Imagine waking up one day, checking your e-mail, and discovering that hey, you’re in the running for Omy.sg’s Singapore Blog Awards 2012.
That’s kinda what happened here at The Neo Tokyo Project, when I received my nomination for the Sold.sg Best What-the-hell blog category.
I’m really, really grateful for this awesome vote of confidence. It’s neat how we managed to make the cut, and I owe it to you – my cosplay friends, geeky fans, and readers – for making this possible.
So today, we’re gonna play a game of 20 (well, really just 4) questions that will hopefully answer everyone’s queries about my nomination for this award, and what The Neo Tokyo Project’s gonna do moving forward!
Are you ready? Here we go!
1. How do you feel about being one of finalists in Singapore Blog Awards 2012?
Elated! The team’s been in a tizzy since I told them about the email last week!
It’s The Neo Tokyo Project’s first nomination ever, and being a part of the Singapore Blog Awards means we’re doing something right. (It’s a group effort!)
It’s great validation, and affirms our commitment not just for geeky coverage, but in documenting the transformative and empowering effects of cosplay.
We’re motivated to do even better, both for our readers in the cosplay community, and for everybody out there who’s curious about just how amazing and positive this hobby can be!
2. When did you start blogging and what drew you to it? Where do you get inspiration for your blog content?
I’ve always had a taste for the geeky things in life.
As a comic collector, cosplayer, gamer, and unabashed Japanophile, I’ve had no lack of inspiration, so all it took was a little push in the right direction to get me started. That push came in the way of Kaika (another kickass cosplay blogger, and she’s a finalist in the vlog category!).
I met her on a sponsored trip to Hong Kong as Singapore’s Cosplay Ambassador for a promo by Animax and Hong Kong Tourism Board, and our conversations got me thinking.
When I first started cosplaying in 2001, the hobby was an arcane thing, but cosplay’s gained ground, increasing social acceptance, and a way, way, way bigger following in the past decade.
So ‘Hey’, I told myself on New Year’s Day in 2011. ‘It’s a hobby that’s turned my life around. It’s broadened my horizons, helped me develop practical problem solving skills, and taught me how to put my best foot forward. Why the hell am I not blogging about it?’
After all, I’d picked up a trick or two as a cosplayer and costume maker, amassed some modicum of stage experience, and loads of geeky know-how; the only cool thing to do was to share.
Blogging about cosplay’s my way of giving back to the community. I delight in helping novice cosplayers along, and it’s always a pleasure to know that I’m contributing in my own small way.
That’s why we’ve got a regular tutorials column, and editorials about cosplay and stage performances on The Neo Tokyo Project. I’m also interested in highlighting (by way of journalistic exploration, interviews and convention coverage) just how exactly cosplay’s changed the lives of people in the scene, and that’s the focus of our Spotlight On column.
So yeah. That’s kinda how The Neo Tokyo Project started, and as they say (as cliched as this sounds), the rest is history.
3. How do you feel about the other Finalists in your category this year? How do you think you will fare compared to them?
I think they’ve all got their strengths. They’ve got some really quirky content, so I think it’s gonna be a tough fight all round.
It’s already a great honor for a niche blog about cosplay to make it to the finals, so win or lose, it’s still a triumph for Cosplay, yeah? XD
4. Give a reason why readers should visit your blog and vote for you?
The Neo Tokyo Project’s an all-inclusive blog dedicated to cosplay, pop-culture, and all things geek. Cosplay’s our passion and it doesn’t matter whether it’s comic books, computer games and fantasy novels, or anime and manga.
We’re all about cosplay. We feature cosplayers, we cover the latest cosplay and pop-culture happenings in Singapore, and if we’re gonna create a brand new cosplay costume, you can bet your life we’ll eventually put out a tutorial and show you just how you can make one too.
When you vote for us, you’re voting Cosplay. So if you’re a fan, if you love the hobby and love pop-culture as much as we do, do support us!
I’ve also made a little video about our nomination, and here it is!
If you’d like to vote for The Neo Tokyo Project, here’s what you need to do.
Click on the image below, and click Vote For Me! It’s as simple as that (Clicking on the link will open a new window, and you might need to register for an omy.sg account if you haven’t yet).
You can cast your vote once per day, so it’s kinda like a ‘Daily Quest’ (like in an MMORPG, or something).
So if you like what you’ve read so far, and want to support Crimson, Angelus, and the rest of the Neo Tokyo Project team, please, please, please, cast your vote every day!
What’s more, we’ll be releasing new and exclusive content ‘Achievement’ style each time we hit a new campaign milestone. Each time we hit 100 or more likes and daily votes in the tally, we’ll be putting out a brand new tutorial or cosplay related tidbit!
How cool is that?
So remember, guys, you’re voting Cosplay each time you vote for us (and don’t forget to vote for Kaika too!)
Cosplay’s awesome, so let’s help our hobby take the blogosphere by storm!