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For a while now I've been meaning to start a semi-personal blog, with content relevant to the anime/manga/video game realm of the "nerd world" with some other various things thrown in between such as creative writing pieces, horror/haunt related stuff, book reviews, and pretty much anything else I may feel like sharing or writing about. Eventually I would like to be more themed and drop the more personal aspect of it and I'd even like to give it a "community" feel. Kind of like a blog/forum hybrid.

I have a couple things in mind that I would write about varying from articles to reviews:
Some video game related articles such as "story vs play", "what is looked for in a console rpg", and using walkthroughs (whether the physical book or ones found online) to help get through a game.

I used to do a lot of forum based role-playing "back in the day" and I thought writing about that could potentially be interesting. Doing so fed my creativity (and helped develop an idea I have for a game/novel) and provided an escape throughout my not-that-bad-but-not-that-great middle school/high school life.

Anime simulcast reviews every Sunday, mainly on those that I chose to watch. Also a first impressions/final thoughts segment for anime that has already been finished where I'll review the first episode and then add on with an overall review/opinion of those show after I watched the whole thing.

Outside of that, I have a few other small ideas for "filler" posts. My main problem is getting the right motivation and direction to really start this up, which is why I'm making this post. With what I've explained so far (if you bothered to read any of it), what else would you like to see from a blog like that? What kind of content would bring you in to read something regularly. I'm also curious as to where I should host the blog and don't tell me tumblr. I currently have a wordpress blog made for it (with nothing on it), but based on what I'd like to do with it, are they any other more suited blog hosting sites?
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I don't know what site would be best suited to it, but it sounds like a huge project. I think if you're brave enough to put yourself out there, you might be able to do a lot of this using a combination of traditional blogging and some vlogging. You could put both style entries in your wordpress and they could be easily accessible in the same place with strategic tagging.

For me, personally, I would feel most inclined to come and visit your blog if you created a schedule for it. For example, looking forward to "Simulcast Review Sunday" or "Walkthrough Wednesday". That would help, in addition to careful tagging, to get your readers/viewers where they are most interested. Just make sure it's sustainable and you won't burn out. Your audience won't be excited if you repeatedly miss "simulcast review sunday." Finally, as long as you give your audience a voice and a say, I'm sure they'll be happy.

I'm not into all of the things you are interested in, but having them all in one place along with something I am interested in could expand my horizons. I say go for it!
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I write a blog about way too many topics. It's nichey at times about local politics, broad at times about religion, and then I throw in posts about anime, video games, etc. So, what do I know in terms of content. I write about whatever strikes my fancy - so it's all over the place. More successful blogs are generally more specific in what they write about. But, general purpose personal blogs are awesome - so yea, write about what you like!

If you want to set up a webpage that's blog centric, I'd recommend doing it with WordPress, which is fairly easy to use, has a lot of example templates, and can be heavily customizable. In terms of what web host? If you are looking to do it on the cheap (which I do), I recommend Just Host. They've been good to me so far apart from a weird situation 5 yrs ago where they stopped supporting something I was using. That said, when I got hacked - they got my website back within a day. They've got pretty responsive customer service. Also, it's pretty cheap. Normally $5.99 a month for hosting (which is pretty cheap in and of itself), they've got an introductory sale at $2.95 a month. Plus, they give you some starting capital free ad credits. Couldn't hurt.
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I think this sounds like it'd be a really fun blog to read. I like the diversity, while keeping true to what is you. Are you into anime OPs/EDs ? Do you like Japanese music in general ? Maybe reviews of artists who do these style songs or upcoming announcements of well-known OP/ED/J-Rock/J-Pop artists upcoming anime work as it's announced ?

I found a couple good review sites a while back of blog hosting sites...
http://www.dearblogger.org/blogger-or-wordpress-better
http://blog-services-review.toptenreviews.com/

Hope these help .
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A few other smaller ideas I had were things like an "article dump", composed of various web articles I have discovered recently that I feel are worth sharing. They would probably be a bi-weekly to monthly posting as the topics wouldn't necessarily be theme-centric and mainly just neat things I found over time that I thought would be worth sharing. I also wanted to do a "make-shift game soundtrack" as I listen to a lot of EDM and I'm always finding songs on Pandora that I think would be perfect for boss battles and field music.

It of course wouldn't be to everyone's taste, but if I can get enough core content then as guylepoisson said, perhaps they'd be more inclined for reading content out of their interests because it's there. Branding and trust and other advertising nonsense. If I could have 3-4 solid weekly features to start with and then everything else posted as it comes, that could keep a good balance of things… if I can ever get some balance back in my own life!

I'll probably stick with wordpress for now as I already have the blog established there (no posts yet, don't get too excited!). I'm a designer as well, so eventually I would like to create its own website or at least the forum aspect of the blog (there's even widgets for that, I'm sure) myself. I did a mockup for a mobile app my last semester in school of the whole blogmunity idea. I'd always ask for feedback and suggestions as well. If I review a game, have people in the comments/boards provide similar games or requests of ones they would like to see me write about. I'd want to be able to share various resources too. Do the amazon affiliate thing to provide direct links for people to buy what I'm reviewing. Yes, they'd pay me if you bought it through the link, but a lot of times I find things cheapest on there anyways. I'd never provide poor resources/products just because I'd get two cents if you used a certain place. For walkthroughs/let's plays I could promote the writer (I use Marilland a lot for Pokemon), etc.

Thank you for all the suggestions so far! I'm highly unorganized with things right now (dead end jobs are the worst!) but I'm hoping to finally get this rolling someday soon.
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