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Old 2018-04-25, 08:50   Link #21
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IMHO, I don't think anime blogging is quite death yet. The fault lies not in the contents, but more because of the presentation - if only more people trying to make an effort to create eye-catching and accessible Wordpress pages.
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Old 2018-05-06, 11:34   Link #22
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IMHO, I don't think anime blogging is quite death yet. The fault lies not in the contents, but more because of the presentation - if only more people trying to make an effort to create eye-catching and accessible Wordpress pages.
I don't dissagree, but what would you consider to be eye catching accessible wordpress pages? Would mine count? And what if any recomendations do you have?

www.animescience101.com
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Old 2018-05-06, 12:25   Link #23
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IMHO, I don't think anime blogging is quite death yet. The fault lies not in the contents, but more because of the presentation - if only more people trying to make an effort to create eye-catching and accessible Wordpress pages.
We have a UX/graphics design person in house? Excellent, what visual aspects about my blog would you recommend I modify?
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Old 2018-05-07, 15:47   Link #24
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We have a UX/graphics design person in house? Excellent, what visual aspects about my blog would you recommend I modify?
FYI- not a graphics design guy

The banner art is good, but if you also do gaming, why not have a game character in the banner. I'm not sold on the color scheme, but its not bad either. Depending on how much you do with models I might give it its own tab at the top instead of hiding it under anime. The side bar is busy, but the only thing I would remove would be the tags section and the page view counter. Its great that you have a subscribe button, but have you thought of coming up with a freebie of some sort (I give away a post on anime chefs)

My only real complain is that you have all of your posts on the front page in their entirety one after another. It makes it hard ot scan the last couple of posts you did.
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Old 2018-05-07, 16:12   Link #25
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For a non graphic design guy, you've got some good feedback on the UX. I'll likely run it by the existing readers, too, and talk to a UI/UX guy I work with before making sweeping changes. The tag cloud and hit counter, however, I can adjust very easily. I'm a mid-end guy by trade, so I usually leave the graphics design to other people
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Old 2018-05-07, 20:26   Link #26
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Thanks, and I do the same, and all of the art for my blog was made by other people. fYI- I really liked your violet evergarden post and I have a post of my own about her prosthetics coming out on saturday.
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Old 2018-05-08, 10:12   Link #27
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I don't dissagree, but what would you consider to be eye catching accessible wordpress pages? Would mine count? And what if any recomendations do you have?

www.animescience101.com
Your blog feels very much like something people creates during the early 2000s, when Newgrounds was still popular. Which is not a bad thing, just feel disconnected with the thoughtful content of your blog. I recommend you get rid of the banner and change the skin of your blog into something that relies more on tags and keywords.

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We have a UX/graphics design person in house? Excellent, what visual aspects about my blog would you recommend I modify?
I am no graphic designer. I only dabbled a bit in copywriting, so my opinion may not been that useful. But here goes:

- My first impression that your blog is very "academic" feel because of the length and density of the post (they seem to have taken a lot of work, by the way.) Maybe you should change the skin, or at least the color scheme, of the blog into something warm. Maybe the color of leather?

- Maybe you shouldn't start your posts with too much words. I don't say that you should "dress it up" or something, but even something that gives the readers a clear, or at least comforting, idea about the post (such as using bullet points) would be a good starter

- Is there anyway to move the "Tags" banner ("About Infinite Zenith", "Admin", etc.) from above to bellow the image banner? Readers can easily miss out these navigation tags at their current position and color scheme.

Anyway, to crazyidiot78 and Infinite Zenith, your blogs are damn good. Maybe you should considering working for a websites. I do not know much about ANN or Crunchyroll, but maybe you guys should try your luck and ask someone in the know like Frog-kun and The Cart Driver about how they broke into professional writing.
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Old 2018-05-08, 10:24   Link #28
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Damn it UX/UI is something I'm no good at: I work with a highly talented designer for all of my HCI needs, so I don't deal with it too often. I went with the pre-set Wordpress templates for ease of use with their free plan, so I'll likely need to 1) upgrade to a paid plan and then 2) talk to a web designed who knows CSS to make some of those changes.

On your second point, that could be an interesting concept. I've gotten this as feedback before, but never really thought of a possible implementation. As per usual, I'll also check with some of my readers to see if they'd like me to try something new; there are some ideas that I have in mind for addressing this. Thanks!
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Old 2018-05-08, 10:36   Link #29
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Damn it UX/UI is something I'm no good at: I work with a highly talented designer for all of my HCI needs, so I don't deal with it too often. I went with the pre-set Wordpress templates for ease of use with their free plan, so I'll likely need to 1) upgrade to a paid plan and then 2) talk to a web designed who knows CSS to make some of those changes.

On your second point, that could be an interesting concept. I've gotten this as feedback before, but never really thought of a possible implementation. As per usual, I'll also check with some of my readers to see if they'd like me to try something new; there are some ideas that I have in mind for addressing this. Thanks!
You're welcome. It is always nice to see anime blogs being continued. A lot of good blog just ended and being forgotten, wasting all these precious writings.

I don't know much about wordpress paid plan. but yeah, you should really talk to a designer.
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Old 2018-05-09, 11:08   Link #30
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I just added several old (from the late 90s) anime blogs. While inactive, they are still interesting reads on how the fandom was like back then. Also, great respect to the guys and gals at THEM Anime Reviews for keeping the site running for so long
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Old 2018-05-10, 07:32   Link #31
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Your blog feels very much like something people creates during the early 2000s, when Newgrounds was still popular. Which is not a bad thing, just feel disconnected with the thoughtful content of your blog. I recommend you get rid of the banner and change the skin of your blog into something that relies more on tags and keywords.



I am no graphic designer. I only dabbled a bit in copywriting, so my opinion may not been that useful. But here goes:

- My first impression that your blog is very "academic" feel because of the length and density of the post (they seem to have taken a lot of work, by the way.) Maybe you should change the skin, or at least the color scheme, of the blog into something warm. Maybe the color of leather?

- Maybe you shouldn't start your posts with too much words. I don't say that you should "dress it up" or something, but even something that gives the readers a clear, or at least comforting, idea about the post (such as using bullet points) would be a good starter

- Is there anyway to move the "Tags" banner ("About Infinite Zenith", "Admin", etc.) from above to bellow the image banner? Readers can easily miss out these navigation tags at their current position and color scheme.

Anyway, to crazyidiot78 and Infinite Zenith, your blogs are damn good. Maybe you should considering working for a websites. I do not know much about ANN or Crunchyroll, but maybe you guys should try your luck and ask someone in the know like Frog-kun and The Cart Driver about how they broke into professional writing.
As I said before I'm not a UI or graphics design guy. What is newgrounds, and what do you mean by dissconnected. Also what do you mean by tags and key words. I use them for SEO,

I've tried to contact ANN and crunchyroll and got no where so I will try and contact The cart driver and frog-kun.
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