I never really knew much about the Aniblog community, so when I heard of this tournament, I thought to myself “Holy shit. I’m going to find a site here that I actually can look forward to visiting every day.”
But all I’ve seen so far are a few blogs to bookmark and check maybe once a month, and a sickening amount of “anime reviews/episodic reviews-only” blogs. The ratio of good:bad is ridiculous.
Was I expecting too much? A lot of these blogs have decent writers, and a few have interesting concepts, but the excecution across the board is lacking. There are some that did well, but “episodics-only” blogs have dominated the scene and I’m not sure why. Surely nobody is actually interested in reading about this shit. Perhaps episodic blogs dominate because the posts are easy to write and turn out, so it gives off the impression that you’re active when you write them.
Oh well, onto something else I can bitch about.
Let’s talk about these blogs’ “communities”. It seems that nobody visits any of the sites in this tournament besides other blog authors. So what you have are blog authors blogging to other blog authors, and that’s it.
Take Baka-Raptor’s Maddox-ripoff blog for example. Let’s pick a random post. Say, the “Biennial Review“. Over 90% of the 45 comments on the page are by Anibloggers (as of the time I wrote this post, which is like 4 days ago or something). Don’t they have any real readers beyond people desperately trying to pimp their own shitty blogs, hoping for a random click-through? This is pathetic. It’s almost like these blogs don’t try to create good content simply because they only care about getting other blog authors to read their shit. That’s not sustainable and it certainly doesn’t inspire growth.
People criticize the circle-jerkery of the tournament itself, and that’s quite valid, but once you start visiting all the comments sections of these blogs and see the exact same faces commenting on everything, it becomes clear that this circle-jerk is more like a sphere-jerk.
I went into this thing with the honest intention of finding a site I could enjoy. And I thought that blogging about it would help you all figure out another site you’d really like to visit. It’s becoming clear that this may not happen — at least to the degree I expected. But hey, at least Whiners.pro absolutely stomped
every other blog nearly every other blog in the first round. We came in second overall, beat out by one fucking vote. 8th’s blog came in fourth.
Anyway, unless people enjoyed the “Aniblog Stuff” posts I think I’m gonna avoid doing them for this round. I’ll still make a “Vote for me instead of those other kids” post, but I get the gist that a lot of you are bored with the daily posts right now. Round 3 will go back to the grind, though. I’ll see if I can spice that shit up.
I didn’t review days 8, 9, or 14. Sorry about that. If blog authors want full critiques, I will give them out in the comments, through email, or whatever. Lemme know.
Round 1 Notable Mentions:
These blogs either have a niche they excel in or they simply focus a lot on quality writing in their articles.
Note: I was pretty negative here. But it’s not my intention to dissuade blog authors from continuing their blogging fun. I’ll have a decent post up later explaining to people how to make a blog that actually gets readers, according to a guy who runs a blog that’s only moderately popular.