This post may be a bit rambly and not make a lot of sense, but hopefully it does to those of you who blog on here. I feel like I’m kind of at a creative standstill with my blog right now and not sure what to do next with it.
When I started this blog about a year ago, I didn’t have a plan for what I wanted to write about or anything. I just needed a place to vent my feelings, really. I started writing about things in my personal life, but that gradually shifted towards some of my hobbies and interests, particularly anime and manga… and now, that’s the main thing I write about.
And that’s great! I love my little blogging community and it makes me happy to read everyone’s posts, share our opinions, and get to know each other better. But lately I’ve been thinking, what else do I want to do with this blog? Do I want to do what’s worked for me so far, or do I want to try something new?
Because to be honest, I haven’t had been as motivated to watch and write about anime as I was even a few months ago. I still watch older series from time to time, but outside of My Hero Academia, I haven’t caught up with much new stuff lately. This is partly because I’ve been busy with you know, life, but I also have had a hard time keeping up with so many new releases and also catching up on all the stuff that I missed. Even the shows I really want to watch have been put on the backburner, because adding any more to my overstuffed backlog would be overwhelming!
Beyond the lack of motivation to watch stuff to write about, I’ve had a hard time deciding what I want to write about and how I want to write about it. I’ve thought about deviating a bit and writing some posts about other things: music, video games, stuff about mental health and LGBTQ+ identity… but I also don’t want this blog to be an unfocused mess or miss out on the awesome anime theme I’ve worked on for a while now. I’ve even thought about starting a different blog entirely, so I can write about more personal stuff, but running 2 blogs at once just seems… eh…
Most of the posts I’ve enjoyed writing the most are the really in-depth ones, like my character and trope analyses or (my personal favorite) my Overly Long and Passionate Defense of Re:Zero. But those take a lot of time and energy for me to write, and I’m concerned their length might be a problem for some readers. Of course, I could just write shorter/less detailed posts, which are fun for me every once in a while, but I kinda feel like the more in depth stuff is what makes my writing stand out. How can I find a balance?
To be fair, I’m not the kind of person who worries too much about likes and followers and all that. (If I did, I’d have a YouTube channel and every post would be something stupid like Top 10 Finest Butts in Anime!) But I also want all of my posts to be good, and enjoyable for people to read. I’m an only child so I have a pathological fear of doing poorly on anything.
So I guess I’d like some advice, if you’re reading this and you have a blog yourself. What do you do when you feel these kind of creative blocks and you don’t know where to go next? Do you like the kind of posts I’m doing, or would you like me to branch out into other stuff? And what kind of posts of mine do you prefer, if any? I would really appreciate any and all feedback, and thanks and I hope y’all have a wonderful day. ❤