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.
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!
P.S.: Access my Fujinsei Kempo posts here.
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