Greetings! As some of you might already know there is a blog award circulating around the community. I have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition award! I have a lot of fun with these special posts as they are a great way to get some insights into the people behind the blogs that we all enjoy. This one had some interesting rules so I was more than happy to take part!

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site
  • Do a post to show your award
  • Give a summary of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers
  • Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award
  • Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post

Of course I would like to start off the my thanks to Aizen_Kuro for the nomination. I am honored to be given the opportunity to take part. Please check out their site as they have some awesome content!

How did I get into blogging?

My blogging origin story is nothing too exciting. I was in my early days as an anime fan looking to connect to people who also liked anime. I also loved talking geek stuff with anyone I could. A friend of mine who was a blogger at the time suggested that I give it a try. He had his own site and I was curious as to how actually having a website would be. This seemed like the perfect platform. The idea was to discuss comic books, cinema, anime, tv shows anything that I wanted to nerd out about. In my early days my friend even let me post a few things on his site as I got my feet wet. This lasted for a few months or so. Sadly he is not blogging anymore and I branched out on my own. In the years since the blog’s inception the focus has narrowed pretty much to anime. I want to write about manga at some point too, just trying to figure out how to do it. The narrower focus was because of the community being so welcoming and the fact that anime is still talked about less than other topics such as gaming and comics. And honestly anime is much more fun medium to write about anyway.

My blog’s moniker originates from the my love for the series A Certain Scientific Railgun and it’s protagonist Mikoto Misaka. At the time of the blog’s inception I had just finished the series and became a huge fan. My choice for the name was to simply honor what I thought was an under discussed series at the time and maybe draw some attention to it. I had only heard about through preview ads that aired with other shows and was shocked that it didn’t pop up on recommendation lists ( I was still a relative noob at the point). As for the 75 well, I just like the number for some reason- no real personal meaning there. Railgunfan75 just felt right as a name for an online persona and the site.

My Advice to New Bloggers

I’m not sure if advice holds much weight considering that this is a small time blog but I can pass along a few nuggets of wisdom that I’ve picked up in the few years doing this.

Be like Haruhi! Don’t be afraid to be yourself!

The first piece of advice is to simply write about what you want to write and at a pace that is comfortable for you. If one looks at the history of my blog they will see multiple failed attempts at trying to write a bunch of posts on a consistent basis. There have been numerous cases where I thought I would try something trendy or felt the need to keep up with those who post on a much more consistent basis. Sadly those attempts all failed and the quality was certainly not my best. It took me a long time to realize that I can’t post daily or sometimes weekly and have the content be readable. Some people have the skill and I just don’t. I also realized that it’s ok to not have 5-7 posts a week. Each blogger has their own schedule and their own capabilities of writing- my specialty is longer more thought driven posts written when I have the time and inspiration. And that’s ok since this is simply a side hobby I picked up to meet people and discuss anime. I would also add that this process can take a while, I’m honestly still trying to find my groove myself and I have been blogging for years now.

One of the things that I did settle on early on was that I was going to write about what series/films I wanted to. If they happened to coincide with a popular franchise that would be great but I wasn’t going to force myself to write about a trending series especially if it was a series that I had no interest in watching anyway. I have liked to use to use the platform as a means to share what I like or didn’t like and that is something that I would recommend to any blogger- write about what you want to write.

No matter the size of your audience, there are always great conversations to be had.

In doing so I would also say don’t get hung up on the blog’s stats. In the early days of my blog it admittedly bothered me that my site traffic particularly on my anime posts was not as large as I was hoping. It bugged me a bit that my stuff was being read by a ton of people. Yes, the point of the blog was to not look at numbers but I remember think in the beginning that I had failed somehow. And I tried things for the blog that just didn’t fit me or my style ( referring back to point number one). I realized that it really didn’t matter how many people followed me or read my stuff. The fact that anyone read my stuff was good enough. And to be honest, there have been some great conversations and discussions with those who have taken the time to read my stuff. That was the entire point of the blog in the first place. Would it be cool if I could connect with more people? Sure. Being able to talk with more people about anime is always welcome. Someone will see what you wrote and respond to your opinions, it just takes some time.

You should have a good time while blogging.

And finally I would say just have fun and enjoy your experience in the community. If you treat it like a chore or required task you will get burned out- I can speak from personal experience on this. The blog needs to be something that you are passionate about. You always want to make sure that the experience is a good time for you. If it isn’t feel free to step back until you can enjoy it again. And while you shouldn’t get hung up on stats/views if you hit a milestone feel free to celebrate it! Be proud of posting 100 blog posts or hitting 200 followers! That’s 100 times you shared your opinion or 200 people that you have met. Celebrating these things with your fellow bloggers is a great experience- you put in a lot of effort to get to that point, enjoy it! I look at a blogging as a means of celebrating my fandom with fellow fans and I enjoy reading others people’s posts and writing my own. It is a great way to interact with other people and those experiences should be fun. So make sure to have a good time while blogging!

I think this may count as three pieces of advice or maybe one depending on how you look at it but it was a message that i wanted to share with everyone and this was the perfect platform to do so! I hope that my advice made sense to everyone.

My Nominations

Well I don’t think I have 15 bloggers to nominate here as I know this has been circulating for a bit but there are a few people that I would like to nominate. I’ll nominate three bloggers as going crazy with this will kill the post chain too soon!

Crow’s World of Anime

Al’s Manga Blog

Krystallina

I’m looking forward to seeing what you have for us! If you’ve been nominated already then just please consider it a second to any other nomination.

And I think that about covers it. This was a bunch of fun to do and I hope that others will give it a try. So until next time this is Railgunfan75 signing off. Stay safe, stay respectful, and stay geeky my friends!