It feels like yesterday since I started blogging back in 2009 during my freshman year of college. Since then, the overall anime blogosphere landscape changed a lot since then. I saw some bloggers quitting/going on an endless hiatus along with others starting new blogs replacing the dead ones. Also during these years, I got to know a good number of bloggers in the blogosphere and fans. For that, I feel that this is a good time to look back and comment on it. (Image Source)
When I started blogging about anime back in February 17, 2009, I didn’t really have a specific goal. I just blog what came into my mind or what I have seen. If you take a look back at the posts I made back then, it doesn’t look like something of quality. Slowly, I addressed these issues by focusing on impressions/analysis for episodic posts opposed to synopsis, paying close attention to my grammar/spelling, and writing more editorials/reviews. Eventually, I got better at it despite leaving few errors in my post once in a while.
Secondly, my blog’s appearance had evolved as time went on. Although the theme wasn’t as important compared to the content, it had to look professional at a minimum to stand out. The first theme I used (as pictured above) had a lot of bloat, lacked threaded comments, and bugs. Overall, it doesn’t look great. Therefore, I overhauled the appearance by making my own theme before the first Aniblogosphere Tourney started. Since then, I have made many refinements following the theme. Eventually, I shifted from using Thematic to Genesis so I can provide a better experience and have a constantly updated theme framework. Even so, it looks a lot better than what I had in the beginning.
In addition of improving my writing and improving on the appearance, anime blogging had a huge impact in my life. Initially, I have been really picky of what I should watch since I was afraid to watch things out of my small comfort zone. Gradually, my tastes expand as I tried out new anime and I started to enjoy it a lot more. Eventually, it convinced me to learn Japanese so I can play games related to the series and of course, the ability to play Pokémon in Japanese. Still, the social experience is the most important thing throughout my three years of blogging. It allowed me to become more open and I got to know more anime bloggers/fans that shared the same interest of enjoying Anime and such. Not only that, I started commenting and reading other people’s blogs. In turn, it sometimes generated ideas for editorials, which is a win-win on both fronts.
Either way you look at it, I enjoy anime blogging and I don’t expect to stop in the near future. Although getting my masters and getting a job might reduce my free time available, I expect to manage my time so I can continue what I enjoy. So, with that, I’m happy that my blog has passed the passing of time and hopefully I will trudge along to the 4th year.
Raw Statistics at the writing of this post: 827 posts, 1769 comments, 41 completed series, 167365 visitors, 297910 pageviews (since June 15, 2010 when Piwik got installed)