If you dare to reveal it to anyone the contents of this entry, the above will happen to you.
As you click on this topic, you must be wondering what this whole piece is about. It is particularly misleading, if you are thinking of the wrong stuff and I will not veer you to what I mean by the wrong stuff. I am sure that you are extremely rational, intelligent and significantly deductive to know what I mean.
Ha Ha Ha.
Well, the actual topic of this piece actually came when I have quite a few people that have complimented me on my posts, which I am extremely proud to be showered with such words. Then, I thought about the little difficulties behind every single entry that I have done. Most of the readers out there do know that
all some(corrected by tsubaki) anime bloggers usually make an effort on their entries, but do you know some of the little pains that we sometimes go through?
Here’s a little glimpse into the things that happened behind every little entry.
The things that we do not tell you behind the scenes…
1. Doing screenshots
This screenshot is done with sweat and blood…Really!
Oh, this is perhaps the biggest pain for all episode summary bloggers and I have to admit that I suffer from it a lot. For normal viewers of an anime, you usually watch the episode once and is done with it. However, for me, I generally see the same scene two or three times while searching for the screenshots that will best represent the story. I also have to select some of the interesting moments that I enjoyed in order to put what I like.
I also recalled the first time I ever did screenshots. Without Irfanview (A mass-resizing photo program), I had to slowly re-adjust every single screenshot I have done and then add a border to it in Adobe Photoshop. Then, I was extremely new to the blogging arena and wanted to add as many screenshots as I can. It was just about the worst thing ever to happen because I took two and a half hours to compile, set up the pictures and align them properly. Imagine the agony of doing what people spend 45 seconds to do in 2.5 hours.
I nearly gave up on anime blogging and I never see screenshots the same way I did when I view other anime blogs.
2. The brainstorming
Yet another green haired loli died in the call of brainstorming…
This is generally the worst thing that can ever happen to a blogger. For episode summaries, it seems like there is no need for brainstorming. Well, perhaps, if you only bother to write the summary and generally, you seldom see anyone doing just that unless they are speed-subbers like Hinano and Omni who brings you the summary as soon as the series appear.
However, you generally have impressions. Sometimes, you really have absolutely no opinion for the certain entry but you feel like you have to. After squeezing your mind for 10 minutes, you finally have a single paragraph that makes no sense. I have to admit that for Saiunkoku Monogatari and Ghost Hunt, the thoughts really flow through easily. For other summaries, it can be really hard, especially on shounen series for me. I find myself repeating the same point over and over again.
You look at the writing and go like “the hell” and deleted the point again.
The worst thing? You are back at square one to brainstorm yet another thought to fill in. This process usually goes around Impz’s head for a few times before you see the end product that is this
3. Finding the right pictures
Using “cute” as a tag to find this picture will be painful. Trust me, I did it.
Do you remember the little pictures that I always add along with my editorials for illustration? I generally get them from Danbooru which is a great little website for pictures. Well, that is if you are looking for the queerest fetishes that Japan has to offer when it comes to animation. To find decent and nice “Safe for Work” pictures there, I have to siphon pages and pages of brainless hentai of various forms. Trust me, when you really want to do something, it’s a very big frustration to find the actual picture you want.
The worst thing is that Danbooru really has a huge source of images in a nice classifying manner. However, I do wish that they can have an option to siphon out the perverted pictures.
4. Writing the summary
Writing a summary is a balancing act and it never pays which way you go.
This is generally the driest part of the entry, because you are simply repeating what is happening in the whole episode. This simply means a whole re-accounting of what you have watched. If you have a photographic memory, that is all good. However, Impz has a totally horrible memory, so much so that he can forget what happened at the start just when he finished watching the episode.
Yes, it’s that bad. I guess I am getting old. Sigh.
Eventually, I have to re-watch various scenes at least twice to make sure I catch the right meaning in the summary. Doing a summary generally is the most problematic. You have all the “elite bloggers” saying how summaries are standard fare and people should do this and that. It’s not an admirable job, but I still persevere since I know that there are still quite a number out there that likes to read my summary.
However, the summary is usually the thing that stops me from starting an entry because it is sometimes just so boring to start it. It gets really painful also whenever someone said that episode summaries are the easy way out. I hope for those people to write one for themselves. Yes, it’s brainless, but it’s a very torturing brainless work.
Thinking of structuring your post is tired desu~
The first impression is the most important, which is why structure is important.
This is perhaps one thing that most people never thought of, but I actually think of it actively behind this entry. I always wonder whether how many paragraphs should I continuously write before making a new screenshots and pictures. I always wonder too about whether the article is presentable when you first read it.
Should Impz start with a joke about the episode? Should Impz start with a swooning lead? Should Impz reveal a bit about the plot to entice others?
All these go through my mind and trust me, I have great difficulties in fixing a good structure until very recently when I feel that I strike a balance between number of screenshots and paragraphs. It does take a while for you to find the balance between substantially viable content and structure.
Scheduling is like bringing an umbrella. You never know when you need it…
The last point is scheduling. Many anime bloggers balk on this but I am a very strong proponent of this. Do you know that this entry is actually not finished at the same time that it is published but perhaps 1-2 days ago? I generally try not to spam you, the reader, with too many entries in a day by doing scheduling.
It’s something that I always go to look around. I remember changing the timing of an series review entry for more than 10 times until Alkanphel was like “God, you finally got it published!” when it came out. I will not tell you which series review it is, you just have to accept that it’s a little thing behind this space that Impz does not tell you.
This is just a simple entry to show you a few of the little things that goes behind an anime blog. Do tell me your little quirks and secrets as an anime blogger if you are one. If you are a reader, do you notice any strange quirks of Impz while reading his entries?