So you want to start a blog in Japan? 5 tips for beginners


Whether you're a part-time English teacher with a lot of spare time or a spinning-top salarywoman, I bet you notice interesting stuff; interesting stuff that you wish to tell the world or even just your dear nana back home about. Japan seems to have that affect from time to time. And by time to time I mean ALL of the time.

So you might think: Hey, why don’t I start a blog? But then you quickly convince yourself otherwise. Ain’t nobody got time for that, right? Plus, what would you even write about? Where do you start? And is this just another fad?

One, there are innumerable things going on all of the time. Two, everyone has always been and continues to be interested in this country. Three, there are actually very few English Japanese blogs which makes your future project instantaneously stand out.

So. Do. It. Say “Buh-bye” to that inner critic and try these tips to start your blog in Japan:

Purchase a good camera

It doesn’t have to be the most expensive camera on the market but it has to take good shots. Or else, you have to take good shots.

Living in the birthplace of almost every camera brand there ever was, you shouldn’t have an issue finding a good one. Beginner photographers should try something like a Nikon D3300 or Canon SL1 – both great entry-level DSLR cameras that are easy to use and produce professional quality images.

When it comes to blogging, photos are important. This was the first blogging advice, I ever got. Take good photos. Show people interesting stuff. Experiment, practice and make mistakes with a variety of shots until you find your style.

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My advice is if you are doing it for attention or dreams of success, copy the attention-grabbing/clickbait-y things everyone else does. Use Youtube and podcasts. Riff on "Japan is ZANY" and "travel tips to Japan" for more clicks.

If you are doing it for self-expression, just do what you want and ignore "this is how you must write your blog" advice.

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Blog? How passé.

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Started my first art website in 1997. Windows 95. Very different then.

I still hand-code my web pages.

I used a DSLR for years but now I just use my smartphone which works foe me.

There are sites with ready made templates like Squarespace, making it very easy.

Nothing has changed since 1997, it’s still about content.

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I find content (in a blog or YouTube) like "X foreigner living in Y country" to be interesting because you can get an insight of that country from that person's point of view, which is something you can't get from sanctioned official websites.

Despite living here in Japan for over 10 years though, I have always been hesitant to do something like this for success/fame because it seems unsustainable in the long run. What if you go back to your country? All that time and effort to build an audience that looks forward to your content would go to waste.

Of course, it's not an all-or-nothing situation but I've always wondered about the viability of this type of content where being X foreigner in Y country is the main attraction.

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I think blogs are not so popular. Social media and podcasting seem better.

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Who really cares what Neville Nobody is doing !?

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