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Nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award

image33It takes no small amount of tenacity to start a blog, and motivation is its own reward. A quick Google search will reveal a glut of dead blogs whose owners have sadly left them abandoned in the digital dust. Without anyone to read posts, blogging is at best an online diary and, at worst, like listening to the sound of your own echoing voice. In the 14-ish months since we started littleanimeblog, Elisabeth and I have been humbled, heartened and even a little misty eyed by the vibrant, nurturing and loving ani-blogging community. To cut a long ramble short, without you lot reading, commenting, liking and sharing this little site wouldn’t be worth the cyberspace its written on. So a huge thank you.

It’s a sentiment shared by our pal and regular reader Raistlin0903 who was kind enough to nominate us for The Blogger Recognition Award. Obviously, if you’re not familiar with his site, check it out tout suit. There’s plenty of insightful anime reviews alongside a melange of exploration of world cinema and American box office hits alike.

We were also nominated by Blame it on Chocolate whose blog is as fun as you’d expect with that killer title.

The Rules

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

Give a brief story of how your blog started

Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers

Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

The beginning

Although I’d convinced myself I’d grown out of anime (more on my stupidity here), I found myself drawn back as a lead writer for the excellent English magazine Starburst where I penned reviews for the latest releases, among other things, and started writing review for the excellent English otaku magazine NEO. I tried balancing my freelance career with a new full time journalism job which is harder than it sounds and between moving flat, learning to drive (at last) and working all day, it became a tough call to give up my evenings and weekends. But it wasn’t long before I missed writing about anime, so Elisabeth and I took the plunge and started up this blog.

A lot of planning went into the site as we figured out what we wanted to do and how we wanted to go about it. Though we opted for the moniker ‘littleanimeblog’ we were essentially positioning ourselves as an online magazine-cum-entertainment site, and used my magazine contacts to source review materials and so on. With some investor influence behind us, we managed to get the site looking and functioning the way we wanted, but there were points where we both wanted to call it a day. Fortunately, having the two of us meant we could turn to one another when we each were feeling down. As I said above, without you guys, we would have folded months ago.

My advice for new bloggers

Based on my own experience, I’d go into blogging with at least some sort of a plan. I’ve started numerous blogs since I was a teen, from somewhere to showcase my poetry or a novel I was writing. Making sense of what you want to achieve, a niche you want to fill or what kind of workload you want to take on will help put you in good stead.

Looks aren’t everything. When we started this site, it was ugly as sin. Fortunately, we had an investor to help us with things like paid for themes and such, but I appreciate that’s not an option for everyone. High quality, thoughtful and well researched content will always trump aesthetics, so don’t get disheartened.

One of the best things you can do as a budding blogger is visit and read other people’s sites. Not only will you forge valuable contacts, but you’ll be inspired by other posts, expanding your own knowledge, not to mention the recommendations. Seriously, my to-watch list has tripled!

Just to satisfy the contrary in me, don’t listen to advice. Sometimes you just have to be headstrong and go your own way.

The honorable nominees

As many of my friends and fellow bloggers will have already been nominated, this may prove tricky. Apologies if you’ve already received a nomination.

100wordanime

The Otaku Judge

Lethargic Ramblings

LitaKino Anime Corner

Feminist Otaku

Mage in a Barrel

Anime Girls NYC

The Mad Narrator

Two Happy Cats

Medieval Otaku

10 Comments on Nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award

  1. Thank you very much for this wonderful post, and the kind words. I really enjoyed reading this, and especially how the blog started. I am impressed by the mention of the magazine Starburst, of which I remember owning a few copies. The advice you gave I totally agree with. Especially the part about reading other blogs. I have learned a lot, and am still learning every day (and probably will never stop learning lol 😂) In all seriousness though: you guys have an incredible blog, and I hope it will continue for many years to come. As I am pretty sure it will: as you are both awesome 😊

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  2. Congratulations!
    You have a great blog and it’s easy to see that a lot of work has went into it. Thanks for the advice as well.

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  3. Congratulations and thanks for the nomination. You are right in that there are a lot of dead blogs out there. It was great to read how you got started, so thanks for sharing your advice.

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  4. Congrats on the nomination, you both deserve it for all the good work you’re doing ( ˘ ³˘)❤
    Aww, you both are such sweethearts! Heart eyes at both of you 😻😻😻😻
    I really like how the animanga/gaming is so supportive and lovely, I feel the same as you, I’m so overjoyed to get to meet so many lovely people, among which both of you are!
    Ooh, origins stories are always so awesome to read 👌
    I’ve started so many blogs and quit all of them, so I feel you. I actually gave up my current blog for a whole year before I felt the itch to come back, changed the URL and theme and started anew/fresh since I didn’t have much on it xD;
    Smh, my list keeps growing thanks to everyone recommending so many good shows and manga, it will never dwindle fml 😹
    The best thing I did was try to push myself and then realize exactly how I wanted to blog. It took me a while to get my current schedule, and realize I needed a pad of already written and scheduled posts so I can be free to write new ones and also to do spur of the moment ones hehe, so everyone should just strive to see how they function the best~
    /lightly pokes you

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  5. Congratulations! You have a wonderful blog here and the story behind it was interesting to read.
    I definitely agree with your advice. Being a new blogger, I really needed these. Thanks!

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  6. Congratulations! It was interesting to read about where and how you two started. I’m glad you guys stuck with it.

    Keep up the great blogging!

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  7. What an inspirational story Dominic. You were determined to bring a vision to fruition and you did just that. For that alone, you should be proud. The views, comments, and information garnered from your readers is only the ‘icing on the cake’ so to speak. Please keep up the hard work because I, for one, enjoy reading your blog.

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  8. Congratulations on the recognition and what you’ve said sounds like good advice. I think first and foremost, knowing what you want to do and how you will do it is integral and it helps cement your style exploration and writing as well. I think thoughtful posts certainly trump aesthetics but I should probably do something about my own blog looking ugly as sin at some point, haha. (Also:) This blog is snowing!

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  9. It might be very late, but let me say congratulations for the award. :3

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