Thanks to Keiko for the nomination. Keiko sometimes does posts about books and sometimes it’s anime, but even though the posts are on the shorter side (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), you can see her enthusiasm for whatever topic she tackles through her writing.
The rules don’t say to post the rules, but…here’s the rules anyway.
- Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that person’s blog.
- Give the story or history of your blog.
- Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
- Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.
Now, I gave an entire stack of advice on the Spellbook‘s 1st blogiversary week and the story of the blog has been done here…except for the fact somewhere along the way I remembered that I’d run into TPAB and some of the other WordPress bloggers before Kado, so we’re due for a redux on that:
It’s the middle of 2012 and the person you know as “Aria” is in an advanced computer class. She’s expected to make a website with some other people. Still, the details of what happened to this website or what it was about are not important – the important bit is that the progress had to be documented on a blog. The blog platform of choice for this, picked by the teacher, was Blogger.
Out of personal interest and within the same year, she tries again on the same platform. Originally, it’s just MagicConan14’s Blog, but after erratic posting and low interaction, this blog is deleted.
It’s Christmas Day of 2012 and Aria, having stumbled across the Tumblr Troublesome Tough Case, starts Courage, a Word of Justice, the first (and most successful) of a few Tumblrs that she makes over the next few years. This is where most of the joys and sorrows of blogging are discovered.
It’s 2015 (or is it 2016?) and blogging has become commonplace in Aria’s life, albeit erratic. This is where Aria stumbles upon some of the more critical bloggers, such as TPAB (he without pants), Frog-kun of Fantastic Memes (Kim Morrissy on Anime News Network) and Guy of Geekorner-Geekulture. She just observes and reads the content/comments at this point. Notably, in spring or summer of 2016 or thereabouts, a glitch causes her to temporarily move back to Blogger, forcing her to readapt to the long-form post format (as opposed to the shorter takes of Tumblr).
Skip again to around when Kado debuts in 2017. Aria signed up for a WordPress account in February, but hadn’t done anything with it until hunting around for all and any Kado content. This is where she runs into Scott.
In October of 2017, she does the Habitica challenge and finds Irina…and the rest is exactly as it is on the other post.
Only use a schedule if you think it will work for you.
Over the many blogs I’ve worked on (all solo projects, since I tend to get jealous easily and delete things in annoyance if they don’t work out or if I suddenly get worried about how cybersafe I am), the only one that’s ever operated on a solid schedule is this one.
I’m the sort that panics easily when it comes to deadlines, but somehow I’ve managed the same schedule after two years (probably because my ability to be prompt, even more than my deadline panic, overrides such things). It’s a good thing I explicitly planned this blog to be consistent, but not crazy enough that I’d find it a chore.
Keep your handle consistent.
Speaking of consistency, if you want to sell yourself as a “brand” for whatever reason, people will find you more easily if you don’t change your URL or online name midway and use the same name (or similar, if the original name isn’t available) for every single platform. The reason I have maybe 3 or 4 online names across different platforms is because I was unhappy with the way I was and wanted to start again or because the other names didn’t fit the requirements that needed to be filled at the time…
I also have other, less frequently used names from my occasional gaming exploits, but we don’t need to go into that…
I think I’ve seen this award around a lot, so who should I pass it on to…?
Apologies if you’ve already been nominated,
except if your name is Shoka as has been the norm for the past few tag posts or so.
- Iniksbane – to thank him for #AniTwitWatches discussions and all the other interaction lately.
- Inskidee – Likewise.
- Geek Nabe – a newer blogger I haven’t really had the chance to interact with yet outside Jon Spencer’s Discord (due to Nabe’s comments section being run by Disqus – I deactivated my Disqus account at one point, so I had to get it to work with a different account).
- Mia (of 9 Tailed Kitsune) – Another newer blogger who I’d like to know better.
- Shoka – …because I don’t think any of the newer bloggers (< 1 year of blogging) will know the guy or why I nominate him (the joke is that Irina started it). Free publicity all ’round!
- Astral – Another blogger who’s quickly going into obscurity the less he blogs.
- S Selcouth – Met this guy through Jon’s Discord. His yuri post is pretty funny, to be honest…
- …and the other 3 spots can be taken by whoever wants to do this. Just link back to this post and everything should be fine.