There has been a recent wave of positivity despite some of my anxieties and other negative emotions. So, I’ve been nominated with two of my blogs over the past couple of weeks, so I’m trying to catch up on everything. Fortunately, I had a day off, so I thought I would put up a post about the Blogger Recognition Award. I was nominated not once, but twice by two people in the aniblogger community. There’s Never Argue With a Fish and Tiger Anime who decided to give me some props. Thank you both so much for some of that international recognition across two different countries and continents. Let’s get down to business here…
Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that person’s blog.
I already linked back to their blogs, but I do want to give some more recognition to those that nominated me. Never Argue With a Fish was a blog I discovered a few months ago. I enjoyed a lot of the anime reviews from Chris’s end. I was also thankful to have some intelligent and civil conversations involving various animated films. Despite our differences of opinions regarding Disney, it was awesome how we were able to get along and still comment on each other’s posts. Tiger Anime is a more recent blog that I discovered and I check out their works. I enjoy the reviewing style of Tiger and I was exposed to some anime series I never heard of that I would like to check out in the future. It was also great that they liked some of my posts on the Ospreyshire blog.
Give the story or history of your blog.
I don’t think it’s a very exciting story, but I hope I can keep one interested. Outside of my other blogs involving my creations in multiple disciplines, I thought a blog involving my film background would be great. I didn’t want to focus on the Hollywood stuff like so many other bloggers and critics (saying nothing about my disdain for most mainstream movies in general), so I wanted to have a clearly defined identity for what I review.
The best solution was to cover lesser known works whether it was world cinema, animation, documentaries, and short films. Besides that, I wanted to offer different things such as mentioning factoids about what I review, seeing the big picture and metaphors for what I talk about, and exposing people to some quality works that they would’ve never heard of without looking like a hipster in the process. Also, the name refers to iridium which is one of the rarest metals while I have a critical eye for what I watch.
Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
Be brave and honest in your writing:
This is something I’ve really cared about after starting this blog. I tend to have some contrarian opinions even in more obscure media, but I don’t do this for controversy’s sake because that’s just cheap. Stand up and own up to your words and beliefs whether it’s reviewing something or just having a conversation. Despite having lingering self-esteem issues, expressing myself on multiple blogs has helped in my confidence. It really started after I overcame my fears of posting my reviews about Kimba the White Lion and Hate Crimes In the Heartland. Those were the first posts I wrote where I thought I would get death threats due to talking about THAT plagiarism controversy in the former and uncomfortable truths about racism in America in the latter. I felt that I became braver and I hope that was able to shine in my reviews on here.
Don’t freak out about your stats:
This is one piece of advice I have to tell myself since I’m still a small blogger who deals with reviews that are on the more obscure end. It’s certainly great when a post gets some traffic, likes, and comments, but don’t be crushed when certain posts don’t get (as much) attention. Just give it some time.
Be part of a blogging community and check out other’s posts:
This one is really key and it helps you give back to those in your blogging field or not. I will make an effort at least once a day to check out some archived posts and leaving comments. I enjoy starting conversations and it’s good to show that you care about those who you follow or follow you. While it’s good to check out the latest posts whenever you can, some bloggers have years worth of material that may be hiding and it’s great to add your voice to their works. Just be civil about it, though.
Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.
Here we go. I hope these aren’t repeats if you were already nominated!
Vigour of Film Lines: This Croatian blogger just got on my radar. They have a mix of a lot of classic international film reviews, some mainstream works, and some anime films as well. They come at it from an academic view and I was amazed with the references and cultural aspects in their posts.
The Review Heap: Ashley has been a great blogger and I’m glad I discovered his work. He covers anime series and movies in several genres including the occasional Western animated film feature. I swear we have a lot of the same tastes and know about the same random obscure series almost to the point where I wondered if he was an Australian alternate universe version of me. Haha!
Moyatori: She’s been a blogger I’ve known for a few years now and has been supportive of two of my particular channels. Moyatori has made great posts involving anime, manga, and even some culinary posts which tie into some of those topics. Maybe I should try something on here or my other blogs as I’ve been cooking more often. For real, Moyatori is certainly good people.
K at the Movies: K has definitely been a blogger that caught my attention last year when I discovered their page. K covers anime, mainstream movies, Western animation, and even some international live-action cinema. I like the snarky commentary while also underlying all the different parts of a movie that work or not. K, you know more about cinema than you think you do!
18 Cinema Lane: Here’s another recent discovery that I thought I would highlight. Sally has covered several classic films with a few modern ones thrown in. She is also this blogoverse’s resident Hallmark Movie expert from what I’ve seen in her various posts. Definitely check out her page!
Dr. Y.: Here’s a change of pace when it comes to content. Dr. Y and his blog Afrolegends is a goldmine of blogging quality. This Cameroonian blogger is an expert on African history and culture from all over the continent and I have learned way more from his site than I have in all my years of schooling (Kindergarten all the way to the university level!). I also have him to thank for being exposed to African movies, music, proverbs, and other great things.
Fiddletwix: Here’s another blog I’ve known about for a while, but I’ve recently been checking out more of her works. Fiddletwix at The Anime Madhouse covers anime, manga, and Western animation. She’s covered some of the same series I have on my blog which was cool. We’ve also had some very intellectual conversations about animation on both sides of the Pacific and we’ve come to have a mutual respect for each other even with some of our differing opinions on some film franchises.
Xena: No, I’m not talking about the Warrior Princess. I’m talking about the owner of We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident. She’s been amazing these past few years and has been encouraging to me even when I would be open about some of my moments were I felt bad. Xena makes posts about current events, some autobiographical posts, political situations, and does multiple posts upholding anti-racism.
Megan: Megan runs A Geeky Gal and has been a great contributor in the blogging community. She talks about nerd subculture related things, but also has vlogs, poetry, some reviews, and other various topics. She’s been cool and supportive of so many mutual blogger friends I know.
Red Metal: This film/video game blogger has a lot of quality work on their page. I was impressed with the level of writing quality even when they talked about the Hollywood works. I also had a bit of nostalgia checking out some of the game reviews involving the 90s games. We also had fun conversations about various movies and plot holes before.