This week has been very interesting in the manga blogging corner of the world.
And few nights ago, I had a discussion on Twitter with a bunch of the manga bloggers on why – and why not – to start a manga blog. This article is the compilation of those basics, so we can have all four pieces of writing in permalink spots. :-)
Why You Shouldn’t Start a Blog
1) To get free stuff.
No one owes you and no one cares about you – until you prove you’re worth caring about. Once you have an audience and a reputation for fair and creative reviews, you’ll have a base to stand upon to ask for review copies. But still, remember – no one owes you anything.
2) To pick a bone with a company.
Boy you hate Company XYZ. Everyone you know knows it. Now you want to share your issues with the world. You hate their font, their voice actors, their translator, their cover artist and you’re going to rag endlessly about it, and while you’re there talk about some stuff you like too.
3) To share illegally shared material.
You stay right on top of the sub and scan scene and you know just where to get every sub and scan and how cool is that? It’s not. You dealing in stolen IP and that makes you an accessory. Fines and jail time are so uncool.
Why you should start a blog
1) To get writing experience
Blogging is a great way to build your writing and editing skills, to learn to keep a deadline and to experiment in a safe way with your writing. Non-fiction is, by and large, easier to write than fiction, but writing on a steady schedule is still work.
2) You have a unique viewpoint or interest.
Obviously, the reason I started this blog was that no one else was writing on Yuri, and I was starting up a Yuricon and needed somewhere to write about it. 8 years later there are other Yuri blogs, but I hope I’m still bringing something unique and critical to the table. Many of the bloggers I respect have a unique focus, interest, genre or perspective.
3) Other people keep telling you it’s time.
On the whole, I’m not moved by what “other people say” but for many successful bloggers, it all began when someone else asked them to write for them. It might have been a guest post or as a staff writer on a larger site. In some cases, the blogger had been discussing manga or anime critically for ages and it just finally seemed like the right thing to do. Permalinks are so much more useful than conversations that float away on a breeze. :-)
So – there you have it. The world’s first compilation on Manga Blogging 101, brought to you by Brigid Alverson, David Welsh, Kate Dacey, Deb Aoki and me. :-)