The theme given by fujoshika is “The things that help you stay motivated to keep blogging”. There are no rules so I’m a bit lost; I’ll do my best.
I started this blog after noticing a wave of visitors on my scanlation website coming from the same URL. It was a blog which updated the French BL releases. Soon after, this blog disappeared, but I always thought it was a very good idea. Little did I know it meant so much work!
A few years after becoming an avid BL manga reader, in November 2014, I was struggling to find new BL to read. It looked like I had read everything available and complete, so I started reading ongoing manga. Since then, I’ve learned where to look for manga to keep me up-to-date, and I’m glad to have my daily dose of BL. And to help others have theirs too.
I’m particularly fired up after receiving a comment, a message or a tweet. Even if I can see the traffic on the website and twitter, there’s nothing better than to be reminded this blog is actually useful, and that I’m not spending hours on it on a daily basis for nothing. To be honest, I’m awkward with messages, so I’m usually very brief when it comes to answering, but I still appreciate the comments a lot! I’ve also received messages appreciative of the warnings. Some readers don’t mind them, but I know others feel safer reading the releases I checked, and I’m absolutely delighted to know that this blog helps these readers.
One of the things I like the most in updating this blog is finding little gems I would have missed otherwise. It means spending more money too, but I gladly give my money to my favorite authors. It’s not only BL I’m buying, since I also keep an eye on scanlation in general, and I tend to fall deeply for tooth-rotting fluff manga, BL or not. It’s hard to resist to adorable manga like Gakuen Babysitters or Nukoduke, after all! And of course, I don’t exclusively like fluff, I have a knack for slice of slice with slow build, and I also like good humor or drama. My collection is getting so big I need to buy new shelves… but I’m always happy to know my favorite artists are getting appreciated.
By updating this blog, with the pixiv and buying links, I hope to help everyone support their favorite artists. When at the end of the month, I check the stats to make the awards, I’m always happy to see the number of views of an artist’s pixiv, a buying link, or the buying guide.
So, to sum up, the things that help me stay motivated to keep blogging are : discovering new artists and finding little gems to spend my money on, helping the readers have their daily yaoi dose and maybe supporting the artists too.
Ugh, sorry, I ended up talking a lot…
EDIT: I’m not tagging anyone because I don’t know anyone who will answer to this… ^^;;