We’ve been tagged!!! In fact it’s first tagging of the year! Personally, I think this blog will be an interesting one to watch as it circulates through the aniblogger community as we talk about what it means to be an ainblogger and the pressure we may face from our readers and our peers.
- 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
Thank you Lita Kino for the tag!
1. Have you stuck to your original intentions for your blog or has peer pressure steered you away from that?
When we first started the blog we knew it was going to focus on Reviews and Culture. But since the pandemic of Covid-19 in 2020 our social life which was a HUGE factor in the culture blogs was put on hiatus. And we had to readjust some of our planned blogs and honestly I was a loss. But it also opened up some other avenues that I was able to explore as well as support Luna a little more in Anime Awards. But in terms of peer pressure–NOPE. Not at all.Star & Luna
2. 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?
I guess anime first impressions posts? I think a lot of anibloggers do first impressions or anime reviews. I think it worked out pretty well for me though because it’s something I thoroughly enjoy doing and wanted to do when we started YCK. I think they are really great to write on my own opinions of anime but I LOVE reading other people’s first impressions–it’s just always great to hear different takes on different anime. That’s probably why it’s one of my favorite things to do on the blog (and a great post for otaku thursday’s).Luna
The tag posts. When we first started we had no idea of their existence really until we started getting tags. Although, it can feel overwhelming when we start getting multiple tags but writing the post itself is fun and we discover a lot of really good underappreciated blogs. So the payoff is pretty great!Star
3. What things surrounded on peer pressure would you like to see people just stop doing for their own sake?
Sugar-coating. Not to say that everyone does it, but I feel some bloggers hold back their opinions because they are afraid the readership will retaliate. We shouldn’t shy away from addressing the harsher topics because of internet fires. Honestly, stirring the pot can lead to a lot of fun if you do it respectively.Star
Peer pressuring others with their own opinions. The thing about being an anime reviewer is yes–you have your opinions. As a person–you have your opinions. But your job as an anime reviewer (my bad–human being) isn’t necessarily to peer pressure other people into sharing your opinion or making them feel bad for theirs. I really kinda hate peer pressure culture, but you do see it everywhere in the world. It’d be great if everyone just stopped that. Don’t just peer pressure someone into watching a hype show they don’t wanna. Don’t peer pressure someone into writing a review on something they don’t want to. On peer pressure–just don’t.Luna
4. Do you believe peer pressure is just apart 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?
I think peer pressure is just a part of life. I will say I feel like I haven’t encountered it that much with blogging yet and especially in the aniblogger community we’ve become a part of, but there are some things I refuse to write on because I know we’ll get hella negative feedback. So I think there is a balance but its not as precarious as it could be. I feel like mostly you need to be able to tell yourself what you want to do and then just accept what other people want to as well. So I guess…there is a subtle balance?Luna
I think there is a certain level of intimacy that comes to blogging that can lead to judgment from readers. That is definitely part of the risk of putting your opinions or experiences out on the page. With that being said, we did a lot of preplanning and because we’re a team we balance out the pressure.Star
5. Which character is on your hotness radar currently and wouldn’t mind being going on a date with? LOL
Cherry Blossom from Sk8 because he would (probably) take me to a good restaurant and would have a lot of interesting things to say. Hori’s mom from Horimiya because she works a lot and I think she would appreciate a break or being treated on a date. (Also we’re in our mid-twenties we need to think about characters in our age-range.) Or maybe Gojo from Jujutsu Kaisen, mainly because I wouldn’t be bored and there’s guaranteed good food on that date… Wow what does this say about me hahaStar
…I would honestly say that currently there are no characters on my hotness radar at this current moment (this season’s anime is filled with children lol). So maybe I’ll go with more recently–Hatori from Fruits Basket because duh obviously and even if the date is to a bookstore he gonna treat you right. Also white blood cell (from both regular cells at work! And code black)–because why the f*** not they both good looking, though I’m not sure a date would be possible lol). And then literally any of the older members in Given–Haruki, Ugetsu, Akihiko, Take–hell we can all go on a date together lol. It’ll be wild.Luna
Our questions for you!
- Are there any topics you refuse to write about due to peer pressure/because you think you’ll get mass hate on the blog?
- Have you ever written something because of peer pressure even if you didn’t want to? Why did you make that choice?
- Do you ever feel yourself getting TOO passionate or triggered while writing or reading blogs?
- What do you do when you have writer’s block because you’ve read someone else’s blog with the same or opposite views?
- Genre switch: If you had to throw a random anime character into a psychological thriller who would it be and why?
That’s it time to turn up the pressure cooker! It’s your turn!