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Sunday, 17 April 2016

SIX OF THE BEST: Monster Island News


Ken Hulsey, and his 'pop culture blender' Monster Island News, has long been a supporter of HeroPress, and Ken even lets me take MiN for a spin every now and then (although I've been rather slack of late in taking him up on his generous offer).

(1) How long have you been blogging, and how’d you get into it in the first place?

Back in 2007 I was looking for an more efficient way to post items to my website Monster Island News (kensforce.com - gone now). I found the grind of trying to create a website from scratch was just too frustrating. The platform that Blogger provided made it possible to post items that would normally take me hours in mere minutes. The format ultimately provided me a much broader canvas to be creative.

(2) What do you blog about, and how frequently do you post?

Originally the site started off as a home for Japanese sci-fi and monster movies... hence the "Robojapan" in "Robojapan.blogspot.com". I wanted to have a site that was focused on one genre. Of course that idea quickly started to evaporate, due mostly to my ADD and my connections with many independent film makers who wanted me to feature articles about their films, which came from a multitude of different genres.

Today the site is about a lot of things, movies, television, toys and a real passion of mine, comic books.

I try to post every day, but sometimes I take some time off to work on the website (yes, I decided to give it another go) and my online store View Obscura Comics.


(3) How does your blog stand out from all the rest?

I don't know that my blog stands apart from many other fan related sites. Maybe, it's unique because of its creator? I have a kinda off center view of the universe and I hope that my posts reflect that.

(4) What’s the best (and worst) thing about blogging?

As you know, Tim, blogging can be an evil mistress. There was a time where I was obsessed with trying to get more and more people to read my stuff. That was very stressful, and ultimately I lost my way by trying to post things that I thought would be popular, not necessarily things that I found interesting at the time. As one could assume, that period of time was both gut wrenching and unsatisfying.

Today I have learned my lesson from my past endeavors and feature articles about topics that I am genuinely interested and knowledgeable in, which makes the whole experience of blogging much more fun and satisfying.

(5) Do you have any self-imposed rules (or guidelines) for your blog?

I try to keep the site PG, though I don't censor the language that the other authors use in posts. I don't allow nude photos, generally, even though I have broken that rule from time to time if it's tasteful and applies to the subject of the post. For example a post about a grindhouse film may feature a photo with a topless woman chained to a wall. Okay, maybe that's not tasteful, but it illustrates the overall feeling of the film.

I understand that porn related websites get way more gawkers and make a lot of money, but ultimately I enjoy being eccentric ... and poor.

(6) Name one blog everyone should be reading (other than your own).

Hmm ... that's a hard one. There are so many good ones, like that one with all the funny pet videos, the one that has all that juicy celebrity gossip, and then there's the one I stumbled upon about a decade ago that features people performing sex acts with Barbie dolls (don't go searching for that ... trust me!).

Tim, I think that you may be looking for a shameless plug, which I, of course, will be more than happy to provide. Yes, I am a fan of HeroPress, and I read it every day.

Okay, you caught me... I only look at it when you post sexy pictures of Wonder Woman!

HeroPress isn't the only site where you'll find Wonder Woman cosplayers

2 comments:

  1. Great blog. I do try to read it every day.

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    1. Ken posts a great, and eclectic, mix of material on his site.

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