Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today. I work very hard with a lot of dedication to create the best content possible within my capabilities.
I have been asked before by many people about what BiblioNyan entails and why they should follow along on my blogging journey. To makes things a bit easier, I have created this page as means of answering all commonly asked questions that I come across. If you have a question that is not listed here, or anywhere else on my blog, please do not hesitate to contact me through the multiple avenues available. I am open and appreciative to everything y’all may have to say or inquire about, provided you are not being a troll. I ignore trolls. I have too many books to read and anime to watch to waste my time on trolls. ✌🏾
What is BiblioNyan?
BiblioNyan is a WordPress blog that I created and began writing for in August 2015 under a different guise. Since then, it has gone through multiple identity changes, until I finally discovered its personality and the subject matter that I wanted this blog to focus on.
Why did you make BiblioNyan?
Similar to many other bloggers, I wanted to create a space where I could openly talk about things that I am most passionate about. I was going through a very dark period, and my main goal was to make money. However, after settling on the BiblioNyan name and persona, I changed my goals for the blog. While making money one day would be fantastic, that is not the driving force behind what I do, nor is it high on my blogging priorities at all anymore. In fact, if I never make a dollar, I would be fine so long as I am able to help at least one person with this blog. Anyway, my main goals are to become a better writer one day at a time, and to improve my ability to look at things that I love from a more analytical standpoint rather than a subjective and biased one. I strongly believe that it will aid me in becoming a more open-minded and well-rounded individual, and it will help me attain skills that can help in other parts of my life aside from blogging and writing.
What can we expect from you as a content creator with your blog (i.e.: what makes is special)?
The first and foremost thing that you will always get from me, no matter what I am talking about, is honesty. When I first began writing and expressing my opinions, I was always afraid to be honest, especially if I had an unpopular opinion. But after a while, it left me feeling very unhappy and insincere. I realised early on that by simply saying what everyone else wanted to hear, I was doing an injustice to those who were wholeheartedly looking for feedback that was separate from the norm. Besides, how would I know if others felt the same way that I did if I never outwardly expressed my true feelings? After that moment, I have always been upfront and extremely candid in all my opinions. Nonetheless, out of respect for diverse people and their diverse opinions, I also try to add a level of objectivity to whatever I discuss as well.
In addition to honesty, you can always expect me to be professional. I take writing very seriously, even if I am using a light-hearted tone, or occasional vulgarities, in some of the content that I produce. I will never bash or insult something for the sake of doing so, and I will never praise something without reason. My main goal for preserving professionalism is because I do hope that one day I can use this blog as a portfolio for entering the otaku or publishing industries professionally. My second reason is because that is the one thing I admire in all the blogs that I follow, and it feels wrong not to expect the same things of myself.
Why did you decided to talk about both books and anime, instead of creating separate blogs for both?
I went back and forth on this quite a lot when I originally began, and initially I stuck to reviewing books only. Yet, after establishing BiblioNyan, I came to realise that it would be good to have some level of content diversity on my blog. What if I get burned out on reading and need to take a break for a little while? Without books, my blog comes to standstill, thus becoming irrelevant. I would not have anything to talk about here. By adding otaku content, it helps me offer something as a cushion when a burnout does eventually happen, for either medium. I also know quite a lot of people who love reading just as much as they love anime, but I have never seen a blog that openly focused on both mediums. While it is one hell of a niche, it also works as a unique creative space that helps to set me apart from others like me out there. Recently, I have also begun adding Asian cinema related content and content pertaining to mental health, as these are also things I’m passionate about, and subject matter that most of my followers seems to enjoy in addition to the bookish and otaku content.
How often do you update content on your blog?
Multiple times per week, if not every day. I love to write, and I do it a lot, whether the posts are small titbits, or articles spanning over a thousand words. I also work as a blogger full-time. Due to health reasons, I cannot get a traditional job, so I place all my time and energy into actively creating content. I spend at least 40+ hours per week on conjuring up ideas, outlines, and articles to share on BiblioNyan. I know that updating every single day can be exhausting for most readers to keep up with, but for me as a creator, it is the best way for me to do what I love, and for me to keep up with all the things that I want to share on BiblioNyan. It’s also sensationally beneficial for me as an individual who struggles with depression on a daily basis. Daily blogging is one of the main ways that I cope and fight to move onwards day in and day out. As such, I strive to make a minimum of 5 posts per week, usually Monday through Friday.
You mentioned Japanese as part of the content that you provide under your bio. What does that mean?
I am currently self-teaching myself the Japanese language with the intent to become JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Tests) certified. It is very challenging, but also extremely exciting! I know that I am not the only one who is interested in learning this language, especially within the otaku sphere. I have been journaling my journey with learning Japanese, starting from the beginning with Hiragana and Katakana, and will be compiling them in to a language learning series here on my blog. The goal is to share my experiences—good, bad, terrifying—and all the materials that I am using to inspire anyone who wants to take the plunge into Japanese, especially if they are learning solo, but feels intimidated or unsure for whatever reason.
Do you have a YouTube Channel?
I did, but unfortunately no longer. I created a YouTube channel last year in January when I formed the foundation of BiblioNyan. I created content on both platforms consistently for a year. After that year, I sat down and evaluated how I felt as a creator for both places, and ultimately made the decision to go on hiatus with YouTube. YouTube has been extremely disappointing to me in terms of how it treats its content creators, and I no longer feel safe being a part of that community. Besides, less time making videos means more time to read and watch stuff! After getting pneumonia in March 2018, and coming very close to dying from it, I realised that life is too damn short to force myself to do things I don’t enjoy. As such, I officially retired as a BookTuber in April.
Why do you watch anime?
Because it’s awesome. 😉 As both an artist and a lover of stories, I find the potential for expression in anime to be absolutely wonderful! Some of the best narratives that I have encountered came from anime. It was also the first medium that taught me how to think analytically about something in order to look at a much bigger picture. For that, I will always be grateful to it. Lastly, it is another method of coping with my mental health and has completely changed my life for the better.
What do you focus on when reviewing an anime?
While I discuss many qualities while reviewing anime, such as music, animation quality, overall storytelling, etc., my two favourite things to examine are the themes and motifs in the show, and the characters. Sometimes a mediocre anime will have some multi-dimensional themes to it that will warrant it some love. Other times you can have a series that looks breath-taking in terms of virtual cinematography, but is as shallow as the pond behind my house during summer time. With characters, it has more to do with my ability to empathise. I can empathise with a lot of people, and as such I tend to gravitate towards characters who are well-developed, or multi-faceted. I also love profound relationships between characters in anime as well, whether they are romantic or platonic.
What do you focus on when reviewing manga?
The artwork, always. Because the illustrations create 90% of the stories that are expressed in manga, it is difficult for me to not focus on the artwork. I will examine panels, character designs and expressions, scenery, the different artistic styles and how they complement or detract from the overall narrative, and much more. I love talking about the artwork. Secondly, the storytelling. Thirdly, the characters. Lastly, the motifs and themes.
What are your favourite anime/manga genres?
Demographics: I love shōnen, so much so that I will be starting a segment here on BiblioNyan devoted to it. There’s almost always excellent action, creative fantasy-themed plots, and cool friendships within this genre. I also love shōjo, which kind of blows my mind considering that I do not like reading romance novels. Finally, seinen, which tends to be very adult, dark, and twisted with extremely graphic violence, and the occasional sex scenes. Genre specific: Action-adventure, fantasy, science-fiction, slice-of-life, crime fiction.
What are genres that you avoid, or rarely discuss?
I do not talk about yaoi that much here. I have no qualms against, or distaste for yaoi, I have simply noticed that most stories within that specific genre do not interest me. Some topics that I will not read at all include anything pertaining to the romanticising or fetishization of rape, child abuse, or hardcore incest. I also do not have a fancy for bestiality at all either.
Are you a cosplayer?
I am not a cosplayer, yet! This is an activity that I have always wanted to try, and 2019 will be my first year giving it a shot when I attend a con later in the year.
Do you blog about local otaku conventions?
I have not blogged about local conventions, yet! Due to health reasons I have not been able to attend any cons, however. Recently, I have reached some of my health goals, and I finally have permission from my doctors to stop bed-rest, which means I will finally be able to attend cons. My first con will be next year, where I plan on cosplaying for the very first time!
Which genres will you be reading and reviewing here?
While I tend to read almost everything, my focus here will be: science-fiction, fantasy, Asian literatures, historical fiction, and comics.
Which genres do you avoid, or do not like reading at all?
Romance is a genre that I do not like at all, and when I say romance I mainly mean things that lean towards Erotica. I also do not read most young adult contemporaries.
Are you a young adult literature blog?
No. While I do often read a young adult books, specifically SFF titles, or on an even rarer occasion I will pick up a contemporary, I prefer to read and review adult books. I do not judge anyone who enjoys young adult, however! It is simply not my preferred cup of chai! 😊
Why do you focus on Asian literature?
I have two main reasons. Firstly, as an Asian-Polynesian person, I enjoy reading about cultures, histories, and people with whom I can intimately identify with. I never had the luxury of doing this as a child because of the severely limited options, but now as an adult and with many wonderful Asian authors releasing brilliant books, I love them to death. There is a certain level of comfort and delight that comes with being able to read about a badass who does not fall under an oppressive stereotype. Secondly, I am quite vehemently interested in Asian cultures, histories, customs, and people. I have been for many years, so much so that I study it rather diligently during my free-time.
What does #OwnVoices mean?
#OwnVoices refers to any book that is written about a marginalised group of people by someone from that respective marginalised group. For example, a Japanese historical fiction book about post-WWII written by a Japanese author is #OwnVoices (When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka). A Japanese historical fiction book written by a non-Japanese, is NOT #OwnVoices, and it also would not be Japanese literature either (Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden). A young adult book about Queer romance written by a person who also identifies as Queer is #OwnVoices (They All Die at the End by Adam Silvera), while a Queer romance written by a person who identifies as being non-Queer is NOT #OwnVoices (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli).
Do you do sponsorships, or paid reviews?
I have not done any sponsored, or paid reviews yet. If I were offered to do one, it would highly depend on the book and what is asked of me in return (things they want me to mention in my review, if my reviews have to be biased in any way, etc.). If I do take part in writing a sponsored review, I will always mention it upfront in the beginning of my reviews.
Do you change your opinion on a book if you are sponsored, or paid, to talk about it?
Hell no. I pride myself on being wholeheartedly honest in everything that I write. If I am offered a chance for a sponsored review, I will never jeopardise my integrity or beliefs to do it, even if it is the only opportunity I will ever get, or an opportunity of a life-time. Nothing is ever worth that.
If I am an author, will you consider reviewing my book?
I am always open to receiving review requests, but before you send in a request, I recommend you check out my Book Review Policies. There you will find all information pertaining to what kinds of titles I accept, will not accept, and will consider even if it is not my normal preferred genre. However, if you simply sent me a request asking if I would be willing to read your book without any information on the book in question, I will ignore your message. I require a level of professionalism and consideration when it comes to inquiries for reviews.
Do you do beta and/or sensitivity reading?
I am currently in the process of creating beta and sensitivity reading services. While I do not officially have anything up on my blog for it yet, if you are interested in requesting a beta or sensitivity reading service, please contact me via Inquiries and we may be able to work something out. Thank you.