Recently I’ve seen a few anime bloggers talk about the community, mainly how it seems to be ‘dying’. There seems to be a few reasons for this, first up many new bloggers tend to quit in the first three months of blogging as they’re not pulling in the followers/ views they hoped for. The second is that a few bloggers who have been around a while have either been on hiatus/ completely quit blogging altogether. This seems to have created a generally ‘disillusion’ within the blogging community, some creators are frustrated with others who are not participating strongly in the community and others just feel like there’s nothing to participate in at all.
Obviously I can’t speak for the last point on fixing disillusionment, but I’d like to provide a few tips for bloggers who feel they need to kick-start their creative juices!
Stats are great, until they’re depressing
A few months ago I was really down about my blogging, my stats had taken a sharp decline and my follower numbers weren’t as high as I hoped. I went on a forum to ask for some advice and someone gave me a bitter pill to swallow – and it helped. They essentially said “if you want likes or followers, go post on Facebook, your blog should be for your enjoyment”. I understand that for many of you reading this, your blog is both a hobby and perhaps a dream full time job – so stats do matter. But when you first start out, focus on creating content that you enjoy. If you become too focused on stats, you’ll burn out. Another bitter pill to swallow – no one turns into a site like Anime News Networks overnight. Your stats are going to be quite low for quite awhile, it takes time to be noticed. How to be noticed? Write content that you enjoy, and I’m sure others will enjoy it too!
Contact someone for a collab!
Many bloggers have talked about the importance of engaging with other blogger’s content through reading and commenting on posts. I’d like to go a step further and suggest reaching out to bloggers who admire to start collaborations. Collaborations are an awesome way to get to know a fellow blogger and even expand your writing/experiences. I haven’t done nearly as many collaborations as I would like, but the few that I have, have been incredible learning experiences. It’s always a great boost to talk with another creative and work together on something you can be proud of!
Start your own project
Ok, perhaps not knitting, but a really great way to start blogging again is to start a project. Choose something you’re interested in and create a series of posts around it, it could honestly be anything, from a series of posts comparing historical anime to actual history to a series of posts ranking the cutest four legged animals in anime. It’s really up to you, choose a pet project, and make something you can be proud of!
Don’t treat blogging like a chore
My hiatuses are always caused by me burning out, I burn out because I feel like I ALWAYS have to put out content. But bloggers are people, not machines. Sometimes life gets in the way and other times you don’t just feel like writing, and that’s ok. Don’t force yourself to write when you don’t want to write, adjust blog post scheduling around you (don’t adjust yourself to scheduling) and take breaks when needed. Your blog will always be there to come back to!
Don’t get competitive!
It’s easy to look at another blog and get envious about their success. Sometimes that very bitter envy may even take a nasty form and that’s when you have to stop yourself! You don’t know what goes on behind the scenes of someone else’s blog – the time and effort they dedicate to it. Look at their blog for tips and tricks to improve your own, but don’t get upset or angry about their progress compared to yours. Re-direct that energy into your own blog!!
I really hoped that these three quick tips have helped new and even older bloggers! As wonderful and fun as blogging is, at times it can be a strain to maintain. Whether or not the community is ‘dying’, I won’t comment on, but there are always individuals who are there to help when you need it. Everyone is very friendly and just an email or twitter DM away!