A Brief History of my Journey From Book Reviewer to Aniblogger

I’ve only been an aniblogger for 2 years now, but I’ve been blogging on and off since I was a teenager.  When I started university, I became a book review blogger for a few years.  It was a very exciting time.  I loved being in direct contact with published authors, agents and publishers.  I used a different name back then, so you won’t find a trace of my past as a book reviewer under the name Arria Cross.  Back then I showed my face on the Internet as a book reviewer because I thought it would be more professional that way.  Long story short, it wasn’t the wisest thing to do.  I attracted creeps who forced me to delete almost all my online accounts and start anew—PRIVATELY.  That’s why I refuse to show my face now to the web without good reason.

Now back to my past as a book reviewer.  As much as I loved all the freebies—signed copies, ARCs, free non-obligatory books, invites to events, bookmarks and other cool stuff—I just suddenly felt exhausted.  Back then I decided to become a book reviewer because I love books.  I still love books; that fact would never change.  But when blogging gradually stopped feeling fun and became a “chore”, I made the painful decision to retire from the book blogging world.

taiga lazy in school - toradora

This post may sound like I’m ranting—well yeah, it’s a rant—but please understand that I treasure my past experience as a book reviewer.  I learned a lot during that time.  My brain rewired so that I read faster and more efficiently.   While reading a book, I was already mentally writing a review.  I read to critique.  I created my own format of writing reviews that I followed to a T, and let me tell you it was rigid as hell.

At first, I only reviewed books that I liked; books from my own shelf.  Then I gradually made myself open to review requests.  Authors, agents, and publishers would e-mail me and send me copies of their books to review.  I hosted virtual book tours and facilitated giveaways for the authors.  I received a lot of free stuff, and I was also able to make requests that were granted.  My name was added to various groups of beta-readers.  It was awesome, not to mention profitable.

My Misadventures as a Book Reviewer

But things gradually turned sour.  In order to build a reputation as an honest book reviewer, I had to, well, be honest.  And of course that didn’t sit well with the authors.  They expected me to praise their books like they were the greatest masterpieces ever written in the universe, to sing hallelujah whenever I mentioned their works.  So imagine the hostility I received whenever I said a negative thing about their books.  Granted, some of them were nice and polite.  They would e-mail, requesting me to alter my phrasing and make it less harsher.  Sometimes depending on the one asking and especially if I had a longer history with that person, I would heed the request.  But please note that I never changed my reviews from negative to positive, I just altered them a bit to be gentler.  Other than these exceptions, my reviews were non-negotiable.

anime girl crazy

It was quite interesting dealing with different kinds of authors as a book reviewer on the web.  Some were very nice—too nice, in fact.  They would readily agree to whatever I said.  They would beg me for critiques, and I had to remind them that I was a book reviewer, not their editor.  Some treated me like I was a literary prostitute who they thought they could pay to give them the pleasure of glowing reviews.  For the record, I never accepted payment from anyone to write positive reviews.  I would rather run around the neighbourhood naked than write a fake review for a book.  A girl gotta have some pride for her literary passions, y’know.  Many gave me the cold-shoulder after a negative review.  Some were openly hostile.  I had the feeling that if they could only reach out into their computer monitors, they would already have done so they could strangle me and spit on my face.  Fortunately, most were professional, usually when I dealt with the agents or publishers instead of dealing with the authors directly.  They understood that book review bloggers are independent entities.  We don’t work for them, so they technically have no control or whatsoever to the things we choose to say about their books unless there’s a contract involved.

Blogging ceased to be fun.

I became busier and busier as a book reviewer that I had to start denying requests, but even then I still received free books.  My backlog was so long, that I had no time to read books for pleasure. I was constantly stressed out and burned out.  I began to question why I started blogging in the first place.  Blogging ceased to be fun.  I began to resent it.  It not only became a source of stress, but it also endangered my safety and privacy, especially since I made the mistake of showing what my face looked like.

sad thinking sleeping on a pillow anime girl

 I longed for freedom, for a stress-free environment where my creativity was not caged by requests from others who had expectations of me.

However, these were not the main reasons why I finally quit being a book review blogger.  I quit because I felt that focusing solely on writing book reviews following a rigid format was severely limiting my creativity.  I began to hate it, even when I was the one who constructed that blasted review format.  I longed for freedom, for a stress-free environment where my creativity was not caged by requests from others who had expectations of me.  So I decided that enough was enough and I just left everything I built as a book reviewer.  At first I panicked.  I was like, “Oh shoot!  What the eff did I just freaking do?!!”  But I forced myself to remember the endless stress I endured, and I was able to harden my resolve and not regret quitting as a book review blogger.

The conception of Fujinsei

Even when I quit as a book reviewer, I realized that I still love blogging.  But I didn’t want to return to book blogging and I would rather jump hoops of fire than blog about my personal life again (cough cough).  I thought long and hard about what I should blog about next. . .and I had a eureka moment.  What about anime?!  Yes!!!  I LOVE anime, next only to reading books and writing.  And so I spent a couple of months planning my next blog and writing posts like a madwoman.  And yeah baby, that’s how Fujinsei was born.

victory dance - anime school girl

 I want to write for MYSELF first and foremost, and not feel stressed out fulfilling requests by others.

Coming from the stressful, high-pace book reviewing landscape, I decided to forego writing anime reviews. . .or more specifically writing anime reviews following a rigid format.  I decided that I want to blog as freely and as creatively as I can.  I want to write whatever the heck I want about anime.  I want to write for MYSELF first and foremost, and not feel stressed out fulfilling requests by others.  As a result, Fujinsei is a hodgepodge of writing styles from lists of recommendations and opinion pieces to humour posts to brief commentaries, even translations and so much more.

No more will I be a slave when it comes to blogging.

Rules?  Pffft!  I create the rules here, and I’ll bend or break them as I see fit.  No more will I be a slave when it comes to blogging.  Now I’m the boss of my own blog, or at least I work hard to feel like a boss.  I was a former Book Review Blogger.  Now I’m an Aniblogger, and I’m loving every second of it.

Having Fun Aniblogging With My Awesome Aniblogging Buddies

Aniblogging is not as profitable compared to being a book reviewer (at least for now), but I realized that I value my sanity and happiness more than I value material perks.  I’m happier, saner, more peaceful and more free.  I don’t have “colleagues” and “clients”, I now have genuine FRIENDS who freely share my passions with anime and blogging without veiling ulterior motives with superficial praises.


Do I miss book review blogging?  You bet!  Do I miss the stress associated with it?  Hell no!  I envy my former book blogger acquaintances who are still going strong.  They are definitely tougher than me for surviving this long.  I sincerely wish them more power.  I will continue to support the literary industry as a reader this time, but not as a book blogger.  Now I’m having a blast as an aniblogger.  I still have a long way to go, but with the help of my amazing aniblogging buddies, I know that I can develop as a blogger in a healthier way.

I feel that I’m a better blogger now than I was before Fujinsei.  I’m not perfect, far from it, but I do my best to become a better blogger than I was the day before.  To my amazing subscribers, thank you very much for putting up with my craziness and frequent unannounced breaks, and also for taking pity on me and commenting regularly on my posts.  You’re all awesome!  And of course special shout-out to my wonderful Friends of Fujinsei, fellow members of the cuckoo Lyndere Club, and the newly formed NinjaPirateers that I’m captaining.  My big thanks also to my Fujinsei Team for sharing your talents with my humble blog.  Please continue to join me in this insanely fun journey of aniblogging.  Once again, thank you very much for all of your support.


Now you know a little bit more about my blogging history.  How about you?  What’s your blogging history?


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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. Ah your experience is one of the reasons I’m anonymous. People don’t understand and get angry when I refuse to meet up or come to blogger events but hey, I’d rather not meet an angry author than go just for the sake of missing out!


  2. I am so happy for you!!! (And I’m also jealous) because you finally found the place where you can be GENUINELY happy. I hope I can find mine, too. :3

    I also love animes and mangas. In fact, I was drawing my own manga when I was a teenager.. But when I entered college, I dropped my dream. You know what path I am taking now? I am now on the road to become a lawyer. In fact, I am now about to take the exam to get a license. Anyway, for those years that I was taking such path, I felt like I’m living in another dimension. It was like I fell down on a rabbit hole and had to do things I do not normally do in order for me to survive.

    Haha I’m sorry for ranting on your page. I just wanted someone to listen, even though I’m not even sure if you’ll gonna read this. Haha but thank you for this post. It somehow brightened me up 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Well, I still consider blogging as a hobby. I’m still iffy about calling it “work” because I unconsciously rebel and lose motivation.
      Oh wow! Lawyer. Sounds fancy. Best of luck on your exam. I hope you pass with flying colours! No worries. Rant all you want.
      Well, I think you can still read and watch manga and anime even when you’re already a lawyer. But you might be too busy so it’s tricky to find the time.
      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate it! Cheers!

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    1. Good for you. It’s just that I created my current blog to talk about the ani industry and fandom. Although I must confess that I can’t completely remove my book reviewer self, so I write about Japanese novels now and then. Anyway, thank you very much. I appreciate you dropping by and commenting. And of course all the best on your blogging journey as well. Cheers!

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  3. You have a very beautiful website. I look forward to coming back and reading more. Please stop by mine and if you like, follow back.


  4. Hi, Thank you for liking my short post about March Comes in Like a Lion. Wow, you had some awesome experiences when you were a book reviewer and I’m glad the negative ones didn’t stop you from starting again, this time as an aniblogger. That term sounds cool.
    Anyway, I’m not an aniblogger. Some people thought I’m a drama recapper, but I’m also not. I started on Tumblr and then I just realized I have already written enough reviews to be compiled on a separate site so I transferred my entries to WordPress. I thought I was blogging all wrong because I literally write random reviews. But just as you said, the most important thing is to write for myself. Recently, the increasing views on my blog are giving me confidence. So I realized, some people actually take some time to read my posts and I’m grateful for that. My friends may not watch the same anime/dramas/films that I do but there are people around the world who share the same interests with me.
    Thanks for giving really helpful and encouraging tips about writing and I’m looking forward to see more of your posts. ^_^v


    1. Hello Cielo. You’re very welcome. I always like discovering interesting posts by fellow bloggers. And yours caught my attention. Keep it up. Indeed, my experience as a book blogger was certainly, er, colourful. It’s not all bad, mind you. It was certainly rewarding, material-wise, but it was just too draining for someone like me. Right now I’m enjoying every second of being an aniblogger, but of course I won’t ever forget my experiences as a book reviewer.
      Good for you. I’m glad to hear that you’re gaining confidence in your blogging. I think it’s important not to let a certain title like “drama recapper” to limit what you can blog about. I think that as long as your readers feel your enthusiasm and you convey your message to them effectively, then you’ve done well.
      Anyway, thank you very much for taking the time and effort to drop by and comment. I appreciate it very much. Keep on blogging. Take care. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you very much. Book reviewing was awesome when I just started. All the free stuff & connections, but it gradually felt more & more suffocating. Granted, most of the authors I dealth with were very professional but there are those who were ever ready to declare war against anyone who say anything negative about their books. Anyway, thanks a bunch for dropping by. I appreciate it very much. Cheers!


  5. It was nice to found out some of the past things you have done, had no idea you were a book blogger before hand. It’s a shame your love of book blogging ended up becoming a chore but I’m glad you found something else for yourself to feel freedom on anime. You’ll only continue to grow from here on out my dear and I’ll always look forward to what posts you have in store for us XD

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    1. Yes. I didn’t talk about it that much in the past with you and our other aniblogger buddies. Yes, that’s why I don’t like putting too much pressure on me now that I’m an aniblogger because I don’t want to have a repeat of what happened to me as a book blogger. I completely burned out and it was not the best feeling in the world. Aaaaw. Thank you very much, Lita. You always manage to cheer me up. I’m so glad to have met you and the rest of our troops. Now I’m so happy that I decided to be an anibloggger. Let’s keep on blogging and of course watching anime. Take care. Cheers!

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      1. Whoops late reply to this the whole world talks to me a lot lately lol I am glad you felt comfortable being open about it all and everything my dear. Glad I could cheer you up XD

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  6. I completely understand you. I’ve been on good reads for about 4 years now and omg it’s so frustrating!! I read for fun. I read because I loved books.

    Now it’s like a chore I have to carve time for. And reading should never be like that. You should be able to read for fun and because you love to, and not have authors and fans alike bash you for your honest opinion.

    And for creeps to stalk you.

    I’m sorry about your past experiences but it’s so good to see you’ve found a new outlet-one that isn’t frustrating or draining.

    (And I hope you’ll love otome games too XD just as much as anime rofl )

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    1. Indeed. Fortunately, most of the authors I dealt with were professional but the first few times I had to deal with an, er, irate author, it shocked me. But after a few times, I felt numbed—never a good thing. The creeps who pestered me were the worst of my experiences as a book reviewer. I wish I could erase them from my memory. But I guess they taught me to be more cautious when it comes to my online privacy.

      Yay, fellow book lover. I hope you find the correct balancr when it comes to your love of reading so that it doesn’t feel like a chore. So you do the reading challenges on goodreads or do you also review books?

      Ahaha! Another temptress has appeared trying to beckon me to join the dark side and play otome games. Ah, it’s hard to resist temptation especially with all those hot bishies. I’ll just content myself freling envious to people like you who play otoge. I know I’ll get addicted when I play. Not right now. But thanks for trying. 😉

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      1. What stinks even more is that as reviewers, we should feel safe knowing that it’s our opinion to give. That the author shouldn’t harass us and demand false claims for their books when you don’t feel the same about it.
        Yep! I’m aiming for 130 books this year. I do review books too. Do you also have a GR?
        Haha well if you ever decide to give one a try, I highly recommend Code Realize for the Vita. It’s 19th century featuring historical/literary figures and the dashing gentleman thief Arsene Lupin. The story was very strong too so if you love reading I can’t recommend it enough!

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      2. Indeed. Besides I’ll actually feel a bit suspicious when all I hear or read about a book are all praises. Reading negative reviews actually raises my curiosity more than positive ones. I still love books and I’ll support the industry as a reader, not as a book reviewer.

        Good for you. How many have you read so far? Yes, I have goodreads but I don’t use it as much anymore now that I’m an aniblogger. The goodreads account I used as a book reviewer, I deleted it because I feel that I’ll be tempted to return to book blogging again if I don’t delete it.

        Ahaha! Thanks very much. I’m actually interested in playing Brothers Conflict first when I do decide to play otoge. I always watch play-throughs on Youtube. I know, I know. It’s funner when you’re actually playing but I don’t think I have enough discipline to play AND live my life normally. 😀

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      3. Hahaha I agree!! Everyone seems to praise the Anna and the French Kiss book and omg I just couldn’t. finish it. Anna didn’t even know how to spell Oui or that cinema was INVENTED in France and yet she wants to be a film buff….
        Anyways I def understand. I still buy books to support the authors and the industry because I love reading. It’s just that I’m not afraid to write negative reviews and it’s so annoying to have rabid fans attack you for not praising it.
        I’ve read 49 so far and am almost done with another book.How about you?
        Hey that’s cool too! I used to watch play throughs all the time! Lol whatever works for you Arria so don’t worry at all! ^^

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      4. Oh my gosh. I totally get you. Not that I’ve read that Anna book myself, but I’ve had similar experiences with many other books.
        Good for you. Good luck! You’re almost halfway there. Almost. You can do it. As for me, I still read a lot of books, but on my own time and pleasure. I like to read everyday. It calms me down and reduces my stress. . .a big contrast to when I was a book reviewer when catching up on books I need to review placed constant stress on me. -___-
        Ahaha. Thanks!

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      5. Yes, thanks. I’m on a Jodie Picoult roll these couple of weeks.
        I know, right? This is so great and so nostalgic talking to a fellow book reviewer. . .well, technically I’m an ex-book reviewer but still. Thanks for the great conversation. I really enjoyed it. Cheers!

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      6. Haha sure thing. I highly would recommend the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. There are 4 books and 2 novellas but I wouldn’t read those until after the series if you want to. It’s the only series I actually bought the novellas for.
        It’s about a Cyborg Cinderella in Beijing named Cinder and how she must take down Queen Levanna on Lunar. It’s been loosely based on fairy tales and Sailor Moon!
        Each book stars a diff heroine (Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White) and all of them are fantastic and are different races (Snow White is African American) and they each have a love interest.
        It’s predictable but a ton of fun!! I wasn’t very keen on the second book but the entire series just grew into my favorite one.
        I highly recommend it.
        Or you could try A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass.
        It’s about a girl named Feyre who kills a fairy and now must go live with them for her punishment, but it’s really a beauty & beast retelling. I wasn’t a big fan of this first book but the ending was fantastic and the second book is everything I wanted. The 2 books show how Feyre learns that it’s alright to move on to someone else who treats you better and that you shouldn’t limit yourself. And Rhyand is one of my fav love interests 😉

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      7. Aw np:)
        I’m trying to get into contemporary but no luck so far. I should be getting To all the boys I’ve loved before in the mail soon and Paper Princess by Erin Watt (a NA series)
        I really like fantasy. Robin Hobb is one of fav authors.
        I also read manga rofl.
        Wbu? Any recommendations?

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  7. A very interesting post. You have been on a pretty lengthy journey to get here, glad you are enjoying it again. It’s a shame creepy internet trogdolytes had to be a part of it all, but hopefully now you have escaped that darker part of the intertubes.

    It’s also great that you have reclaimed blogging as an enjoyable acrivity even at the cost of clout/connections/freebies. I have found in my own experience that when your hobby becomes your job you end up twice as unhappy because you ultimately have no escape from the drudgery.

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    1. Thank you. Indeed, I’m glad that I managed to enjoy blogging again, albeit about a different topic from the book reviews I did before. Oh well. At least I learned my lesson and I’m more cautious now about my privacy. We learn from our mistakes, and I sure did make a lot of mistakes before. Ahaha! Yes, I regret it a bit that I gave up the great connections and material perks I received as a book reviewer, however I wasn’t happy; in fact, I was miserable. Anyway, thank you very much for dropping by. I appreciate it. You too, keep on blogging. Take care. Cheers!


  8. I absolutely love when you write posts like this 🙂 They’re very insightful and always give me a chance to stop myself and remember why I’m writing. I’m really glad you became an aniblogger! Also it was really interesting to hear about your past book reviewer days. I’ve always wondered what that job would be like. I can see now it would def have it’s pros and cons.

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    1. Thank you very much, Katrina! I appreciate it. I’m delighted to hear that you like this kind of posts from me. I actually wanted to write this for awhile now but it’s only now that I was able to organize my thoughts. Indeed, sometimes we lose focus and forget why we decided to write in the first place. We become lost and it’s never a good feeling. Me too! I’m so glad I decided to become an aniblogger because I get to meet and befriend all of you here. Hehehe! Hmmm. Well, there are many casual book reviewers. I was one, too, but I decided to take it to the next level. It was awesome with lots of material perks, but it took a heavy toll on me. I’m not sure if I’ll still be a book reviewer if I remained a casual one, but bygones are bygones. I’m just happy to be an aniblogger now. Anyway, thanks a lot for dropping by. Keep on bloggging. Take care. Cheers!

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  9. Hey, new reader here, but I’ve really enjoyed the posts I’ve read so far on your blog! This one was particularly interesting to me, as someone who recently started an aniblog myself, and as someone who wants to (at some point, if he can make himself sit down to do the work) write a book. It really pains me to hear about the way people treated you when you didn’t review their books or their clients’ books well, just because I had kind of hope the blogging world was a bit different than the YouTube world I tried (and failed) to break into a while back (if you’re not familiar, YouTube is RIFE with that kind of stuff, and with people who don’t have the integrity you had to refuse it).

    But anyway, your perspective was really valuable to me as I’m currently working to figure out what exactly I want to do with my blog. I haven’t posted anything in over a week because I’ve been a little paralyzed trying to force myself to write weekly review/summary posts, when that’s not really something I can do well because I prefer to view things holistically, so an episodic post for me, at least for any show that isn’t totally screwing the pooch, could be adequately summed up by the sentence, “All the technical aspects of the show are the same as last week, and the story is good so far but we’ll see where it goes.” And nobody wants to read that week in and week out. So what you said about setting your own rules for your blog and writing about what you want to write about struck a chord with me–although I’m still in the phase of deciding how to put out content regularly to build a readership if I’m not going to do the obvious weekly posts about every show. Blogging is hard, haha!

    So yeah. Thanks for writing this piece! I’m looking forward to reading more from your blog in the future!

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    1. Hello! Thank you very much for dropping by. I always love new readers. Who doesn’t? 😉
      I’m glad that you find this particular post of mine interesting as a blogger. I’ve actually been wanting to write this for awhile now but it’s only recently that I was able to organize my thoughts. I totally understand what’s frustrating you right now since I went through the exact same thing as a book reviewer. Writing reviews day in and day out felt too limiting for me. That’s why I don’t adhere to any specific writing format now that I’m an aniblogger. I don’t even consider myself as an anime reviewer, since it’s only occasionally that I write “proper” anime reviews here. Doing this takes away any limitations and I enjoy the freedom of writing almost anything I want, as long as it fits the theme of my aniblog. As for you, of course I won’t tell you what to do because what’s working for me might not work for you. However, since you’re already saying that you’re not enjoying writing episodic anime reviews, I think it’s time for you to explore other kinds of posts. Remember that writing reviews is not the only way to be an aniblogger. There are many ways to be one. Anyway, I’m happy that you dropped by and heard about your own predicament. The aniblogging community we have here on WordPress is awesome. We’re way more chill here compared to the book reviewing landscape I came from and of course we’re way more respectful (I’d like to believe) than the often brutal Youtube community. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty happy here. And what’s cool is that almost all of us know each other here. I hope that you enjoy yourself as aniblogger here. Don’t get discouraged and don’t be afraid to ask for help, if you need to. Keep on watching anime and blogging. Cheers!


  10. Dear Aria Cross,

    Nabasa ko ang blog mo ngayon at tinatamad ako mag salita sa wikang banyaga kaya pagpasensyahan mo na kung Filipino gamit ko ngayon.
    Ehem… pag gumagawa ka ng suring basa (book review) syempre, hindi lahat masaya; may magagalit, may mabubuwiset, may matutuwa, may masisiyahan, may magwawala. Syempre, kapag naiinis o napapagod ka na sa mga ginagawa mo natural di na masaya yun. Naranasan ko na rin yun dati at nakupo, sobrang sakit ng utak ko nun. Sa tingin ko, gawin mo lang kung ano ang gusto mong gawin. Gusto ko mang mag blog araw-araw, wala akong panahon dahil subsob ako sa trabaho sa eskwela. buntung-hininga kung puede lang pagkakitaan itong pag blo-blog (yung malaki ang bayad) edi yun na lang gagawin ko araw-araw. Gusto mong malaman kung ano ang kasaysayan ko sa pagblo-blog? tingin ko na lang sa blog site ko pag may nagawa na ako sa hinaharap. Yung lang.

    P.S. Pa-guest blog naman sa blog mo sa hinaharap. Hehe… biro lang. Hindi nga seryoso.


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    1. Grabe. Ang lalim ng Tagalog. Pakiramdam ko nagdugo ang ilong ko lalo na sa “suring basa”. Ngayon ko lang nalaman yang term na yan. Ngayon alam ko na. Tingnan mo, natututo pa ako.😉 Ipapasikat ko sa mga kaibigan ko yang term na yan. Oo nga eh. Hindi lahat ay aayun sa mga sinasabi mo. Masaya rin naman yong experience ko bilang isang book reviewer. Na-realize ko lang na hindi siya para sa akin. Masyadong fast-paced at alipin ako sa schedule lalo na pag kasali ako sa mga marketing missions sa blogosphere. Nakaka-stress. Tapos pagsasalitaan pa ako ng masasakit nong mga hindi nagustuhan ang sinabi ko. Kaloka kaya.

      Okay lang yan. At least yong nais mo na mag-blog ay nandiyan pa rin. Estudyante ka pa pala?

      Oo ba. Kung gusto mo mag-guest blog sa akin, you’re very welcome. Kung gusto mo nga, dito ka nalang mag-blog eh. Biro lang. . .hehehe. di nga, seryoso. 😉

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      1. hehe… buti nagustuhan mo ng konti. Ang gusto ko kasi tuwid yung Filipino na ginagamit ko para, para… astig pakinggan kaso walang perpektong Filipino, pero naghahangad parin ako ng ganon. Nag-aaral ulit ako kasi dati nagtrabaho muna ako at pakiramdam ko noon walang patutunguhan ang buhay ko sa pag-aaral at parang lalo pa akong bumulusok sa mundo ng karimlam at pighati kaya ayun, nagtrabaho ako ng todo-todo ng pitong taon bago nag-aral muli. Pag nagawa na ako na article, susulpot na lang ako na parang kabute sa harap mo (ah, hindi sa ganong paraan pero parang ganun na rin) at ikaw na magpasya kung puwede yun sa panlasa mo hindi. Ano kaya pakiramdam ng nag-guest blog? Hmm… (panandaliang tumingin si DarkdaemonPK2 sa langit, na parang may hinahanap sa kawalan)

        …Sa tingin ko maganda pakiramdam ng mag-guest, hehe.


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      2. BSEd major in English. Ako ang hahawak sa lahat ng bwise… oops. Eherm! Ako ang magtuturo ng wikang Ingles sa lahat nang magugulong estudyante sa high school. Wala kasing kurso sa pagpupuslit (smuggling) kaya iyon na lang tinira ko.

        …biro lang yun. Gusto kong ituro ang wikang Ingles sa mga kabataan ngayon, lalo na ang tamang gamit ng mga salita at tamang pagbigkas. Naimpluwensyahan ako ng mga English dubbed anime na mga napanood ko dati yung bata pa ako at yung tito ko ay isang profesor ng English sa isang unibersidad kaya eto, ganon ang naging kihitnatnan…
        Hmm… hindi ko alam kung nakatutuwa ako pero alam kung maraming mas naiinis saakin; strikto daw ako sa paggamit ng Ingles. At pagdating sa pagsulpot kung saan-saan, malay mo nandyan na ako sa ilalim ng kama mo pagtapos mong basahin itong reply na ito, na kumakain ng bagong lagang kamote… hmmm…

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      3. Oh! Saucy! Spokening dollar ka pala tapos sobrang makata pa ang Filipino mo. Kainggit ka naman. Malapit ka ng matapos? So ang tito mo ang parang nag-inspire sayo para magturo ng Ingles? Naku, mas maigi na ang istrikto kaysa sa masyadong nag-totolerate. Walang matututunan ang mga tinuturuan mo kung pinapabayaan mo lang sila at hindi sinisita.

        Ehehe. Sorry ka nalang. Walang ilalim ang aking kama. Mababa ang kama ko dahil ayoko ng mga matataas. Pag mataas kasi napakasakit pag nahuhulog ako. Pag mababa ayos lang kahit gumulong-gulong man ako hanggang sahig na. 😂

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      4. Ang tito ko, na namayapa na ng ilang taon na, ang nagpahasa ng konti sa akin sa wikang Ingles. Hindi ko talaga hangad ang magturo dati pero dahil hindi na ako bumabata ay pinasok ko na ang propesyon ng pagtutuo para magkaroon ng kasiguraduhan na makukuha akong suweldo buwan-buwan. Kahit maliit suweldo ng guro, marami din itong benipisyo. Bukod sa nabanggit ko, isa din itong pagbabayad o pangpalubag-loob sa nagawa ko sa kanya dati. Hanggang ngayon naiisip ko parin yung nagawa ko sa kanya kaya ito na lang ang naiisip ko para kahit papano gumaan lang man ang aking nararamdaman. Ang drama ng buhay ko no? Hehe… Yung aking galing sa pag-bigkas ng Ingles, ako na ang nagpaunlad nun gamit ang mga libro at karanasan ko sa industriya ng call center at siyempre, nakatulong ng malaki ang mga palabas sa tv na mga cartoons at anime na sinaling-wika sa ingles. Malaki ang paghanga ko sa mga dubbers at voice actors na magaling ang accent at diction sa Ingles.

        Sayang pala at wala akong mapagtataguan sa ilalim ng kama mo. Hmm… Nakahanda pa naman yung bagong lagang kamote galing sa lupain ng Sapang Palay, Bulacan. Bigyan sana kita eh… hehe.

        “spokening dollar?” Matagal ko nang hindi naririnig yang salita na iyan ah. Buti may nakakatanda pa noon, katulad mo! Hehe… Yung bata ako may mga pinsan akong laki sa U.S. at yun ang bansag sa kanila. Wala pa ako sa lebel na yun, sa tingin ko.

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      5. Ganoon ba. Masaya siguro siya at sumunod ka sa mga yapak niya at napakagaling mo sa wikang Filipino at Ingles. Nagtuturo ka na ngayon? Parang nagtratrabaho ka na habang nag-aaral, ganoon ba? Oh, so may experience ka pala sa mga call centres? Alam mo kahit dito, ang mga customer service ng mga kompanya ay call centres sa Philippines o di kaya sa India. Magagaling nga ang mga accents ng mga nagtratrabaho sa call centre diyan eh.

        Hagis mo, sasaluhin ko. Iluluto ko, masarap ‘yan eh. Ahaha! Matagal ko na ring hindi naririnig ang “spokening dollar”. Naalala ko lang nong sinasagot ko ‘yong komento mo.


  11. I know I get the same way when I have to review something sent to me. I hate leaving bad reviews because someone put their heart and soul into it. However, good, constructive criticism is often important for both other readers as well as the author. So sorry that some writers treated you badly or took advantage of you!

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    1. Exactly! But I couldn’t just lie about something I disliked. I do my best to explain what I disliked about the book, so they couldn’t accuse me of baseless criticisms. And fortunately also, most of the people I dealt with were very professional. However, I couldn’t avoid dealing with some who were frankly so immature that I got shocked everytime by the nastiness they flung at me. I was aghast when I experienced it the first time. I was like, “So people like this actually exist in the world.” But I treasure that experience. Compared to what I had to go through at that time, criticisms about my aniblogging are nothing. 😉

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    1. Indeed. I always burned out then. There were a lot of exciting times though, I’m not gonna lie. It’s just too fast-paced and stressful for me. Definitely not for me. Thanks for dropping by. Take care. Cheers!

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  12. OH MY GOSH. Relatable. I follow a similar tale. I was a book blogger. A young adult one. (I had many names back then.)
    But then…I rediscovered anime. I had hidden my interest in it for a year or so. But BAM! It leaped back into my life. I have no clue why. I think it was because of Noragami back in December. Wow…time flies. But then I switched to The Litaku. And began to aniblog. It’s crazy. I love aniblogging. But also book blogging. I’m both. It’s strange but true. I’m sorry that book blogging didn’t work out for you. But I’m happy you found another, better place. I hope I find that too.
    But…you have gained a fellow ex-book blogger as a Twitter follower. That’s for sure.
    And if you have any aniblogger recs, hit me up. I’m still a newbie to all of this. And I’m slowly making my way around the world.

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    1. Oh hello! Nice to see you here, Wren. We were just talking on Twitter earlier. Thanks for dropping by. It was delightful to meet you.

      I want to say good for you for stayi ng as an active book blogger while becoming an aniblogger too. I enjoyed a lot of time as a book reviewer but it was just too stressful for me. I eventually burned out and got disillusioned with book blogging. Mostly everything had deadlines then so I’m focusing on doing everything in my own time in this aniblog.

      Yay! Thanks so much. I really appreciate it. Right back at you. I’m excited to know you as a fellow aniblogger. Don’t worry too much. You’ll connect with more anibloggers on the way. It’s awesome and chill. Keep on watching anime and blogging. Take care. Cheers!


  13. I enjoyed reading about your evolution as a blogger. I honestly think when that everyone’s mindset would be: “Not everyone is going to like what you write,” but a good chunk of the world doesn’t have that value down.

    When it comes to book “reviews” I have only done a couple. I have yet to encounter someone who disagrees or don’t like my opinions on them. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen, but if it does, I hope it is minimal.

    I’m glad to call you a blogging buddy. YOU ARE AWESOME ❤

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    1. Thank you. I’ve been wanting to write this for quite awhile now but I couldn’t because it was all jumbled in my head. The heavenly bodies finally aligned and I was able to write it in a way that makes sense. 😃

      Indeed. You’re exactly right. Opinions differ and there will be people who will disagree with you. I understand though that the writers want all good things to be said about their books. They worked hard to write them, after all. Most were very professional but unfortunately there are some who will rip me to sheds if they could.

      I don’t think there will be a lot of people who would dare to disagree with you becaude us Lynions would rip them to shreds before you can even blink. The manslaves of our Club are always on the look-out, after all. 😉 On a more serious note, book reviewing has been good experience. I’m not averse to writing book reviews again but casually like you.

      And I’m so happy to be part of an awesome blogging communitu with you and our other crazy cuckoo blogging buddies. I’m having a blast with all of you. Thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate it. Stay awesome, Lyn-sama. Cheers!


  14. I’m sorry to hear that your experience with blogging about books was tinged with sourness. Despite the setbacks, however, you also gained some valuable insight. Just look at how nice the Fujinsei blog is! What I’m trying to say is that it wasn’t all a loss.

    Having unwanted attention is also really scary. I’m sorry you had to go through that, too. ;_;

    As for my own blogging history, I used to run a tumblr blog 3-4 years ago uploading gifs and screencaps of funny events that happened within an episode. Occasionally I would write about my own life, as well. But then someone with whom I had a falling out found out about my blog and started analyzing my posts, became convinced that I needed mental help, started telling others to tell me I needed help, and so on. It didn’t bother me too much, but it was a little annoying that he was checking my account so often, so I just gradually stopped updating it. But I still wanted to blog and talk about one of my passions, so here I am.

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    1. What a kind thing to say! Thank you very much, Remy. Indeed, even though it wasn’t all happy memories, I still treasure the experiences I gained from that blogging stint. There were many awesome moments, don’t get me wrong. But I just felt limited and burned out. I began to think it wasn’t worth the stress. But without that experience, I don’t think I would have created Fujinsei as it is today so it’s all good.

      Ah. It was scary. I think I already shared that unwanted attention before via email. Oh well. I’m okay now. I hope I never experience that again.

      Oh wow. That’s terrible. How could that person do that to you? I have a feeling that if it was me, I would have declared war with that person and rallied all the people on my side. Oh well. Blogging can be therapeutic too, so we can’t just stop it, right? We may take a break now and then but the desire still remains. Anyway, the peson you were telling sounds like a huge douchebag with stalking tendencies. You’re not crazy, he is.

      Anyway, thank you very much for dropping by. I appreciate it!

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      1. You’re very welcome! And I understand. It can’t be helped that there were both good and bad times and that the negatives started outweighing the positives. You still grew as a person and you’ve survived that rough spot. You deserve congratulations for that!

        Mmm, you definitely did touch upon your experience with blogging about real life. Thank you for the advice back then, by the way. I also hope you don’t have to experience that again.

        Well, I grew to dislike how he treated everyone with disrespect so I just preferred to not be his friend. One of our mutual friends said this was a common outcome, so I don’t know why he took my decision so personally. And if multiple people don’t want to be his friend after seeing what kind person he really is, I think some self-reflection might be needed, maybe.
        Yeah, he had some issues. And to be honest, I have some issues, too. But my issues only affect myself while he had a tendency to talk about me in Skype rooms and Discord rooms where I can’t defend myself. Most of our shared pals put up with him, but they kind of chuckled at his denial about his tendency to focus on me. It was a one-sided grudge and he was still in high school so I just let him do his thing.

        No problem! I’m glad you posted and shared your story. I’m sure the rest of the community supports you, too.

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      2. Thanks. I really appreciate it. Well, we all have issues. Nobody’s perfect. I’m glad you distanced yourself from that toxic person. More often than not, they don’t realize that what they’re doing is harming others. They think they’re innocent and they believe it. Oh well. There are people like that.

        And thanks again. Compared to what I went through as a book reviewer, the occasional criticism I get as an aniblogger feel like a breeze.

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  15. oh wow! you’ve had quite the adventures in blogging :00 honestly, i’m really glad you’re an aniblogger vs book reviewer because now we have you to ourselves!! >:3

    and what you just described is why i’m afraid of really entering the book review world xD i haven’t experienced any of that personally but it’s also not the first time i’ve heard something like that happening >_< which really baffles me, i mean, as a writer we should always keep in mind that someone isn’t going to like what we write and there’s nothing we can do about it (this was something i learned really early LOL), trying to stifle their voice isn’t going to change the fact that they feel that way. Eventually someone else will think the same so i think it’s overall useless

    and like @mattdoylemedia mentioned, one can learn from reviews if they’re done correctly (ie. a critique vs an unjustified rant)

    i’m really happy that you feel comfortable and happy blogging about anime and that you continue doing so :”)

    as for my blogging history, it’s not anything special. i started a little over a year ago, blogging about art, school projects, art club, and the likes but found that once school was out there wasn’t much to blog about…because im a social recluse LOL, so i started moving onto things like books and anime, and before i knew it i had my fujoshi life. MFL is the only blog that has stayed with me for so long as a few ppl might have noticed i have more than one blog

    overall i really love the anime community and it just seems more chill than (say) the book review community so im really proud to call myself an aniblogger (even though i also do book reviews when i can)

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    1. Ahahaha! Yes. It was quite the experience. Bittersweet memories, I guess. They weren’t all pleasant but I still treasure that time. Ehehehe. Now you’re making me blush. I’m so glad that I became a Lynion, too, and get to be part of all of you crazy people.

      So you did have some desire to be a book reviewer? Well, I’ll say give it a try. Many do it casually, just reviewing whatever takes their fancy. I took the review by request route so it was a very fast-paced blogging environment. There were deadlines especially when hosting virtual book tours, teasers, press releases. Very stressful. Fun at first but you get burned out quickly…at least based on my experience. Not to mention that not everyone can handle negative opinions and react with hostility. Matt Doyle provided some really great wisdom, unfortunately there are writers who don’t realize this.

      It doesn’t feel like you’ve only been blogging for a little over a year. It feels like you’ve already been here for a long time. And you’re so right. We’re way more chill than the book review community. It’s super fun there too, don’t get me wrong, especially if you get lucky enough to get signatures or interviews with an author you admire. But I just found it too limiting and too stressful for someone like me. So like you said, I’m also so glad to be an aniblogger.

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      1. Yeah i do but i wouldn’t want to do it “full time” like i do with anime/manga just because it takes me a while to read and choose what i want to read (i’m so picky LOL), and then there’s so much stuff that i don’t know xD maybe later i might decide to immerse myself a bit more but for now i like the casual 🙂

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      2. Well, we already enjoy what you’re writing in your site. And aren’t you also blogging at other sites besides MFL? You’ll be spreading yourself too thin if you decide to add serious book reviewing to all of that. And you wouldn’t have time for our Lyndere Club anymore. 😂

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  16. Interesting story. I’ve heard about publishers and authors who try to bully reviewers into positive reviews. Truthfully, if I read or hear a review that’s too positive, I don’t want to read the book. It’s usually the negative reviews that work to pique my interest. Glad to hear you’ve found blogging peace (as it were). 🙂

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    1. Oh! Interesting thing you said there. Now that I think about it, I feel the same. It’s usually the negative opinions that pique my interest instead of the glowing ones that sound like they were manufactured by automatons. Well, not everyone in the industry bully book reviewers. Most of them were very professional, but there are unfortunately a handful that will bite like hungry tigers when they read negative reviews about their books.

      Thank you very much! I appreciate it. Take care. Cheers!


  17. Interesting story. Sorry to hear about your past on being a book reviewer. It must have been frustrating to be forced to review a book positively without opinion. I’m glad you chose to an aniblogger. The good thing about your Fujinsei blog, you are the leader and you can write about anything you want. I’m glad to be one of your followers and NinjaPirateers. I will definitely follow you on more blogging Captain Arria! 🙂

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    1. Thank you. And don’t be sorry because I’m not. It was an important phase of my blogging journey and I will always treasure the experiences I got from it, even if it wasn’t the happiest work I did. I wasn’t forced to review a book and write good things about it without my consent. The problem was that I was too honest and I got attacked for negative reviews. Thankfully it wasn’t all the time. Many were very professional, God bless them. Unfortunately though there were a lot who couldn’t care less about the hurtful things they threw at me. It was quite stressful plus it was mostly a fast-paced environment with deadlines.

      Ahahah. Me too. I’m so glad that I decided to become an aniblogger after becuase I got to meet all of you. I’m having tons of fun and I have mostly the freedom to write whatever I want to write other than straight-up reviews. 😁 Thanks again, Matt. Let’s keep on blogging and do our best as the NinjaPirateers. Take care, brother. Cheers!

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      1. You’re welcome Arria :). Yeah based on reading this post, you went through a lot. I can’t imagine the stress. I wish I could so I can understand your struggles. Yeah ever since you became an aniblogger, you helped me become one. I was like a fish out of water when I came your site. After seeing all the One Piece posts, I immediately couldn’t resist talking about it. Let’s do our best Captain Arria. I will do my best to support the NinjaPirateers. God bless you sister. 🙂

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      2. I never noticed that haha. I didn’t officially start doing aniblogging until the beginning of 2015. I agree, we both like One Piece and that’s how I met you. It’s crazy to think that one series started this friendship XD.

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      3. Really? 2015? I started June 2014 so it’s been 2 years. Oh well. We’re still crazy about ONE PIECE and it seems that almost all of our conversations suddenly become ONE PIECE discussions. 😂

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      4. You started earlier haha XD. I can’t believe we are only 1 year apart from each other. Yeah I noticed we do love talking about One Piece. There’s no other blogger that likes One Piece except you. I can always rely on you for One Piece discussions. 😀

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  18. Wow, that sounds like it was super stressful. I don’t have a thicker enough skin to be able to withstand what you went through (・∀・)
    Sometimes I feel that writers are far too touchy feely, and I know because I’ve written for myself and tried to put myself out there as an author but thankfully never went far (/cringes)
    I started blogging a long time ago, but for whatever reason I never stuck around with any of them. I’ve tried blogging about my life, and my hobbies but I’ve never felt satisfied with I do. This blog is the longest I’ve held, I started it some…3-4 years ago but quickly fizzled out, the rest I had already deleted (some were on a free websites, and one or two in blogspot). I’ve started it up again this year, and I think I’ve been fairing better at keeping up with it xD;
    I agree that once we start putting rules/formats on reviews it gets harder to break out of them, so it’s great you have finally found peace and fun with your writing and blogging.
    Plus you learnt a lot with those experiences, so it was an important milestone to get where you’re (^v^)
    I’m super scared of showing my face on the internet because of things like you described @_@

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    1. Well, since I quit, it must mean that I also don’t have enough thick skin to withstand the stress compared to the other hardy bool reviewers still going strong today. But it’s fine. I learned a lot and I’m applying what I learned there to my current blog.
      We’re pretty similar that we have blogging experience other than the blogs we have today. I think it’s pretty common to have more than one blog, except if you’re a complete newbie. We fail and then we begin again. If we’re lucky, we find our rhythm and succeed.

      Thank you very much for dropping by and sharing your experiences with me. I appreciate it. Let’s keep on blogging and do our best to have fun! Take care. Cheers!


      1. You had thick skin to hold out for way longer than I would’ve, which is pretty impressive! (´ε`)
        We’re constantly learning, so it’s good you have that experience, plus you now know what you like and don’t like when writing&etc ( ´ ▽ )ノ
        Yup, I think it's because when starting out we think it's easier than it looks/we think, but then we realise we've underestimated it and it takes way more commitment and effort to keep going (^_^;)
        Failing is a way to learn tho, so it's all good~
        No problem, I have fun talking with you (plus reading what you write!) (´∀
        You too! (

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      2. Ahahaha. I suppose. Thanks a lot. I really appreciate it. Indeed, tripping and falling are ways of learning ang bettering ourselves. I’m still learning right now, but in a much better environment.

        Thank you very much again! Take care. Cheers!


  19. It really sucks that people responded negatively to criticism in your reviews. I’ve always tried to look at criticisms of my work with a handful of simple principals in mind:

    1) Not everyone will enjoy your book. To think that they will is naive.
    2) Criticisms and negative reviews can be useful. If they offer fair criticisms (and not just “this is rubbish” with no elaboration as to why), then it allows you to see what sort of reader doesn’t enjoy what your doing.
    3) You won’t necessarily agree with all criticisms, but if a lot of people all slate the same thing, then either you’re marketing to the wrong demographic or there is a genuine problem with your work.

    Good and bad reviews are useful tools to help you improve. If you honestly don’t think that there’s room for improvement, then you’ll stagnate as a writer. Keep moving forward, and keep striving to be better.

    Anyway, that’s my mini rant over. I enjoy your Aniblogger stuff, so I’m glad to see the transition. Here’s hoping it doesn’t turn sour this time around. Enjoyment for yourself is dead important though, so don’t be afraid to make changes if you ever feel the need to.

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    1. Wise words, Matt. Thank you. I agree with all of them. I’m not saying that all writers I encountered during my time as a book reviewer were hostile about my negative reviews. Many of them were professional but I did encounter a lot of writers who felt like they would be all too happy to slap me in the face. As you said, constructive criticism is beneficial towards a writer’s development. But not everyone is built to withstand criticism towards their work. I understand their feelings of defensiveness, but I just wish that they wouldn’t be hostile and say hurtful things to book reviewers, you know? Anyway, thank you very much for dropping by and sharing your insight about this matter. It means a lot to me. As for aniblogging, I’m genuinely enjoying it. I don’t think I’ll get tired of it soon but I think my blog can withstand evolution since it’s more flexible than the blog I had as a book reviewer. Thanks again. Take care. Cheers!

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      1. I rode and reviewed a bike I bought to a high mileage. Loved it, was honest throughout. They sold quite a few bikes of my blog posts. They gave me a discount on a next bike, then fecked up every single time I dealt with them.


        There was more mistakes than what’s listed there but waiting for parts, 4 hours a day on public transport because the wrong part was sent and God knows how many pushes home.

        Suffice to say they rescinded any discounts I had and left me to foot repairs bills.

        I still can’t believe a brand would feck up so many times, even sending out second hand parts to me when I paid full price for them, when they wanted me to review the bike. 😐

        Unbelievable 😐

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      2. They stopped getting my business and got the above bad review. Pretty sure searching Sinnis (brand name) brings me up on the first or second page of Google depending on where you live in the world, so they have to contend with that review ‘out there’ you know?

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