Ahhh! I’m not really sure what to say. This will be my very first award here, so thank you so much to the ever so awesome Rocco B from over at In the Cubbyhole. If you haven’t checked out his blog, please do!
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
- Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to
How PalpableEmotion began:
Well, blogging had been something I’ve been interested about for quite some time, I just never really got around to actually doing it until November. Simply put, I didn’t have the time nor did I have much confidence in my writing. Before then, I was busy living the life of an art student studying for an MFA in Sequential Arts, chugging away cups of coffee and listening to instrumental music while I drew until the wee hours of the night. At some point, my passion subsided and it led to me feeling rather miserable. After taking a scriptwriting course, I had somewhat of an epiphany; at the core of everything, I’m enamored by storytelling and its capacity to add meaning to the world around us. Drawing was simply a vehicle for me to explore this. Writing provides an alternate avenue of exploration for me to share this joy with others and to hopefully engage in meaningful discourse with people who enjoy these worlds just as much as I do. After realizing this, I set my sights on starting this anime blog; both to practice my writing and share the stories that I’m moved by in any way.
All I can say is, this journey has been quite humbling for me and there’s still a lot left to explore. I still haven’t written a single Manga review, despite being an avid reader. I’m hoping to get to reviewing some of my favorites soon. It’s been about a month now and I had no idea I’d meet so many interesting people. I’ve enjoyed meeting everyone, reading their individual thoughts on the stories they choose to spend their time on. I also admire the work you all put into your blogs and the sheer amount of volume you put out. It’s been a force of inspiration. Now, I know I’m still a novice, but I’m hoping to learn from everyone so that I can become the best blogger (and writer) that I can personally be. I hope that, with each and every post, my voice becomes a bit clearer. At times, it’s a bit of a struggle; I’ll watch a series and have so much to say, only to be succumb in despair at the blank word document before me. I feel the ups-and-downs and I start to doubt myself, but when I do, all it takes is a post from one of you wonderful people to put me back in high spirits. It makes me realize why it’s all worth it to begin with. So thank you so much for following me, reading my blog, and sharing your stories with me. It means the world to me and I hope that some of you will follow me if I ever do pursue other things as well as blogging, such as writing a web-novel or anything of the sort.
And if there’s ever anything I can do for any of you, a collaboration, a share of ideas, or even just some friendly chit-chat, please don’t hesitate to ask. I love you all.
Being new, I still feel like I need to earn my place before I give others advice, but I’ll give my two cents nonetheless.
- Be true to yourself – Find what it is you enjoy and stick to it. Everyone has something to offer to discussion. On the internet, you’ll often find yourself bombarded on all sides by social media and the like. Because of this, it’s easy to sometimes dismiss your own thoughts and opinions to appease a group mentality. Don’t fall prey to this. Your thoughts and opinions are part of who you are and what makes stories worth sharing. It sounds cliché, but I feel like this is very important. People come to your blog because they want to see what moves you. Chances are, the more passionate (good or bad) you are about something, the more it’ll seep through in your writing and make it genuinely enjoyable.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and to ask questions – Again, rather cliché and I think this goes with everything in life, but it’s worth stating regardless. Mistakes are a critical part of the learning process. It’s really easy to become paralyzed by fear of judgement, but once you get going you’ll realize there’s nothing to be afraid of. All mistakes have the potential to teach you something if you look hard enough.
Sorry if you’ve already received this award. I think everyone here deserves recognition.