Yesterday, I completed the 30-Day Anime Challenge, which is a monthly challenge that has small writing prompts you must answer for thirty consecutive days. It was my first time participating in a monthly challenge such as this, and I must say that it was quite an interesting experience.
As a blogger, prior to the challenge, I had gotten pretty used to writing blog posts regularly, which for me meant creating and uploading content four to five times throughout the week. Yet, I have never consistently blogged every single day of the month. This main focal point for the 30-Day Anime Challenge, the act of needing to write or create work for every single, helped me realise a lot of things about myself as a content creator, as well as the type of blogger that I want to become, and really all of my insights can be summed up into ten main points.
Today, I wanted to briefly share with you how this challenge has helped me to grow as a writer and a blogger, and to encourage anyone who may be struggling with being a blogger or are interested in being one but feel unsure about writing consistently, to check out this challenge and give it a try. Maybe it can help you out too.
I really like writing prompts because they force you to think critically about a specific topic or subject matter that you wouldn’t normally consider & they’re not as intimidating as they seem.
The idea of having to write something every single day felt quite daunting and a bit intimidating to me and is one of the reasons that I never picked up the challenge earlier. But after completing it, I found it to be a lot of fun and super chill.
Having an expected or required daily post, helped me be more serious and regulated with my writing.
I’ve been working on creating a set schedule for myself for months, but it never really works out for me. With the challenge, I was finally able to accomplish my goal of getting onto a regulated writing routine, and it did wonders for my ability to think creatively, as well as to feel great about myself as a blogger.
Writing every single day gave me a great sense of accomplishment, which further motivated me to blog more and focus more on offering quality content.
Doing the prompts inspired me to begin posting twice a day. At first, I thought it would be too much work for me and overkill for my blog, but that sense of consistency with having a morning and afternoon post, helped me feel immensely accomplished and happy about my blog overall.
The prompts inspired me to get more creative with my writing ideas, not only with my blog, but also with ideas outside of blogging in my personal pursuits (i.e.: works for publication).
Writer’s Block has been my bedfellow for a long time. But a week into doing the prompts, I was able to return to the poetry book that I’m working on and my fantasy story and finally make more headway with them.
It made me realise I need to watch more goddamn anime, as my options for answers felt very narrow and limited.
Yeah… I struggled so much with trying to find diverse and different answers to the prompts aside from the handful that I used over and over again. I definitely need to watch more stuff! This is good because I can get off my lazy ass and get to the shows that’ve been on my watchlist for centuries.
It helped me gain a better understanding of what I love and appreciate in the anime medium, as well as the traits that I very much don’t care for.
I always had a sense of the things I liked and didn’t like, but by having to answer very specific questions, I was surprised by how many traits I love (and thought I didn’t care for) and how many things irk me (and thought I loved!). I think this will help me in the future with writing better, more cohesive, and more thought-provoking anime reviews.
It helped me become a better writer by making me work hard at being regular, consistent, and diligent about writing the best posts that I could.
I created a monthly calendar that has two spaces for each day—morning and afternoon—where I can input the posts that I wrote that day. It was my way of keeping track of the prompts (woot, OCD). By quite literally visualising the content going up on my blog, it motivated me to fill in those spots, but to do it diversely so that I didn’t offer mundane, boring content that is irrelevant to my established content, personal space and persona.
It showed me that my passion is a tool I can use in blogging to help personalise my content to my opinions (and that it’s okay to do so) so that I can create a space that is unique.
Blogs are supposed to be personal to the blogger. In my heart I know this, and in my mind to an extent I know this as well. But I think I get so caught up in the stupid ass numbers and statistics that I begin to cater to my followers instead of being true to myself. I want my blog to be my space for things that I love. A place for me to able to talk about them in my own way, and to not be afraid of sharing my opinions, even if they are unpopular ones. I may not get as much traffic, but at least I won’t be disappointed with my content and it will be a true embodiment of who I am as an individual. It’s a quality I search for in blogs that I want to follow, so it seemed silly to me to not abide by the same precept.
Blogging more regularly and frequently about anime is an excellent way to engage with other otaku bloggers and the online otaku community in general.
I loved all of the comments and responses that I got on my posts! Talking with you was my favourite part about this challenge! It felt delightful to have that conversation with other bloggers and share (or differ) in opinions. It’s one of the reasons I became a blogger to begin with.
The challenge made me super nostalgic for shows/films that I haven’t seen in a long time, and it made me realise that this nostalgia is a superb means of keeping my passion and respect for anime alive for many, many more years to come.
I did a whole post on how nostalgia can make us self-entitled, but also is what encapsulates the essence of passion. Doing this challenge, put those ideals into perspective for me in a very blunt and authentic way, deepening my appreciation and respect for nostalgia even more. It’s the best part of growing and maturing, not only in my work, but also as a person.
Those are all of the things that I learned by doing the 30-Day Anime Challenge! Now, I will say upfront that I have found another couple of anime challenges that are quite different from this one, as well as a monthly book blogging challenge! I plan on participating in these challenges through the year. With school coming up, and the possibility of getting a traditional job, I fear that my imagination and creative influx will need a boost so that I don’t get negligent with BiblioNyan. Doing that will just make me super depressed, which is something I’d like to avoid at all costs. I’m hopeful these various monthly challenges will assist me in keeping up with my content creating in the best and most pleasant ways possible.