August 25th, 2008 marks the 3rd anniversary of Channel-Ai Community Blog. It is hard to believe we have made it this far, as all of this started out as an experimental move to spread the love of J-Pop music. We acquired many writers throughout the past 3 years, all of them passionate and knowledgeable when it comes to the artists they love. Some went on hiatus due to various reasons but luckily, we never run out of new writers to inject new energy into this blog. This year, 3 new writers: 1337rice, sljinu and DJAeon, joined our crew and they have proved themselves to be the most productive despite being the newest additions to our family!
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First of all, this draft post has been sitting for quite some time and it’s about time for me to simply press the publish button… So, August 25th is the birthday for Channel-Ai Community Blog but I did not have the time to complete this anniversary post back then. In this post, I will try to sum up what we have achieved in the past two years and what we plan to achieve before hitting our 3rd anniversary. ;)
The idea of Channel-Ai Community Blog was born around mid August 2006. Back then I was thinking if I could make better use of the WordPress I initially installed for my personal blog. Since I am not that active a blogger, I reckon this blogging platform will be put into better use if I somehow allow Channel-Ai forum members to participate as writers for this blog. I discussed my proposal with Jason, my high school friend, and he liked this idea so much that he was willing to be one of the first writer for this blog, showing what could be done to promote the latest release of your favourite J-Pop groups and singers via this blog.
If you’ve been wondering why we had so many articles published on August 25th, and a few more after that, then hopefully this entry’s title will give you a better idea! This is our own unique way to commemorate a special day, the day when Channel-Ai Community Blog published its very first article exactly one year ago (a quite poorly written review compared to what we produce nowadays), Fukuyama Masaharu’s “Tokyo”, written by my good high school buddy Jason.
It’s been an amazing year, and I had a great time working with our team members. Without these awesome folks who spent their free time writing, in my opinion, some of the best J-Pop articles and reviews you can find around the web, Channel-Ai Community Blog wouldn’t be here today. It’s tough to keep a blog going, and I’ve seen many bloggers out there that have given up blogging half-way through due to lack of response of their work. Fortunately, working as a team and the support between team members holds us together through the hard times.
|Artist: spellcheck & spyro (spespy)
Product Code: CACD-00001
Release date: 2006.03.08
Debut Ranking: #1
Label: Channel Ai Productions
Who ever said art has its limitations? And why should anyone simply stick to one genre? And ladies and gentlemen, this is the beauty of sHaKy LeGs, the very first single released from the label, Channel Ai Productions. This single certainly has variation, attitude and humour at one go so I suggest you won’t let this one slip through your fingers.
Hi everyone, welcome to the new Channel-Ai community blog. This is a project me and Jason has been planning on over the past few weeks. I have once used this blog to post my personal stuff but then I decided it’s such a waste and why not give it a greater purpose, that is to spread the love of Japanese music? There you go, a new direction has been set, and now let’s walk towards it.
As I mentioned above, this will be the community blog for Channel-Ai, a forum that’s dedicated to Japanese artist Ai Otsuka. So what does community blog means? Well, my vision is to let members of the forum who enjoy Japanese music to have a chance to share this love through blogging. Of course, you need to have good writing skills and knowledge about what you are writing or else people won’t be interested, will they? For that reason, authors of this community blog will be selective. You can apply within this topic posted at Channel-Ai by replying with details such as what type of music you would like to be writing for, what artist you would like to focus on etc., we will then select the qualified applicants and promote them to be authors of this community blog. If you are accepted, you will be notified via PM and more details will be enclosed.
What does it mean to be an author? You get to post message on this blog under your name, and you get to use Channel-Ai FTP should you need to upload a single or album (no abuse allowed though). You will automatically be listed as VIP in Channel-Ai which gives you member download access, and you will be well recognized for your contribution as well. How sweet eh?
After reading this much, what are you waiting for? I know quite a few of you who knows a lot about J-Pop, J-Rock, and even more about the artist you like, why not share your latest news and opinion about their upcoming releases and let other Ai’s fans to know about them as well? You never know how many new fans you can gain for your favourite artist through quality blogging.