A big thank you to Lita who nominated me for the Peer Pressure Tag! This is a really interesting one because it’s a little different to some of the other tags you see floating around in that it deals with the subject of peer pressure. The tag was created by Annie from Evening Tea Musing, and the rules are quite simple:
- Link back to the creator, which is bluemallowmelt
- Provide a link to the person who tagged you.
- Answer all questions honestly
- Come up with 5 questions of your own. (4 have to be about peer pressure; 1 can be random and about whatever)
- Tag at least 10 people and provide links to their blogs. Please no “you!”
- Recommend at least 5 books or songs you see everywhere/are very popular that you’ve read or listened to.
- Use the hashtag #peer pressure tag for easier visibility
So… let’s get to Lita’s questions!
Have you stuck to your original intentions for your blog or has peer pressure steered you away from that?
I would say that my site has evolved over time, but that the changes were not actually due to peer pressure. You see, I started blogging initially as a way to draw readers to my books. My goal had been to write about my new releases and add in some other posts too as a way to keep things interesting. As time went on though, I found I enjoyed writing about all the different pop culture stuff I enjoyed, and so the site moved away from being a book hub with the odd post here and there. Now, I still post about my own projects, be they books, cosplay, games, or anything else. Most of the content though is pop culture related. I’ve even managed to make some links with a couple of businesses to get review items, which has been really awesome.
What is a popular trend you followed others doing in the anime blogging community, episode reviews, YouTube etc and did it work out for you? What was your experience with it all?
The only one I can think of is episode reviews. I hadn’t even thought about doing these until I saw a bunch of other bloggers doing it. While I did jump onto the trend with that, I have to say, I’ve enjoyed it. Sometimes, it’s nice to focus on an individual episode and try to pick up on the core themes and subtle touches of it. I quite like doing comparative posts for episodes too, like my old Crunchyroll of the Dice tournaments. Mostly though, it’s fun doing a write-up and seeing if I ended up focusing on the same things as other people.
What things surrounded by peer pressure would you like to see people just stop doing for their own sake?
Writing about things because they’re popular, rather than because they want to. I went through a burst of that. Don’t get me wrong, I never wrote about stuff I knew I’d hate just because I thought it would increase traffic. I did start writing about things because lots of other people were too though. The thing is, my traffic actually increased when I stopped and started writing instead about things that I really wanted to write about. So, I say this: don’t just cover the same stuff as everyone else. Write about the stuff you want to write about. You’ll enjoy it more, and that will come through in your writing. That’s what your readers will love the most.
Do you believe peer pressure is just a part of the cycle of blogging and we have to go through it to find that ‘balance’ for ourselves? For taking on a hobby like blogging?
Not necessarily, no. I think many people do go through it. Both in terms of what topics they cover, and in what they say about said topics. Just because it seems like a natural part of blogging doesn’t mean it has to be though. Blogging is a lot of work, especially if you have a regular posting schedule. We should be enjoying ourselves doing this. Yes, we need to find our own balance with it over time, but that doesn’t mean we should allow peer pressure to a component in that. We should be able to find our balance on our own terms.
Which character is on your hotness radar currently and wouldn’t mind being going on a date with? LOL
Oh, crikey, that’s a tough one. I haven’t had the time to watch as much as I’d like to recently, so I can’t really name a character from a recent release. So, I’ll say one of the following instead. Balsa, the spear wielder from Moribito: Guardians of the Spirit. Dedicated, balanced, tough, and blessed with a kind heart, she’s a wonderfully rounded character and one that I would love to go on a date with. My other choice would be Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist. He has many of the same qualities as Balsa in that he’s driven, he’s tough, and he does have kindness in him. He was always one of my favourites in the series, and I expect he’d be great fun on a date.
I can’t actually recommend anything that’s super popular and that I’ve heard a lot in recent times. Honestly, most of the stuff that’s super popular just doesn’t click with me right now. When it comes to a lot of it, such as the KPop stuff, there isn’t anything particularly wrong with it, it simply isn’t my thing. So, instead, I’ll recommend five random songs that I really enjoy.
Dragonfly by The Cruxshadows (A beautifully catchy piece by one of the more dance-oriented bands that I like)
Hourglass by Savatage (I’m a sucker for ‘storytelling’ songs, and when they feature masterful vocals like the section form 04:50 to 6:35 here, it’s even better)
Get Up by Shinedown (This is a pick-me-up song for me and one that’s really helped get me through my recent battle with depression)
Voodoo Doll by Lord of the Lost (A catchy modern goth rock piece with one of my favourite music videos ever)
Last Ride Of The Day (Live) by Nightwish (Floor Jansen is by far my favourite Nightwish vocalist and she does a stellar job with this track here)
I’m not sure who has and hasn’t done this yet, so I’ll just tag a few. Play along – or not – as you wish. If you do, these are my questions:
- Are you aware of peer pressure when it comes to your own blogging experience, and how do you deal with it?
- Have you ever written something due to peer pressure, only to find that you enjoyed the topic more than you expected?
- What do you think is the worst part of peer pressure when it comes to blogging?
- Is there a particular type of content that people may feel pressured to create that you simply don’t understand the appeal of?
- If you could create an ultimate anime cross-over, which two shows would you smash into each other in an explosion of awesomeness?