Why You (Yes You!) Should Be An Idol Blogger, Part 2
Back in August of 2011 I wrote an article for my blog Happy Disco, “Why you (yes you!) Should Be an Idol Blogger”, that ended up being a really great thing for my personal idol fandom. Looking back at the two years I’ve been doing this, it’s the favorite thing I’ve written. Not only has it occasionally reminded me why I put a lot of time into working on Happy Disco, but it also started a great discussion and a couple of idol blogs that I admire.
Since writing it, while I’ve seen some new temporary idol blogs and I see some blogs on Hello! Online, there hasn’t been a major resurgence in idol blogging. To be honest, I didn’t expect that to happen; I’m not a major, influential writer, and idol blogging is a relatively small community. However, I thought it would be fitting to write some more reasons for idol blogging and why you should take it up!
Japan is in an idol boom now, the time is right!
When I first became an idol fan, in late 2007 /early 2008, the idol world was in a bit of a slump. Morning Musume was continuing its decline, AKB48 hadn’t risen to popularity yet, and Johnny’s Entertainment idols were the only ones who were really prominent. Today AKB48 is at an all time high, dominating last year’s Oricon yearly chart, groups like Super Girls, Idoling!!! and Momoiro Clover Z are doing better than ever, Hello! Project seems to be trying to do something new, for better or worse, and indie idol groups are getting more and more attention with events like the Tokyo Idol Festival.
There’s a major boom in the popularity of idol groups and the amount of idol groups. So really, there’s no shortage of things to write about now. With all these things going on right now, the time is right to start an idol blog and talk about your favorite group!
The Rest of the World Seems to be Taking Notice
Asian pop music is slowly starting to be talked about in the Western world a lot more. Maybe I think this because I’ve been looking for this discussion, but Korean Pop music in particular is a hot topic right now. Artists have tried (and failed) to get started in the US, but now with the recent Kpop concert in California, performances of Girls Generation on American talk shows and the anticipated debut of various Korean groups in the US, there’s a possibility of Asian music growing in popularity. While I follow Jpop, the popularity of AKB48 has led it to be discussed by high profile news organizations/websites, such as the Wall Street Journal and CNN. Interest is high in Asian music, and I think it’s a really interesting time to join in on the discussion.
The community is still fantastic!
I love the wota community, I really do. While I’m only semi-active on the most popular idol websites such as Hello! Online and Stage 48, I’m very active in a Facebook group that discusses Momoiro Clover Z and I’m very grateful for the friends and acquaintances that idols have brought me. I have had a lot of fun talking with wonderful people; for example, Greg of Selective Hearing and I tweeted back and forth about the Kpop concert on YouTube. I’m not even the most connected idol blogger out there, but when I can get involved I have a lot of fun.
You Can Share Your Opinions To a Greater Effect
Imagine, you see a PV on YouTube and it’s honestly the greatest thing you think you’ve ever seen. Your favorite idol is at her absolute cutest, the song is amazing, and you want everyone to see this PV straight away. You can share it to your friends on Skype, but you won’t convince many people. However, it’s so easy to share your opinions on a blog, and they may have an influence with people you don’t even know.
One of my favorite idols is the lovely Iwasa Misaki, and she’s my second favorite girl in AKB48. A major part of discovering Wasamin and becoming her fan has to be credited to CK and his blog Chuo Dori, where he detailed why he loves Wasamin and how he became her fan. His writing of her was so great that it made me want to look up Wasamin and I ended up becoming her fan. This might not happen with everyone and it’s not guaranteed to happen, but blogging about the things you like might end up with some good results!
I’m being completely serious when I tell you that I put Happy Disco on my resume. If I sent you my resume, at the bottom I have a small sentence about Happy Disco. This might not be applicable for everyone; I’m currently at the end of my university life and trying to start a career somewhere in the media industry, and the part time jobs I’ve held over the years don’t necessarily apply to what I want to do. If you’re in the sciences or engineering, saying you write an idol blog might not be the most helpful. However, if you are anything like me, following idols is a hobby that takes a good amount of time in your life. If you’re spending so much time on this hobby, why not make it look constructive?
Of course, the initial things I wrote about still apply, both good and bad. A lot of idol blogging is thankless, and it’s hard to get a lot of feedback even if you put a lot of effort. It’s a lot of work to get readers, and even still there’s really no way you’ll become a famous blogger or make a living off of your blog. However, it’s a really fun hobby that I really enjoy and that I’d like to see from more people!
Plus, there really are all sorts of blogs out there. I appreciate certain ones for news about idols (something that might be interesting if you’re into the more indie groups out there!), blogs where there’s a lot of pictures, blogs with reviews, blogs with analysis, and basically anything you can think of. They all have value, and if you want to write one I’m going to be the person to say go for it!
Right now, to back up what I’ve said and why I really think that there should be more blogging, I’m going to make everyone an offer. If you have an idol blog and you want me to read it and potentially put it in a Recommended Reading post on Idolminded, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org In addition, if you feel hesitant about putting your writing online or you just want an opinion on your blog before you upload it, email me as well. I can’t guarantee I’ll know what you’re writing about. However, if you want any advice, proofreading or just a quick read over, I’ll try to check it out, schedule willing.