I’ve been fortunate enough to be nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! That’s a pleasant thing to find in one’s WordPress Comments!
As with most of these awards or tags, there are some rules. They are:
- Thank the nominator (a nominator is like a Terminator, but with fewer lethal results)
- Give the story of my blog (I think the requirement that the story should be interesting is implied; TBH, I’m a bit apprehensive…)
- Give two or more pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Nominate 10 others bloggers
Thanking the Nominator
I would like to thank the following bloggers for nominating me:
Now, because they nominated me, you might question these fine sites. But having read all three sites for some time, I can (and do!) attest that they produce posts that are fun, informative, and thought-provoking. So please do visit their sites — don’t hold this nomination against them!
The Story of Crow’s World of Anime
I’ve talked in a previous post about how I wanted to use this site to make a place where fans of any kind of anime could relax and talk about their series — without concern of being judged or harmed. I’ve talked about how I wanted to create a site where we could celebrate anime. I’ve also talked about how I try to use this site to make the world a tiny bit better.
But I’ve not gone into a lot of detail about how the site came to be. And there’s a very good reason for that.
It’s really pedestrian.
I love writing. I love science fiction. Years ago, one of my favorite series, Farscape, had ended. Okay, it had been prematurely cancelled. Same with Stargate: SG1. And Stargate: Atlantis. Detecting a pattern, I started looking into other forms of entertainment. In my post about Why I Love Anime, I mentioned that I’d been aware of anime for some time, and I had found series like Gate. And I wanted to talk about it.
I’d had blogs before (like the blog that’s evolved to be my application security blog), so creating WordPress sites was the easy part. I thought about what to call the site, because I wanted the subject matter to be clear, but I wanted it to be distinctive and easy to remember. You can read how I came up with the name in this Sunshine Blogger Award post. The short version? Crow’s World of Anime had the same cadence as Wheel of Fish.
It made sense at the time.
Advice for New Bloggers
This is a big question, isn’t it? It’s important, too. One of the things I like about the ani-blogging community is that it really is a community. So, I like opportunities to share what I’ve learned.
You know, we really should capture the answers of all the bloggers who got received this tag. We could create an ani-blogging advice site. That’d be kinda cool!
Anyway, here’s my advice.
Take Security Seriously
Please do take security seriously. I really don’t want to see your hard work ruined.
As a computer security professional, I’d get laughed out of the profession if I didn’t start any advice about hosting a blog with a plea to take security seriously. You can spend years building up your inventory of posts. You can spend countless hours building your reputation. And it can all go down the drain in a matter of moments if a malicious actor takes over your site.
And that happens way too often.
I’ve put together a series of posts to share some easy to implement ideas to keep your site secure. Seriously, it’s a small investment, and the payoff is huge.
Take Yourself Seriously
Express yourself. Please don’t try to copy someone else. The sites that stick out in my mind are the ones where a unique perspective comes through. Take a look at 100 Word Anime, I Drink and Watch Anime, Mechanical Anime Reviews, Never Argue with a Fish, The Otaku Author, Shallow Dives in Anime, and many other sites — including the Nominators!
Even without reading anything, at a glance, you know it’s their site. And when you start reading? It’s like greeting an old friend.
The world doesn’t need a new site out to just generate clicks. There are a lot of techniques to get you short-term traffic. But there’s only one way to generate long-term engagement. There’s only one way to build your brand in such a way that people will trust you and want to read your stuff — for the right reasons.
That one way: Develop your authentic voice and let it loose on the world.
That’s the kind of thing that makes the world a better place.
Skills Take Time
Saying “develop your authentic voice” sounds so stirring, doesn’t it? And I think it is. But I don’t want to set false expectations. It can take time — sometimes a lot of time — if you haven’t been writing for awhile. I almost feel like I cheated. When I started my blog, I was already old enough to have several decades of writing behind me. I’d been a professional writer for years. I knew how I sounded. At least, I knew how I sounded in different fields.
What I hadn’t been is an anime blogger. If you compare my early posts to my more recent work five and a half (or so) years ago (and heaven help you if you’re brave enough to try!), you’ll see that my focus is now almost completely on wonderful moments in anime. Not general reviews; you can get great reviews in a number of places. Not critical or vicious reviews; you can find tons of those, too. But I wanted to celebrate amazing moments in anime, and it took me a while to figure out how to do it. And I’m sure it’ll evolve over time!
Give yourself the time to find your voice and how best to express it. Don’t put pressure on yourself to rush. We’ll wait!
This is going to be tough. I know the bloggers I’d like to nominate, and I think I know who’s otherwise been nominated, but I’m not sure. So, apologies if you get multiples!
- Tanteikid94 from BlazTavern
- The Con Artists
- fanofacertainage from Fan of a Certain Age
- It’s an Anime Thing
- Kamie from Kamie’s Wave
- Lumi from Lumi Reviews Things
- Richard Wood from A Richard Wood Text Adventure
- TFWANIME from tfwanime
- Sirius from When Sirius Writes
- Rock the Vogt from Yuri Reviews
Of course, if you’re not inclined, or don’t have time, no worries!
Thanks for reading!