Shut Up & Just Listen: A Humbling Experience as a Blogger

Hello, folks!  This post is a big THANK YOU for making my blog’s new Discussion feature a success, and will also serve under my Blogging Tips series.

I think that as bloggers, we’re used to writing about our personal opinions on our blogs.  Well, that’s the reason why most of us blog in the first place.  And I’m truly grateful that I found fabulous people in this community who take a little bit of their time everyday to read me blabber about what I think of this anime or that manga.  Thank you very much!

Recently, however, I had this discontented feeling that my knowledge about anime & manga is still not enough.  I have to learn more.  And I don’t think that I’ll learn more by just watching anime, reading manga, and blogging about my opinions on my own.  I have to learn from other people.  And what’s the best way to do that?

Shut Up & Just Ask Questions

To ask questions, of course!  More specifically, to listen; or in our case as bloggers, to read.  Gasp!  Something so simple!  So in total disregard of my usual blogging style where I only publish fairly long full-text posts, I posted my first question earlier this month:  “What’s Your Most Favourite Anime of all Time?”  Just that.  I know that my regular commenters would readily answer, but what I didn’t expect were comments from my silent subscribers or people who follow my blog but never interact with me.  In addition to them, there are also those who stumbled across my blog for the first time who want to share their opinions just because I asked a question.  Wow.

So just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, I posted another question:  “What Is Your Most Favourite Manga of All Time?”  And lo and behold!  It was’t a fluke!  People are really more than happy to share their knowledge/opinions about anime & manga.

You Learn a Lot From Others

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I learned a lot conversing with you.  I’m pleasantly surprised to learn that I don’t know half of the titles you shared with me.  That’s a good sign because it means that I still have a lot of room to further develop my anime & manga knowledge.  I’m currently armed with new and interesting titles that you so kindly recommended to me.  Thank you very much!

A Humbling Experience

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I think that as a blogger so used to writing my own material and rarely asking for help, this experience is very humbling.  I’m not exaggerating.  It truly made me realize that there are so many things that I still don’t know, and that there are an awfully lot of people out there who are far more knowledgeable about anime and manga than I am.  It felt like a bucket of ice-cold water was dumped over my head; but instead of feeling embarrassed, I felt refreshed.

Never Stop Learning New Things

Now that I know that I still have lots of things to learn, I feel more motivated as a blogger and of course as an otaku to further develop both my craft and knowledge when it comes to all things anime & manga.

I also think that I’ll continue to ask you questions now and then, and I hope that you would be kind as always to share your opinions to this humble blogger.  Once again, a huge THANK YOU to all of you who help me develop as a blogger & anime/manga fan.  Here’s to more productive discussions in the future:  Cheers!

-Arria Cross


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17 thoughts on “Shut Up & Just Listen: A Humbling Experience as a Blogger”

  1. Asking questions as blog posts sounds like an awesome idea! I usually assume that if someone wanted to tell me something they can do so in the comments section, but perhaps they feel intimidated to address the author if they feel their own knowledge or opinion as inadequate which isn’t the case if you have good reasons for those opinions.

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    1. I was like that too, but fortunately I learned that asking questions as a blogger is okay. Besides, asking questions initiates often productive discussions. We learn a lot, at least I did. I hope that you can incorporate asking questions on your blogging style, too. Cheers!

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  2. It is very cool that you gained this perspective. It is easy to to forget or get into a routine of doing things and not see more that is around you. To go into things with the attitude of “I always will have something new to learn” is great! Nice post and keep learning (I know I do reading yours any many others blogs)! 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much. You’re very kind. I try to maintain this kind of mindset to prevent my brain cells from atrophy. And same here. I learn new things by reading your blogs because you have a unique perspective as a dad that I won’t understand by myself. Keep it up. Have a great weekend. Cheers!

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  3. You have such a awesome, refreshing attitude! It’s nice to know there are still people who are aware that there is more than their own knowledge out there! Thanks for the reminder to always be willing to learn! ❤

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  4. You really have such great followers, but it helps when there’s one incredible, humble, and downright amazing blogger to be followed – YOU! Here’s to the future of your blogging success, now go meet all the people that you can and absorb all of the information regarding anime in the entire universe XD

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