With 2016 comes to a close in a few weeks, it’s time to share my thoughts on the state of this blog along with other plans.
I have to admit that 2016 is a terrible year for me. Aside from troubles in real life, this blog hasn’t been doing that great. The main concern is the general lack of comments, which is very discouraging and demoralizing. It’s simply not reaching the amount of activity it used to be. In fact, it’s a huge drop-off from last year (683 vs 285) currently. This is a difficulty that some bloggers are facing and I am not alone in this.
I value discussion and comments on my blog since it can give me new ideas to write about. There is no surprise that there has been a lack of editorials in the past several months since I simply ran out of ideas. The comment drought is not helping. I feel that I’m wasting my time writing posts. The lack of comments give me the impression that few people are reading what I have to share. I find this troubling since I enjoy sharing my passion for anime and even video games. I simply don’t want to give that up.
With that in mind, this trend cannot continue and things have to change. I need to start focusing on developing the community, which I have been neglecting for a while. Perhaps I need to revive the forums, start writing guest posts for other blogs or even start a discord server. Either way, I need to figure out how to make this blog great again and build up the community. Otherwise, I will ultimately face burnout.
Aside from that, there are some things I want to accomplish in December. The obvious is reviewing Pocket Monsters Sun and Moon. I decided to get both versions since I imported a copy of Sun, which will take a while. In other words, I am playing Moon, which I downloaded. Without spoiling the game, I enjoy it a lot thus far. I have streamed some of it on Twitch, but the video output over wireless haven’t been too reliable. Since my new 3DS has custom firmware, I will be able to take cleaner screenshots. If I have time left in this year, I will review Atelier Sophie as well. As usual, I plan on doing 12 Days of Anime, winter 2017 season preview and the end of year stuff.
In short, 2016 have been a pretty bad year so far. I hope that the remaining few weeks will redeem itself. Sure, I have faced several setbacks in real life and with my blog, but one can’t simply give up. The sun will rise and there will always be an opportunity for things to get better, even for this blog. If you have suggestions that are constructive to improve the state of this blog, feel free to share. ¶