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Animax blogging workshop with Dannychoo
November 22, 2008, 12:03 am
Filed under: Event, RL

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Two days ago I had the rare opportunity to attend a workshop hosted by Animax, with Dannychoo speaking about blogging.

Those present were pretty much all local bloggers like tj_han from RIUVA, darkmirage, AK, double, gordon, alafista, Impz from THAT, eddie from CDS, and tueac from SPLA, etc etc. I don’t exactly know everyone there, but this is all I can remember.

Apparently Animax has really some impressive stuff up their sleeves, because on that day we’re given a sneak peek of their newest stuff. LaMB is set in a post-apocalyptic world where criminals are harnessed as manpower through means of ‘lamination’ on the planet Cerra. It’s a sci-fi story scripted by a bum from the Philippines in a contest some time ago, but nevertheless it’s pretty interesting since I do enjoy science fictions.

gregory ho from animax

The team includes Ryousuke Tei as Director, Soejima Yasufumi as Storyboard Artist, Vanness Wu (F4) voicing JACK, Joshie Ho/Tanaka Chie voicing KEIKO (not 100% sure about this, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong), Imaginary Friends Studio providing concept art & design, and SImple Plan and The Click Five singing OP and ED respectively.

I’ll definitely be looking forward to LaMB, with its catchy story and a pretty impressive all-star team.

Now I’ll talk about what Danny had spoken about: blogging.

Graduating from the past I-had-a-bad-day-at-school-and-my-mood-is-shit-now kind of blogs, to niche blogging is quite the trend with most Singaporean bloggers, or at least some of us from the Otakusphere. Right now we see alot of blog with huge user bases, massive traffic, and of course potential of earning from it. Danny shared how his blog brings him tens of thousands of dollars in earnings from affliates, advertising, and paid placements. Impressive figures they all were, but all will wonder, how do I do that?

dannychoo

Here’re some pointers Danny shared with us bloggers:

– Linking

– Regular quality posts

– Original Content, with variety

– Working with others

– Social bookmarking

– Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

– Creative Commons (protecting and also sharing content with other bloggers)

Monetizing is one of many steps a blogger can take, and here is some hows.

– Google Adsense

– Amazon Affliates

– Paid placements

– Merchandising

Improving blog navigation is also very important as it will determine how enjoyable an experience a user has in surfing your blog. Not just new content, but discoverability for past content can prove rewarding as well, like Danny’s ‘This time last year’ feature that allows folks to see posts exactly one year before. Another important point to note if you want to improve your blog traffic is of course user conversion. RSS, bookmarks, and noting down URLs make it easy for such.

Being bloggers in a world of ever-changing internet technologies, we should embrace Web2.0 services to fully make use of what they can provide. They’re stuff like Youtube, Facebook, and Flickr. Networking, on- and offline, is very important as well. Just as businesses need to have a network, so do bloggers. Big networks also means you can diffuse information quickly, and receive them just as quickly.

Towards the end of the talk, Danny also shared with us his plans for dannychoo.com, but since I’m not all too sure if I can reveal them, I won’t. But all I can say is, it’s promising :P

All in all, it was a good experience, especially after when the bloggers started to network, and exchange name cards. It was definitely great to be able to meet up local bloggers, and chat a little. Pictures were shamelessly taken from alafista.com.

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2 Comments so far
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Haha feel free to use the photos. Sorry that I was too busy to reply you.

Comment by alafista

@alafista: Work’s plentiful eh? Thanks a lot for the photos. :P

Comment by Leefe




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