That went pretty fast.
It’s been quite the ride so far. Obviously I’m going to start with the usual thank you to all those who’ve been actively commenting on my content, liking and sharing. That’s the most common motivator for most content creators.
As usually I’ve witnessed a period where blogs come and go and those who are still standing strong. Congratulations to those who keep moving on and keep publishing great content. I’ll admit I had my down times and it wasn’t always that easy creating new content for my following. I’m not really an episode reviewer and I don’t like to commit myself to always making seasonal postings even when there is low amount of good shows. And even when there are a ton of good shows, it makes discussing them even a harder task.
Over the years I’ve been playing around with different formats, but there was a particular trend that triggered me to go deeper into the anime world than ever before; the anime is dying sentiment. A total rant of a video based on personal sentiment of The Anime Man on YouTube made me want to disapprove the fact that an industry as a whole was dying. Or perhaps there were facts that confirmed his assumptions and my beliefs about the industry were wrong. I have yet to fine those and how it’s looking now, the industry seems to be shifting.
Those articles about the anime industry have created some peaks in traffic and got me some extra subs as well. I keep repeating I am not a huge blogger with a huge following and traffic that rivals big news sites. This is just my small hub in the niche realm of anime blogging that I hope people can enjoy, form opinions and can help them make better blogs.
I’ve also had my doubts about anime itself. Was it something I was still enjoying? Why do most people keep accepting Netflix series, but get negative associations with anime? Something I rarely care about, but every now and again pop up along the thought train that takes our mind to other more distant places of our being. Also I’ve felt that seasons became weaker in their line-up. There were periods where some anime really felt like they’ve lost all of their spark, I picked up about three to four shows and that was it. Maybe I’ve become accustomed to the medium and started to become more picky.
All in all there have been ups and downs during my anime blogging career, but I enjoy it very much. I enjoy the community efforts to make a more coherent entity such as the numerous awards. Let’s continue this gig for as long as possible.
9 thoughts on “Four years of anime blogging”
Congrats on your 4-year blogiversary! Definitely not something to sneeze at, especially since a lot of anime blogs seem to fall by the wayside after the first 1 or 2 years. Best of luck for your continued blogging! 🙂
Thanks for your kind words. As you said, many only reach one year. I’ve also seen shorter than 1 year though;p
Congratz on your 4 years. Here’s to many more. ^__^
Congrats on four years of awesomeness. I guess you’ve once again come to the point of “Why do I continue watching anime?” or rather “I need life changing shows/thought provoking ones” or something like that. Basically you’re demanding more from the product I imagine. I could be wrong. Maybe it’s because I don’t ask for as much or I know how to find shows that will make me smile.
In any case I wish you all the best in your ongoing career as an animeniac and keep on rockin’ dood!
I can enjoy anime, but its more like how does blogging about it add value to an already existing community? Do my writings add something to the discussion?
That drips into ordinary life where everything seems to take more time, eating away time at blogging which in the past was aplenty.
Ah. Now I see. Makes sense.
Such is the way of adulthood when it comes to time unless blogging is your source of income, which in our cases it most certainly is not…unfortunately.
I don’t believe everything should generate income. The enjoyment can sometimes be more rewarding than the money it generates.