Yep, another year has passed and it feels like yesterday since I started my blog back in mid February 2009. Now, it’s time to take a look back on my 6th year of blogging while I share my thoughts about the future.
At first, it seems that I was having a pretty good year since I was breaking new records in traffic. Sadly, Google eventually caused the traffic to drop by over 60 percent due to them changing their search algorithms. I think this happened mostly due to duplicate content (namely the tag and archive pages) and low quality content that was published mostly during my first year of blogging.
While I had to do a lot of spring-cleaning by either deleting some of the low quality posts or de-index them, I realized how much my writing has improved throughout the years. In fact, word counts for posts I write nowadays usually range from 300 words to a 1000 words depending on the type of post. For series I can’t write about, I usually leave it for the end of the week. Aside from that, I’m currently happy with my posting rate
On the other hand, during my sixth year of blogging, I have noticed that the blogosphere was not nearly as active compared to the past. As mentioned in my post reflecting back on last year, pretty much a good chunk of the blogosphere has stopped blogging on Anime Nano. Of course that site does not represent the whole blogosphere since not everyone have his or her blogs syndicated on that site. Even so, I am still glad that there are still a lot of old bloggers with some new ones that continue to write about Anime despite social media and Youtube being popular.
What will the seventh year have in store? Since I have graduated and got my Master’s Degree after finishing my last semester in December, I’m facing the same challenges that every recent graduate face: finding full-time work. Once I start working, although I won’t nearly have as much free time, I will still continue and perhaps make posts 1 to 3 times a week, roughly the same pace I’m doing now. However, I will have some more money left over to spend on my hobby (minus any expenses and student loan payments), meaning that I won’t need to put advertisements on my blog (which hardly generates any revenue) nor I’m in a dire need a Patreon since it doesn’t cost that much to run this blog (if you are curious, it costs about $60 a year on hosting and $10 on domain renewal or about $5.80 a month). Of course, having a job of some sort will finally give me the opportunity to go to Anime conventions and do other things. As a whole, the future looks bright if things go well.
With that, I would like to thank all my subscribers, followers and visitors who supported me throughout these years. I hope you will continue to support my blog into the future.
Overall Statistics for the 6th year: 1543 posts, 3836 comments, 82 completed series. ¶