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Nov 1, 2010 12:36 PM
Okay, so this is kind of weird, but I'm writing a blog entry on MyAnimeList about the state of blogging on MyAnimeList. A little weird, but yeah. Whatever. Just hear me out if anyone actually reads this....

First thing about Blogs on MAL is that the system kind of sucks. The Blog Page is easily the weakest part of blogging here. All it shows are the most recent blog posts by MAL members. Yeah, that's nice and all for a start, but it totally sucks that this is all the entire page has to offer. There isn't even a simple Search function for the page! A few things that might be nice are being able to look for blog posts related to a specific anime and maybe even have a "Related Blog Posts" section in the anime entries? That'd be kind of cool. There just isn't much of a chance for random exposure for blog posts here which makes it kind of pointless most of the time. People usually write things in blogs in hopes that someone might actually read their little ramblings.

The next big issue about Blogs on MAL is the actual content. I've had many streaks of boredom lately so I've actually been stalking the Blog page a lot recently to see if there are any things that are actually interesting to read. Sometimes I find some things that I can enjoy like favorites lists like this one from people who actually put some thought and energy into their post. But a lot of the time favorites are just done like this with a bunch of images and no actual explanation of why they like the characters or whatnot. That's okay, I guess, but I usually can't see the images because the hosting site is usually blocked for me at work. Then we sometimes have some totally what-the-fuck posts. Really? A post about giving a blowjob? I mean, I don't really care. I'm not offended by the content. I just don't understand why she decided to post it on MAL. I was actually offended by the piss poor grammar more than anything else. And finally, MAL has a bit of a problem with Spam Blogs. It'd be nice if there was a way to report these and get them deleted or something. I guess I could just write an email to the people who run the site, but it'd be nice if there was an easier way.

I know that there isn't really anything that can be done about what people decide to post in their blogs, but I think that if blogs were constructed better it would encourage a wider use of the function and hopefully get more note-worthy posts on the site. It'd also be nice if the blogs of friends were easier to keep up with. Actually seeing your friends' activity in general would be nice. I've always thought of MAL as being something of a Facebook for anime fans, but it'd be cool it actually had a user home page that was more like the one on Facebook. Something that would show recent activity from your friends and favorite anime and manga series.

Oh, and again, I mentioned this in another post briefly, but it would be really nice it there was more than just "Anime Relations" for blog entries. Manga, Characters, and People should be able to be added to entries as well.

Anyway, I guess that's all I had to talk about. Laters!
Posted by pluvia33 | Nov 1, 2010 12:36 PM | 5 comments
MoreThanLife | Nov 24, 2010 1:15 PM
I couldn't have said ANY of this better myself (P.S., the BJ blog was kind of disturbing... yes I went and read it... T-T)
but this IS a really nice site for anime lovers (never really thought of it as a facebook for anime lovers, but after reading that, that's kind of what it is ^^) and hopefully improvements to the blogging section will be made :)
pluvia33 | Nov 5, 2010 12:27 PM
Hahaha! I see. Either way, I guess it works out.
Koishii | Nov 5, 2010 11:59 AM
No no, that wasn't a hint. Haha. :) Really, it only occurred to me since you are actually the first person to ever comment on my blog, and yesterday was the first I'd ever commented on someone else's. :P♥
pluvia33 | Nov 5, 2010 8:15 AM
Yeah, that would be nice, too. And thanks for the hint. ^_^
Koishii | Nov 4, 2010 3:11 PM
While I've never been much of one for writing, I sometimes like to just write whatever is on my mind, whether it be short or long-winded (usually the former). It would be nice if, much like Facebook, MAL alerted you when someone replied to a comment you left on their blog. Then you wouldn't have to check and see if there is a response.