annotated blogroll #1

I think this method gets to the heart of the aniblog tourney v2, that is, exposure to new or low-key blogs. Actually, in admittedly ironic hindsight, the aniblog tourney is probably a waaayyyyy better PR instrument than this since people will easily get caught up in the shitstorm that is high school popularity, rather than explicit, candid attempts at something useful. So this is kinda like jp’s what i was forced to watch this week but without the objectifying undertones, kinda. Anyway, expect these sort of posts with an amount of frequency. It’s something I’d like to do often.

1. 8C (girl cartoons)
blogging since: March 2010

8C provides concise, cogent analysis. He’s a K-ON fan, so I like him for that reason also. Recently he’s discussed shows like Hidasketch and K-ON, and I’ve found those shows are difficult to talk about unless you deconstruct them in a highly theoretical (inaccessible) way, so that’s also admirable. His analysis isn’t bogged down in jargon or run-on sentences and is very accessible. He doesn’t post that often (maybe once or twice every two weeks) but is extremely active on twitter.

2. Janai (janai blog)
blogging since: June 2009

Janai’s site is mostly about reviews and podcasts. His reviews aren’t that analytical, they mostly give a run-down of the show and briefly list some pros and cons. He does do editorials once in a while; lately these have focused on dubbing/subbing and censorship in the industry. The reviews are concise, however, so if you’re looking for a quick 2nd opinion this isn’t a bad place to look.

3. halfadeckshort (Haiku Anime Review)
blogging since: January 2009

I have no idea how low-key halfadeckshort’s blog is, it just seems like I don’t get redirected to his haiku’s very often. He also writes episodic posts for Sea Slugs. Anyway, an episode described in haiku is a very original, creative and hilarious way of episodic blogging. Only takes a second to read, but well worth it.

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  1. Ryan A
    Posted April 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    On driving traffic to new readers… let’s just say that the best way to drive traffic to less visited (or newer) sites is for popular sites/bloggers to share, link, trackback to articles on these blogs.


    • lelangir
      Posted April 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      >>On driving traffic to new readers… let’s just say that the best way to drive traffic to less visited (or newer) sites is for popular sites/bloggers to share, link, trackback to articles on these blogs.

      the problem with that theory is that I have a lot less clout here than, say, Crusader. The author is important I feel.

      >>lelangir posted an OPML (feed subscriptions) list with a hundreds of blogs inside, and I’m checking out blogs I’ve never seen before… why is there no OPML for these 96 blogs?

      because the one guy that posted didn’t understand it (although it was extremely simple…). It’s a problem of laziness and irrational fear of anything slightly technical (if it doesn’t have a gui, it’s basically ‘impossible’). I was thinking of setting up a google bundle for those 96 blogs, which would be really helpful, but i am indeed way too lazy to go copy and paste 96 freaking URL’s into a text file.

      I also have a horrible track record with these type of things on THAT… orz

  2. lelangir
    Posted April 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Occam’s razor my friend, occam’s razor….

  3. rpd
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Durarara!! ep 14

    It takes a brave man
    To stare down his heritage:
    Can’t blame cold water.


  4. Posted April 23, 2010 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    If by “low-key” you mean that you just helped achieve half of my hoped-for weekly traffic goal in the last twelve hours then, yes, my site is definitely low-key. ;) I really appreciate the mention and the kind words. And now I have another new blog to check out. Thanks!

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