(20)12 Moments of Anime

Happy Holidays! I figured I’d jump into the 12 Days of Anime project with my own round-up post of my 12 memorable moments for the year (kudos to Yumeka for the idea).  Anime conventions, aniblog tourneys, favorite anime of the year–it’s all there reminding me why I watch anime and continue to blog.  Thank you for staying with me through 2012, and enjoy reading!

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[Carnival] Marina’s Reflections on Animanga Blogs

Throughout the onslaught of the 2012 Aniblog Tourney, I learned quite a few lessons regarding my own site and how I view other blogs.  I also greatly appreciated the time some wonderful people took to actually leave comments in each round regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the various competitors.  Whether due to my own self-interests or just plain laziness, however, I only really read the feedback that regarded Anime B&B.  By doing so, I undoubtedly missed out on valuable criticism aimed at others that could also apply to me.  This is where Foxy Lady’s carnival idea comes into play.

Gaining and keeping readers are tasks that both new and old bloggers struggle with, accomplishments that some seem to achieve naturally.  Unfortunately, talent and the creative eye don’t bless each and every one of us, and there are fatal mistakes repeated time and time again which end up pushing away instead of attracting loyal readers and commenters.  So what does it take to capture your visitors’ attentions, prompting them to hit that subscribe button? Below are my responses to Ayame’s prompts regarding my own process for choosing which blogs to follow:

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Aniblog Tourney 2012

The Aniblog Tourney is just around the corner, starting April 15th, and I encourage every one of my readers to participate. Not only does voting urge the bloggers to up their ante, but it promotes communication between all parties involved. I greatly appreciate the chance to collaborate so closely with my readers and fellow bloggers and hope that the results, no matter if a “win” or a “loss,” will inspire me to become a better writer.

Update: Anime B&B will be up for Round 2 on May 6th, so I look forward to seeing you then!
Update: I luckily made it through the second round and will enter Round 3 on Friday, June 8th.
Update: Thanks for your support everyone! I had a good run, and was neck and neck for runner-up in Round 3.  I’ll see you next year!

Rules | Dates | Full Tourney Bracket

And for some interesting coverage on the Tourney, check out TRazor and TWWK’s previews.