I was hardly the biggest fan when the Aniblog Tourney started. Successor to OEG? Those elitist channers. Popularity contest? There are easier and far more reliable ways to do this than E-PEEN stroking (what would one call the girls’ version?), like compiling individual blog’s pageviews, readership (feeds), comment density, etc. The fact I got rolled into it made me particularly uncomfortable: this was simply not the type of competition I enjoyed, especially if I have to face off against a friend on the first round.
But now that the tourney is on the road, I feel like the efforts of Scamp, mefloraine, and RP are actually coming off as very worthwhile. The haters have entrenched themselves far too deep in their own opinions to realize something: the Aniblog Tourney is doing what the OEG should have done — providing specified criticism that comes with constructive values. The gems… lay within the comments.
Don’t take it wrong Scamp, I’m not praising you. I’m only reading your blogs for research purposes on the other perspective alright? Research, that’s all.
How are the comments different from the OEG? Simple: the Aniblog Tourney itself doesn’t judge. There are no pre-established opinions with large red letters to argue for or against. When people aren’t too busy fighting fire with fire, we discover that we can still have a civilized discussion between humans. Wha— in my drama-laden aniblogosphere? There’s still hope for otaku yet.
Unlike OEG, which generalizes to the extreme and overloads their opinions with provocative words, Aniblog Tourney comments are far more precise and civil: I liked this, I didn’t like this particular writing style, the layout was schizophrenic, the banner was NSFW, this post was god-tier and decided my vote. What do you know, real comments that are actually useful? Ones that tell bloggers that these kind of posts should happen more and those types of wordiness may need adjusting? None of that HURR HURR YOU NOT OTAKU LIEK US trash.
Of course, many of the contestants in this tourney are seasoned anibloggers who have established styles, so I’m not quite sure how useful such feedback is. But for someone like me, who is not only new to the blogosphere but also still experimenting with different blogging methods and styles, Aniblog Tourney is positively a gold mine.
So bring it on! It doesn’t even matter whether or not I get knocked out first round. As long as I get some interesting comments anyhow. Although… I still don’t like this feeling of pressure (TTATT )
Hopefully, nothing will happen that’ll make me eat my words and turn Aniblog Tourney into the Watanagashi festival.