It’s that time again as we head to the blog’s anniversary, which I started on the 17th of February. Since I am doing my weekly episode impressions, I may as well get this over with two days early. Sure, things have been rough, but it’s time to share my reflection.
The 9th year of blogging have been very tough. Let’s focus on the good. Compared to the last two years, traffic has finally started to rebound. With that, it bought a modest amount of ad revenue, probably more than what I made with Google Adsense. However, the lack of comments continues to be the sticking point that continues to frustrate me as seen in the chart below.
While it may change, there are only six comments, which is a big drop compared to previous months. The lack of comments thing has always been a consistent thing that bothers me since 2015. The lack of comments gives me a feeling that not too many people actually read my content. On a few occasions, it makes me feel that I am wasting my time blogging. The job search that continues what looks like no end in sight is making things worse.
Aside from that, I am not where I want to be in life. I thought I would pay off most of my debt, start thinking about dating, and start a family. Of course, things never work out perfectly since life is unpredictable. This is why I can relate to Koharu Yoshino from Sakura Quest. She wanted to find a job in Tokyo to escape the possibly of living in her rural hometown for the rest of her life. However, she faces many setbacks with every company rejecting her after every interview. It’s not until she receives a job offer at a tourism board in effort to revive a rural town is when she became lucky. While it’s not something she wanted to do at first, she gradually started enjoying her job. In fact, I am mentioning this since I am currently reading the manga adaptation of the show.
The thing is, just like Yoshino, I will eventually become lucky and receive a job that will be a better fit. The current situation is just a setback that everyone faces in life. Of course, aside from family, I wouldn’t survive this brutal job search without keeping myself occupied.
Besides doing training and working on my business to gain more experience, things like anime blogging and interacting with others in the fandom is what makes me feel hopeful. It kept my sanity when I looked for a job when I graduated in 2015 since there were people I could interact on my blog. It’s not surprising since there were 683 comments made during that year alone. Now, it dropped to 299 last year. When I stopped working, I lost the ability to interact with others on a daily basis. The comment drops and good number of fellow bloggers unfollowing me on Twitter does not help.
I have to admit that I am not a big social media user. Still, it’s hard to continue blogging with the lack of social interaction outside my family. Believe it or not, this only adds more to the troubles I am dealing with. However, it’s not as bad compared to what other people who are worse off than me.
The point is, in another year, I will be doing this for 10 years. Nowadays, there are only a good number of anime blogs around this age that is still alive. Even so, I still want to keep continuing since I put in a lot of effort. This won’t be possible unless I receive more support such as people commenting on my posts, and not using ad block. This is only when I will get myself more involved with the community, which I have been neglecting for so many years.
While things are tough, I am hopeful that the light at the end of the tunnel will eventually come. Despite this anniversary coming off dark, I would like to thank everyone for continued support from my subscribers, followers, and visitors who read and enjoy my posts, both old and new. I hope you will continue to support me into the future. ¶