On June 2014, I started this blog, Fujinsei, to share my love for anime. It will almost be 5 years since then. However, due to personal issues, I had to take a long hiatus for the entire year of 2018. Now I’m back, refreshed and ready to continue my blogging journey.
On the 29th of November 2018, I became a webnovelist. I’m writing an ongoing romance fiction novel titled “His Genius Wife is a Superstar” published on Webnovel.com.
Being both a blogger and webnovelist, I would like to share some of the similarities and differences that I’m experiencing as both of them. So if you’re interested in either being a blogger and/or a webnovelist like myself, perhaps you can get some inspiration from this post.
– If you think you can do it, you probably can.
– Freedom of what to write and when to write
– Express yourself
– Instant Feedback
– Connect with people
– Build your brand or identity
– It’s a solitary endeavour.
– Opportunity to earn money
– Sense of fulfillment
If you think you can do it, you probably can.
You don’t need a specific diploma or certificate to qualify. As long as you have the interest and internet connection, you can start being a blogger and/or a webnovelist right now. You can write whatever you want. However, you’ll need good writing skills if you want to attract readers. But even if your writing skills aren’t there yet, if you work hard, persevere and don’t give up halfway, your writing skills will definitely improve.
It’s also a big advantage if you’re naturally creative because this will make you stand out from all the rest who are doing the same thing as you. It also doesn’t hurt if you’re passionate about what you’re doing. If you’re passionate and love being a blogger or a webnovelist, then you won’t feel like it’s a chore but something that you find enjoyable doing on a regular basis.
Freedom of what to write and when to write
As a blogger, you can write whatever you want and post whenever you want. Even if you’re following a posting schedule, it’s something that you set for yourself. It’s your decision. The only exception to this is if you’re employed by a business to blog. If you are, then this post is not for you. This post is geared for personal bloggers like myself.
Similarly, as a webnovelist, you can write whatever story you want and publish the chapters whenever you want. You can publish every day, once a week―it’s up to you. You can even publish the entire novel right away if you already finished writing it.
You set your own schedule. You can be as rigid or as flexible as you want. It’s your freedom.
Blogger is a very broad term. You can literally blog about almost anything and everything. Opinions, experiences, dreams, news, photos, videos―you name it, you can blog about it. Blogging is an excellent way to express yourself.
On the contrary, there is only one way to express yourself as a webnovelist and that is through stories. More specifically, stories in the format of a novel. By “express yourself”, I mean writing in your own style. Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction novel, you’re the one stringing the words together. You have your own way of expressing a story.
This is the age of the Internet. It’s available 24/7 to anyone who has internet connection. As a blogger, once you publish a post, it’s out there. People can find it, read it, and comment instantly. This is also true for a webnovelist. Once you publish a chapter, your readers can instantly comment.
What’s great about this is that you’ll know immediately what others think about what you wrote. If they love it, then of course you’ll feel happy and know that you’re doing something right. It will also motivate you to keep on working hard.
You’ll also receive constructive criticisms. They’re not fun because they point out the flaws in your writing. But they’re not called “constructive” for nothing. Good constructive criticisms point out flaws but also offer suggestions on how to improve them. Depending on how you perceive and filter these suggestions, they can be a great way to improve your writing.
On the flip side are the dreaded criticisms. As a blogger, I’ve had my fair share of getting into nasty online fights because someone didn’t agree with my opinions. Most of the time, we bloggers are civilized people. We are friendly and supportive of each other. Sometimes, however, there are just rude people on the web, hateful trolls, who’ll insult you just because they feel that they’re right and everyone else is wrong. Toxic people is what I call them.
Now that I’m also a webnovelist, I’m experiencing this in the form of bad reviews and negative comments. The first time I received a bad review, I felt indignant and defensive. It was so horrible and scathing. But I decided not to reply. Instead I waited a day and I just ended up shrugging it off, not caring about it anymore.
As a blogger, I’ve experienced this kind of negative people. They have their own strong opinions. I know that if I replied to them, they’ll immediately pounce on me like bloodthirsty hyenas. Why give them that opportunity? I’m not going to try and reason with them or beg them to like my novel. Not going to happen. I never intended to please everyone. If they hate my novel, then it just means that my novel is not for them.
Besides, there are so many other people who are loving my novel. Why focus on the few haters when the lovers are showering me with their support? So I just ignore bad reviews and negative comments, especially if they’re just pure insults with no constructive criticism at all. Let them wallow in their own hatred. This author is busy writing for myself and for the people who love my novel.
Thank u, next.
Connect with people
Being a blogger has allowed me to meet so many people online from all around the world. I mainly blog about anime so most of the people I connect with are fellow anime fans. Many of my closest online friends are the ones I connected with since I began this blog back in 2014. Aside from my fellow bloggers, I also have loyal readers who enjoy my blog.
I haven’t been a webnovelist for that long. It has not even been 2 months yet. However, my novel has accumulated a total number of views in this short period of time that has far surpassed what my blog accumulated in 5 years.
At this moment, my novel has 3 million views in just 2 months compared to my blog’s 1 million all-time views.
My novel’s views as of writing this post:
My blog’s views as of writing this post:
There are many factors involved in this difference, but I’m not going to talk about them in this post. My point is that being a blogger or a webnovelist gives you the opportunity to connect with a lot of people. In my case, connecting with thousands of people who are loyal enough to boost my readership to millions. Whether you’re a blogger or a webnovelist or both, you can build a following and gain influence.
Build your brand or identity
I am Arria Cross as a blogger and as a webnovelist. This is my identity.
As a blogger, I have branded myself as someone who specializes in anime, the otaku fandom, and Japanese culture and media. My blog Fujinsei’s tagline is “Embrace your inner otaku”.
Although I have only been a webnovelist for about 2 months now, I’m currently branded as a romance fiction author. I have plans on venturing into other genres after I finish writing my current novel “His Genius Wife is a Superstar”, but I think that romance will still be a major element in my future stories.
I think that it’s important to have an online identity or brand that is uniquely yours. When people see your name, they’ll immediately know who you are.
If someone asks me to describe what I do, I can immediately give them an answer.
“Arria Cross. Anime blogger and romance webnovelist.”
It’s a solitary endeavour.
No matter how many people I connect with as a blogger and as a webnovelist, at the end of the day, it’s still just me alone sitting and writing in front of my computer. I don’t have a ghost writer to write my content for me. And I don’t want to have one either. Every word I write, I write it myself.
If you want to be a blogger and/or a webnovelist, you have to be disciplined. Of course, you have the freedom to write just one post or chapter once a year if you want, but if your goal is to develop your skills, then you have to write on a regular basis. Alone. Try to remove distractions so you can focus. Sometimes that means you have to turn down a Friday night-out with your friends because you have to write. Your friends are not going to write that post or chapter for you.
Also because being a blogger and/or webnovelist is a solitary activity, it is you who are going to experience the full brunt of the disappointments of not meeting your expectations. That’s why you also need a strong mentality to endure and persevere through the hard times. Because let me tell you, the behind-the-scenes of this work is not glamorous at all.
If you find it difficult to work alone, then please think more carefully before deciding to either become a blogger and/or a web novelist. Even if it’s only a hobby, it can get tedious quickly if you don’t have the right mindset.
Opportunity to earn money
Now we’re talking. Yes, you can earn money as a blogger and/or as a webnovelist. Yes!
As a blogger, the majority of my earnings are from WordAds. It’s very simple. I literally don’t have to do anything. I just make sure that my blog is signed up for the program. As long as people view my blog without adblocker, I’m earning money. And get this, even when I took a one year hiatus last year, this baby still earned money for its Momma. But this is largely because I have a lot of content that people in my niche audience want to read regardless of how much time passed (mostly my recommendations lists).
I also have affiliate links but I don’t earn much from them because I don’t often feature products. Sponsored posts are also another way that this blog earn, but I’m picky so I don’t accept most of the offers. It also takes time and effort to negotiate pricing, plus I have to make sure that I actually like the product or topic in the sponsored post. I often receive offers but they’re mostly about gaming. I personally don’t play games a lot, so I have to turn them down. The biggest one I received so far was 100USD for one post. Not bad, right? Sponsored posts are not something I want to focus on because I don’t want my blog to become too commercialized.
It’s different as a webnovelist. I consider myself very lucky because my novel gained readers quite quickly, climbing up the rankings in a speed that made me hyperventilate. As a result, I got an offer for a contract about two weeks after I started posting my chapters. After signing the contract, Webnovel.com has taken over promoting my novel by regularly featuring it.
My novel’s ranking as of writing this post:
I earn money as a webnovelist from chapters that are locked by paywall. The first 100 chapters of my novel are unlocked as a freebie for my readers. Starting from chapter 101, my chapters are locked and you’ll have to unlock them using spirit stones (the currency at Webnovel.com which you can earn a certain amount for free every day or you can buy them using real money).
I also earn through donations on Ko-fi which depend entirely on the goodwill of my loyal supporters, so it’s not really a main source of income. I know others use Patreon, but I personally don’t think it’s something suitable for me. Others directly use Paypal. It depends on what fits your situation the most.
The money can be sporadic and the amount differs every month. It really all depends on the performance of your content. The only thing you can really do is to work hard, be as consistent as you can, and do your best.
Your fellow bloggers and/or webnovelists are your competition whether you like it or not. It’s up to you how to entice potential readers to choose your content over the others.
But you know what? When I say competition, I mean friendly competition. Yes, you’re all competing for the same market but that doesn’t make you enemies. On the contrary, they can be the most supportive and inspiring comrades who will help you improve your craft.
My suggestion is don’t take it too seriously. Just have fun. If you’re too fixated on overtaking others, it’s either you fail miserably and become depressed or reach the top but feel alone because others think you’re too arrogant.
Go ahead and aim to compete. Nothing wrong with that. But also respect your competition. Be kind to one another.
Sense of fulfillment
Hundreds of posts and chapters? Thousands of readers? Millions of views?
I’m a block of wood if I don’t feel a sense of fulfillment from what I achieved so far. I know that I still have a long way to go and compared to the top anibloggers and romance webnovelists, I’m only a small-timer.
But dammit! Achieving my first million views on both my blog and my novel feels so damn good.
Comparing your stats now to when you first started, it’s a validation of all the hard work that you’ve dedicated into your craft. It gives you a wonderful sense of fulfillment and motivates you to continue to work hard and do even better next time.
Nobody can take this sense of fulfillment away from you (unless you let it) because you earned this yourself.
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