4 Years of Mage in a Barrel

Exactly four years ago, I made my first blog post on the blog that would later become Mage in a Barrel. After all that time, it’s hard to think of any other personal projects that I’ve stuck with so long, had so much fun with, learned so much from, and met so many great people through— so this post is a celebration of four years of being an aniblogger.

I hope you’ll journey with me for a bit.

Mage in a Barrel

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Site News: Mage in a Barrel Updates

Hello, hello, everyone! I’m here with a couple big announcements about Mage in a Barrel today! I’m really excited about some of the changes I’ve been making around the blog and what it means for the future, so let’s dive right in!

Of course, it only seems right to kick off big news like this with some help from the site’s two long-time mascots, Maka Albarn and Chitoge Kirisaki.

Soul Eater

“Thanks for stopping by!”

Nisekoi

“I-it’s not like I’m glad you visit or anything…”

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Why Mage in a Barrel?

As I expect most of you have probably noticed, there’s a new banner at the top of my blog! You probably have also realized that the words scrawled across that banner by my barely sufficient graphic design skills say, “Mage in a Barrel,” not “Life and Anime.”

Take this as the official announcement: the name of my blog has changed to Mage in a Barrel.

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Dead Monday Q&A—Fourth Edition: Desert Islands, Soundtracks, Etc.

For whatever reason, it seems that people just like asking me questions on Monday because they started piling up yesterday without me even asking. But hey! It certainly was fun! Thanks to everyone who asked questions!

If you didn’t get a chance to drop by with a question, my ask.fm is always open for you guys! It might take me a while sometimes, but I answer pretty much every question eventually.

Here’re some highlights from last night!

Fairy Tail

iblessall vs. questions

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Dead Monday Q&A: Third Edition—Favorite Aniblogs, Anime Comedy, and More!

So, I wasn’t planning on doing a Q&A last night, but it just sort of happened. Which is unusual. As always, thanks to everyone who asked questions! It was fun.

If you want to read more of the questions from last night or ask some yourself, check out my ask.fm page! And without further adieu, here are some of the highlights from last night.

Fairy Tail

How I felt answering some of the questions…particularly the ones about my internet love life. >.<

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How to Write (and Find) a Good Season Preview Blog Post

As you know if you read my ask.fm or my Anitwitter rantings or (occasionally) my blog, you’ll know that I have totally disavowed season preview posts. Thus, to preserve my dignity, I will not be writing a season preview post for at least another season before I probably change my mind because I can’t keep my mouth shut and want to hype up anime I know nothing about and want to do so badly enough to eat my words and mocking of season preview season and endure all the people who will (righteously) come to shout at me, “You said you’d never do a season preview and that they’re stupid! Look at you now, you hypocrite!”

Those days are coming, but they aren’t here yet! So for all my friends out there who are writing your season previews, here are 5 easy steps to writing a good season preview blog post. And for all of you readers who are sifting through piles of season previews and trying to decide what’s good or not, just check these steps to make sure the post you’re reading is worth your time. You’ll know how they’re supposed to be written after this; I trust you can make those decisions.

Is the Order a Rabbit?

Just imagine she’s saying “aniblogger.”

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