This past week I’ve been hanging around Tumblr, checking out a number of blogs dedicated to video games in general and to specific games. I also got around to setting up my own Tumblr blog for my digital artifact.
Before I get into the details of my experiences with two Tumblr blogs, I would like to mention that the focus of my autoethnographic study has shifted a little. It’s no longer just about me playing video games (though I’ll still be doing that); it’s now more broadly about Japanese handheld video games. I’ll look at their history and evolution, as well as explore the fandom communities online (mostly through my Tumblr blog).
The first blog I checked out was ‘tendercute’, which, while it doesn’t just have Japanese video game posts, has many which are related to handheld games. The blog boasts to have the most recent US and Japanese game articles already translated (“so you don’t have to”). I find this particularly interesting, as the blogger must be thinking that people who speak English (perhaps of ‘Western’ origin) won’t be able to find and read Japanese articles elsewhere. I certainly found it helpful that everything was in English, and I suppose if I found an article in Japanese I would have to trust Google to translate it for me (seriously, why would I bother trying to find someone else to translate?). The layout and minimalist design of the blog makes it really easy to look at and search through. I suppose this made me feel quite calm while looking through the pages, and that in turn made me keep looking.
The second blog was ‘vintage-games’. The blog is dedicated to video games and their characters. It’s a bit overwhelming, particularly compared to ‘tendercute’, as the background is really busy, and with the posts overlaying it sort of hurt my eyes. This actually made me a bit sad as the blogs’ content is great, but I didn’t look through many pages because of the background. I’m not really sure why it made me feel like this. Could it be that I’ve been taught to like things clear or plain? (knowing my mum that wouldn’t surprise me) Or is it a more cultural thing? (or am I seriously over analysing a simple thing?) Anyway, I would be interested to find out what other people think of the blog, and what their audience statistics are.
Also if anyone has any tips or comment for my own blog, I would love to hear!