A Conversation With Jack Scheibelein

Well, we are on the third weekend of January 2021. Does that feel correct to you? Does it feel like we are still in 2020 because of how long that year felt? What about general 202X where we jumped into the future. Or could we still be in 2020? Who knows really, time dilation sucks.

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With that time dilation comes Jack. A blogger who is also pretty busy. A student, a person who writes for multiple blogs including Kawaii Paper Pandas when they return from hiatus, his own poems on Liquid Solidly, and his ultimate Animated Observations. A really cool guy to talk to and another hard worker! :). Let’s learn some more about him.

What is your name, the kind of content you create on the internet, and the name of that or those pieces of media?

What’s up, Friendos! My name is Jack Scheibelein. I write reviews and opinion pieces on anime and gaming, as well as occasionally publishing original works of poetry and short fiction

When did you first start enjoying the media of which you provide a voice for online?

My first experience with anime, which is what I primarily talk about, was when I was around…9,10? Something like that. I had started watching “Bakugan” on Cartoon Network and I couldn’t get enough. Shortly after that I discovered Jetix, and shows like “Oban Star-Racer” and the one and only “Naruto.”

When I was about 12 I really got into anime after meeting my best friend and him recommending “Bleach” and “Fullmetal Alchemist.” From their, I was indoctrinated into the cult of weeb.

(S: Ah yes, those got me too.)

What made you choose the media that you communicate your thoughts online?

Most of the time, when I am with other people, I don’t tend to talk much unless someone invites me into the conversation, but if its something I am passionate about, then no invitation is needed haha.

The reason I choose to primarily focus on anime is honestly kind of boring: Its just what I was watching. Well, ok, its a little more than that. I watched a lot of anime cause I really enjoyed the variation in storytelling and subject matter, and since that is most of what I watch at any given time, I decided to start writing my thoughts on it. Intriguing, I know.

Has it been difficult to find a voice in the online fandom?

Not in particular. When I started writing, I was never really looking to be any kind of community leader or really even to have people read me. It was honestly just a way to vent the things I was and feeling. Most of my blog is still that, with the occasional collab with other cool creators such as yourself. So, as far as I am concerned, my voice is just as established as the day I started.

I will say, though, it certainly has been somewhat of a challenge finding a writing style that specifically fits me, which is why I try to experiment with voice, cadence, flow, etc whenever possible.

When did you start gathering an audience? (Even a small amount of views or subscribers is an audience.)

It was probably around a week after I started posting on my first blog, in August of 2017, that I gained any sort of a following. Back then my poetry and anime writing was together on one blog, so I gained a bit of a mixed audience.

From the beginning of 2018 my blog began slowly and steadily growing. From there, it was really just a matter of time before I started getting up there in numbers. The day I reached a hundred followers on my blog was honestly kind of mind-blowing. Like, people really want to read my stuff?

What are two posts/podcast episodes/pieces of art/etc that you are very proud of?

The first ever post that I worked really hard on was actually our Voltron collab back when the series was still airing on Netflix. ah, good times. It was the first collaboration I had done with other bloggers, so it made me feel like I was really part of the community.

Link: http://animatedobservations.com/2018/07/04/which-is-the-best-season-of-voltron/

(S: I was apart of this and it was a lot of fun.)

The second is probably my piece titled “Everything is Political, Including Anime, and What That Should Mean.” This was one of the first times I had spent any amount of time doing outside research for just a blog post, and honestly, it felt really good. Its a bit of a longer post, but it definitely feels a lot more well polished than most of what I have put out.

Link: http://animatedobservations.com/2019/01/21/everything-is-politics-including-anime-and-what-that-should-mean/

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!

No problem, Scott. Thank you for being such a wonderful blogger and host.

Where can people find you online? (Twitter @/Facebook group/Blog Link/Place to find your podcasts/Patreon/Other Things?)

You can always find me on my blogs Animated Observations (Anime/Gaming) and Solidly Liquid (Poetry/Fiction). Additionally, I do a lot of S**t posting on Twitter (@JScheibelein). If you enjoy any of my content and would like to support me, my Kofi (JackScheibelein) is available as well.

But, most importantly, be sure to show Scott love by liking and sharing this post as well. Thanks for reading, hope to see you soon.

(S: Awwww, you didn’t have to say that.)

Once again, a big thanks to Jack for being cool and answering some questions. Thanks for reading and we will continue on to next week with yet another content creator.

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