Blog Recognition Award 2020!

 

Another week another tag post! I have to thank animegoodreads this time for nominating me for such recognition, really thank you I kinda needed the boost at the time. I’ve only just started following their blog myself, but the content I’ve read has been smart and fun so make sure to go check them out!

On to the rules, what must I do?

  • Thank the person who nominated you and feature a link to their blog in your award post.
  • Post the award banner somewhere on your blog.
  • Share the reason why you started your blog.
  • Share two pieces of advice that could benefit new bloggers.
  • Nominate a maximum of fifteen other bloggers.
  • Tell your nominees about your award post so they can participate!

Why I Started Never Argue With a Fish

Now I’ve talked about why I started this blog a couple of times before, but since my 6th anniversary is closing in let’s go over it again for anyone that hasn’t heard it before. It’s not all that original a story, but part of the reason I started this blog was to become a better writer, to be more confident in my authorial voice and just generally improve. In this I can say my blog has been a runaway success, my writing is so much better than it used to be and a good chunk of that I put down to me working on this blog for all these years.

The other reason I started this blog is, well, because I wanted some place to talk about all my favourite animated films and series. I have a few friends that are into anime and Disney and just animation in general, but none of them are really as hardcore about it as I am. I love animation, as a medium the only thing that can match my adoration is my love of the written word itself. I just needed somewhere to gush and vent and generally indulge myself and I am so thankful to the wonderful members of this community that let me do just that.

Of course every fire needs a spark, and the one that started this blog was Frozen. Those who know me know I had a particular reaction to the Disney film, not so much disappointment as confusion, it took me a long time to come terms with my feelings for that film. Part of that process was writing my very first blog post (HERE), but I’ll come back to that when it’s time for my anniversary.

Advice for New Bloggers

I think I’ve said this on another one of these posts in the past, but I’ll say it again because it’s really important, but get involved in the community. Whether you’re out to build an audience through your blog, or if it’s just for fun, interact with your fellow bloggers, it will be more rewarding than you can imagine. Like other people’s posts, comment if you feel confident enough, all the bloggers I’ve interacted with in this community are great and supportive, so come talk to us. We won’t bite, I swear.

Second, don’t be afraid to experiment. I know my blog posts have a certain formula, title, title card, opening joke, story overview, review, verdict, but it took me a while to work out that that was my style. When I started writing posts I was hiding behind my characters, and that helped to start with, but I soon realised I’m much more comfortable writing as myself. I still keep the ‘Infallible Fish’around for my title cards, ‘cause he’s always fun to draw, but the ‘Writer’ hasn’t been seen for a very long time. Try out different styles, find what suits you and don’t feel beholden to something just because you started with it, or because it’s how someone else does it. Find your own voice.

I’ll nominate 10 bloggers, but there are many more great bloggers out there so make sure to check them all out!

Ospreyshire

Terranceacrow

Irina

Yomu

Moyatori

Scott

Lynn Sheridan

alsmangablog

The Impossible Blog

 

14 comments

  1. Yomu · August 22

    Congrats and thanks for the nomination.
    I had literally just drafted this one up yesterday, and nominated you haha!

    Definitely agree on experimenting. People should just post whatever they want. You never truly know when a post is going to do well or not. And even then, it’s still not a problem if it doesn’t, because people can just not view it if they don’t want to. I think the only exception would be putting extreme opinions out there or something that could turn people off to your blog completely.

    Liked by 1 person

    • neverarguewithafish · August 23

      Well I’ll thank you now for the nomination!

      Yeah, extreme opinions can be a real turn off for me, if you feel strongly about something that’s fine, but when you take it to the nth degree you tend to come across loud and shouty and it’s hard to have a discussion with someone like that.

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  2. moyatori · August 23

    Glad to see your blog recognized, and happy sixth anniversary! Thank you for the nomination too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • neverarguewithafish · August 23

      You’re more than welcome.

      The anniversary’s still a couple of months away, though I’m still surprised that I’ve been writing this blog for nearly 6 years now.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. animegoodreads · August 23

    👍

    Liked by 1 person

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  5. alsmangablog · August 23

    Great advice and thanks for the tag!

    Liked by 1 person

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  7. ospreyshire · August 29

    Sorry for missing this post. Congrats on the award and thanks for the nomination. I did needed to be reminded about why you started the blog. For someone who has read both your older and newer posts, I can definitely see a progression with you as a writer. You’ve been getting more specific for why something did or didn’t work for you. I’ve also noticed (mainly with the Listeners review) how you’ve had moments where you mention ambivalence or conflicting thoughts on something that is good, but has their own mixed issues. Keep up the good work, Chris! You’ve made some sound reviews and posts!

    Liked by 1 person

    • neverarguewithafish · August 29

      Thank you, I’ll do my best to keep the standard up. I’m going to be writing reviews for this blog for a long time yet.

      Liked by 1 person

      • ospreyshire · August 29

        You’re welcome. I’m glad you’re in for the long hail with reviewing and blogging. I’m looking forward to more quality posts. You’ve got this.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. terranceacrow · August 29

    I think you’ve offered some solid advice.
    Also, thanks for the tag! Now I have to think of some useful advice…

    Liked by 1 person

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