Blogger Recognition Award (+ A Surprise!)

Whoo! I’ve been recognized! This awesome person named Jenn bestowed upon me this award. I knew all those years of pretending this was a blog and not my bin for crazy ramblings would pay off.

Thank you very much for the nomination, Jenn. 🙂 Do you like anime, reviews, good things, happiness and listening to me tell you to read a great blog? Then look at Jenn’s Blog, Welcome to Hell Zone!

Here are the rules for this award.

1.Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that persons blog.
2.Give the story or history of your blog.

3.Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.

4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.

History of My Blog

Is it boring to say ‘I wanted to make a blog for my reviews, so I did?’

Okay, let’s back up then. Many, many years ago, I was a frequent player of the now far defunct online Pokemon game, Pokemon Crater. I was also a common face on the forums, where I met many great people, some of which are still my friends to this day.

The forums had a blog section where users were free to write about whatever they wanted, within rules of course. I started writing reviews in there, and since the website is gone I am completely blanking on exactly when I started doing this, but I wanna say, estimating from other sources, it was mid 2006—wha, mid-2006? I feel ancient right now.

And, yeah, surprise, my origins are rooted in Pokemon. I was far more into doing Pokemon sprite work than writing reviews at that point. I had a sprite shop and everything. I loved doing splices and recolors, but I especially enjoyed making glowing and ‘angel’ versions of Pokemon. I wasn’t fantastic at it, but I had regular-ish requests and did it on a frequent basis.

Anyhoo, I didn’t do these on any sort of schedule on my reviews and I had barely any format to them. I’d watch some anime and blather about it in a short blog post whenever I felt like it.

Flash forward to late 2007 where the admins of the site are saying the website’s going down – and quick. Like a handful of days of notice before the place implodes. Being such a popular and large site, it caused quite the stir to scamper off to other places. I migrated to a forum that was specially made for Crater refugees, which I won’t share the name of since 1) It’s dead anyway and 2) it’s mostly meant for close-knit already established members and 3) I am pretty sure registrations are turned off either way.

I was made a moderator by the admin and happy days were here again. It took me six months before I finally put up an open review thread for anime, but I did and posted…..more regularly than I did on Crater but still very sporadically and without a solid format.

Over the years, I started reviewing things more frequently, polished up my writing style, branched out into cartoon reviews (back then, it was usually just holiday specials), and even started some of my sub-series like Sub/Dub Comparisons and Pokemon Extravaganza. I also started doing very minor Pokemon reviews episode by episode, which grew and improved over time as well. I started late Orange League and am still doing them today. As of this writing, I’m up to episode 181, which kinda depresses me because I thought, after all this time, I’d be much further than that. Oh well, at least when I close the gap I’ll have a hell of a backlog to upload.

As time went by, the website experienced a….uh….let’s just say a cataclysm of drama that, in hindsight, was incredibly stupid and poorly handled by all parties, myself included.

After that, the forum started to die, even more than it was, quite frankly. I felt like my writings weren’t being seen and that I was missing out on all sorts of discussions about the things I was writing about. I gave a couple of blogs a test drive until I finally decided to go all in on a WordPress blog.

In regards to the name, I was known to get into rageful rants and random babblings in both my reviews and my regular blog posts, and I still am proud guilty of that to this day, so I figured The Anime Madhouse was perfect for it…..Took me a long time to realize I might’ve made this place invisible to search engines because there’s an anime studio named Madhouse….Pbbbtt.

I exported and continue to export various reviews I made at my old place here, revamping the hell out of some of them, but I have greatly enjoyed making reviews, creating new series and discussing various topics with the community here on WordPress since February 17, 2014……Hey, that means–

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It’s my Bloggiversary!

It’s now been four years since I started my reign of terror. That’s one way of spicing up a Bloggiversary post, I suppose. 😛

Piece of Advice for New Bloggers #1: Try to Do Plenty of Research on What You’re Writing About.

Not only does research enhance the quality of a post immensely, but research can actually be a lot of fun. I’ve stumbled upon quite a few interesting tidbits and stories about the things that I review just from doing a quick Google search on it.

You absolutely shouldn’t feel compelled to do hours of research to make a few blog posts, god knows I usually don’t, but learning more about your chosen topic and even citing sources can be greatly beneficial both to your readers and you.

Piece of Advice for New Bloggers #2: Never Be Discouraged by Lack of Likes, Comments, Shares etc.

Blogging is something that you do moreso for yourself than anybody. Obviously, we post this stuff online to be seen, otherwise we’d just keep a diary, but don’t feel discouraged just because you don’t get a lot of likes, comments, shares etc. When you’re just starting out, people will have to find you. And even after doing this for years, you might still find little in regards to feedback. That’s okay. Just the fact that you’re putting yourself out there and having fun writing is all that matters.

But if you really yearn for some discussions, try visiting other peoples blogs and comment on them. Like their stuff, share it on social media, ask questions, make requests or just say hi. You’d be amazed how many people check out your stuff just because you pop in and share your thoughts on their posts.

As a bit of a tip, though, don’t follow too many blogs in a short period of time. You’ll be automatically locked out of following people and have to ask for a system admin to unblock you. That totally didn’t happen to me. It happened to a friend. Named….TwiddleFix….

…..Hey, it’s not my fault that I keep finding interesting blogs around here. I blame all of you and your suggesting of visiting blogs.

Speaking of which, I suggest you visit these blogs because here are my nominations!

(Hopefully I caught people who haven’t done it yet. No pressure either way.)

Matt-in-the-Hat

Nice Job Breaking it, Hero

Karandi

Lita Kino Anime Corner

The Otaku Judge

The Cool Kat’s Reviews

DReager1

Mr. Panda

Lethargic Ramblings

Fueled by Smiling

14 thoughts on “Blogger Recognition Award (+ A Surprise!)

  1. Congratulations and thanks for the nomination.
    I agree, that a lot of what we write is for ourselves. There are plenty of posts I write knowing very few people will read them (particularly when I’m reviewing a seasonal show that most people aren’t watching, those posts get nothing), but I don’t stop writing them just because it won’t be as popular as writing a review of the next chapter in Killing Stalking. I think we’d lose our passion for blogging very quickly if we only ever covered topics that we knew would be popular.

  2. Happy Bloggiversary!

    I want to see some of your sprites! Would you consider showing them here if you can?

    It’s always tough when a forum you made lots of good friends on goes down. I was lurker, meaning I didn’t have an account and just read the fan fiction and art and other things, on a forum years ago. Last year, After having not looked at it for a while I decided to join, but found that the creators had killed it suddenly. Luckily I found the migratory forum made for refugees, and I joined. It’s very close knit and I love the people there.

    • Thank you very much! 🙂

      I’ve lost a good deal of my sprites from moving computers and crashes but I have managed to save a few. Here are some that are the least sucky in hindsight lol. (Hopefully these links work in the reply window. Pbt, they didn’t. Fixed I think.)

      This one is Electivire, Blaziken and Lucario fused.

      This one, and thank god I make overly elaborate file names lol, is Mewtwo, Metagross, Articuno, Moltres fused and given a ‘demonic dark angel’ treatment (Oy vey, young me)

      This is a ‘demonic ice angel’ Blaziken and Milotic fusion.

      This is Lucario and Luxray.

      These last two are precious because they were the first ever pieces of art I ever made that got stolen lol. Someone on another forum started a sprite shop and used these as examples of their work. He got called out on it, but I don’t remember if anything happened with it.
      This one’s a fusion of Latias and Articuno with a glowing purple demonic ice angel effect.

      Finally, glowing Latias and Latios mixed with Mew.

      Yeah, it was tough moving on from Crater but the second forum dying off was crushing, mostly because we were more tight-knit than we were before due to the much smaller community. Luckily, there are still several people tagging behind, mostly in Forum Games and we have our own Discord server so we can always stay in contact. It’s good that you found the migratory forum. They can sometimes be even better than the original. 🙂

      • Those are so cool! I can see why someone would want to claim the last two as their own.

        I’m worried it might die in the next year. Right now the work that brought us together is still being produced, but the author says that after the next few months she will be done. Even though we talk about a lot of other things now, the threads that talk about the latest issues are still the busiest and some people only talk there. Course no need to worry about something that hasn’t happened.

      • Thanks! 🙂

        Hopefully, it will all be okay after everything’s all said and done. If worse comes to worse, you can try a Discord server of something like we did. It’s not ideal, but it is good for staying in contact.

      • I’ll keep that in mind, thanks. I know a couple of them have discord and others are very active on tumbler and there is another forum, that is mostly fan art so I’m not as big into it, that some of them are on, so we’ll see.

        It’s kind of funny, but most of them are 20 to 30 Years older then me, which doesn’t really matter, but I’d kind of funny. That’s what I get for loving something that started in the 70’s, thirty years before i was even born.

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