Check my Archives and you’ll notice that I post quite regularly. This past June alone, I posted daily (except Sundays) to celebrate Fujinsei’s 1st Anniversary. Because of this, I’ve been asked plenty of times about how I get ideas for my blog posts. When I posted “Stay True to Your Blogging Style: Anime Edition”, this kind of questions increased. And what do you know? Your questions gave me the idea to write this post on how I get ideas. Thank you very much! So there you go. One of my methods of getting ideas is to simply interact with other bloggers. Simple, right? But it’s one of the most helpful and motivating methods there is.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I don’t write a lot of anime reviews. I don’t really like writing series reviews, and I especially hate writing episodic reviews (I like reading them, though). Though when a series is interesting enough, I’ll roll my sleeves and write a review such as “Bakuman: Inspiration For All Writers, Artists, and Dreamers” and “A Beautiful Yet Tragic Tale of Love in ‘Hotarubi no Mori e'”, but you won’t see me write episodic reviews anytime soon.
Write About a Specific Topic
So what do I write about when I don’t write reviews, you ask? It’s simple. I take a specific topic and discuss it. For example, I haven’t written a single ONE PIECE series review yet, but you’ll find that I’ve written a LOT of posts about it. I took one topic such as “sad scenes” and wrote “Arria’s Top 10 Most Gut-Wrenching Scenes in ONE PIECE (Pre-Timeskip)”. Similarly, I also like discussing about a single character, such as when I wrote “Hisoka 101: How to be Cool As an Insane Psychopath” from HUNTER x HUNTER. I think that my approach of writing about a specific topic rather than a broad series review provides me with endless ideas for blog posts. I can write almost anything about a single series, and not become limited to just one review per series.
Write Down Your Ideas in a Notebook
Whenever I watch anime or read manga, I jot down the things that I find interesting. I don’t jot everything that I notice because I’d fill up several notebooks for just one series if I do that. I only jot down the ideas that are strong enough to remain in my mind for days. For example, I watched Kuroshitsuji a couple of months ago and the graphic depiction of violence and brutality against the backdrop of elegant Victorian Era setting stuck with me. I jotted this idea down and it’s now on my waiting list of “to be written” as future blog posts. At this moment, I have a notebook filled with ideas just like this one. I let them sit there for a while, and whenever I have the urge to write, I just open my notebook and choose an idea that interests me.
Read Posts By Fellow Bloggers
Another method that I often use to get ideas is to read interesting posts by other bloggers. Whenever I have some free time and in the mood to read some interesting stuff, I explore my reader and just read, read, read. When a post catches my eye, I “like”; and if it’s interesting enough, I “comment”. However, when a post is so good that simply leaving a comment is not enough, then I respond to that post with my own post instead. I can’t tell you enough how effective this method is. Not only do I get my opinions out of my chest, but I also make some great connections with other awesome bloggers this way.
Interact Actively With Other Bloggers
Like what I said at the beginning of this post, simply interacting with other bloggers is one of the most helpful and motivating methods of getting ideas for blog posts. Too often, I have observed new bloggers just focusing on their own blog. That’s good, but don’t complain when there’s nobody reading your posts. If you want readers, you need to take the initiative to interact with other bloggers. You’re not the only blogger in the world–there are millions–so don’t think that you’re so special that people are going to read your blog without any effort coming from you. The connections that you’ll make with other bloggers will not only give you the satisfaction of increased blog views, but will also provide you with surprising blog ideas and motivation to keep on blogging.
Some word of caution: NEVER come off as desperate. Don’t go around commenting on other people’s posts without really reading what they’ve written, and then spamming them with links to your own blog posts. It’s rude, disrespectful, and utterly pathetic.
Accept Anime & Manga Blogging Challenges
If the above methods don’t work for you, I suggest that you take the 30-Day Anime Challenge. I just completed it last month myself. This challenge will decide the topic for you, so you won’t have to think too hard about what to write. That’s 30 posts. Also, Avelys of Shoujo Hearts shared the intense 2015 Anime Watching Challenge and the 2015 Manga Reading Challenge from MyAnimeList. I’m still thinking about whether I’ll take these challenges or not. They look extremely difficult. We’ll see. Anyway, this kind of challenges are a good way to stimulate your blogging juices, so I encourage you to accept one of them.
So now you know some of the methods I use to get ideas for my blog posts. I hope that you find some of them helpful. And even if you personally can’t apply them to your own blogging style, I hope that they’ll still provide you with some insights in developing your own idea-churning methods. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Comment below or you can also e-mail or tweet me anytime.
How about you? How do you get ideas for your blog posts?
That’s it for today, folks! Have a great weekend. Cheers!
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