Anniversary Special – Looking Back at The Third Year

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Earlier in the week I celebrated my third anniversary for 100 Word Anime. For me, that was really exciting because each year I kind of feel like I’m learning more and figuring things out and I also feel like my posts are written a little better than they used to be. Okay, there’s still typos and the like, but I feel like my posts are a little clearer and more focused than they used to be (for the most part, there’s still the occasional ramble that gets through).

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Today though I want to look at how the third year went on the blog and then set a few goals for the new year. If this is anything like previous years, other than the goal of ‘have a great time blogging’ I will probably fall short of most of these, but I’m still going to set them anyway. I love having something to work towards. Besides, I think as long as I keep kicking the goal of having fun I’m still coming out ahead.

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2018 ended up being a very solid year for my blog. I wrote over 1000 posts and the number of comments and likes increased in general. of course, the length of my posts just keeps getting longer though I think I’ve kind of found the right length for my episode reviews so they don’t go on too long but also give enough information. Occasionally an episode needs more words and sometimes there just isn’t that much to say so I think it all kind of works out in the end.

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April of 2019 is quite literally the only month since starting the blog that a post didn’t come out everyday. Even July last year where I took a mini-break still had one post a day scheduled for the week. And in terms of views, it is very clear that I wasn’t posting in April as it is one of the worst months I’ve had in the last two years. However, I’m really proud of the fact that I’ve managed to maintain daily posting for all but one month out of the last three years and I’m really happy with the growth my blog has had.

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Yes, April was a disaster.

Still, over the last 12 months I’ve had 4 months where I hit the target, or exceeded it, of 10,000 views in the month, so that goal was well and truly smashed and I can not express how excited that made me. I know it is just a number but it just kind of made me feel like I really can build this blog into something more sustainable long term.

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But now we need to set some goals.

Number One: Continue to have fun with the blog and anime.

This goal is pretty self-explanatory and is pretty much the same as every other year.

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Number Two: I’m going to tentatively set a goal of 20,000 views in a month. It will probably be a couple of years before I hit that, but it still seems like a nice target.

While I get views aren’t everything, realistically, the more people who visit or follow my site, the more chance there is of generating revenue through either ads, affiliate links, donations, or people choosing to become patrons and supporting the site. I’m very grateful to those who have financially supported the blog over the last year and this financial year at least the blog is on track to have earned enough to cover all blog related expenses.

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Number Three: Learn more about social media.

Over the last six months I’ve been reading a whole range of websites and guides about how to effectively use social media and while I just don’t have the time to put a lot of the advice into practice, I’ve been working on Twitter at least to build up the number of people who actually follow links back to my blog and that has worked fairly well (let’s not talk about April though). I’d like to continue to explore ways to use various social media sites to bring visitors to my blog and just learn more about what I could be doing.

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Number Four: This one is a very tentative goal, but I think I’m at the point where I need to expand beyond being a solo-blogger and need to look at bringing in some other writers to the site.

Over the last six months I’ve really been thinking about what I can do to improve and increase content and broaden the range of content on offer to readers but the reality is I’m doing as much as I can already. In order to do any more I am going to need to look at having other contributors in one form or another. This one is tricky because clearly the blog isn’t earning enough to pay anyone decently for their contribution, yet, and also because I do not want to lose what makes my site what it is so I have no intention of just opening the doors or rushing to expand at the expense of what I love about my blog.

Still, the first baby steps toward this goal are already in motion so keep your eyes open.

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And that’s it. That’s the current state of the blog after three years with some vague plans for the fourth year. I’d also like to throw in there that I’d also love to collaborate with other bloggers when I have the time for it as it is great fun reviewing a show with someone else and I also want to find more anime related blogs to read as I always enjoying finding more content. Hopefully everyone enjoys the next twelve months and as always, if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to use the contact to send me a message or DM me on Twitter.

Reminder also there’s a couple of days left to enter the raffle for the giveaway if you haven’t already. Really looking forward to seeing who wins. The winner will be contacted shortly after the raffle closes and I’ll hopefully get the prizes in the mail soon after I get the mailing addresses.

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Karandi James


Happy Anniversary – 100 Word Anime Turns 3

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It’s May 1 which makes this the official third anniversary of 100 Word Anime. Which just means this blog has lasted three years longer than expected and for that I have the community to thank. Writing about anime has been so much fun, but a lot of the enjoyment comes from the people I’ve met and the conversations I’ve had since starting the blog.

So, I’d really like to take the opportunity to thank all my followers, particularly those who take the time out of their day to leave me a comment or to discuss anime with me. It really means the world to me and I’d love to thank you all individually but know that you have my sincerest gratitude.

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And an extra special thank-you to those who have been supporting me on Patron or through Ko-Fi. I really appreciate it and you are helping me slowly get to my goal of making the blog my full-time gig.

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While April of 2019 was the first month since the blog began that I did not post everyday, 100 Word Anime is still going very strong with the 4th year looking to be another fantastic year. However, to celebrate the year that was, I am going to start us off with the first give-away I’ve ever run on the blog.

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For your chance to win either a Cardcaptor Sakura figure or a Haruhi Suzumiya figure (no box – 2nd hand purchase and Haruhi doesn’t come with her guitar, still looks awesome though – one day I’ll be able to offer a more substantial prize), just click the link below and enter.

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This weekend I’ll do a quick review of the year that was stat-wise and set some goals for the next year for those who are interested but here are some of the highlights of the third year blogging:

  • At the start of 2019 I launched my new avatar as I finally commissioned an avatar just for the blog and connected social media.
  • I reached the goal of 10000 views in a single month, actually managing to hit 11000 views in January. That was super exciting.
  • I published the second e-book compilation with my review content from 2018.
  • The blog got hit with a number of DMCA removal notices that with the help of some advice from other bloggers (thank you) in a similar position were successfully overturned. Fun, copyright laws.
  • I watched and reviewed a lot of anime and collaborated with a number of other bloggers to discuss some very fun shows.
  • I continued to have a lot of fun with the blog and with the community.
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I really am looking forward to another year of blogging and another year in the ani-blogging community. Check out the post over the weekend as I set some new goals and targets for the fourth year but for now, I am sending another huge thank-you out to the community for all the support you’ve shown me over the past three years.

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Thank-you for reading 100 Word Anime.
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Karandi James