I feel like writing this post has become necessary because of how the other one has just blown up and is still gaining more and more attention each day. You people are crazy and wonderful. Thank you for everything.
Before I get into this post, I want to talk about how my mind works, because it seems I worried some of you with how I wrote that post. Encase you were wondering, I am always worried about what I do. I always feel like something might go wrong along the way, so I always want to give whatever I do my 100% attention. This is the same approach I use when it comes to work, homework assignments, papers, and whatever is going to have my name on it. Don’t worry about me worrying about things, it’s just all a part of my personal process. I am not a depressed person and my life is going alright at the moment with some bumps in the road along the way. That’s life. It’s all good.
I feel like I have written a post like this before somewhere along the line, but let’s do this thing anyway:
1) Venting thoughts out
Do you ever stay up late at night because your mind is traveling one thousand miles an hour (or whatever the equivalent is in kilometers) just thinking and thinking and thinking? I honestly haven’t had this trouble nearly as much since I started blogging. My ideas about anime and what I think of them are venting somewhere, which allows my mind to be clear and ready to sleep. This is one of the reasons why I usually write my blog posts later at night to make sure my mind vents itself properly.
2) Building an audience
This is something that is always dependent on many things like how often you post, whether your posts are in demand, and how long you have been blogging, but if you keep blogging, more and more people are going to hear what you have to say. There is always a variety of paces of how people’s blogs grow, but the fact that there are people out there willing to hear or read what you have to say and that feeling is always wonderful. I am always thankful for whoever reads my posts, likes my post, and even comments when you people want to. Each one of those gives me happy.
3) Adding something to the community
Before starting this blog, I never added anything to this anime community. I never wrote anything on mal, wrote any comments on any anime streaming services, or anything else. All I did was listen to or read whatever other people had to say. Since starting this blog, I slowly am adding more and more of my voice into this anime community, whether or not people like it. It makes me happy that I am contributing something, no matter what it is.
4) Understanding different viewpoints
Joining this community means that you are one of many people. That means that there are plenty of other blog posts to read from plenty of other good bloggers. The opinions of each person about a similar show or concept is always going to be different and that’s good. Reading other people’s post will give you something special, perspective. Instead of a singular view, you will be given a multi-dimensional and well-rounded one.
5) Knowing this community
You will understand how other people think and approach topics and shows, which means you are slowly learning more about the individual behind the blog as well. Even if you never meet these people in real life or even learn their real names, you will understand these people possibly more than you will see outside walking down the street, playing in a park, or anywhere else. It’s also possible to know these people better then family members, because these are people opening up to the world through their writing. Their mind, how they think, and how they display it is on every inch of their work. That is something fantastic as well.
6) Doing something for you
Whatever the benefits of blogging are, it benefits us, the blogger, the most. We post on our blogs with the material that we feel like would benefit the community the most. Posting things that we want to post and not posting for the sake of following what other people post. This is our blog space and we can do whatever we want with it. In the end, that’s all that matters. There is a massive feeling of accomplishment behind writing post that is up to our standards. Even if that post doesn’t get all the views in the world or even any comments, the fact that it exists in the first place should be a matter of pride. When a day goes badly, looking at your posts to see all the hard work that you did should make you feel better.
To every down side, there is an upside. Everything has a balance. The hard work, stress, and feelings of each post have a feeling of revelation, energy, and pride behind them as well. That’s how it works. Nothing is pure black and white, everything and every person has a different shade of gray. (insert 50 shades of gray joke here).