Fujinsei Kempo: Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way

Earlier this month, I shared with you “How I Get Blog Post Ideas: Anime & Manga Edition”.  One of the things that I mentioned in that post is to “write down your ideas in a notebook.”  This method is the one that I use the most and is the most effective method for me.

Just after the New Year, I began to feel that my blog was becoming stagnant.  My notebook was filled with blog post ideas, but none of them evoked enough enthusiasm for me to turn them into blog posts.

I contemplated various ways on how to make my blog posts more entertaining.  And so I wracked and wracked and wracked my brain until it buzzed, and before I knew it, I have written some pretty entertaining ideas.  I was so relieved that I almost cried.

And so I rolled my sleeves and started turning these ideas into blog posts.  But lo and behold!  I got another wonderful idea.  Because of the nature of these posts, I didn’t think that they would fit my blogging style at all.  They were too ridiculous, too over-the-top, and most especially too Otaku-ish!  So what did I do?  Simple.  I created an alter-ego who is an Otaku Master running her own Otaku School.

The Birth of an Alter-Ego and an Otaku School

From that moment on, Cross-shishou was born.  “Shishou” (師匠) is “Master” or “Teacher” in Japanese.  Cross-shishou aims to share her vast wealth of Otaku knowledge to eager students who are aiming to achieve enlightenment the Otaku Way.  I decided to name her Otaku School Fujinsei Kempo.  “Kempo” or kenpou (拳法) is a common way to refer to many Japanese martial arts.

Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way

The first post that I published in my Fujinsei Kempo Series was “5 Techniques to Achieve Zen State the Otaku Way for Beginners”.  It got decent feedback on its first day.  So I published a second post titled “10 Little Everyday Things You Can Do To Be More Otaku For Beginners”.  I was surprised, greatly surprised, by the amazing response I got by that second post.  Within the first hour after it was posted, it received more likes than I ever received for a post in a day; it was re-blogged by fellow bloggers; and most importantly, it received plenty of enthusiastic comments.  I was ecstatic!  Up until now,  “10 Little Everyday Things You Can Do To Be More Otaku For Beginners” remains one of the most popular posts in my Fujinsei Kempo Series.

The Freedom to Write About Almost Anything & Everything

Writing as Cross-shishou relieves me of any responsibility regarding the posts I write in the Fujinsei Kempo Series, no matter how ridiculous they are.  It also gives me the freedom to stretch my creative imagination and to write about the most over-the-top things that I can think of regarding anime and manga.  Because of this freedom, ideas are endless.  I can write about almost anything and everything, so long as they’re about anime, manga, and the Otaku life.

The Importance of Having Fun When Blogging

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not an expert in the Otaku life, but I know enough to give you that impression, especially when I write as Cross-shishou.  What’s more, writing these ridiculous, laugh-out-loud Fujinsei Kempo posts are so MUCH FUN!!!  Because I’m having fun, I don’t get tired writing them.

I think that enjoyment is important, especially if you are planning to blog for a long time.  I’ve only been blogging about anime and manga here at Fujinsei for a year, but I’ve blogged about other topics longer than that.  Unfortunately, I terminated my previous blogs (mostly about literature and, ahem, my personal life) because I stopped enjoying myself.

Writing blog posts gradually felt like a chore, and sadly I began to resent it.  What’s the point of blogging if I don’t even enjoy it?  I’m not even getting paid for what I’m doing, so what’s the point?  And so I deleted those previous blogs, but I never gave up on the idea of blogging.  After a few years of trial and error, I finally created this anime and manga blog Fujinsei.  

If I never built this blog, I would never have thought about creating  the Fujinsei Kempo Series which now contains some of the most popular posts in my blog.  Writing for this series has helped me exercise my creativity and explore blog post-writing methods that I never tried before.  And most importantly, I have a blast every time I write these outrageous posts.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things

So I guess what I want you to take away from this post is to not be afraid of trying new things when it comes to blogging.  I made a gamble when I decided to create the completely original Fujinsei Kempo Series instead of just sticking to tried-and-true methods of writing anime reviews and blogging challenges, but that gamble paid off and I’m still reaping the benefits.  I’m not saying that I acquired an instant million readers because of this series, but over a hundred views per day and regular comments are not bad for a personal blogger who just started this blog a year ago.

So what do you think?  Do you feel that blogging has helped you go beyond your creative imagination?  Are you having fun blogging or do you feel like it has become a chore?  Are you willing to try new things, all for the sake of developing your blogging skills?

That’s it for today, folks.  I wish you a great weekend.  Enjoy.  Cheers!

-Arria Cross

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Published by Arria Cross

Blogger at fujinsei.com since 2014. Currently a webnovelist. Check out my work "His Genius is a Superstar".

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  1. Great post, thanks so much for writing it. It inspires me to open my mind to try FUN posts instead of some of the more….boring posts that I sometimes write that feel like a chore to do.

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    1. Thank you very much. You’re very kind. And you’re welcome. I just believe that it’s important to have fun while blogging. Whenever I feel like blogging becomes a chore, I just stop and take a break. I just resume when my enthusiasm rekindles again, which it usually do. Anyway, good luck. Keep on blogging. Cheers!

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      1. Thanks Arria, God bless ya, I appreciate the follow back 🙂 And yeah, I too will take that sdvice to just take a break when it gets boring 😦 Hasn’t yet, but it can happen.

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  2. Timely post, Arria-chan. I was just thinking of starting a new series/project myself. And I still have that 30DAC that I’m keeping at bay, not because I’m tired of it (though I was not too long ago) but because I really have to think of answers that I myself will be satisfied with.

    So your previous blogging experience explains your mastery with blogging, huh. Whenever I read your posts, I always feel like you’ve mastered the art of blog writing. Even if you’ve deleted those blogs, I think the time you spent on them wasn’t a complete waste. Your blogging experience helped you build this blog. And now you’re having fun on top of that. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Miha-chan. What kind of series are you thinking of starting? That’s fine. Besides, you already announced before that you were going to do the 30DAC in your own time, and you even customized it. As for me, I’m thinking of doing the 30-Day Song Challenge which I discovered from Sakura Namikaze. I’ll be doing it some time this month.

      I don’t think I’ve “mastered” blogging. I started blogging when I was in my teens about various stuff. I even blogged about my personal life, which I’m regretting not because I posted some embarrassing stuff, but because I discovered that I’m the type who values my privacy. I deleted that blog and even burned several hard copy journals.

      I agree. Even if those were “unpleasant” times, the experiences I gained from them were invaluable into creating Fujinsei as it is now. Besides, I’m still learning and I think as active bloggers, we are learning new every time we interact with each other. Anyway, thanks! I hope that you keep on blogging for more years to come.


      1. I’m thinking of making a series of posts where I just make fun of anime/manga, highlight their silly stuff, and ehem unleash the pervert inside. Oooh, I think this would be a very risky move, but I like the idea of being comfortable and honest with my blog and things I just want to share and talk about.

        Same here~ The 30 Day Song Challenge sounds good and I’ll probably incorporate it with my ASS so it would help me narrow down my choices lol. It’s still kinda difficult to choose a song to feature among hundreds that I really like!

        Yeah, I agree with your points there. 🙂 Hope we both keep blogging for a long time!

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      2. Ooooh. That sounds fun. Go for it. Besides, you’ll never know what it’s like if you never try it, right?

        I’m still feeling a little lazy, but I hope to start the 30 Day Song Challenge soon, maybe next week. But no pressure. I’ll start when I feel like it. You, too. Looking forward to what songs you’ll choose.


  3. Need a topic:
    How about one of those “Why Johnny Can’t Read”* posts you see written by the public education bloggers.

    *(He uses the new WordPress Reader)


      1. I don’t know about Canada, but many have written articles or created TV reports about how bad the American Educational System has become. The usual title is “why Johnny can’t read, or some spin on that well-worn phrase.

        I sure wish I could write “more gooder.”

        I made the comment because I was having trouble reading WP on the new reader. It took me days to figure out … “Oh, you have to click on the paper clip not the article title anymore …”

        I’m working on walking and chewing gum at the same time next:
        Step, chew .. .
        Step, chew …
        Step, … uh, what comes next?


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      2. Very interesting read. I can’t relate that well, since I’m one of those students who argued a lot with their teachers whenever I’m not satisfied with the way they teach or the way they mark my work. I just believe that if you’re not satisfied with your education, find a way to improve it with your own hands. I don’t think I’m a pesky or annoying student (I’m extremely polite, I think), but I speak my mind whenever I’m not satisfied. Because in the end, it’s MY education. And I went to a self-directed high school, so teachers were optional. I could just teach myself and THEN ask teachers the things I didn’t understand.

        Anyway, enough about my past. Thanks for sharing such an interesting read. I have no idea that “Why Johnny Can’t Read” is such a popular line among Americans. My mom and one sister are Americans, but I’m Canadian. So blame the cultural difference.


  4. RE: “I’m not even getting paid for what I’m doing, so what’s the point? ”
    If you get tired of blogging, I received an email that says that you can make a lot of money working from home stuffing envelopes …


    1. Hmmmm. . . When I received e-mails like that, I automatically delete. “Lot of money” is a keyword that I avoid, especially when they’re job offers sent from e-mails of questionable origins. Anyway, I appreciate it. I get tired of blogging now and then, but it’s nothing a good break could fix. I’m enjoy blogging, so I don’t think I’ll be stuffing envelopes from home for money anytime soon. Thanks for the info, though.


      1. I hope you don’t mind. There was this Doctor in NIgeria who won millions in the lottery, but cannot collect the winnings unless he has your bank account number. It took some hacking, but you were nowhere to be found, and I did not want you to lose out too!


      2. Ugh. I just noticed my horrible grammar from my previous comment. I keep telling myself not to use my phone while responding to comments, but it’s just so convenient. Anyway, you have to excuse that.

        Hahaha. Yeah, right. My own parents don’t even know my bank account number. I’ll be damned if I share my bank account number to strangers.


  5. Firstly great post as always !! 😀 I love reading your interesting points and views. You make all good points that I agree with whole heartly blogging should never feel like a chore like right now I just finished the sailor moon crystal series and I want to write about the last two episodes I watched because it really struck a cord in me. I am never afraid to try new things or speak my mind 😀

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    1. Thank you very much, Lita! I appreciate your kind words. Indeed, I think that blogging, especially for personal bloggers like us, shouldn’t feel like a chore. I haven’t read “Sailor Moon Crystal” yet, but I’ve read some mixed reviews about it. How did you like it? I’ll watch it one of these days. Eventually. Anyway, thanks for dropping by as always Lita. Keep on watching anime, and yes, never be afraid to try new things or speak your mind especially when it comes to blogging. Cheers!

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      1. Yes I am in the process of doing a post about my blogging style as I was inspired from you XD How are you btw ? I haven’t heard from you in ages 🙂
        I’m only half way through sailor moon manga can’t remember what happens would have to revisit that ahaha lpl

        Thanks for your encouraging words Arria XD

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      2. Oh wow. I’m glad that some of my posts inspired you to write about your blogging style. I’m looking forward to reading it.

        I’m doing fine. I took a break this July, that’s why you haven’t heard from me for a while. Thanks for asking. How about you? How are you doing?

        I know what you mean? I remember reading a volume of Sailor Moon here and there as a kid, but I never got to reading the complete series. Perhaps I should revisit it again. But then I’ve been revisiting quite a lot of old classics lately.

        Anyway, you’re welcome. I’m excited to read your blogging style post. Good luck. Have a great day. Cheers!

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      3. They certainly do inspire me I hope to have my blogging style post up by tomorrow 🙂 I noticed we all need a break ^^ I am doing okay thankyou just glad to have been posting a bit more on here 🙂 OH good old classics do you own them on dvd?


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