Reader Questionnaire

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Pictures of pirates are always appropriate.

I need feedback! Below are a few questions and I would LOVE some responses…be as verbose or concise as you like. What I end up doing here is dependant upon your answers! (yes, I know this is late…sorry)

Soul Eater update: I’m going to be following the ‘Late Night’ subbed version of the show. So yes, episode 02 has been released in regular version RAW, I’ve watched it and it was hawt. As much as I want to blog it, I’m waiting until Thursday/Friday when the LN version comes out and gets subbed. Feel free to go elsewhere for quick and easy Soul Eater information, but I can guarantee that you won’t regret sticking with me for the ride…I’ve got a lot planned.

Anyway, on to the questions:

  1. I expected to pick up 3-4 shows this season, but so far I’ve only got Soul Eater and Nabari no Ou (and I’m co-blogging Nabari with Extrange, so it only counts as a half). I’m willing to do one of two things: a) pick up one other show that isn’t already being blogged (and blog it extensively), or b) do a “Friday Ramble” style post where I briefly cover 2-4 random shows every week. Which would you prefer to see? For either option, please list 2-3 shows you’d like to see get attention.
  2. Extrange and I really hate doing summaries…I’ve got that all covered and worked out as far as Soul Eater goes, but I really don’t want to steal those ideas and apply them to Nabari. So Nabari fans, what would you like to see in our posts? If you say summary, we’ll stab you…no joke.
  3. This one’s just for me: how important are images to you in a post? Do you like/need a million pics? Do you prefer large pics with captions, the 6-images per picture deal, or thumbnails that you can enlarge?
  4. And last, I don’t blog to hear my own voice. I write in the hopes that something I said will spark a discussion amongst readers or at least motivate them enough that they’ll post a giant comment or a ‘that sucked’ or ‘that rocked’. How do you feel about posts where reader participation is a central component? Would you rather have slabs of content that you can read and digest, or content that is more of a frame/motivator to get readers to flesh out the content with discussion?

I know that looks huge, but the questions themselves are fairly simple. For those of you who read and leave, this is the one time that I would really love for you to go the extra mile and let me know how you feel/what you want. I honestly don’t want to waste my time either putting out content that is boring or generic, or trying to cook up creative ideas when you don’t even want them. Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

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23 Comments

  1. ZeusIrae
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    “Extrange and I really hate doing summaries…”

    I hate reading them, so everyone’s happy.

  2. Posted April 16, 2008 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    Hmm, I really like the Friday Ramble because it’s like all in one and you don’t have to change to this post etc (I know, I’m such a lazy ass). And I don’t read Nabari, I watch it and blog it myself lols when it’s subbed. For me, I don’t mind what’s in a post so long as there are pictures. I say do all three! LOL! But the ones with captions are mostly funny shit so I like getting a good laugh (especially in Code Geass since there’s so much to tease yet love at the same time). And I love having discussions too! So yes, whatever or however, somehow spark conversation! XP

  3. Posted April 16, 2008 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    I personally like random ramble posts since it widens the blogger’s scope to series that may not be blogged on an episodic basis. Can’t really think of a show off the top of my head to suggest right now but a random show or batch of shows each week would be interesting :P

  4. jiff
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    1) I think the Friday ramble post is a great idea, and rather than 2-3 shows to focus on, I think it would be nice if you just talked a little about the week’s episodes that you enjoyed the most, the ones that you aren’t blogging

    2/4) I like it when a blogger expresses a rather strong opinion on a show, and that gets people talking. I like brief summaries in case I haven’t seen the episode yet or haven’t seen it in a while, but the bulk of the post should contain things like how you felt the characters grew, how the show’s worldview syncs with your own, etc.

    3) I think the right amount of pictures is one or two of those 6 pic thumbs for the summary, and then a few larger captioned ones in the rest of the post that illustrate points or capture character emotion

  5. meromero
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    I vote for (funny) captions too! Also the Friday ramble is a good idea. Kamen no Maid Guy and Kyouran Kazoku Nikki seem good for that idea :P. I mostly read impressions, not summaries. I think a really short summary with a strong opinion about it is the best. Oh, and I don’t watch Nabari so dunno what to say about that.

  6. Posted April 16, 2008 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Let’s see from Impz’s perspective and show everyone a bit about how we blog in THAT Anime Blog (if you are interested to apply, informal applications are open but only for committed bloggers need apply).

    You can tell we usually ask the readers before doing our eternal discussions. This is by the way, how we work in THAT Anime Blog. Each blogger is given their autonomy to post what they want in general, and ideas are thrown to our readers without needing any approval from anyone. It sounds disorganized, but it’s my aim to make each blogger feel like this is their blog.

    Now, back to the idea.

    Well, I do have some shows in mind if you are going to set up something like this. Let’s see if we can make it a collaboration. I can gather everyone tomorrow of sorts. To lessen the burden on you (good thing about the team blog), we can discuss ahead of time who wants to do the Friday rumble each week. You will be mostly in charge, i presume, so you can start working on it

    *whips and slave drives*

    It’s your idea. and i think it is good. ^^

  7. Mystic Girl
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    I mostly read the thoughts and looking at the images it’s not that I hate summaries but usually I haven’t watched the episode yet and don’t want to get spoiled more than I already have.
    I do like Friday Ramble better too, as for the images they’re great as long as there aren’t too many of them.

  8. Wootles
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    > This one’s just for me: how important are images to you in a post? Do you like/need a million pics? Do you prefer large pics with captions, the 6-images per picture deal, or thumbnails that you can enlarge?

    I find that pics enhance most posts. Unfortunately, pics from this blog don’t show up in Google Reader, so I can’t generally see them either way. I think I would take the time to read more of your stuff if the pics did show up, actually.

  9. Posted April 16, 2008 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    @ZeusIrae
    I don’t mind a quick paragraph summary, but fsck writing 10+ paragraphs summarizing. Go watch the show your damn self…glad to know someone else is on the same page from a reader’s perspective.

    @blissmo
    I like the Friday Ramble idea as well (laziness FTW!), I just like to harass readers with questions because as I said…I’m not here to listen to myself. If you aren’t reading it or don’t want to read it, I’m wasting my time (I know there are different opinions on that, but that’s mine).

    Also, be sure to check out my Soul Eater posts (starting around the 4th ep or so), I’m using it as an experiment for reader interaction and trying out some different posting ideas.

    @issa-sa
    Appreciate the input, and your vote has counted for the Friday Ramble. You also hit the concept of it right on the head too: we don’t blog everything we watch, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t shows just as kick-ass as the ones we are watching. I like to get the word out.

    @jiff
    Epic comment! Woot! I have officially stolen your idea tweak in point #1. Another anti-epicsummary vote, and thanks for the picture input.

    @meromero
    Kamen and Kyouran will both be in there (unless Calawain decides to actually blog Kamen). And start watching Nabari! Gosh!

    @Everyone in reference to Impz
    Impz is a big fan of stealing ideas and making me do insane quantities of slave labor. Then he tries to pretend that I like it or have a weird fetish or something (I never never once dated a violent female and liked it *cough*).

    @Mystic Girl
    That’s another anti-summary vote…I love you guys. Srsly!

    @Wootles
    You know, I checked my google reader and you’re right…images past the “more” tag don’t show up even with the full reader plugin. I looked for a hotfix but with no luck. Hopefully this issue will be resolved once we upgrade to WP 2.5, but until then if anyone knows a temporary solution let me know.

  10. Calaveth
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    I like the idea of a regular Friday Ramble post as well. Especially if you try and cover a larger number of shows rather than the same 2-3 every week.

    Agree about summaries. If you’re doing a post for every episode, a short summary is fine, preferably without giving away any important conclusion to the action. I hate when I can’t read blog posts because they reveal everything about an episode I fully intend to watch…

    I prefer reflection, comparison, picking out the fun details, the highlights. Sometimes we (or I at least) watch so much anime, it’s easy to just gloss past the really good stuff. If you notice something that was really good, it’s great to hear about it so I can go back and fully appreciate something that no doubt a lot of work went into creating.

    I like a mix of the different image formats, to be honest. The six-in-one works well to sum up the different things that were going on in the episode, while it’s nice to be able to open up a larger version if it’s a really good screen cap once in a while.

    Discussion is what makes a blog come alive – you are all certainly good writers that I enjoy reading just for the sake of reading (about anime), but it’s when it stirs discussion that it becomes really great. Or perhaps the other way around – it’s when the discussions take off that you know you have a good blog post? Maybe…
    Anyway, offering food for thought, asking for reader input, offering controversial opinions once in a while, all to bring everyone into the discussion, I think that’s good.

  11. Posted April 16, 2008 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    1) Friday Ramble, especially if you are covering bad or obscure shows that people just want a quick glance at (to see if they should tune in). I have no problem with the rotation changing either.
    2) You can always just have a list of bulleted major items that happened. Probably no point in having both of you put up full summaries about the same episode…
    3) Less than 10, with thumbnails leading to big shots usually works best for me.
    4) Hard to say, but straight up content usually does not get as much discussion and takes more effort to produce.

  12. Dando008
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    1. I would like to see more of your Friday Rambles as well. It would be nice to just talk about other anime during the season.
    2. I read mainly the impressions since I usually watch the anime first then read the blogs. So a short summery would be fine by me.
    3. Images are always good to have. I like the large ones as well since I tend to keep a gallery of what I watch. Captions are always a plus.
    4. Reader participation is a central component for blogs. I say it is nice to have content that would be more frame/motivator type since they would tend to bring more discussion in. At least I think so.

  13. Coaxen
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    The choice between a new show to blog: I’d like to see some Rambles :D

    About Episode Summaries – they are mainly unnecessary and useless. People who want to watch something probably are not going to spoil the whole episode. People who are not willing to watch the ep – won’t bother to read the summary.

    Of course, a humorous summary is still entertaining for those who already watched an episode and want to read a little funny rant.

    Images:Key pictures that don’t spoil the plot are fine. Pictures with funny comments are also good to see. They should relate to the text written. Too many pics distract attention.

    Reader participation: A good writer is enjoyable to read. Good commentators too. Both components are required in a successful blog.

  14. D.J
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    1 – I vote for ramble, that way we could maybe get introduced to something we weren’t aware of that is great or know to avoid something that is absolutely abysmal.

    2 – I’m watching Nabari no ou. So I don’t really need a summary In fact I just finished watching Episode 2 and I’m even more in love with it than I was after just the first episode. It has a nice mix of action, humor (Kumohira’s little phobia was a great source of amusement. And I love how they animate Miharu when he’s being devilish)

    I guess instead of a summary just tell us your impressions of the episode. Were there things about it that were great? Were there things about it that were just bloody irritating?

    For those who haven’t watched it, maybe a post could be all about why they should watch it.(As if me threatening to gut them with a kunai if they don’t isn’t enough of an incentive…)
    Did it make you laugh, cry, want to take up the art of ninpo, or was it just meh.

    3.How important are pictures? Pictures are great! Especially if you manage to capture a shot of a character looking or doing something you can add a really funny caption to. I love Crusader’s posts because they are a blast to read. But also because the captions that go along with the pictures usually make me laugh my head off too. I’d say the amount of pictures you have currently been putting up in your posts is adequate.(Btw lots of pictures of Kumohira would be great appreciated ;) )

    4. Discussion is great. I think something is always more interesting when you can participate. Sometimes its nice to not just sit in front of the lifesucking box of doom and just read.

    I’m not so great at ideas but hopefully some of that was helpful.

  15. KaeBoo
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    When I read blogs I prefer to hear the writer’s opinion on the matter and opens it up for discussion. It is always more fun to have interaction as I believe you’d get to learn more that way, you’d get to appreciate details more as others would put in their thoughts.

    The Friday Ra(u)mble is a great Idea. The introductory post as to what you had in mind for that one is a big hit for me. (just leave the loli hair color wars to impzie who had, and will always, claim that green is queen!)

    As for images, I would prefer seeing thumbnails. It does not, however, follow that it is always a good idea to use it all the time. I believe it is the writer’s prerogative on how to include the photos which would make it more relevant to the post and make readers understand or relate to the article better.
    About 5 or 6 thumbnails of pure screencaps and no captions would do just fine. However, if it is something that would have a caption, use bigger photos.

  16. Ruk
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    First off, I support the Friday Rumble thing! It’s always nice having a few random posts on a blog to break up the regular series, and they give a good taster of shows readers may not be necessarily be watching. Particularly if a previously unnoticed or middling show starts appearing very promising.

    And with regards to Nabari no Ou, opinions please. I don’t read this blog for summaries really (random curiosity is probably the best place for filling in gaps when watching raws) so I’d love to see more of your personal thoughts on the episode. I’m not sure if the commentary would be more interesting if you read the manga or not…but it’s quite nice seeing someone take the anime just for what it is right now, without the manga-glasses. :)

    And, like you said, discussion is funfunfun, so content that encourages comments would be great I think. So, yeah, looking forward to seeing the Soul Eater post. (I can’t be the only one who is addicted to watching the op.)

  17. Sylvira
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Jeez, Rieuzedx, that’s a lot of questions. jk XD

    For the Soul Eater update: Hmm, that wouldn’t be based on the fact that Rumbel is doing the Late Night show scans, right. -cough- Their subs are amazing.

    For A or B, I’d personally like you to do Kyouran Kazoku Nikki. That’s basically the only one, because THAT is blogging almost everything else under the sun. It doesn’t really matter if you blog it or do a Friday Ramble, and it seems like more people like FR.

    I like Nabari so I would say more thoughts/impressions and crazy stuff. Summarizing is not something I’m too keen about either, so you can keep it to a bare minimum.

    For pictures, I don’t need many. Thumbnails are convenient but may take too much time (to set up in a post) and captions don’t matter to me. What does matter to me is that the pictures have some relevency to the post, be it silly antics or plot. But there are times when each type of imaging works the best, so I leave the choice to you.

    I’m more than fine with reader interaction being a key component. Hearing the blogger’s opinion and adding my own along with others is great. As long as you keep a decent amount (moderate) of information that readers can digest to work with, discussion shouldn’t be a problem. Um, does this count as a mammoth comment? :D

    It’s great to know that you’re trying to improve your posts and make things more interesting for readers. Keep up the great work.

  18. spring_rain
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    1) Ramble style, shows of your choice. Whatever you happen to catch over the week since I like to know what’s going on with the lesser blogged shows. Rotation is fine too.
    2) I don’t like summaries either. I always skip straight to the blogger’s thoughts and impressions.
    3) I prefer a few key screenshots with captions rather than a ton of pictures from the whole episode- odds are I’m going to watch it anyway. I like captions because they’re either amusing or insightful.
    4) Reading everyone’s comments can get tiring. How do you dedicated bloggers do it? =3

  19. Posted April 16, 2008 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    @Calaveth
    The main idea behind the Friday Ramble is getting the word out on both the good and bad shows (read my Naruto post), and I’m glad that the response for the idea is positive.

    @Kabitzin
    “Hard to say, but straight up content usually does not get as much discussion and takes more effort to produce.” I’m going to have to personally disagree there. I can churn out summaries like it’s no ones business, and that’s why I hate it. To me it’s more of a challenge to create interesting content that will provoke great discussion.

    @Dando008
    Thank you for your comment in point #4. And thanks for taking the time to post (I don’t think I’ve seen your name before…if I have, sorry!).

    @Coaxen
    “Of course, a humorous summary is still entertaining for those who already watched an episode and want to read a little funny rant.” That’s my main goal with summaries…either that or to be insanely concise.

    @D.J.
    Nabari 02 made me wish I had an all Miharu basketball team.

    @KaeBoo
    Thank you for noticing, and I blame Impz. It’s rAmble people! AAA!

    @Ruk
    I agree that RC is a great place for mad screens and summaries. That’s one thing I asked myself “Why would readers read my post over an RC one?”. If all I did were summaries, it’d be pointless and to be blunt, I’d rather go read an RC summary than do it myself. Soul Eater posts will be the hotness (starting around episode 04).

    @Sylvira
    I wouldn’t exactly say Rumbel is amazing, but they’re the best out that I’ve seen, and the ones that I’m currently watching. I don’t know how to blog KKN…I mean honestly, where do you even start? You make a good point of using whatever image format goes with each particular post (which will play in a lot with my Soul Eater posts), and I think that’s the idea I’ll be using. Yes, it’s a mammoth comment and thank you so much for taking the time to write it and appreciating what I’m trying to do through all this harassment.

    @spring_rain
    I write for these comments. Not because I want my e-peen to grow or anything…I just feel like you guys have something to say and my job as a writer is to motivate you to put it out there. Just look at these comments: I write one post and get a posts’ worth of comments back. That’s amazing.

    @EVERYONE
    Currently, this post has 17 comments (not counting my own) which is kinda average for THAT. But every comment posted here has been insightful, of a quality that I would love to have consistently, and I am THRILLED at everything you guys have said. The only way I know how to show my appreciation is to say something in response to every comment made and continue to work hard on the posts that I put out for you.

    It’s off to Super Mario Galaxy and then bed for me. ‘Night!

  20. D.J
    Posted April 17, 2008 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Oh my if you had an all Miharu basketball team there’d be no stopping you! ^-^

  21. CatzCradle
    Posted April 17, 2008 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    1. Random shows please! There are already alot of coverage for many of this seasons’ ‘mainstream’ shows and it would be nice to see something obscure that may even be good.

    2. Overall thoughts or impressions of the Nabari episode. (That’s usually the only thing I read… ^^;;)

    3. The numbers/amount of pictures aren’t really important to me as long as they’re interesting or funny, without being spoiler-ish of course.

    4. Something in between maybe? Having too much analytical content reminds me of school (shudder) and I usually do not read comments because there is A.LOT. But it really depends I guess, if the topic is interesting, relevant or even controversial, I wouldn’t mind whatever you guys chose to go for in the end.

  22. Hikari
    Posted April 18, 2008 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Skip the summaries. A short overview is fine. People who have already seen the episode don’t need to read a summary and people who haven’t don’t want spoilers.

    The captions are hilarious, one of my favorite things in this blog.

    Friday Rumble sounds interesting. It’ll be nice to see opinions on random shows I haven’t watched.

    I mostly read blogs because I love knowing what other people think about certain series or episodes. I know a lot of people who also do the same. So opinions and saying things that spark discussion would be great.

  23. BlueYoshi
    Posted April 18, 2008 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I’m a reader and leaver. Well, not anymore.

    1. The Friday Rumble idea sounds pretty neat to me. Some of the more obscure shows like Himitsu and Kaiba are well-suited to this, as well as Kyouran Nikki.
    2. I prefer Quick Summaries and your thoughts of the episode rather than a 10+ paragraph summary. Ugh, I still haven’t gotten the time to start Nabari yet. Stab me.
    3. I prefer the larger pictures with the captions. It’s what got me hooked to THAT in the first place. That pirate picture: “That Rocked”.
    4. Sparking more discussions would be great. And with the variety of bloggers and opinions you guys have, this will be make THAT an even better place. This really works well with the Friday Rumble idea.

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