F: You see, I am, also, an avid reader of anime blogs, and so I felt the need to try to reach out to the world our voice as other great bloggers did. The first mistake was launching it in blogspot instead of wordpress… back then in Greece blogger was way more popular and as in university we were told to make a blogspot account I was already used to the platform. Now, although there’s the transfer possibility, it’s not that perfect; meaning if we do change over to wordpress we’ll lose our images and must transfer them one by one…
N: For sometime now, we are concerned on how to promote “The Beautiful World” to the outside world, how to make it as attractive, interesting and popular a page as it can be.
F: Precisely. I thought we really should do something to change the fact that we almost never get a single comment. Kitsune from Kitsune’s thoughts was the only stable visitor in the first years of this blog… so we said why not try social media? Although at first I was dismissing them…
F: Facebook didn’t do much… we got some commenting in the beginning there, but very few people from our friends got here to comment (thank you guys anyways, you know who you are). Twitter was something I was mocking a lot. I still remember the talk I had with Kitsune about being anti-facebook and anti-twitter. And look at me now… Well, it’s not like I have 100+ on fb (more like 20 or so), I use it to get news and new music. Twitter is a medium I can’t get used to and to put it politely, I’m not very fond of it. There’s a whole wall with things that don’t concern me and even if I do post a link or a video there, it’s even worse than our blog. No one really cares. In the blog you don’t have all of these people ‘talking’ so very often – you have your own voice alone. Not getting a single response among so many other random ‘talks’ feels way lonelier. Some have complained about such an issue in forums, but I usually don’t feel so suffocated there and most of the time my opinion isn’t ignored that blatantly. The organization in a forum helps, I guess.
|That’s how I feel in twitter… (Twitter Noise by Quasimanga)|
Tumblr is a whole other thing. We both enjoy reblogging pictures we like.
N: I have become a great fan of this platform. Tumblr is more like a stream of images- and to a lesser extent thoughts-, flowing unstoppably, much different to blogger since it is much simpler and easier to share and promote the things we love.
F: Please do drop there! You can see our general tastes this way. We do face some issues with gifs – they can run smoothly on the dashboard but not on our tumblr page and it’s not even all of them that act this way. They run perfectly fine in other tumblrs so why does this happen to us??? If you have a solution to this problem and can help, please comment below.
N: What we do not know of course is how far this road will take us. We already operate in many different platforms. Are there going to be more places to show our love? We have rejected the possibility of writing articles targeting a wider audiences since we wish to keep part of the original goal; we still blog for ourselves, about things that have meaning to us. When that is over, this blog will be over too. So, even though you may see TBW evolving again, you will probably never find articles about things not worth our and your time.
F: *cough*unless it’s a rant post *cough* although I don’t do those often *blush* Anyways, social media don’t appear to do much for us till now and I can’t not think a bit like this poster:
|Social Media Generation by requiredfield|
You, visitors, can you show us we are wrong? We are waiting for you 😉
P.S.: Snippet Tee, Yi, Ryan, Hana, our newest friends, visitors and fellow anibloggers, I’d like to thank you wholeheartedly for your support these last months 🙂 Having people commenting is tremendous joy and gives us a sense of achievement.
Update (1/2013): Foxy Lady came to like twitter a lot. There are times when really fun discussions unravel and the sense of participation create happy feelings. But it still feels ‘too much’ when you aren’t involved in a chat or when drunken people tweet…