This is not actually a Figure Friday post, but a post where I talk about Figure Friday a bit and ask for your input.
There’s an upside and a downside to this being an issue of time: The downside is that I am a full-time student, and if I have a busy semester or busy week at school there simply cannot be a Figure Friday, and even before we sometimes had the post delayed (ok, after a certain point it was almost always delayed). The upside is that should I find ample time again, I could just go back to writing these posts. I expect the upcoming semester to be slightly easier on my time, BTW.
The other point is that I doubt most of you understand how much time it takes to write a Figure Friday post. While I love having these posts written (and not just for the number of comments and views, which is much higher than usual for this blog), but I liked the accomplishment of having completed such a post. But how long does it take to get a Figure Friday post up, you want to know? From the time I begin working on it until it is published, well, let’s call it about 6 hours.
Six hours. I go to Neko Magic and Kumo’s blog, and find and open all the interesting figure pages, then I try to whittle it down to the best and the worst, and sometimes the most interesting, I try to limit the number of pictures I use for each figure, so there’s more indecision and option-weighing going on. I write down my thoughts on each figure and then I try to find a place for you guys to reserve it, sometimes adding notes on how to go with special stores and deputy services, etc.
And of course, the adding of the images. After I finished everything else, adding the images from Flickr… it used to take me about 3 hours or so, but I found a way to take it down to “only” an hour, an hour and a half. Getting the images to be about the same size, not too big, centered properly, etc. It’s such a headache, it’d truly be easier if I were to only post one or two images…
And after it all, I go over the figure sales I find on eBay, various sites, the restocks, the new releases, the news of conventions, and this takes some time as well. Not as much as other things, but it all adds up.
So now, here comes my musing about the options, things I could be doing to help get Figure Friday more on track. And yes, I know I promised Figure Monthly and it’s not out yet… I hope to get at least November and December, if not also October, next weekend (semester break begins, and I have a relatively small number of tests, on account of having numerous large assignments instead, whee!).
Figure Tumblr is something I started, and of which you will get to see an example at the bottom. I also post some other thoughts there, and it is sadly not very helpful for comments, but it’s something. It’s not very populated right now, but that is one of its major upsides; with Figure Friday I had to wait for the end of the week and measure each figure compared to the rest of the week’s offerings.
On Tumblr, I can take my free time, go over whatever attracts my eye, and put it there. It can be delayed until Friday (or more), but there’s also the chance for an immediate post an hour or two after the figure’s details become available to the English speaking blogosphere.
Another big bonus for Figure Tumblr, but which would also work for a blog, is that if I spend my week going over figures, I can just copy the code of all these figures, whip it into shape, and voila! Figure Friday by the end of the week. It’s much easier to find half an hour to spend every day than 6 hours or so at the end of the week, seriously.
Another option is to start another blog. True, it won’t help my views and comments here, but I’d live. On that blog I’d do whatever I am currently doing on Tumblr, but it’d be open to comments by the wide crowds that read me. And yes, it’d lose one of the true benefit of Figure Friday, being a once a week stop that brings to you the best and the worst. Of course, I’d still avoid talking about the just average figures, because it’s not very interesting… and that’s what you’d keep, the other “benefit” of Figure Friday (I hope), my opinions on Figures. Are they any good, are they truly worth the time?
Of course, I can also just do that on this blog, but I feel that would water down this blog and somewhat betray its mission, after all, this blog is very focused on the longer and more meaty posts, rather than numerous short posts with only a little content in each one.
So this is where you pitch in. Tell me what is important to you about Figure Friday, what makes it worth reading, which parts are less important to you, options you can think of on how to do it that would both be easier for me but which would still retain its use to you, etc.
Also, if you have friends who you know care about figures and/or Figure Friday, feel free to point them at this post, please ask them to weigh in, retweet, etc. After all, though I blog for myself, and because I want to, I also blog for you guys.
And now, a repost of a figure post from Figure Tumblr (whose headlines shows up, sometimes, on this blog’s sidebar…):
Well, you know that I usually don’t cover previews, and choose to wait for the finished products. But sometimes, I give in, and I showcase previews and prototypes of figures. Being a fan of Code Geass, I find myself no recourse but to share :)
C.C. and Karen Stadtfelt/Kallen Kouzuki both make a showing here in victorian gowns, lot of lace, or so it seems, and very endearing, to me at least.
These will be Banpresto Prize figures, which you could try to win in a lottery for 800 yen, no release date yet. Being Banpresto, and seeing this often happens for others as well, there’s a good chance you could put down $15-20 later and get the figures, and while the quality of prize figures is not the best, it’s often surprisingly good for the price-point, and hey, Kallen and C.C.!
You can always check out the review of Banpresto’s Neliel tu Oderschvanck I’ve written, by Banpresto, to see the quality (see below).
Banpresto Neliel tu Oderschvanck Figure Review (geekorner.wordpress.com)
Images from the Nekomagic post, click here to see more.
Edit: Fixed the Tumblr link to point to the right place. Also, crossed the one thousand comment mark last week.