certain movie elements? Looking at world events from a social, economical or religious perspective? Your blog should reflect what you’re passionate about, and each post you write should demonstrate that trait from you.
And, with that, I conclude my Blogger Recognition Award post, so it’s time to pick some nominees for this award. Unfortunately, I’m keeping my list short so that I don’t manage to accidentally duplicate someone that already happens to have been nominated for this award. That being said, here’s the list of bloggers that I’d like to nominate for this award. So whoever’s on this list, congratulations 😀
BONUS: ANIME I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2020
As a special treat for you guys, I’d also like to include an additional post here, chronicling all the anime that I’m especially looking forward to watching in 2020. Why? Well, let’s just say that it’s because I have a penchant of going one step extra. Hope you guys aren’t bothered by this additional inclusion.
2020 hasn’t been turning out great so far in my opinion with all the things that are going around the world now, but nevertheless, if there’s one thing that can keep my spirits up, it’s probably anime, which is second only to God’s Divine Providence keeping us sane in this world. Due to a huge backlog that has been exacerbated thanks to my full-time work, other non-anime related ventures, and personal life, there are quite a plenty of shows / movies that I’d love to get cracking on sometime this year. Note that in this list, I will only be including shows that either I stopped watching halfway through and decided to pick up again, or (most likely), a show that I’ve never even watched one single episode of.
#1: MAGIA RECORD: MADOKA SIDE STORY
The long-awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed magical girl series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, finally managed to be released just recently. As noted in my review of said series, I enjoyed what it had to offer to the magical girl genre, and not to mention that two of my favorite things come from that show: my waifu, Homura, and Kyubey – the most adorable evil thing to have been conceived by man’s imagination. I’m hoping that Magia Record will build up on the high bar that its predecessor series provided.
#2: AT LEAST ONE GHIBLI FILM
For those of you who are wondering, no, I have not watched a single Studio Ghibli film, in toto, in my entire life. Cue the sounds of shocked gasps, please. However, this year, I’m definitely going to be making it my goal to watch at least one Studio Ghibli film, and hopefully do a review on it. I’ve already got a few ideas on my mind: Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and Castle In The Sky are among some of the names.
#3: BOKU NO HERO ACADEMIA SEASON 4
Everyone’s been talking about Boku No Hero Academia‘s newest season, and to be fair I’ve only watched the first episode of it with a friend about a month ago – so technically speaking, I kind of feel obligated to finish this series. Added to the fact that I’ve already gone through the last three seasons already, so I figured: might as well continue along with Deku’s journey to become the greatest hero alive, no?
#4: DIGIMON TAMERS
In the summer of 2016 I managed to get through 30+ episodes of this series before I copped out and switched over to Digimon Adventure 02 on the down-brow. It’s not that I didn’t like the series at all – there were some positive aspects to the show from what I remember, such as the new evolution sequences, the extended storyline and the music, but somewhere along Takato and crew’s journey through the desolate Digital World, I just got lost and decided to switch gears “temporarily”. It’s been almost four years since then, so I definitely need to get back to this. Maybe a fresh re-install of this series will have to do the trick…
#5: ONE PUNCH MAN SEASON 2
Another series that has been getting a lot of hype in the past year is the second season of everyone’s favorite overpowered superhero: Saitama, a.k.a the One Punch Man. I’m very curious to see how the show continues Saitama’s journey from the last series, and his continued relationship with partner Genos and the rest of the superheroes he works with.
#6: REBUILD OF EVANGELION
Sometime in summer of 2020, the final chapter of the Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild series, titled 3.0+1.0, is going to be released, and thank God – I can now finally manage to complete it and figure out how the heck Shinji, Asuka, and Rei are going to get through the literal Hell that is post-Third Impact Earth. I’m not expecting much considering the direction that 3.0 ended with, but hey, better to have some hope than none at all.
Honorary mentions: Demon Slayer (seriously, what is so good about this series?), Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution, Love Live: The School Idol Movie, Full Metal Alchemist, Death Note