As most of you know by now, I am in Taiwan. It has been quite a drastic change at this stage of my life; so drastic, in fact, that I am finding it increasingly difficult to do all the things I want to do. Trying to juggle all these things at this pace—school, social life, cultural acclimation, and personal projects—is at once extremely stressful and exciting. However, it really is hard to keep weekly updates here. Although things may yet change again when the transitional stage ends and the school year actually starts (for better or worse), I trust I can at least keep a reasonable pace.
Still, I need some help.
I have mentioned interest in having guest posts some time ago; I have also tried it a few times with great success. I am so fortunate and grateful to have AJtheFourth be my first, followed by 2DT—do go check them out! Their brilliance has given me confidence and hope that even if I am too listless after some especially tough days, there are people more insightful and more articulate who may be willing to contribute.
Here are (unfortunately) some conditions for the guest post:
- I have to know who you are. This probably sounds very egotistical, but Listless Ink is, after all, a personal blog, a blog driven by personality and by an unspoken trust between loose friends. Please don’t let this deter you though! If you are thinking about guest posting, then you are probably fine.
- Send me your idea first. It does not have to be a draft or even all that fleshed out, but what I am looking for are guest posts, not just an indication of interest.
- Your post should be on theme with the blog. For the same reasons stated earlier, I would like to keep the essence of Listless Ink. Of course, what is on theme is totally up to you. (But please, oh gosh please, no internet memes.) One little note: I would prefer commentaries instead of reviews and personal experiences (e.g. how I got into anime). This is a very flexible thing, and if you think you have a great review, by all means, I would love to have it. But just something small to keep in mind.
- After the guest post is posted, please try to reply to all the comments for at least a little while. If you do not want to do that, let me know in advance, and I will simply turn the comments off.
- Finally, unique content is pretty important, so yea… I’m not really looking for single paragraphs on “cool Japanese items and news” type of things.
I apologize for all these conditions, especially because I am asking for your favors, and I really don’t have much to offer the guest bloggers. I cannot boast the traffic of major blogs nor the reputation of incredible writers. I also cannot pay you. The only things I can give are my gratitude and my love (which I guess is not really worth all that much).
Still, this blog has been my baby for the last three—quickly approaching four—years. All the efforts, energy, research, toils, people, and pride that went and still go into maintaining this blog… The feelings are hard to put into words. Suffice it to say, I want to keep this alive forever, or at least as long as possible—let the contents flow and the people engage. So if anyone is interested in contributing, much loves and thanks!