Further thoughts after the fold...
Kabitzin has posted his case for SSAB, so I feel as if I should at least weigh in with my thoughts. I'm not going to compare blogs or even discuss SSAB, because that's not what this is about for me. I don't honestly want to win if it means knocking down somebody else (apart from the occasional silly al Qaeda dig). This is a one-man operation and in relative terms, a new blog. I'm happy to have made it this far, to be honest.
My case is simple - LiA is what it is. Blogger is a limited platform and my under-the-hood skills are similarly limited, so I optimize the site as best I can within their 70's-era technology and live with the results (though as always, I'm happy to accept assistance from anyone who would care to offer their help).
Content-wise, I want to quickly reply to the charge that I use screenshots as a substitute for a "proper summary". Simply put, I use screenshots as a service to the reader (cue Misato Katsuragi here), and to highlight something that strikes me as cool or funny. I don't use detailed summaries on every post because one of the first things I learned was that if you write for your own tastes, your writing will be more authentic. I never wanted to see long summaries in anime blog posts - in most cases I'll have already seen the episode, so I don't need the blogger to tell me what happened. I want analysis, so that's what I provide in my blogs. I noticed very early on that the more summary I included in a post, the less I really cared about the ep I was writing about. In short - I was just using it to fill space.
I guess what it comes down to for me is that LiA is a personal blog, and it reflects my tastes as a writer and where my interest lies (in the writing rather than the presentation). If that's a fault I'll humbly admit to it. I try wherever possible to offer something different - there are plenty of sources for thoughts on Fate/Zero (as there should be) and I won't ignore a show simply because it's popular - but there aren't many places where you can find coverage of Hunter X Hunter or Ginga e Kickoff. My criterion is simply whether I like it or not.
I think providing one blogger's honest view of anime as it exists today is more valuable than summarizing the popular shows of the day - it's certainly more fun for me. SSAB is a good blog, and there are lots of other good anime blogs out there - I'm just trying to be one of them while expressing my views in an honest way. In terms of Aniblog or anything else, let the chips fall where they may - this is a labor of love for me, otherwise I wouldn't put in the many hours it takes to maintain LiA in a manner I can be proud of. The greatest reward for me is the growth I've seen over the last year - so many more readers and active participants in the discussions that if you'd told me then that this is where the site would be today, I'd never have believed it.
Thanks to everyone who's supported me in the tourney, and to everyone who just stopped by to check out the site. And especially, thanks to the readers who've helped the site grow so quickly and who make it so much fun to be a part of.