I’m throwing a few thoughts out into the ether here, but here they are anyway. Talk is cheap, after all.
The ‘classic’ episodic blog entry offers a structure:
Consider the sonnet. Choosing to write a sonnet (whichever specific type you choose) means voluntarily taking on a set of rules (fourteen lines, a certain scheme of interlocking rhymes et cetera). Great poets play with these rules and produce breathtaking sonnets. The rest of us rely on these rules and produce stale sonnets where the restrictions force the sense and bore the reader.
You can probably see where I’m going here: writing within a structure is difficult. Or rather, writing well within a structure is difficult. I am of the opinion that writing a good blog entry focused on just one episode of a specific series and written within the classic structure is harder than writing a good so-called ‘editorial’ entry, and this increases my respect for those who produce genuinely entertaining and thought-provoking episode summaries.
By the same token, however, if I tried to write an episodic entry, I’d wind up falling back on the classic structure as a crutch, and producing something which contains no new information of interest to the reader, no personal insights not felt and put better by others and no pictures beyond the obvious moments which scream ‘Cap me!’ This is why I have not experimented with episodic blogging within a structure: writing poorly within rules is all too easy.
So-called ‘editorial’ content, on the other hand, has less of a structure to fall back on, but at the same time less of a structure to play with: it’s the free verse of anime blogging (for the record, I dislike free verse). However, a careful read-through an ‘editorial’ archive will reveal that he or she is using a structure which they’ve devised themselves – like Spenser inventing his own stanza for The Faerie Queene, or the way that traditional meters lurk beneath even the most free free verse. And the same seems true of bloggers who tackle individual episodes without the classic tripartite structure.
And finally, remember, children:
E[pi]S[odic] blogs can be derided as an exercise in screencaps, boring summaries, and some perfunctory opinion
E[ditorial] blogs can . . . be labeled as a series of poorly formulated arguments about topics that nobody cares about.
And if you’re not interested in the whimsical linking of versification to blogging, you can always stop reading.