How I Get Blog Post Ideas: Anime & Manga Edition

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.light-death note

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.

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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!

-Arria Cross


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87 thoughts on “How I Get Blog Post Ideas: Anime & Manga Edition”

  1. This was the most important take-away for me from this post (also, your ideas are great! I actually use Evernote to write down my ideas so I can be anywhere and write them) was this that I’ve yet to try out myself:

    ” 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.”

    That’s a GOOD idea, I honestly thought to myself that since the post was already written, I needed to find a “new” or “fresh” idea instead. But I have my own perspective and thoughts to add so of course mine would come out different.

    It’s like cooking. You might make some…pasta, or fish, or chicken, but most of the time it will taste different depending on the chef because they add their own spice/flavors to it. That’s actually a good idea for a post in itself!

    God bless ya.

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    1. I’m glad that my post helped you add a new method to your blogging methods. I find that commenting on a good post with your own post is a great way to discuss a topic on a much deeper level, and it inspires a conversation not only between you and the blogger of the original post, but also to the people who are reading both of your posts. It’s a great way to meet other bloggers. I haven’t done this in a while, but I’m still on a look-out for that great post that is interesting enough to make me want to respond with my own post. I hope that this method works for you.

      Well said. I like your analogy. Indeed, I’m not the worst cook but I’m not the best, either. I know it’s cliche, but whenever the meal I was trying to cook turned out badly, I tend to blame the recipe. XD

      Anyway, thanks again for dropping by. I appreciate it. Keep on blogging and best of luck on your blogging journey. Cheers!

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      1. Also a good idea, leaving your post on their post with a comment, great stuff. I also noticed the use of numbers in your titles and names of the anime which I am sure helps views as well, going to try that more often.

        Thanks again for the reply! And yes, its the recipes fault, has happened to me too 🙂 I do enjoy cooking though, but also not the best.

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      2. Yes, I see other bloggers do that—leave a post on their post with a comment, but I personally don’t do that. I figured that if people are interested in reading my blog through my comment, they will find it since all they have to do is click my name. But of course, each blogger has his/her own different preference.

        Ah, you are a great observer. 🙂 Indeed, I frequently use this format when it comes to blog post title: “X Most in “. And you’re right, they’re effective if you want more blog views. Try it.

        You’re welcome. I’m happy for your interest in my blogging methods. Keep on blogging. Cheers!

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      3. It seems that my previous comment didn’t register some characters. What I meant was:

        Ah, you are a great observer. 🙂 Indeed, I frequently use this format when it comes to blog post title: “X Most (topic) in (anime title) “. And you’re right, they’re effective if you want more blog views. Try it.

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  2. Wow! may sariling domain ka na.. Congrats!!! Ang ganda ng website mo.. Ang linis tingnan and organized pa.. hahaha

    hindi ko lang talaga kaya yung 30-day anime challenge.. kayo ni miharusshi ang expert dyan ehh.. hahahahaha penge nga po ng fan sign!!! hahahaha

    Si Natsume ba yung isa sa banner mo? hahaha

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    1. Maraming salamat. Nag-panic kasi ako pagkatapos ng New Year. Tumaas ‘yong presyo ng domain. Inisip ko na baka ‘pag naghintay pa ako bago ako kumuha ng sarili kong domain, baka sobrang taas na. Kaya ayon, kumuha ako. Happy naman ako sa desisyon ko. Salamat. Masyadong plain ang tingin ko sa dati kong theme kaya naisip ko na baguhin.

      Natapos ko na rin sa wakas ‘yong 30-Day Anime Challenge. 8 months ko ring ginawa. Haha! Iniisip kong gawin ‘yong 30-Day Music Challenge mo, pero hindi pa ako sigurado. Tingnan natin.

      Hindi si Natsume. Medyo kahawig lang. ‘Yan ‘yong male lead sa anime film na “Hotarubi no Mori e”. Try mong panuorin kung may time ka. Nakaka-kilig at sobrang nakaka-iyak.

      https://fujinsei.com/2015/03/21/a-beautiful-yet-tragic-tale-of-love-in-hotarubi-no-mori-e/

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      1. Nahagip ng mata ko kanina yung post mo tungkol dun sa movie.. Interesting yung mangako ng Natsume ehh.. Hawig nga kay Natsume yung nandun.. Hahaha Namiss ko na naman si Nyanko-sensei.. Hahaha ikaw na talaga ang OTAKU! 8 months talaga.. grabe!

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      2. Oo. ‘Yong mangaka ng “Hotarubi no Mori e” is the same person as the mangaka ng “Natsume Yuujin-chou” kaya similar ang art. Pati ‘yong premise similar din. ‘Yong mga youkai ay naka-maskara rin sila. Parang may nabasa ako dati na ang “Hotarubi no Mori e” ang parang prototype na nag-evolve at naging “Natsume Yuujin-chou.” Nakaka-iyak nga ‘yong movie. Panuorin mo ‘pag may time ka.

        Oo, 8 months kong ginawa. Ayaw ko kasing i-pressure ‘yong sarili ko na mag-post araw-araw. Personal blog ko ito, bakit ko pag-iistresan, right? 😀

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      3. Oo! Ahaha. Pinay ka rin? Kumusta? Medyo marami rin tayong mga kababayan na bloggers dito sa WordPress. Sayang nga lang dahil karamihan ng mga readers ng blog ko ay hindi Pilipino kaya hindi ako makapag-sulat ng mga posts na purong Tagalog.

        Ilang taon na ako? Below 25. ‘Wag mo ng tanuning. I’m forever 19, lagi ko ngang sinasabi. Ikaw? Nakatira ka ba sa Pilipinas ngayon?

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      4. Pinay? hmmf malabo yan… :3 Sa tingin ko 21 or 24 ka… hahaha yep! sa pilipinas ako now, e, ekaw? neway, binabasa ko yung blog post mo if may time ako.

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      5. Ahahaha! Malapit na sa guesses mo pero secret pa rin. 😉 Oooooh. Nandito ako nakatira sa Canada. Maraming salamat! Kakabalik ko lang sa blogging uli ngayon. Maraming catching up na dapat gawin. Hahaha. 😉

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  3. Just saw this. Very interesting post! I personally don’t think too hard about my ideas. When I have ideas in my head, I just go to wordpress and make a draft. The drafts can be empty, the important part is that I jot down the idea, making the title very obvious what I wanted to talk about (like “Analyzing Harem Protagonists” or something along those liens), so in this case, it’s kinda similar to your’s jotting down of ideas. As for the actual content, I usually have the very basic ideas in my head, but I usually just swing it, lol. I also interact as much as I can with other anibloggers and anitwitters and I think that’s about everything I do.

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    1. Very interesting. Your method is very similar to another blogger who shared with me her method. She says that she writes the title first and saves it as a draft. It’s like a thesis to her post, she said.

      As for me, I can count on my fingers the times when I wrote a post based on a title that I decided beforehand. I prefer jotting down my ideas, creating a bullet-point draft, and then writing the actual post. Only then will I decide what the title will be.

      It’s so interesting to learn how every blogger’s different in how we write. Thank you for sharing yours. Anyway, I’m curious to know how you handle it when you don’t have access to a computer or internet. Do you keep your ideas in your head and then write it on WordPress afterwards? Or do you write it first on a piece of paper?

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      1. “Anyway, I’m curious to know how you handle it when you don’t have access to a computer or internet. Do you keep your ideas in your head and then write it on WordPress afterwards? Or do you write it first on a piece of paper?”
        I just use my phone :p My phone has a wordpress app which I can use it for exactly this purpose. I can always use 3G if I don’t have internet and if I don’t want to use 3G, usually the app saves the drafts as “local draft” and once I have internet, the app will automatically save the draft properly (and I can view it on the PC then). With the app, I even write some actual drafts/bullet points at times, but like I said, usually the basic idea is in my head and I just swing it.

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      2. I see. I also have the WordPress app on my phone, but I never use it to write posts. I mainly use it for reading other people’s post & commenting. Anyway, good for you that you can just “swing” it. I don’t think I’ll be able to do that. Well, I can but I’ll always feel bothered about it. Thanks for sharing your method.

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      3. Ahaha! Well, I think that feeling “bothered” will result to you having lots of things to say about a topic, which is a great thing as a blogger. So keep up being “bothered”. XD

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  4. I like the thought of interacting with others blogs and forming a connection with them, it really adds fun to the whole experience. Do you have any tips for finding blogs to interact with?

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    1. What I usually do is explore the “Anime” tag from my Reader. Any recent blog post that is related to anime usually appear here. If a post is interesting enough, I comment and that’s usually how an interaction between bloggers start. Other bloggers have other methods, but this method is what I frequently use and the one that I’m most comfortable in. My other blog buddies are more into meeting other anime bloggers on Twitter and anime forums, but I’m most comfortable here at WordPress. Oh, I also recommend adding these tags to your Reader: “Anime”, “Manga”, “Japan”, “Otaku”, and any of your favourite anime titles.

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    1. That’s right. No need to tell me. I’m just glad that you’re back blogging and all. I hope that everything is settled with your personal life now. That’s good.

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  5. Thanks so much for pointing out to others how important it is for anibloggers to interact with other anibloggers. I do not understand why others do not see how essential this is. To me that is selfish believing your blog is the only one in the world. Besides, interacting with other bloggers with the same interests always gives you some new ideas for your blog and also creates a closer community of like-minded bloggers (an interconnected blogroll). To me it seems like common sense. Glad you pointed it out, Arria, means a lot!

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    1. You’re welcome. Indeed, it’s important to interact with our fellow bloggers. I think that it’s pride that gets in the way, why so many bloggers refuse to take the initiative to find their own readership. Instead, they’re waiting for readers to come to them. And when no one reads their blog, they rant about it—a rant no one reads, anyway.

      I agree that interacting actively with fellow bloggers gives you often surprising ideas for new posts. I think that’s very important because that’s a sign that you’re developing as a blogger.

      Anyway, I’m glad that this post resonated with you. Thanks for dropping by and sharing some of your opinions. Have a great week ahead. Cheers!

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  6. This is so helpful!!! It’s really important to come up with different ways to think of ideas…. You need to be able to connect with the readers… I love writing about how anime makes me feel and to communicate the same feeling to other is so wonderful!

    This post helps me to come up with better content now thanks sooo much! =D

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    1. You’re welcome. I got inspired to write this post because I know the struggles of personal bloggers like us when it comes to idea generation. I’m glad that you found this post helpful.

      Same here. I love writing about what I think about anime, learning about what other bloggers have to say about it, and of course, discussing about it with other like-minded people.

      Anyway, thanks for dropping by. Keep on watching anime and blogging about it. Cheers!

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  7. Sometime, if you look closely about your neighbourhood, for me who start working, such as when you go out on morning and see childrens go to school together, a traffic jam, or fiber optic maintenance in front of the office could get caught on your eyes. But reading the other blog will be give more effect 😀
    After all, thanks for the ‘advice’

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    1. Indeed. Ideas are everywhere. You just need to do the work and turn the idea into a blog post or in your case, artwork. Anyway, you’re welcome. And thank you for dropping by. Cheers!

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  8. Usually most ideas for my blog come from convos with the boyfriend on our drive home from work on Sundays. I feel like the day of the week is important as we work 12 hour shifts on Sundays and by that point we’re a little more tired and eccentric than usual. Most of the basic recipe ideas come from this kind of spitballing session. A little research a la Google helps when it comes to techniques, too.

    When I come in to work the next day I’ll type out the idea in an Excel spreadsheet. I have everything sorted by date, recipe, genre, difficulty, and a few other odds and ends. Usually I bluff my way through it, pretending I know what I’m doing. Whatever works?

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    1. Good for you to find the method that works for you. It’s difficult to stay on top of blogging, especially if you have a pretty hectic personal life. But I think that in the long run, it’s rewarding because you build yourself a community of bloggers who give you a sense of belonging.

      Anyway, keep it up. And thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

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  9. This is a great post and much help to fellow bloggers I believe; I have always neglected to write down ideas because I am lazy and I am paying the price whenever I want to write something, haha!

    Also, I absolutely agree about your point about interacting with other bloggers, by reading their blog posts as well. This community is pretty much a reciprocal one, and the rules are pretty simple generally, but some people have still neglected to understand that.

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate it. I recommend writing your ideas in a special blog notebook. It saves you the time and mental ache of thinking about what to write because all you have to do is open your notebook and choose from the ideas you’ve already written beforehand. But I guess, it depends on the person.

      Exactly! The rules are pretty simple. Besides, discussing stuff with other bloggers can be fun and motivating. I guess, pride comes in the way for those who wants to be “found” rather than go out of their way to find their own readers. How sad.

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      1. Haha, sometimes I think the best ideas come the moment before I fall asleep, or when I am in the shower, or when I am standing up in public transport, all of which are not very convenient for writing xD in any case, a notebook can still be handy!
        Yeah! I find a lot of fun participating and engaging the community here, it makes things livelier anyway. I think realising that is the first step to looking at reality in the eye because seriously, there are too many blogs out there and if you don’t engage others personally, there would be a reduced chance of being noticed. Unless you write outstandingly well or your content is extremely interesting, of course.

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      2. I know, right? Ideas are just everywhere, if you look just hard enough. And many of the situations you said are indeed not very convenient for writing. But sometimes, the ideas are just too darn annoying to stay inside my head that I have to write them down. I experienced writing on a bathroom tissue paper (not yet used, of course) and even on a restaurant menu (Shhhh!).

        I agree. Engaging with other bloggers is a lot of fun. I hope that more bloggers understand this. Well, even if a blogger writes outstandingly well, it’s not going to matter if nobody ever finds that post.

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      3. Yeah that’s true, ideas literally reside everywhere, its a matter of perspective and angle. Wow, I wish I had that kind of discipline of writing, even if its on a bathroom tissue … or menu xD (hehe -lips are zipped-)
        That is true, though sometimes it is also good to remember that you are writing for your own sake and to not cramp too much of your style or only choose ‘popular’ topics to write about just cos you want more people to read them. (Though I guess, that certainly is more a comfort when there’s low readership) Its all about that balance and learning how to strike it.

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      4. Yes, It’s a matter of perspective and angle. But sometimes you’re brain just feels so tired that it seems that you can’t think up of any idea at all. Thanks! 😉

        Exactly. For personal bloggers like us, we always have to remember that we are writing for our own sake. As long as we are enjoying what we are doing, then we’ll have the motivation to continue doing it, regardless of the number of readership that we have.

        Anyway, thanks for sharing your opinions. I appreciate it. Hope that you keep on blogging. Cheers!

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  10. These are such excellent tips! I especially agree on the one about interacting with bloggers and finding your own readership–that gives you so many ideas and the relationships you can build are wonderful!

    I attempted to explain this to a fellow blogger a little while ago, as she’d had her blog for years but had under fifty followers. She expressed her frustration in post, but she didn’t like the idea of finding her own readers–she wanted people to “discover” her. I felt bad for her, because honestly finding your own readers by being a reader yourself is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of blogging! So, thank you for pointing this out in your post! 😀

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    1. Thank you, Jamie. Indeed, interacting with other bloggers provides you with often surprising ideas for your own blog posts. Not to mention that the friendships you form are precious and gives you a great sense of belonging in this otherwise vast blogosphere.

      Oh my gosh. That’s just so sad, but pretty common. It’s only been a year since I started blogging here in Fujinsei but I’ve been blogging about other topics longer than that. And I know this kind of attitude, especially by beginning bloggers, is not effective. I guess pride gets in the way. But they don’t know that we also develop pride in the community that we unexpectedly build by befriending other bloggers.

      Anyway, thanks for dropping by and sharing your views in this matter. I appreciate it. Keep on blogging. Cheers!

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  11. I read your post and the comments. You all have interesting ways to find inspiration.

    Likewise, I don’t write episodic reviews on anime or manga (that are ongoing) because I don’t want to speculate what will happen next. Usually, if there is enough episodes or chapters and I am able to get a good grasp on its’ themes, values, and etc. I would write a post.

    I do get ideas from reading other bloggers’ posts. If they have something interesting to say about a certain anime/theme, it usually gets me interested in watching it. Or sometimes, just reading something or watching an anime, I get these random ideas in my head, and it brings forth a post. If I have an idea, I usually write down the title of it as a draft on my blog (I have a lot at the moment that I need to get too). I like finding connections to things, or looking at subtle details in something. When I find these things, I write about them.

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    1. I agree. Everyone has their own methods of finding ideas.

      That’s very interesting. Although I don’t like writing episodic anime/manga reviews, I do enjoy watching them and of course, speculating about what will happen next. But I agree with you that having a good grasp on the series’ themes and values is important for you to be able to write a relevant post.

      Just a brief comment about a blog post that I read the other day. There’s this post that claims that blogging is so fake because nobody is interested in what you have to say. It was funny because although there is some truth to that post, I find myself genuinely interested in reading other bloggers’ posts, especially if they’re well-written and contain intriguing comments.

      That’s so interesting. Your blog post-writing method is different from mine. I usually write a rough draft in my special blog notebook, usually just consisting of bullet points, and then write the actual post in WordPress. It seems that you write the title first before the body, but I’m opposite. So interesting.

      Anyway, thanks for dropping by. Keep on watching anime and blogging. Cheers!

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      1. Yeah, there is some truth to “what’s the point of blogging if you know no one is going to read it or gain any interest in your thoughts.” However, if you see blogging like a way of discussing things in a classroom, you can see the value of it. Blogging is an exchange of ideas. You get to read other people’s posts, and their ideas/views will help cultivate your own thoughts. Even if it is about anime/manga (that some people may find useless or doesn’t apply any significance in the real world), it is the engagement of exchanging ideas that matters.

        Yeah, I do write a rough title before writing the draft. The title is like the thesis for me, I put the sources (the anime/manga) and the topic/theme under what is going to be discuss int the draft. .

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      2. Indeed. That’s a good way to look at interacting with other bloggers—to view it similar to a classroom discussion. I guess there are different kinds of blogging. There are bloggers who write stuff for corporate websites who NEVER, and I mean it with a capital N, reply to comments. So I don’t think that kind of blogging can be considered an “exchange” of ideas. It’s more like a “presentation” or maybe even “dumping” of ideas.

        I agree with you that reading other people’s posts and genuinely being interested in what they have to say can help cultivate your own thoughts, so that you can write your own posts.

        Well, those people who find anime and manga useless don’t know a fig about the industry, so we can just ignore them and focus on our own community of like-minded anime & manga fans.

        Very interesting. Sometimes I have a title and write a post about it, too, but that’s very rare. I usually do the opposite. Write the body first before the title. Anyway, thanks for sharing your opinions. They’re interesting. Cheers!

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      3. Corporate bloggers, I think, are just trying to put the information out there, and also I think fighting to get as many views as possible for their website.

        And true that! Who cares about those people who don’t understand anime and manga 😀

        And no problem, this was a great read!

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      4. I know, right? Oh well. Good for them for making money, even if there’s really no blogger-reader interaction.

        High-five! And thanks very much. Have a great week ahead. Cheers!

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  12. hey enjoyed reading about your piece, very informative 🙂 I pick my reviews by looking around my house hahaha i scour the blu ray shelf or horror collection in my room, videogame cabinets, just looking at items bring back thoughts and memories, sometimes seeing one thing makes you think of another. I have so much stuff that I’m never browsing too long before I settle on something. I try to apply something of a punk rock mentality to my pieces, only analysing items from my own collection, with any photos used for references being items from my own personal collection, any art work i draw myself, if I need a scene from the film I usually recreate it with action figures, that sort of thing. Squeezing in the odd story or moment from my personal life relating to what im discussing. It’s fun and helps add a personal touch I find. Plus I spend a fortune on my mad collecting, and writing and reviewing would be my ultimate job, it’s what I want to do so, it’s why Im testing the waters with my own blog, and while im still very new, i am loving the freedom it offers, divulging for hours every minute detail to people that might actually be interested haha instead of chewing my friends ears off while watching the glazed look in their eye as I rant for hours over the spidey franchise or some such nonsense 😛 would be nice if my collection of crap could start helping add to my career rather than just leave me broke with nothing to gain. Figure there are endless items for me to review in my own vicinity, high time i got off my lazy ass and gave it a go. Like i said new at this so enjoyed reading your insights. Look forward to reading more from you

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    1. Hello there. Thanks. I’m glad that you enjoyed this post.

      Good for you. You found a method that works for you in finding blog ideas. I know that the first 2 years is critical for a blogger because this is a time when the blogging juices, so to speak, will continue to gush or just fizzle out. That’s why an effective idea-churning method is important, so that a blogger can continue pumping out those blog posts.

      All I got to say is more power to your “mad collecting”. As long as you’re enjoying reviewing the items from your collection, that’s what’s important.

      Anyway, thanks for dropping by here at my blog. I appreciate it. I’m looking forward what kind of posts you will produce in the future. Enjoy. Cheers!

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      1. Thanks very much for the reply, great to hear different review processes, Very helpful, and much appreciate the tip’s, still finding my feet, so all ideas and feedback are much appreciated, I’ll be following to see more manga/anime news. I’ve noticed since my idea to analyse my collection of films, comics, games and merch that I’m not alone with the thought, there are many of us doing this our own way, I’ve enjoyed the back and forth comments between respectful, genuine fans, its why I started my blog in the first place, I wanted somewhere fans could meet and chat, geek knowledge and pop culture, kind of like an online comic shop hang out, a place to chill with other like mindeds. Though I’m finding there are many of us with the very same idea, and all of us form this community. Passionate fans debating and discussing not this juvenile, violent, uneducated nonsense you hear in the videogame sites comment section, like take for instance IGN.com getting bullied and sworn at by eleven year old keyboard warriors for disagreeing on a certain subject. The worst part is, occassionally you will encounter a genuine, likeminded fan and form an intelligent discussion in these threads, differing opinions or not, it doesn’t matter, as long as everybody respects each others opinions it really doesn’t matter who’s right or wrong, thus proving there are decent intelligent fans out there, they do exist, they are just being drowned out, the juvenile and uneducated have louder voices. Ah you get that with the biggest sites, perhaps this is the way to go, rarely encountering other Anime fan’s in everyday life, but here i have already met and followed a few intelligent one’s that obviously share the same love for the artform. Believe it or not its actually my fulltime job, i run the warehouse for Madman Entertainment setting up all the new release jobs, so I’m pretty up to date with the latest titles 😛 Also helps being an Anime fan from wayback too 😛 Keep up the good work dude 🙂

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      2. You’re welcome. It’s good that your passion and works coincides. I think that that’s very important. I also hope that you “find your feet” soon when it comes to blogging, so that you’ll increase your satisfaction more.

        I completely agree with you. Respect is very important when it comes to discussions. Even if we have different opinions, as long as we respect each other and not attack the person whose opinions we don’t agree with, we’ll have a more enriching experience.

        Anyway, keep it up. Best of luck. Cheers!

        P.S.: I’m not a “dude”. 😉

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  13. Ideas are like grains of sand on the beach. I always get ideas, but have to hide my writing from the Nun walking up and down the isle. If she sees me blogging — WHACK!!!!

    So, I never have trouble coming up with all the ideas and anime themes I would like to discuss, I just need TIME to write and revise in secret …

    — WHACK!!!!! —

    Ow, that smarts : (

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    1. XD

      I experienced attending a school run by nuns, so I know what you mean about that whacking thing. Although that was from another country, and I don’t think that whacking a student, even if you’re a nun, will sit well with Canadians. Thanks goodness.

      Well, like what they say, ideas are everywhere. You just need to learn how to look and bring them to reality. And of course, TIME to write them down.

      Anyway, I always enjoy reading your comments, as always. Thanks, Denny! Be careful of those nuns. Cheers!

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  14. I always wanted to write blog posts other than anime review but I find it too risky for me especially when it comes to getting (original) ideas. Since I think my writing is not good enough in the first place, I tend to take the safer route and just stay in my comfort zone which is writing anime reviews. But I guess, taking one of the anime challenges would be a very big step for me. If I take it that is.

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    1. That’s understandable. It’s only been a year since I started this blog, Fujinsei, but I’ve been blogging longer than that. I had the same issues as you. Anyway, long story short, I understand that writing posts that are different from your usual style may feel like a huge gamble.

      It’s up to you whether you take the anime/manga challenges. The 30-Day Anime Challenge is quite easy and it has many other versions that you can choose from. As for the challenges from MyAnimeList, they’re more intense and difficult. It’s already the second half of the year, so I don’t think that I’ll be able to finish it in time before the year ends. Anyway, thanks for dropping by. I appreciate you sharing your view in this matter. Cheers!

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    1. Indeed. Plus it gives you a great sense of belonging that you can’t otherwise achieve when you’re busy focusing on your own blog and just sitting there waiting for people to discover you.

      Thank you very much, Michael. I also enjoy viewing your beautiful photos, not only of Japan, but of other places around the world, as well. Keep it up. Cheers!

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  15. I find reading people’s tweets on Twitter gives me ideas for posts. People say some interesting stuff on there, which gets me thinking about my own opinion on the matter, which then leads me to having an idea for a blog post.

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    1. That’s so interesting. I haven’t thought about that. It’s only recently that I really got into having discussions on Twitter. I was a Twitter snob since I have an issue with the character limit, but with some of my blogging buddies’ encouragement, I gave it a try and I’m liking it.

      So what kind of Twitter posts inspire you to write blog posts? Are they conversations between users or a random statement? I’m interested. Perhaps I’ll try this Twitter approach one of these days.

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      1. There’s only been one so far, which I used as an inspiration for this post: https://kaizobi.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/faithful-anime-adaptions-vs-original-material/

        It was mostly one guy/girl ranting about their opinion on manga anime adaptations, and it got me thinking about how manga series get different anime treatments and why they differ from each other.

        Ps. Have decided to do the 30-Day Anime Challenge – really looking forward to it! Thanks for mentioning the idea in your blog post! 😀

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      2. Ooooh. I remember that post of yours. Indeed, it’s a very interesting and hot topic to discuss by anime/manga fans. Like what I said in your post, I don’t mind fillers and I don’t mind it when the anime veers off a little from the manga. Some work, but unfortunately, some just fail big-time.

        Anyway, best of luck on the 30-Day Anime Challenge. Just enjoy it until it lasts. Cheers!

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  16. Between job issues and trying to find a new place to live, I’ve been stuck in a writing rut myself. This is hugely helpful. (I also can’t resist thanking you for a Gintoki pic at the start of my day!)

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    1. Aw, I hope that everything falls into place for you soon. I’m glad that my post benefited you in some way.

      And you’re welcome for the Gintoki pic. I couldn’t resist using it. 😉

      Hope that you feel better soon. Cheers!

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  17. Great post. 🙂

    A lot of my ideas for editorials come from seeing trends in viewers and critics about a particular show or a wider issue with anime that I find fault in. I like being the guy who goes against the crowd (with properly grounded opinions) in order to offer an alternative to what people might otherwise always hear on the internet.

    I’d try a blogging challenge myself but I’ve opted to burden myself with multiple series to review this summer. ><

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    1. Thank you very much! 😀

      Good for you. You have found a method to generate blog post ideas that work for you. Watching others “go against the crowd” is intriguing, so I’ll be looking forward to your future posts.

      Well, no need to take up extra workload when you already have many reviews that you’re planning to write. I think that the Anime Blogging Challenges are mostly for those who are finding it difficult to find ideas for a post. Anyway, thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

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  18. Once again another brilliant, informative posts. Like you I do write ideas down in my special book for youtube video and blog post ideas but after having my blog It’s only now I have a clear view of what certain things I wish to talk about and feature. I also agree if you want your blog to get noticed you have to make an effort and actually read other peoples post, like comment etc. Some do just sit there and think why doesn’t anyone come to my blog >.<

    Along the lines of this pot I have been wanting to write my own opinion on this at some point but you have given me a little inspiration for new anime/manga posts 🙂
    Great read this was indeedy !!!

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    1. Thank you very much, Lita! Oh, you have a special notebook, too? Yay! High-five.

      Indeed, I think that interacting with other bloggers is not beneficial for increased blog views, but it’s also a very satisfying way to feel a sense of belonging in this vast blogosphere.

      Oh, I’m glad that this post inspired you to write some more posts. Looking forward to reading them when you do post them. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!

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