Retrospective Lookback on the Tourney

A rather fitting picture for the blue mood I had when I saw the votes. But of course, we already saw that coming

Through the AniBlog Tourney, we have managed to gleam huge amounts of new ideas. The criticisms offered forth also gave us ideas on various methods to improve the blog as well as areas that could use significant improvements. It was a very educational journey and although we’re certainly out of it, we shall return next year, hopefully stronger than now!

The first big change is in the name of the blog. I think it’s pretty clear that this is no longer Interests of a Psychopath but Otaku Panorama. It was a name we thought of, meaning us presenting our views on the Otaku media culture. Posh stuff. However, the old blog name I’ve preserved for so long will not disappear! It has been saved for another of our “grand” changes.

One of the newer things was the introduction of splitting the blog. Not literally but dividing it into 4 seperate sections for each of the 4 writers, each with it’s own unique name and distinct writing styles. Although it does absolutely nothing besides some cosmetic work, it does neaten stuff out for us. (And that’s where the blog’s old name now is. It’s my section! Whoots)

We’re also hoping to delve into new formats of presenting our content. One of the better ideas put forth was actually a podcast. It’s currently in consideration but I’m hoping it’ll turn out well. But don’t fret, the blog won’t just be about podcasts just because we’re too lazy to type. It’ll be a infrequent thing and it’s actually part of a goal for my own ambitions in life.

Another fresh new occasion that you can look forward to is the possibility of a fifth writer. He’s a closer friend of Sleepy and both LessThanFree and I also know him rather well. I’m only disclose that he’s a little shota in RL but nothing more. We have great expectations for our new blood.

That’s all for now. The blog is undergoing a major overhaul in terms of looks so these few days would be very messy with all sorts of crap being done to it. In the future, we hope to present more quality content as we slowly mature (really really slowly) and gain more insights into such aspects. We had thought out content was rather satisfactory but we were proved wrong and it was described as mediocre at most. So we’ll like to make them eat their words in the next AniBlog tournament (*evil laughter*). That or we arrange for our nay-sayers to meet with rather unfortunate accidents, mostly involving fire and salami slicers.

Yuri~! Kyouko X Sayaka too!!

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About Manfred Tham

Manfred can typically be found hiding from people behind his computer screen or a tall pint. However you can easily contact him in any given video game where he will either insult you or be really nice to you. In addition his nerdiness transcends the digital plane when he partakes in the arcane rituals of rolling dice in both table-top and board games. Disregarding the countless hours he has logged into games, Manfred loves nothing more than cooking food to satisfy his craving for Northern European cuisine or to sip away from the many bottles of whiskies he fondly defaults to. Manfred is also what is commonly known as a “metalhead” with a penchant for both symphonic and power metal. Manfred summarises his life philosophy with a quote by Samuel L.Jackson, but it has been redacted for being far too vulgar.

Posted on April 28, 2012, in Anime, Otaku-ism. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Good luck on your new blog name–I like it more. I don’t totally agree with those people who criticize blogs. Sure their opinions elicits good suggestions. But at the end of the day, they’re just telling the participants how they would want to blog should they have their own sites.

    I think it’s so important to retain individuality and do stuff that would make us happy. For me, you guys have decent contents, but of course there’s always room for improvement. Btw, it was nice a match, though I realized that you guys could’ve come up with a better campaign and create more buzz if you didn’t have your exams at the same time.

    • Thanks for your kind words, we all really appreciate it! Go far in the tourney, now that you won us nothing can stop you:) www

      But next year will be a different story( ̄^ ̄)ゞ

  2. Love the changes. Especially the design. Everything looks so much more refined now. I always thought the previous title was weird ever since more members were added. Same goes for AOIA, but it’s too much hassle to redecorate every single blog aggregation site, profile, and banner again so to be honest I decided not to change it instead. *shifts eyes sneakily*

    I think you shouldn’t really force everyone to blog one section per se but rather make it so that the bloggers blog more of a section than the others. For instance, an anime blogger who occasionally blogs about Warhammer 40000. You get the drift.

    • Oh. The whole “sectioning” thing is actually just cosmetic and administrative stuff. We’ll all blog anime/manga related stuff (I seem to be the only one doing manga though) and we’ll also blog whatever else we want to. I’m not forcing my writers to write under their section. In fact, the sections do absolutely nothing except to give each writer a cooler feel. Each section just kinda describes and gives the readers a general idea of what to expect when you read that writer’s posts. It also sorts out our crap. Clears up the clutter in our home page

  3. They say you’ll have to undergo criticism and people scrutinizing your every single word to be able to bring about big changes. And the changes that I’ve seen to this new blog brings about a whole new freshness to it.

    The blog now feels even more professional than before. Keep up the good work! ^^

  4. Well considering that aniblogging is a niche, albeit pretty popular segment of the anime fandom, your blog still stands pretty tall against most out there..

    I also would like to believe that age is just a number.. I really do, but it really does influence the way one writes – a lot of anibloggers out there benchmark everyone’s blogging styles to that of an adult. A great degree of control is needed to write like an adult, whilst retaining that child-like desire to f*** around ( pardon the usage ) at heart. I am a teenager myself ( 16 ) and I guess you guys have done that just right.

    I’ve not much to say about mine, i’ve still a lot of work to do xD

    keep on rockin !

    keerakun

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