Learning about a new culture is a great way to expand your knowledge of the world, and that was the case for me with the Doki Doki Festival in Manchester on the 11th November. The festival was a celebration of Japanese culture, ranging from music to history. Anime fans, cosplayers and pop culture geeks got together under one roof to embrace a culture that has become incredibly popular in the West. Here are my thoughts of the day.
The Comic Vault has reached another milestone of 600 followers and I wanted to thank new followers and old by giving them the opportunity to write guest posts for the website. In my experience, guest posts are a great way to build up your writing reputation, make new connections and step outside your comfort zone. Read on to find out what kind of opportunities are available.
Japan has a rich history and it’s great to see it shared with people from different places. The Doki Doki Festival is happening on the 11th November in Manchester, and it’s celebrating Japanese culture. There will be talks on Japan’s history, anime and blogging conversations. The Comic Vault reached out to Sophie of Sophie’s Japan Blog to get her thoughts on talking at the event and what she loves about Japanese culture.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a published author, and I’m pleased to announce my latest short story Shadows At Dawn has been published by Hyperion and Theia. The story is part of an anthology called Volume One: Saturnalia, which is also the inaugural edition for the publisher. The anthology features several stories around otherworldly themes.
Once upon a time, the world was made of stories. They were the first kind of currency, the thing that brought meaning to life. Passed down from person to person, to hear a story was to have knowledge. As the centuries rolled by, the stories found their way onto the page. People read books and discovered new worlds. Stories became the key to unlocking the imagination and books inspired people to learn how to read and write.
Somewhere along the way, stories found their way onto the screen. The public loved watching films and it became a new form of entertainment. But the stories were still stories. With the birth of the internet, stories became something you could consume on a daily basis. The way people chose to engage with the stories had changed, yet the medium remained the same.
Finding something you’re passionate about is one of the greatest sensations in the world. When you’re willing to dedicate yourself to it no matter what then it’s the something to smile about. Writing about comics and pop culture gives me a sense of purpose. It’s been a good year for The Comic Vault so far, with readership increasing at a steady rate. It’s inspired me to experiment with different methods of engagement, so I’ve decided to create a Facebook page for the blog.
When I started The Comic Vault last year, I did it with the mentality of wanting to write about something that made me happy. The more people responded to it, the more I started to set a goal for myself. Before the end of 2017 I told myself I wanted to reach 10,000 page views and 500 followers. Today, I can say I’ve smashed those targets, reaching over 10,000 and hitting 500 followers. To thank everyone, I wanted to give insight into another topic I’m passionate about.