What time is it, everybody? GOLDEN TIME!!!
Actually it isn't, it's time for the latest episode of Jtor AM, but Golden Time is involved, so it's kind of true. This week: the Toonami people try to get us hyped about a new anime... | subscribe
Hello everynyan! Since it's the end of the week and we're already full steam into October (how are you all enjoying your Pokemon?), I thought now would be a good time to give you guys some updates on the community! First off,...
I hope you lovely folks have been checking out the C-Blogs of late, as we've been getting lots of interesting posts from people just like yourself (unless, of course, it's you posting them...well done!). As ever, we'll promote articles we think should go on the front page whether you're writing for Bloggers Wanted or not, but I'm here to give you a few ideas if you're stumped at what to write.
Hey, have you heard of April Fools? Yes, that time of the year when the Internet lies even more than usual! We decided to pretend we were poets instead of lie to you lovely folk, but I don't doubt everyone was raising their eyebrows just in case. For this months topic, I want you to tell me what you would lie about!
Imagine you finally get a friend to watch some anime for the first time. If there is a big surprise in store, like in Madoka, do you lie to get them through a few episodes of magical girls? Maybe you are just a real-life troll and would get your friend to watch School Days for the school-shenanigans, and not for the nice boat. Would you lie that you had seen something, because it's that embarrassing? Hell, would you lie about liking anime? Spill the beans and tell us all, anything goes so long as there is a lie involved!
Make sure to start your C-Blog with "Liar Liar: ", followed by something related to your post. We're always on the look out for cool, interesting and/or funny stories, so give it a whirl and maybe you'll find your way onto the front page!
Having a discussion topic like 'Top 5' is pretty fun for me, as it means I get a decent split of serious to not-so-serious articles over in the community blogs. Hopefully we can enjoy the best of both worlds once again with this topic that has been very thoroughly planned and thought out, and definitely wasn't thought up by me on the walk back home from the bus stop. Honest.
I want you to pick something, be it an anime, manga, novel or whatever, and tell me where you think it's heading. Do you think your favourite anime will naturally progress into a dedicated theme park? Will that manga that finished years ago be revived as an American live-action movie? Maybe you read a good novel and think it should be made into an anime? Have a think, and don't worry about being all that serious! If you think K-On! will eventually become the ninth planet to orbit the Earth, that's cool! Just tell us why, being as detailed in your explanation as you like, in the community blogs. Perhaps I'll stick it on the front page for all to see!
Be sure to have some fun with it! I think I'll give it a go myself this month, so I'll start thinking of a topic. Perhaps I can get across why I think all anime should be distributed as QR codes...
You! I saw you! You took one look at the title for this months Bloggers Wanted and groaned, didn't you? You see, I want to have a month where we all just roll back a little bit. Chill. Relax. Eat a really unhealthy burger and feel good about it. I'm not really sure where I'm going with this, but we're going to put the hot topics to one side and go simple.
See, I know there are a lot of you out there that want to get involved, but worry that your writing isn't up to scratch, or that you don't have a good subject. With a topic such as this, you can do pretty much whatever you want!
How creative you want to be is up to you, so if you just want to tell us all what your top five anime are, that's cool. However, if you want to trawl through your collection and tell us what your top five Japanese music videos that feature couples running towards sunsets are, then that's cool too. Try and think outside the box, and you might just end up on the front page!
Be sure to include what your top five topic is in the title of your blog, and most importantly, have some fun doing them!
January is all about starting afresh. We look back at 2012, gasp in horror about all the dumb things we've done, then pledge to avoid doing so again. Us humans are pretty good at this trial and error lifestyle, and what better starting point is a brand new year?
With each new month we get a nice new Bloggers Wanted topic. I had a good think about what to do, and you'll probably be happy that I decided not to go for the hugely original new years resolution topic. I think there are only so many pixel aspect ratio jokes the average person can take. Nope, for this month, I want you all to talk about something you love to the rest of the Japanator readers. If we're all going to be having fresh starts, why don't we get other people to try something new?
Title your blogs 'Check this out! ______', replacing that awfully straight line with your chosen subject. There are loads of things you could talk about, but try and make it about something people may not have heard of/tried before. Perhaps a particular anime, manga or genre? Is there a Japanese delicacy that people should definitely try out? A drink? An event? Fashion? Japanese figurines? It's your chance to show off something you enjoy to other people that may just learn to enjoy it as much as you.
We're always checking out the C-Blogs, and we'll be promoting several posts over the course of January. Don't worry if you can't think of a topic, as we'll promote anything to the front page so long as we like it enough! Get out your cyber quills and kick off 2013 with some juicy words!
It's finally December, so now you can go ahead and put up your decorations and play Christmas music in public. What, people have been doing this since late October? Way to spoil the fun!
The start of the new month means we have another Bloggers Wanted theme for you lovely folks that like to grace our C-Blogs. Us folk at Japanator are currently preparing to write about the shows we enjoyed the most this year, so we'd like for you to write about what you enjoyed this year! However, you won't have as many restrictions as us.
Title your blogs 'Best ___ of 2012', placing in whether you're talking about an anime, manga, Japanese video game or whatever. Why not think outside the box? Best voice actor of 2012? Best product placement of 2012? You could even write about an older anime that you just happened to watch this year. Be sure to explain how it relates to 2012, in that case!
As always, we'll be keeping an eye out for the lovely things you end up writing, and we'll slap a bunch of them on our front page for all to see! Just remember that if you disagree with something, feel free to write you're own blog and perhaps we'll feature that too! Best example of terrible anime 2012, perhaps?
Can you smell that? It's the smell of a fresh, new month! That means it is time to change the Bloggers Wanted topic, so get those caffeinated drinks and start thinking of something cool to write!
Oh yes, better explain what I want from you guys first.
First of all, thank you to everybody that participated in the topic for last month! We read each and every post that ends up in the C-Blogs, Bloggers Wanted related or otherwise, so it's great to see people whacking keyboards for our sake! Of course, there were some great posts that didn't make it to the front page last month, but don't get disheartened! You could still make it to centre stage with this months topic!
What we want you to do is write a letter. This can be to anyone or anything, living, dead or fictional. It could be a fan letter that shows how much you appreciate Oda-sensei a famous figure, a letter that voices a complaint about a show or event, or just something extraordinarily creepy. If you can't think of a person, why not a letter about a specific thing? An open letter to ban anime recap movies, perhaps?
There are plenty of possibilities, so get your thinking hats on! Title your C-Blog 'An open letter to', followed by the subject. We'll then pick a few over the course of the month and throw them on the front page for everyone to see!
Incidentally, us folk at the Japanator underwater HQ have been thinking about answering any questions you might have. If you have something to ask us, on any topic, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might respond to it in a post in the near future. Let us know if you want to stay anonymous, and don't be too mean! You could ask us what our least favourite shows are, what we like to do in our spare time, favourite ice cream flavours... anything! Give it some thought!
[Welcome to Bloggers Wanted, our way of asking you, our dear readers, questions, and checking out your insights, the ones too big for podcasts or mere comments. Deep thoughts like that deserve recognition, and this is where we can make you Internet-famous! - Josh]
You may remember that almost a month ago, I wrote out a post asking you lovely readers exactly what changes you would like to see on Japanator. Well, we've been listening, and we noticed that a number of you wanted to see the return of our Monthly Musing column. Well, it's back! Don't let that new name fool you!
If you've ever wanted to write a blog about something you care about, but you have had trouble finding the audience for it, this could be the answer! Every month we'll be setting a new topic to discuss, and you budding bloggers will be able to write about it in our C-Blog section. We'll be keeping a close eye on what you are writing, and we'll be putting the best ones up on the front page for everyone to see! Also, for the bragging rights. Everyone loves bragging rights.
In all honesty, I'm glad to see it finally return. Many of us regular writers participated in the old Monthly Musing column before joining the site (myself included!). It's a great way to practice your writing while showing it to others with similar interests. What's to lose?
Enough waffle, on to this months topic!
I want to make it nice and simple for the first Bloggers Wanted, so I want you to tell me what you keep going back to. This could be anything so long as it's related to Japan in some shape or form (yes, you can stop writing that blog about your toilet!), so whether it's an anime, a manga, a convention or even a location, we want to hear from you! Why do you like it so much? What makes it so special? What puts it above the rest? You can write as little or as much as you like, just be creative!
Myself and the rest of the Japanator team look forward to reading them! Good luck everyone!