Blogger Recognition Award

Mei-Mei (whom I share my Fan Art Friday’s with) recently nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award.  While most of the time I don’t do these awards (who am I kidding, why did I even write that lie…I love doing them every time because I get to write about me for a bit, which is a refreshing change from Star Wars lol), I liked this one because it provides advice for new bloggers.

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated and provide the link to the post you created.

So:

  1. Thanks Mei-Mei!
  2. Here’s my post. Hi!
  3. Star Wars Anonymous started through a culmination of reasons.  I used to have a blog over on hyperspace (back when starwars.com had an official fan club where you had to pay a fee in order to have your blog hosted with them) through some of college.  When I got the notice that hyperspace was shutting down, I was too lazy to save all my posts.  Stupid me.  I took about a two to three year break (I think, I can’t actually remember) from blogging.  I began to miss blogging and considered starting up my blog again because I had very few friends to talk to Star Wars about and I was bored at work and wanted to write about Star Wars while bored.  I then made a Star Wars parody video which went semi-viral and decided that I would finally start up my blog again so that I could direct some people to my blog from the video.  Again, I was lazy and didn’t want to do too much work actually building a community from scratch.  Silly me (again) – that plan backfired and I did end up putting a lot of work into building a community of other fans on WordPress.  I’m glad I did though!  I’m not sure how my name came about though, sooooooo can’t answer that question.
  4. My two pieces of advice is this: 1) Blog regularly.  Try to blog at least twice a week for a year.  That will get momentum and help with SEO, along with helping other fans on WP/internet, find you.  Make sure that when people comment, you take the time to reply back to them.  Your blog should be a conversation that you started, it doesn’t end when you publish your post.  (Okay that was more like 3 pieces of advice).  2) If you want to become a “famous” blogger or perhaps make your blog a source of revenue – build social media accounts that relate to your blog and drive people back to it.  Social media is a great way to make your blog a business.  (No, I have not done that with my blog but I have done it for clients in my day job so I kinda know what I’m talking about)
  5. 15 bloggers?????  Uh, no.  I’ll give you two blogs that I have recently found and like though: There Has Been an Awakening and Graphic Novelty².

Have a great rest of the day guys and MTFBWY (oh, and happy St. Patrick’s Day!).

 

An Open Letter to Entertainment Companies

Dear Journalists and Companies That Crave Clicks,

I know you have a job to do.  I know and I understand.  You want people to see your headline, be intrigued, and read the article further.  Especially if you write for the World Wide Web and you can now (gasp!) track how many people click on your headline.

It’s addicting.  I get it.  When you get more clicks, you get more prestige, more attention, and who knows?  Maybe you’ll even be responsible for a viral post.  And a viral post is like winning the Superbowl of the internet…for about a week until something else takes it’s place.

But can’t you write a headline that gets attention without spoilers?

See – this is my problem: I recently read a headline about Episode VII where you gave away a major plot twist of the movie.  Your headline actually read: “EPISODE VII– Han, Luke, and Leia… – SPOILER”.

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I am really, REALLY trying to stay spoiler-free for Episode VII.  It’s become near impossible given the way that we live in a social online world where news is shared faster than ever.  In order to keep myself spoiler-free, I:

  1. Have unsubscribed from any sci-fi, entertainment, or Star Wars blogs that might possibly give me information on Episode VII.
  2. Rarely check my personal twitter account. It’s sad because I love twitter and I love interacting with other Star Wars fans on the platform.  But I had unwittingly read spoilers and rumors before I even knew what they were.
  3. Have unsubscribed from my daily “Star Wars News” alert email from Google. (This killed me.  There are always cool tidbits in there like heartwarming stories regarding make-a-wish, children getting their own stormtrooper armor due to being bullied, kooky robberies involving a Darth Maul mask, and much more.  But lately, these stories are becoming fewer and instead I’m bombarded with Episode VII news that 6/10 times includes a spoiler.)

I can’t leave the internet; that is impossible.  But why should I be subjected to spoilers on a daily browse of entertainment sites?  Or geek sites?  I’m not specifically looking for Episode VII news.  It’s like running and high-fiving your whole team and then running into someone’s closed fist on your face.  You didn’t mean to run into the punch; I guess you could say you had time to stop, but you were enjoying the moment and high-fiving so many people that you couldn’t stop yourself in time to avoid it.

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I thought we lived in a country that values choice and free will.

By putting a spoiler in your headlines, I am no longer free to choose if I want to know what is going to happen or if I want to go into the theaters with a blank slate.  I am forced to know what happens just because you want people to click and read your article.

Episode VII has created a lot of excitement in my life.  And now the excitement is dwindling away to create resentment, over-cautiousness, and fear of logging in to the internet and reading something I don’t want to know.

You have taken away my freedom of choice and I’m asking that you correct this.  It isn’t hard.  Let me give you examples of some headlines you could utilize:

  • Episode VII character spoiler! John Boyega’s character revealed!
  • Episode VII spoiler: Find out which planet the characters visit!
  • EPISODE VII SPOILER ALERT: Major plot point leaked!

See?  Not that hard.  You can still get people to click on it by saying “Episode VII” and “Spoiler” somewhere in the headline.  Then you add a small second half about what it involves and people will be clicking away like mad.

And the best part?  Those of us who do not want to know said spoiler are none the wiser.

Let ME decide if I want to know what happens in Episode VII and let others decide if they want to be spoiled.  That way you can still do your job and I can still be happy.    So please, I’m begging you, give me back my freedom of choice.

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Come back to the light side of the Force,

Your next door Star Wars geek