So, in two years…
Mars completes an orbit around the sun.
A growing Banyan tree is repotted.
As per Moore’s law (Intel’s co-founder), number of transistors on a chip doubles.
A baby starts speaking actual words.
Half point to an Olympic game.
Supposed death of a normal aniblogger.
Publish more than 400 posts.
Watch more than 300 anime.
Read more than 200 manga.
Is it quitting time for me then?! Like hell.
Seriously, I don’t like repeating trolls; not to mention, follow norm. I might go on a hiatus for a while but I would never retire from aniblogging unless something monumentally upsetting incident happened. Hopefully, I have enough karma for that to never occur as I’m a strong believer of ‘You reap what you sow’. Of course, it was difficult at the beginning when it was just me, blogging four shows per week but things settled down and I got some very talented team members to help me out. In a few months, we’ll be on our five years journey; Metanorn in itself has evolved a lot from the metatr0n that existed in some other time plane. There are rumours that an alternate reality exists and Metanorn Dungeons have a portal to it but hey, I’m here to talk about facts!
It’s been a cool trip and if you had been keeping up with the site, through the years, many changes have occurred and I can only hope for the better. We got too big for shared hosting, our site went down for almost a whole day and we had a lot of problems while shifting to new hosting(s). There were teething problems but there was always a solution. Will helped me out so much during this process, not to mention the continuous moral support that was ever present from the team members. We have literally become a large family and I’m just glad to use all the modern gadgets to stay jacked up connected.
I always keep an ear out for what the readers say and coming from a digital marketing background, I keep tabs on discussion and what the crowd wants. Of course, there are times that the crowd becomes quite demanding but we as a team definitely like to please our readers. And the reason you have been seeing lots of projects that are introduced over and above the usual episodic blogging. My favourites remain to be Met’Amour, Anime’s Next Top Model and MetaVerse but of course, there’s been so many series that I have blogged solo/tag-teaming that every post and project is special to me in its own way. Yep, nothing gets shelved here and we are always working on something.
Personally, my blogging style has evolved from the teeny-bopper feel it had in 2010. Though, it’s still hard to break on words when writing about something I’m passionate about. I mean, that Kara no Kyoukai post took me ages and I wrote a full character profile for the first impression of Fate/Zero. Not to mention a long post is lying around in drafts in anticipation to be released this weekend. However, except for long hauls like them, I would like to incorporate the 3Cs of communication in my writing style: Clear, Concise and Compelling (right term is correct but for aniblogging, this works). Hopefully, I’ll stick to it.
A wisdom I can give to the current anibloggers is not to make summaries long while writing episodics. Nobody much cares except for the highlights and people who read posts are the ones who are already watching the relevant series. Aniblogging is all about discussion and if you are just spending your time in jotting down what happened, don’t expect too many comments. Reel in your readers; give them something new to think about. Heck, even being biased works sometimes, be crazy with theories, make fun of the right stuff and don’t leave even one stone unturned in trying to observe all aspects of what went down. Editorials are great for discussion and well-written reviews/recommendation can get the discussion ball rolling as well. Bottom line, talk to your readers; not just write whatever comes to your mind.
Coming to my own bottom line, in marking these two years, I’ve prepared a treat for the readers of Metanorn. Writing something about Kara no Kyoukai could have been the easiest task but I wanted to challenge myself and did something personal and different. So, you will get three posts this week from yours truly. This is a token of my huge THANKS TO EVERYONE including my humongous aniblogging community including Metanorn Team, Sekijitsu/ DDD/ Daifuuku teams, awesome twitter pals, marvelous commenters on site/twitter/tumblr and even the lurkers to whom I can only say, “Come out, come, wherever you are!” My fandom enthusiasm has definitely escalated through the years and, it’s been a treat! I couldn’t have done it without the supporters so accept my humble arigatou for making it an amazing experience.
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