Anime bloggers are a vain lot. Why else would they do silly things like announce that they’ve finally achieved 100k hits? Or that their blog has managed to survive for another 365 days without them flaking out at some point? The truth is, we revel in the attention, hoping that our words inspire others towards goals like manliness, getting others to think about anime/manga in different ways, or uncovering the dark side of the fandom. Along the way, we make friends, engage in some sort of dialogue, and improve our writing skills.
Improvement. Now that’s something that most of us have experienced and when we look back on our early posts, it’s amazing how unrefined our thought processes were. Sure, we might want to bury that stuff in some deep pit, but at the very core, that progression is all a part of us, warts and all. And this is what this event is all about. Read on to find out more!
That’s right. This plan is all about exploring the past. It’s something Pontifus and I cooked up. Here’s the gist of it:
Phase 1: YOU…
- write for an anime blog
- have written at least 20 posts
- don’t mind being embarrassed
- are willing and are capable of making an audio recording of yourself reading someone else’s post! (This is IMPORTANT!)
- can adhere to simple instructions (This is even MORE IMPORTANT!)
If you meet the criteria and are willing to sign up for this, just drop a comment stating your interest!
Phase 2: I will then
- randomly throw all the names into a pot
- select a blogger whose post will be subject to your verbal mangling
Phase 3: YOU…
- will search through the posts that the blogger in question has written
- will strive to pick one of said blogger’s first ten posts. The key word here is “strive.” If none of the first ten posts can be mined for comedy, you may instead choose from the author’s different posts.
- will record an audio clip of yourself reading said post aloud
- can choose to put it in video format if you want
- will then send the audio file or a link of it to the victim and the victim will post it to their own blog
- will post someone’s reading of your early post on your blog when they send you the file. Don’t like the fact that they read your post using a Ben Stein monotone? Too bad.
- You must read word for word what the post says. No more, no less.
- You may not add words that aren’t there. If the blogger wrote “I her horns” you shall read it as “I her horns.”
- The manner in which you choose to read the post is up to you. Want to read it using your Donald Duck impression? Go for it! Squeak like Aki Toyosaki singing “GO GO MANIAC”? Feel free!
Looks simple, IS simple. Feel free to sign up. I’ll keep signups open until the 24th of May, giving you all two weeks to decide whether or not you want in. Do let others know of this event, spread the word, and if we get enough people interested, we’ll move on to Phase 2 and 3.
If any questions or clarifications are needed, be sure to let me know. Until then, indicate your interest by commenting!
UPDATE 1: Do we want to open it to all posts? First 10 posts? I’m seeing a lot of clamor for either of those two options. Maybe we just want to make this a general reading rather than specifically dwelling on the past. I’m open to that!
UPDATE 2: Made changes to the 5-earliest posts rule.