Now that summer is finally over, it’s the end of September and it’s time to share what I have on my mind for this month. This one will be short since this month has been very quiet and there is no notable posts or posts to share.
Future of Kirei Yuri
In a few posts back, I plan to reboot the yuri community that kind of died due to inactivity. We plan to carry over all the old accounts, but I plan to do things a bit differently. Besides renewing the Xenforo License, I plan to get the XenPorta extension, which allows us to show news and user generated content in a blog format. Also, this community will also live on a separate domain name instead of a subdomain.
In addition to updates and announcements of new yuri media, but also feature user generated content such as reviews. Hopefully I can assemble a small team that can work on creating news content and approve user generated content to become featured on the front page.
Lastly, I also plan to probably add a Discord server in addition to the forums to allow people discuss about yuri in real time or conduct watch parties of anime. More details are coming in December and hopefully we will relaunch the community sometime that month.
I must admit, I became frustrated by the state of the blog and had to let my feelings be known. It’s upsetting that my editorials haven’t received the amount of comments I expected while others haven’t had any trouble. It wasn’t always like this. In the early 2010s, we had around 300-800 comments per year. Ever since WordPress implemented the likes system, the number of comments went on a decline to around 300-400 a year.
I feel that the likes system that WordPress implements discourage readers from leaving comments. After all, people can like a post without reading it. Believe it or not, WordPress likes are pretty much worthless and only gives the writer a warm fuzzy feeling with little benefit. Unlike social networks where other users can see likes and can potentially promote your content, WordPress likes don’t do that. It just adds to an arbitrary number to a post that does nothing to promote your content or create discussion for your post. Also, the number of likes on a WordPress blog does not increase your post visibility on WordPress.com Reader. After all, blogs are small communities.
With that, I want people to discuss their thoughts on my content in the comments or promote it on social media. That is why I am disabling the likes system permanently on my blog. I know you can still like a post through the WordPress.com reader. However, you won’t be able to see the number of likes on my blog. Instead, if you like my content, leave a comment, follow me on Twitter and retweet my new blog post tweets, or linking to my post in your blog post (as long it’s relevant) and leaving a trackback. Retweeting a tweet would support the content I enjoy creating more than clicking the like button on my blog. After all, the number of likes on a WordPress blog should never exceed the number of comments in my opinion. This indicates that I am doing something wrong.
Lastly, I plan to cover one more additional show, which is Adachi to Shimamura, which is another anticipated yuri story that will air this season. With this addition, I will cover a total of 5 shows this season, which should be a lot. Obviously, I won’t be able to cover any more shows. If I decide to pick any more up, any impressions will appear in the monthly “What is on my Mind” posts at the end of the month. Hopefully, the fall season will be kinder in terms of this blog’s direction.
With that, feel free to share your thoughts on the topics I shared this month. As always, we have done these posts since June. These posts come out towards the end of each month. Feel free to check them out: