My Blog vs. My Vlog

Howdy, followers and anyone else who might be reading this. How are you guys doing today? Good I hope, ’cause I am and I want you to be too.

Ever since I’ve made this blog, I’ve talked about my interest in vlogging. I can’t say exactly when I’ll start, but I promise “vlogger” is going to be something I will add to my repertoire. While I will be treating my vlog like my blog in the sense that I will post whatever I like, and while there will be an overlap between the two, I’d like there to be a few key differences so they can both have their own charm. I do believe if you like my blog, you should like my vlog (unless you just hate seeing someone smile constantly on camera) and vice versa.

 

When I will blog 

As long as I have a meaningful topic and worthwhile content, anytime is a good time to blog. Blogging is also great for me since I have an affinity for the written word. Posts would be easier to set up since they don’t require a vast array of equipment. The only things I require are a laptop or a desktop and a working internet connection. Since I can write well, and convey my thoughts through written words, blogging has really worked for me.

 

When I will vlog 

Vlogging involves the same process of sharing information, and experiences, but it is done in a video format as opposed to a written one. Setting up a good vlog is not very difficult if I have the right kind of equipment. If I started a vlog back in middle or high school, I’d probably be forgiven for having videos that aren’t in HD. Nowadays, having videos in 720p or higher is not only an option, it’s probably expected. Unlike blogging, vlogging does not require lucid writing skills, as vlogging is more inclined towards giving the audience a more conversational approach. It’s a good thing I have love for the spoken word too. As long as the topic or issue being discussed is interesting and engaging (and I’d like to think I lived a wonderful life so I feel I have a lot to say), I have something to talk about.

 

Blog and Vlog content

Before I decided to delete a good chunk of my posts, I wrote a lot of stuff on video games, anime, reviews, anecdotes, stuff from my personal life, etc. Now that I think about it, I believe there are some topics that are better presented in a blog post and others in a video. I will say the topics of anime and video games will be present on both my blog and vlog. Unlike my blog, which is exclusively Starchaser, I wouldn’t mind my vlog having other people’s presence involved (mostly my brother).

 

Topics for my blog 

  • Reviews (anime, visual novels and video games)
  • Personal stuff
  • Poems
  • Short updates
  • Top # Lists
  • Fictional stories I’m writing
  • Self-improvement
  • Asexuality
  • Charity and activism
  • Life advice

 

Topics for my vlog

  • You should be watching (anime)
  • Video game play
  • My music (any song I won’t have on my music page will be on my vlog) and my brother’s music and music videos
  • Respond to viewers (e.g. Ask me anything)
  • Anecdotes
  • Skits
  • Rants
  • Daily life
  • Speed drawings
  • Asexuality

 

The cons of blogging

Anyone with a blog who is looking to gain a readership should know it’s imperative to have a good knowledge of search engine optimization (SEO for short). Knowing the right keywords, appropriate tagging, and adding a correct description is necessary to ensure a blog shows up among the search engines.

Besides having good SEO knowledge, keeping my blog updated on a consistent and regular basis is a must. Everyone has their own schedule, but for me I try to have at least one post a week. Once readers start to enjoy reading a blog, they will want to come back for well-written posts. It was one of the reasons I decided to delete a lot of my previous posts, I only wanted to make well-written ones. Anyway, readers might start to lose interest if my posts are spread far apart from each other. The good news is I’m able to write in a captivating manner. This means the themes and topics I write about can be presented in an appealing and substantial manner to get people’s attention.

 

 

The downsides of vlogging

To put it bluntly, vlogging needs a good amount of equipment. I want to produce a high quality vlog and in order to do that, I need an advanced video camera that records in high-definition, and editing software (Windows Movie Maker doesn’t count). All the equipment required for vlogging costs money.

Another drawback of a vlog is that it does not provide me a chance to quickly edit videos after uploading them online. Unlike blog posts which can be edited easily and in a few seconds, videos would have to be DELETED *Broken Matt Hardy voice* or re-made to correct any errors. Vlogs are also more time-consuming to make. It can take hours to edit and publish a vlog.

 

Of course, there are going to be more topics I will touch on for both outlets, but I want to give you and myself an idea on what I am interested in discussing. Will the topics, techniques, and tactics I listed guarantee I will become the world’s most popular b/vlogger of all time? Eh, who knows. Like I said before, I didn’t start this blog to become popular, and I won’t make a vlog for that reason either. I do them because I enjoy them. And the people who like what I do and say will naturally gravitate toward me. Even when I get the audience I want and the traffic I need, I shouldn’t become complacent. There’s always room for improvement.

20 Things I’d like to Do in My Twenties

20 Things I’d like to Do in My Twenties

There are things I have to do, things I have to understand and things I have to get. Some are easier than others, but the good news is they’re all within reach. I’m going to make my 20s a decade to remember!

 

1. Go to Japan

I mean, I speak Japanese so might as well right? I’ve heard Japan is a lot of fun and well worth the experience.

 

2. Travel Europe

I have a best friend who lives in Germany whom I haven’t seen in almost a decade so I’d like to do this with him. Even though I’ve already been to most of the European countries, there are some I haven’t and I think adding the element of my best friend would make my time in those countries memorable (for better or worse lol).

 

3. Become a tutor

I’ve told my brother if I don’t get a job for the summer, then I’ll apply to become a tutor in December. More specifically an Anatomy & Physiology tutor. If I can, I’d also like to become a Chemistry or Physics tutor. I know I said I want to be a science communicator and this can become my first step in doing exactly that.

 

4. Learn more languages 

If Japanese taught me anything, it taught me learning a new language is hard, but it’s highly rewarding. German and French are on my list for being fluent. Greek, Russian, Korean, Spanish and Italian are languages I just want to have working knowledge in.

 

5. Spend time with my friends 

I learned something from a recent conversation with my brother and sister. I thought it was common for people to still be friends with their friends from high school. Apparently, it is not. I’m a junior at my university and I notice life is speeding past me. As a vicenarian, some things are changing drastically. I can’t imagine things slowing down once I graduate. I plan on moving to a brand new place in this city. But no matter what happens, spending time with friends whom I care about is very important.

 

6. Do something crazy

I’ve listed some crazy stuff on my bucket list. When I bungee jump I’ll make sure to upload a video on the internet and edit it to include the song “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” by Kanye West.

 

7. Train for a triathlon 

Sounds fun right? I feel like I need the lungs of a horse to compete in one though.

 

8. Volunteer 

Okay, I do this now, but I want to keep doing this as long as I can. There are a spate of wonderful organizations out there who could use my time and help!

 

9. Go offline for a week

Will I be able to only use my cell phone to call/text people and keep my laptop closed for 7 days?

 

10. Take a dance class

I only know a few dance moves. 😦

 

11. Take an American road trip 

There are 50 states in this country and I’ve only been to five of them (Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, New York and Florida). It’s not often I can do something as insanely cool as road tripping across the U-S of A. It can teach me a lot about myself. I can also do what I want, when I want to. I can visit new places on my own time frame as well. And to be honest, I want to know what it’s like to stay in a hotel again lol.

 

12. Make drawings for my brother, sister and aunt.

My brother reads this blog so no spoilers. Another reason I want to draw well is because I will then be able to use my talent not only to draw for myself, but for others as well.

 

13. Start a vlog 

A vlog can be another great way to get my voice heard.

 

14. Join a team

There are plenty of adult sports teams I can join. My mind is on finding a fun dodge ball team though. I can imagine it being more intense than a Smash Bros. tournament match.

 

15. Find my own place 

I can’t live in this dorm room forever y’know. It’s a great step toward independence and being able to go all out on decorations is enough to get me excited considering I have a good amount of anime merchandise to display.

 

16. Make friends with my neighbors 

According to those Myers Briggs tests, I’m an ENFP which means I’m an extrovert by nature. I’m also sociable so I like meeting new people and making connections with them. Since most people aren’t friends with the people from their high school, I’m sure most people aren’t friends with their neighbors or even know who they are. Considering the type of property I want to live on, meeting my neighbors will be easy.

 

17. Read the letter I wrote to myself

I wrote a letter to myself when I was 18. I can’t read it until I’m 28 and I don’t remember what I wrote besides the “Dear Me”. I can tell it’ll be a nice little memoir and I’m sure I’ll be surprised what my past self had to say and what he expected out of me.

 

18. Try a different hairstyle/cut

I remember I tried an “experiment” to see if I could get an afro. I was able to, but I eventually shaved my head. Now I want to see if there are any other hairstyles I could rock. Out of respect for Prince and my waifu Senjougahara, I plan on dyeing my hair purple. It won’t be a different hairstyle, but it’ll be a great start.

 

19. Learn more astronomy

“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience” – Carl Sagan

While I do this on my own sometimes, I also want to take a class on the subject. Learning about space is an awesome experience. Looking up into the night sky and seeing all of the stars is humbling and makes me forget my worldly problems. This spiritual sensation only becomes more powerful once I know exactly what I’m looking at.

 

20. Stay happy

Let’s end this post on a high note. I’m sure I’ve already talked about my depression and during that time, being happy seemed like an alien concept. A lot can happen in my twenties, but I have to make sure to be able to smile through it all. Nobody is jolly or elated all the time, but I know I’m definitely more fulfilled/fortunate than others. I’m able to look at myself in the mirror and be confident to know I’m true to myself and can safely say I’m happy. So I’m going to do everything I can to make sure this state I’m in right now is a constant one.

 

 

What Good Taste in Anime Looks Like

anime

 

Take notes otaku and weeaboos, lol. Naw, but seriously, these are all my favorites regarding everything anime related. Looking at this pic, I noticed I have an eclectic taste in anime too. It might seem strange to have something as exhilarating as Fullmetal Alchemist and something as cutesy as K-On!! on the same list. Since I’m a guy, pay no attention to the two shojo manga please. Despite the fact all my favorite anime and manga are so different from each other, the one thing they all have in common is they are/were able to entertain me greatly. That’s all I ask out of anime really. You can ask my brother, I’m someone who appreciates a well-written story, and the fact I love K-On! so much shows  a complex story isn’t a prerequisite to entertain me. I actually want to do a list of all my favorite anime characters so I want to save that for another post so I can get into better detail.

If you can’t tell by the pic, I’m a big fan of Fullmetal Alchemist. It is what got me into anime/manga after all. Because of that, I will forever be grateful to Hiromu Arakawa.

Love Conquers All Sins: Act II, Scene III

Santoria. Lior’s house.


 

Guard 2: There doesn’t appear to be any sign of struggle or foul play.


 

Guard 1: That makes it even more strange. I can’t imagine Lior being defeated so easily. What do you think?


 

Guard 2:  Someone may have murdered him, but I think he could have done this to himself, given his situation.


 

Guard 1: What do you mean?


 

Guard 2: The war’s been taking a toll on all of us.


 

Guard 1: He’s always appeared to be fine as far as I know though.


 

Guard 2: Being depressed isn’t a prerequisite for suicide.


 

Guard 1: That’s true, but knowing Lior’s personality, if he felt this was something he had to do, we would have at least found a note. There is none.


 

Guard 2: You think there’s more to this?


 

Guard 1: I believe so. But I think it’d be better to get a second opinion from Master Jephthah since he’ll be arriving soon…


 

In the alleyway


 

Jephthah: *Thinking* Lior’s the latest to perish. I wish it wasn’t true. I’d like to know how and why. He’s not…

 

 

*Bump*


 

Jephthah: Oh, are you alright?


 

Seilah: Yes, I’m fine. Actually, I wanted to ask you something.


 

Jephthah: I’m sorry but I’m in a bit of a hurry.


 

Seilah: I said I wanted to ask you something. It will only take a bit of your time.


 

Jephthah: *Sigh* Fine, what do you need?


 

Seilah: Do you know where I can find this man? *hands over photograph*


 

Jephthah: Advisor Aaron? He should be at the plaza.


 

Seilah: Where is that?


 

Jephthah: You go down here toward the front of the church and just keep going left. you can’t miss it.


 

Seilah: That’s all I needed to know.


 

*Exit Seilah*


 

Jephthah: Huh? What am I doing standing around? *starts running* I’m finally here.


 

Guard 1: Ah! Master Jephthah, up here!


 

Jephthah: *Levitates into the room* Well, let me see the body. *Lifts white sheet* Good lord…


 

Guard 2: His whole torso has been blown. It looks like he concentrated his energy to take his own life, sir.


 

Jephthah: Yeah, whoever killed him wanted to make it seem like that.


 

Guard 2: Whatever do you mean, sir?


 

Jephthah: I’m saying that there’s no way he killed himself. I know him, and he would never do such a thing.


 

Guard 2: But sir, all of the evidence points to it being the only conclusion.


 

Jephthah: And I’m saying it’s not possible!


 

Guard 2:


 

Jephthah: There’s gotta be something! Have there been any witnesses?


 

Guard 1: We’ve been asking around and no one so far has come forward.


 

Jephthah: Lior is one of the happiest people I know, he would never do this.


 

Guard 1: Exactly.


 

Guard 2: There is a possibility something else is up, but the current evidence doesn’t support it, sir.


 

Jephthah: ….


 

Guard 2: I don’t want to accept it either, but…


 

Jephthah: Wait, hold that thought. Can one of you get in contact with Your Highness?


 

Guard 1: Yes sir! *Exits to other room*


 

Guard 2: If I may ask, why must you call Your Highness?  


 

Jephthah: To make sure they made it to the palace.


 

*Back to Jericho and Hiram*


 

Jericho: So how do you like your new attack?


 

Hiram: No complaints so far. Let’s just hope I’m never in a position where I have to use it.


 

Jericho: That’s true.


 

Hiram: Damn shame you didn’t learn anything new today.


 

Jericho: It’s alright. I’m still stronger than you.


 

Hiram: Hmph, keep taunting me like that, and I’ll use it on you first.

 

Jericho: I’ll be more than pre…


 

*Circulus rings*


 

Jericho: Hello?


 

Jephthah: Jericho, where are you now?


 

Jericho: We’re still heading to the palace right now. Is there something wrong?


 

Jephthah: I think it’d be best if I stay in contact with you until you make it back.


 

Jericho: That’s fine with me. Did you find any clues?


 

Jephthah: Nothing that can gives us a lead. I still think there’s more to this though.


 

Jericho: I believe so too. I just wish we could find something to prove it.


 

Hiram:


 

Jericho: Hm, what’s up, Hiram? You haven’t said anything for a bit.


 

Hiram: …  


 

Jericho: HIRAM!

 

 

Hiram: …! Sorry, I was thinking.

 

Jericho: About what?


 

Jephthah: It’s nice to try new things.


 

Hiram: Anyway, I’m feeling some strange energy.


 

Jericho: Where is it coming from?


 

Hiram: I can’t pinpoint exactly, but it’s coming from the other direction.


 

Jericho: You sure? I don’t sense anything.


 

Hiram: I’ll go and check it out to be sure.


 

Jericho: I’ll go with you.


 

Hiram: It’s fine, you go and see Abi.


 

Jericho: But…


 

Hiram: You can iron out the details when I get back. I don’t think this is something I want to ignore.


 

Jericho: Okay, you go and handle it.


 

Hiram: Thanks, bro!


 

Jericho: Stay alert!


 

Hiram: Gotcha!


 

*Exit Hiram*


 

Jericho: You heard that?


 

Jephthah: Yeah, I wonder what it was he sensed.

Why I Stopped Using MyAnimeList

Over 800, bee-otch!

Short eulogy for Starchaser187: He might be remembered by a few people. He was always brimming with confidence, loved eating at Waffle House and Senjougahara was his waifu for some reason.

For those who need a short introduction on what Myanimelist (or MAL for short) is, it’s a haphazard anime fan site made by some fella who calls himself Xinil. The website has many useful features such as being able to keep record of the anime you’re watching, want to watch, put on hold, and dropped. You can even review the anime you’ve watched if that’s what you’re into. It’s simple to comprehend and useful to say the least. But if that’s the case, why the blue cheese did I stop using it? Easy answer to an easy question. Normally, the website wouldn’t be important enough I would feel the need to write a blog post about it, but since I spent a good three years on the forums, I decided to get this off my chest.

Note: To curtail any possible steatorrhea that may or may not occur I decided to say this… in no way does anything I say represent every single user from Myanimelist. As I used to tell people in the past, “If you’re not the offender, there’s no reason to get offended!”. 🙂

Myanimelist is dead. Well, to me it is. The cool vibes that have developed over the years have been replaced by a toxic tornado of insecure, self-loathing, cynical, depressed, socially awkward, bitter, negative assclowns with bad acne, a “misery loves company” and “crabs in a bucket” mentality. Mayne, that’s a typeful. The positive users who could discuss even the most contentious issues respectfully have all stopped posting and moved on. The inside jokes, quote towers and memes no longer mean spit. Now, the MAL community always had a number of users who are losers and suck at life, but I felt the users I liked balanced things out. I actually told a friend whom I’ve met from MAL the same thing (he stopped using the forums months before me).

I can’t lie, the forums have turned into something unrecognizable. It’s not fun anymore, just users being insecure queers. I’m trying not to come off as a Debbie downer, I’m lamenting more than anything. Because Myanimelist did mean something to me, I wouldn’t have spent over three years there if it didn’t. That’s past tense though. When I was in my last months of being active, good discussions did appear every now and then. I also had the No Fap forum game to win by ‘checking in’. But I noticed, my participation dropped to only ‘checking in’. I had no desire to argue and/or debate with users who just want to foist their personal issues from their lives onto others. That’s never what Casual Discussion or Anime Discussion were about. Or maybe they were, and I was just an optimistic fool to think otherwise. I also believe the election ruined everything. Considering how I described a number of the users, it’s only natural they would gravitate toward someone as shitty as Trump/The annoying orange and support his stupid policies.

Now at this point if I wasn’t Starchaser187 and I was reading this, I would be thinking “Haha, what a pompous ass. Who does he think he is saying people are this or that?”. My non-starchasing self would be right, but there’s only one problem. If you ever read posts from users when we do self-assessments (threads like “Do you like yourself?” or “What do you hate/dislike most about yourself?”) you’ll come to realize there’s a recurring theme of MAL users on the forums who don’t like themselves. Normally I would be empathetic ’cause I’ve been there too and there’s nothing wrong with being insecure per se, but keep in mind the way they also treat others (hint: it’s not in a friendly or welcoming manner), so it’s like they deserve all the bad things that come their way. Okay, I know not everyone can ooze confidence, high self-esteem and happiness like me, but… lmao…. I don’t know, I can’t deal. Hm, this post can actually fit in nicely with my “Dead to the World” post. Oh yeah, btw, who in the blue cheese thought of and implemented the character limit rule? Whoever did needs to get double slapped by a Wigglytuff.

Myanimelist existed before I signed up and the wheels kept turning after I left. Yes, I was only one member, but I felt I offered a positive and unique perspective on things. There’s always a possibility it will get better, but I’ll never know because I don’t plan on logging in ever again. Maybe it was natural I would eventually find myself fulfilling my forum posting needs with Deviantart. Sure, there are users on there who are strange and have strange fetishes, but I feel a better sense of community with the general encouragement, helpfulness, friendliness and cute spammy emotes. Also, we can do listing threads and no rules of character limits! FREEDOM!!!

If nothing else, Myanimelist will always have “SSJMaster vs. Xinil – A story of epic battles!“.