As is…unfortunately the case, I’m here to respond to an old tag. Thank you to Amelia at A Girl and Her Anime for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award and apologies it’s taken me months to respond. And I know I’m not obligated to write these posts but I really appreciate the shout-out so I’d feel bad if I didn’t answer your questions. Anyway…
- Display the logo
- Thank the blogger that nominated you and share a link to their blog.
- Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
Nominate 7-10 bloggers. Ask them 7 questions.(Answering 5 of them since two of them are New Year’s related and boy are those irrelevant in May)
1. What’s the most challenging thing for you when maintaining a blog or Youtube channel?
This almost goes without saying but I find it most challenging to find the time and energy for my blog. Unless blogging (or just writing in general) becomes my full-time job, I’m only able to write when I’m awake enough to do so and there’s enough time to kill. I truly hate it when I’m not able to write but I’ve also learned that slump periods will just happen. Why, I’m in one right now because of life and an inconsistent sleep schedule (I’m hoping this coming June will be different but we’ll see).
I’d say another challenge is keeping my blog organized. I’ve set up a series of pages that links to most of my Episode Reviews but unlike the automated archive pages WordPress creates for you, those pages require manual upkeep. And when I’m busy and/or tired and my priority is getting new posts out, those pages don’t get updated as often as they should. There’s also needing to learn a little bit about HTML to better design those pages and that was kind of a pain. I’m not that savvy when it comes to web design, even the most basic of basics.
2. Do you have any regrets regarding your work in 2018?
Yeah, my decision to blog during my last semester in college. I’m actually kind of happy with how my output went, specifically my episode reviews for Yorimoi and Violet Evergarden, but I was out of my mind for trying to do that in the midst of a stressful practicum. I suppose I was that desperate to have something fun in my life. When the Spring season rolled in, I did finally put blogging on hold but I do regret not blogging much during that period (oddly enough, I’m in a similar slump this Spring).
I’d say another regret I have is not getting a Top 20 Anime of 2018 post out to cap off the year. I didn’t finish one simply because my backlog for that year got pretty big. It’d feel premature to crank out a list when there’s still 2018 anime to finish. I imagine no one would read it but maybe I’ll still post the list when 2019 is over (provided I also do a Top 20 for this year as well).
3. If you could recommend a show/book, what would it be and why?
Avatar: The Last Airbender. It’s my favorite show of all time (even counting anime) and it’s something I believe can appeal to a very diverse audience. It’s a Western animated series set in an Asiatic world. The humor is a nice balance between childlike and genuinely witty. The themes are mature but also accessible for younger viewers to understand. The action is straight up fantastic. All in all, the show has very eclectic appeal. If you haven’t watched it, go watch it. And if you have already watched it, go watch it again.
4. What do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated to do something?
In regards to feeling unmotivated about blogging, I tend to just do something else. It could be catching up on anime I’m not reviewing, reading a book or posts from fellow bloggers, playing a video game, or simply hanging out with friends. Now, I will admit that I have forced myself to write on many occasions and while it has sometimes worked out for me, I think it’s better for my sake to keep my mind off of writing until I’m in the right mood again.
5. If you could just hop on a plane and fly to any country right now, what country would you go to and why?
Japan. I think the reasons why are self-explanatory. I don’t really have any specific location in mind though Akihabara or one of those anime pilgrimage sites would be a dream come true for me. Obviously, the tricky thing is getting there. Plane tickets are expensive and to be honest, I find flying a very anxious experience.
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