It has been awhile since I’ve just done a general update on the state of the blog and there’s a few things I need to announce, explain and generally cover, so unfortunately, no real feature this week. Just me rambling to those who choose to read.
Firstly: Taking a Break
Okay, first bit of news is that I am taking a quick break from the blog. From July 2nd until July 7th I will not be watching any anime, writing any posts, reading any posts, or actually accessing anything on my online accounts at all. Part of this is because I was travelling anyway. The other part is due to how my health has been recently, I decided I needed to just stop fully and allow myself the recovery time. Hopefully this means when I return on July 7th I will be bouncing with energy and ready to catch up on the first episodes of the Summer Anime season which I am really looking forward to.
Normally when I know I’m going to be a way I do a lot of pre-work to make sure I still have posts going out. This time is different. The only posts going out during this break are re-posts of old anime series reviews that some of my newer followers may not have seen. So some of my favourite series will have their review published again.
However, from July 8th, I will hopefully be fully back with all my usual posts and features, and again, hopefully feeling much refreshed. This is the first genuine break from blogging I’ve had in two years, so I kind of felt it was time.
Yeah, I finally signed up for a Ko-fi account and have added a Pay Pal donate button to the sidebar. Given I know there are some people who would like to support the blog but aren’t willing to commit to an ongoing payment such as Patreon I’ve added these options.
As I come to the end of my first full financial year having monetised my blog, I look back and see that I have finally broken even. Still, this is a long way from having a blog that is able to be more than a hobby so I’m going to continue to work on this.
While the Patreon is for building a more consistent income to the blog that will allow me to look at different types of content creation particularly looking at producing video content in the future, Ko-Fi is definitely more about short term goals. The first one is to commission some art for the blog including a more professional looking banner and profile picture.
As always, I want to thank everyone who has offered support to the blog so far. Whether that was through Patreon or through buying the ebook. It is appreciated and I know the last couple of months haven’t been great, but I’m definitely looking forward and am committed to improvement. Please feel free to message me if you want to give feedback about the blog or suggest how 100 Word Anime could improve in the future.
Thirdly: Summer Anime
While I am going to continue with a few ongoing shows from the Spring season I have decided to only review ten shows from the Summer line up. I’ll probably end up watching more but I won’t be posting reviews on them. One of these shows will end up being reviewed for patrons only, leaving nine shows on the review schedule for everyone else (outside of the carry over shows from Spring). This is probably the lightest review load I’ve given myself for awhile but that is because I want some time to produce other content outside of episode reviews.
Finally: Guest Posts
I’d like to open up 100 Word Anime to hosting a guest post each month from another blogger. I’d be happy to do an exchange of posts, or just host the other blogger depending on what works for them.
If you are interested in being apart of this for the end of July, please send me a message on Twitter or use the contact on the blog with your post idea and I’ll respond after I return from my break. I’m mostly looking for content I wouldn’t necessarily write myself, so maybe a focus on Slice of Life anime or Yuri or something similar would be great if you are interested. That doesn’t mean I won’t consider other suggestions as I’ll probably just be really happy someone is interested.
A Huge Thank-You
I really should say this more often, but thank to those who continue to support the blog. It has been so much fun meeting all of you and discussing anime and I’m looking forward to getting back into it after my short time away.
Sunday I will be hosting Jon’s Creator Showcase and will also announce the poll results for the best and worst anime of the season, so be sure to visit the blog and check out some of the great content in the Showcase and leave a comment about your favourite and least favourite anime of the season.
Thanks for reading.
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36 thoughts on “Friday’s Feature: Blog Update”
Take care of yourself, that’s important. You first, the rest comes second. Enjoy your time off and then come jumping back like a new born calf on a summers meadow.
That is a charming simile.
Totally understand your need for a break and taking time for yourself. That’s always the most important! I hope that you’re able to rest well! Looking forward to seeing your content I might have missed, and the new stuff you’ll produce in the future!
Thanks and hopefully you enjoy some of the reviews.
Enjoy your time off, and take good care of yourself. I shall await for ye to return!
Thanks and I look forward to returning.
Take care of yourself and enjoy your break Karandi! You deserve it <3
Enjoy your break!!!!
Take the time you need and come back healthy. Your health is way more important than anything else.
We gonna patiently wait for your grand return.
‘Grand Return’. – Okay, now need to plan something special for return…
lolol I will expect something big now
Does it count if I just write in all caps?
Since I’m used to read polished post from you that if you write in all caps will be interesting cause I will have the impression you are screaming
Your health and well being takes top priority!
I am looking forward to being back though.
Can’t blame ya there :).
I hope your break is invigorating!
Well…As I have been away for a very long time myself, I can only say that at times it’s very good to take a break. I have to be honest and admit that I admire you a lot. Your blog has always been a great inspiration and I have always found it amazing how you manage to be able to publish such high quality content on an every day basis. Not only that, but you inspire and support so many of us bloggers here, that it’s something that you should be very, very proud of. So if anyone deserves a break it’s you. I also have to say that I am a bit worried about your health, and I hope that the break will help you recover it, and it will see you return totally relaxed and healthy again.
The things you have planned for your blog sound awesome..so I look forward to seeing the end result. But first: take that break, and if you need to take a longer break, don’t feel guilty about it. I’m sure that I speak for everyone that follows you, that we will all wait for your return. Take care, and please feel better soon 😊
Thank you Raistlin. It is terrible timing with you just returning that I’m going on break but hopefully I’ll catch up next week.
I’m hopeful my health is on the mend though I have to have a few more appointments to check that things are getting back on track but that shouldn’t get in the way too much provided I stay on top of things.
Really no worries about that at all. I completely understand and if there is one thing that is much more important, it is you health. I really hope you will recover soon, but focus on that first. The blog, and every one of us will wait. So please take all the time you need 😊😊
Best of luck with these changes. Also, enjoy your little break—you absolutely deserve it!
Thanks very much.
You definitely deserve a break, you are one of the most hardworking bloggers I know and I aspire to have a blog like yours one day. I hope everything goes well with the monetary side of your blog too!
Thank you. I’m really happy that I covered subscription costs last financial year and broke even. That by itself is a huge help and I really appreciate the support people have given. As I said though, long way from making this an actual job but that is why we have to keep working hard and aiming high.
Break is always nice. You definitely deserve one after working so hard. Everyone can see how much love you’ve given to your blog these past years and I hope the break will be very relaxing. xD I hope your health improves quickly. xx I believe the break will help for sure.
I’m also hoping the break helps me bounce back.
I was trying really hard not to feel guilty about not planning posts for while I was away and I can’t help it. I love my blog and going away makes me feel sad but there was no way I would have been able to cope the last few weeks with my normal schedule and writing an additional week’s content so I had to make the best decision for my health and just decided to actually take the break as a break.
I am however really looking forward to being back,
I understand. It was necessary, and the best option. We are really forward to you being back too! xx
Def take a break, Karandi! You owe it to yourself.😺
I can totally get taking a break for your health and everything else seems good to me. I hope you enjoy the break and get some nice relaxation in 🙂
Thank you. I very much plan on taking some time to catch up with family and just take a break from schedules and deadlines.
Any time. That’s important too so I really hope it is a nice break 🙂