I kind of feel like you always need to be working towards something. It gives you drive and a sense of purpose and when I’m left without something to aim for I kind of feel adrift or like I’m fighting against the tide. I kind of talked about that a little in my post where I reflected on avoiding stagnation and just resting at one place.
At the one year anniversary, I set myself 5 goals so that seems like a good number to try again for this year.
Number 1: Continue to have fun. This is a must. An absolute priority. I feel the writing and the sense of community I have been trying to create here at 100 Word Anime will all just kind of fall apart if I’m not enjoying doing what I do.
Number 2: Continue to work on improving content. Write posts I am happy with and think about the content I am producing. This is more or less an ongoing goal for the blog and will hopefully always be a priority, but I really do think I need to work on this over the next twelve months.
Number 3: Increase the average number of daily views by about 25%. So I’m kind of looking at an average of 250 daily views and I would love to increase that to 312 (let’s round it to 310) by the next anniversary. It seems like a doable kind of goal given the previous rate of growth and it gives me a target to aim for.
Number 4: Reach the $100 a month goal on Patreon and remove advertising from my blog. I feel this is an achievable goal. With over 2000 followers, if even 5% of them committed to $1 a month (which is only $12 a year) I would hit this target. I am working toward this goal by trying to increase the content patrons get access to.
Number 5: Work to increase the average number of comments per post. At the moment I think I’m at 10 comments per post. I think I’d like to see that increase to 15 by the end of the next year. Mostly because I love talking to people about anime and I love to know what they thought of an episode or a show. What they loved, what they hated, whether they agree or disagree with my thoughts. I’d really like to see this kind of engagement increase.
So those are my main goals for the third year of the blog. I’d love to know what you would like to see on the blog over the next year and what you like about the blog, or what you would like to see improved. Feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message via the contact as I’d really appreciate your feedback.
Stay tuned for the final posts of the anniversary celebration as we have Arthifis, Aldael and then the wrap up still to come. Catch all the anniversary posts here.
Hey everyone, and thanks for joining me as I celebrate 100 Word Anime’s second anniversary. This has been a fantastic week and I’m really happy with how things have gone. Hopefully we will all still be around to celebrate again next year when the blog turns three.
However, this post is about looking back at what has happened over the last 12 months and considering some lessons that have been learned in that time. The first 12 months it was very much about learning just how to keep to a schedule and fitting my blog in with my life. This second 12 months has more or less been about learning that no matter how much I learn, there’s still a huge amount I don’t know.
Some things I learned that have been helpful:
I finally learned how to actually add HTML codes to the widgets on the sidebar of the blog – yes, I am not that technically minded.
I also learned how to make pages that list previous posts in particular categories (thanks Irina – I think – for pointing us to that).
How to add audio to posts but I still haven’t learned not to hate the sound of my own voice so I’m working on that one.
I did learn to use one video editor and then my computer died so am learning how to use a new program but I guess that counts as learning.
I learned that I hate trying to write anything using my phone so if I don’t have my computer or a laptop I’m not writing a post but I can read some blogs and comment.
I learned that I can no longer open every single new post in my reader because that actually takes me around two hours to read through so now I have to be more selective.
There were also some specific things I learned about formatting an ebook.
Still, what I think I’ll take away from the second year of blogging is that this is definitely something I love to do. The hours I put into it always feel worthwhile and the people I have met through my blog have been amazing.
So this year I’m not going to give advice on any specific thing but a few things that work for me in terms of keeping the blog going:
Have a routine time each day that you use for your blog. Whether that is reading other blogs, drafting, editing, or replying to comments, find a time that will work. For me, the set time is in the morning from whenever I wake up until my alarm goes off which usually gives me about an hour (sometimes two or three depending on my current sleep pattern) to just work on the blog. In the evening after work, depending on how tired I am, I will usually also spend time on the blog, but I don’t feel bad if I don’t do this because I know I have a set time where I will check in on the blog.
Trying new things. It is scary but the internet is an ever changing place and no matter how much I like what I’ve done with my blog, there’s always something that could be improved. But while making small changes and trying a few new things is fine, there still needs to be some general consistency or people won’t recognise your blog anymore. Think about what changes are needed and when to bring those in.
I know I’ve said this before, but have an opinion (and it doesn’t need to be the same as everyone else nor does it need to be different just to be contrary). The best conversations get going when people are honest about what they think about a show and they are open to discussing their reasons and to hearing a different point of view.
I wonder what I’ll learn in the next twelve months of blogging?
What I really think is important for me to take away from this year, is that regardless of whether the blog is a hobby or becomes more full time, the drive behind it is that I love writing the content, I love interacting with the community, and I continue to love anime. Regardless of how busy or tired I get, logging on and seeing my blog and picking up a draft, or watching an episode and figuring out how I felt about it, sharing a comment with someone else about it, all of these things make me smile and make me realise that starting this blog was one of the best things I ever did and I will never regret it.
A huge thank you to everyone in the ani-blogging community for all your support and I hope to see you all still around for the next anniversary.
Welcome to the second year anniversary top 5 special. Last year I did my top 5 favourite posts that I enjoyed writing. This year I’m being a little more technical and I’m sharing my top 5 posts in each main category that I write. So top 5 episode reviews, top 5 series reviews, top 5 features, and top 5 top 5 lists. This is based purely on views of the posts over the last 12 months.
I’d love to know which posts you enjoyed reading so please leave me a comment with your favourites or even suggestions about what you would like to see.
Seriously, Bakugo vs Todoroki. This episode was fantastic and given how hyped up I already was about My Hero Academia because the tournament arc had defied all my expectations and been brilliant, this post was great fun to write and I’m glad people seemed to enjoy reading it.
I get it, who doesn’t want to check out the thoughts on a very hyped up new season. Episode 1 reviews definitely get more hits than the rest of the season as so many people are trying to figure out what to watch. That said, I wasn’t overly impressed with this episode and it kind of shows in the review.
Right, so I hated episode 1 of this and fully expected to drop it at episode 2, and then the episode was kind of decent. Unfortunately for me, this was the high light of the whole season. Talk about peaking early.
As much as I love this series, I have no idea why this episode review has more views than any of the others. It wasn’t an overly significant episode and the review itself is pretty ordinary. Still, this is the second most highly viewed episode review I’ve written in the last 12 months.
This is one of those episode reviews that I’d like to rewrite. I state clearly that I have no intention of dropping the anime despite the issues in episode 1. Yet only a few weeks later, this show did indeed get dropped. So, my most viewed episode review is kind of awkward.
I’m not overly surprised this one made the top 5. It is a well discussed anime at this point and it is one I love. I had a lot of fun writing this review and while I’m still not entirely happy with how it turned out, I’m pretty proud of it.
The only thing surprising by this is how recent it is. For newer reviews it is harder to be here because they’ve had less chance to be found and read. Yet Devilman Crybaby made a splash in the community and this review definitely gained exposure from that. Shame I didn’t much like the anime.
Another review I’m thrilled was so well received given my absolute love for this series. I had so much fun rewatching and reviewing this series and really, any excuse for images of Yato on the blog. By the way, if you still haven’t watched Noragami, definitely add it to your watch list.
This post looked at whether or not something needed to be shiny and new to be good or whether just telling a story in a meaningful and interesting way was enough. Heavy spoiler warning for Your Lie In April on this post though.
I have to thank a few people who linked to this article for why it had so many views so quickly. I’ll also need to do a follow up post closer to the end of the series of Darling in the Franxx as some of my thoughts have definitely changed since writing this post. Still, I enjoyed looking at the role of women in myths and looking at where Zero Two might have gone and might still go as a character.
Again, a relatively recent post but apparently this resonated with quite a few people and the discussion it generated as well as some of the comments were fantastic to read – possibly better than the post. This is probably a topic I’m going to revisit at some point, though I equally want to look at some of the male tropes in anime.
Again, this post resonated with readers and I’m glad. Those who have followed me a long time probably already know that in reality I’m a horrendously insecure and socially anxious person so putting myself out there as a blogger is hard. Starting the blog and hitting publish for the first time was terrifying. And that anxiety of whether or not my work is good enough never really goes away, though I will admit the fun of talking with others about anime is definitely winning out over fear that I’ll write something stupid these days.
Hot on the heels of the live action Death Note movie, this feature looked at how fans respond to adaptations of things they love. It was kind of topical at the time and so received a lot of views but again, it is the discussion it generated that was the real winner. Some of the comments on this one are great to read.
I’m not sure why this particular list was so popular. Maybe more people like this studio than I expected? Either way, it was fun revisiting some of these titles on the list. I will get to some of the studios I haven’t covered yet in future lists.
Turns out a lot of fans have an anime or two they’d like to see done again but with just a couple of key changes. This list really got a conversation going and I’m certain that we’ve all come up with a few more anime we’d like to see on this list.
That brings me to the end of this special Tuesday’s Top 5. As always, I’d love to know your thoughts on the list so please leave me a comment below.
Okay it is early but that’s because I’m likely not going to near my computer next week and I really want to celebrate with everyone. So we’re just going to pretend the anniversary is this week and party like I’ve made it two years blogging.
I would like to kick things off with a huge thank-you to my followers. Without you, I know this blog would never have gotten off the ground and I wouldn’t have made it past the first year. I was fortunate in that I hit 2000 followers just last month which meant I hit one of my goals for my second year blogging. Dare I set my sights on 3000 by the end of the third year? I particularly want to thank those who have offered their contributions for this week as they’ve taken time out of their busy schedules to share some advice with the anime community.
And I also need to give a huge thank-you to those who have chosen to become patrons. With your support I’m hoping to keep growing this blog and making it bigger and better. I’m half way to the first target of $50 a month and once I hit that I am going to commit to video content for patrons periodically (though not overly frequently at that stage). I really do appreciate the support that my patrons have given me, their advice and feedback, as well as their willingness to help me achieve the dream of making this blog more a full time thing rather than an all consuming hobby. A thousand times thank you.
And others who for various reasons have chosen to remain anonymous.
And if you are wondering what is in the future for 100 Word Anime be sure to check out my feature on Friday where I’ll outline some general goals for the next 12 months.
Okay, we’re up to some basic facts about 100 Word Anime, which due to scheduling reasons are taken from the 21st of April, so aren’t as up to date as I would like. For my second year, I’ve managed to keep up a daily post schedule and even my overseas trip last year for work didn’t stop that, though I did run the 30 Day Challenge during that period to ensure that there were posts scheduled for days when I couldn’t log on. Hopefully this will continue again for the third year as I feel consistency has been a big part of the blog’s success so far.
While I haven’t reached all of the targets I set last year, I have continued to grow my blog and the community I interact with and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it. There are some really amazing people out there and it has been an absolute pleasure sharing thoughts on seasonal anime, discussing completed series and just throwing around ideas about anime. Over the last two years the average number of comments per post and likes per post have continued to rise, as have the number of words per post (I put that down to more full series and book reviews as well as slightly longer features, rather than just over shooting my 100 word target on every single episode review). A friend suggested, mostly in jest, that I’ll have to change the name of the blog to 1000 Word Anime, but I’m kind of hoping it doesn’t come to that. Particularly with episode reviews, I know people don’t have a lot of time and for a twenty minute episode it seems brevity is more appropriate.
Reflecting on the last 12 months is something I really do appreciate about the anniversary. It gives me a chance to really consider what I’ve done and what I failed to do, and what I’d like to do. I had five goals and I think I’ve done reasonably well.
Goal 1: Was to produce some sort of video content. Technically yes, but definitely no. I was almost there and finally comfortable using a particular editing program when my computer died and my new computer was not compatible with the program. So as of January this year I was back to the drawing board of learning something new all over again. That said, I produced a trial introduction video and got some great feedback and am in the process of reviewing and recreating that. The bottom line is that I don’t want to just put out video content for the sake of it. If I’m going to do video content, I want to work on it to make it worthwhile. Unfortunately, that takes time and while I made some progress on this goal, I’m definitely not there yet.
Goal 2: Was to hit 10,000 views in a single month. Again, I missed this target but January came so very, very close. That said, April was looking pretty good a week ago, so we’ll see what happens when we reach the end of this month.
Goal 3: Was to continue to post daily. Check.
Goal 4: Was to find more ways to engage the community in conversation and to interact with my followers more. I think I’ve achieved this. I’m trying to be more active on Twitter and joining in the conversation there, which is easier some weeks than others. I’ve collaborated with a few different bloggers over the past 12 months. I also introduced my inquiring minds segment and have had a lot of fun answering reader questions. And I finally joined OWLS and will hopefully be involved in one of their blog tours soon. Still, this is something that I think will remain an ongoing goal for my blog.
Goal 5: Was to have a lot of fun with anime and with the blog. To this I can only say, “Absolutely.” I honestly don’t think it would be possible to watch as much anime as I do and write as many posts each week if I wasn’t having an absolute blast doing it. This is something I genuinely love and wish to keep doing for a very long time.
This year I also launched a compilation ebook, ‘Thoughts on Anime 2017‘ that put together my series reviews and some of my features and top 5’s from 2017. I felt that was a worthwhile project, not so much because it sold very well, but because it gave me an excellent change to reflect on a year’s worth of content and what I’d like to change or work on. Thanks very much to the people who did buy a copy to help support the blog. I do plan on putting out a 2018 version in January as again, even if it doesn’t sell very many copies, it is a nice record of what I’ve been doing on the blog.
To people who have been with me since the beginning, thanks again for coming on this journey with me. For people who are newer to my blog, I hope you’ve enjoyed joining in the ongoing discussion about anime. Make sure you check in during the week as there will be more anniversary posts coming out all week. All of the posts will be added to the anniversary category, so be sure to check it out at the end of the week in case you missed anything. Hope you have a great week and I looked forward to blogging for a third year and discussing anime with the community.
As part of the 1 year anniversary special posts, my Top 5 this week looks at my favourite 5 posts that I have written since starting the blog. By favourite I am looking at the posts I had fun writing or discussing and I’ll explain my reasons in the list below. This was an enormously hard list to narrow down but I had a great time revisiting old posts (and flinching a little at just how many typos I let slip through particularly when I’m tired).
I’d love to know which post you liked the most on my site or what you would like to see more (or less) of. Please feel free to comment below.
This one is actually a review of the first 4 seasons of Natsume after I did a rewatch in preparation for season 5’s release last year. I genuinely love Natsume as an anime and I really enjoy writing about it so this post was just really fun to write as it made me think about all those moments in the show that made me smile and the reasons I loved it so much. Admittedly, this isn’t the most critical of reviews and could probably use a do-over at some point, but that’s fine. I’ll take the excuse to revisit Natsume any day.
This post was kind of written in protest to the ongoing criticism of shows that the MC was overpowered. I happen to like strong and competent main characters so simply telling me that the main character is crazy strong is not actually going to deter me from watching or enjoying a show. While I respect the opinion that many people have that an overly strong main character does take some tension from certain parts of the narrative, I feel this feature kind of points out why a blanket declaration that overpowered MC’s are bad is probably not the best approach to take either. Anyway, it was fun to write simply because I just wanted to get that idea out there and feel I’d had my say on the issue.
Okay, don’t click on the link if you are worried about spoilers for Assassination Classroom. This is the second last episode and there’s a clear spoiler warning on the post for a reason. This was a post I had to write. No filter, no rewrite, just get the words down. The episode hit me that hard emotionally I just had to get it out and writing the post really helped in stepping back from the events and thinking about the show a little bit more objectively.
While I could easily have filled this list with my Top 5 Yuri on Ice posts I decided to limit myself to just one and of all the episode reviews, lists, discussions and features that have focussed on Yuri on Ice, this is my favourite. The show hadn’t ended but it gave me a chance to reflect on what was actually drawing me into this show (amazingly enough good looking anime guys isn’t actually enough of a reason for me to keep watching a show – not that it hurts). Anyway, mostly I just loved writing about this anime and there are probably more Yuri On Ice themed posts in my future.
Okay, this list was never intended to be taken seriously but it list my favourite narcissists from anime. It was great fun to write and some of these characters are hilarious. This may not be the best post I’ve written, but as I said at the start this list was about posts I had fun writing. I must admit, the more odd my list topic is, the more fun I have writing it.
Over to you: Which posts or topics do you like on 100 Word Anime? What don’t you like so much?
We’re finally here. May 1st 2017, which means I have officially kept this blog going for 12 months which is about 11 months more than I expected when I first started, and I’m really not seeing any end in sight. I’m hooked on blogging and I love the online anime community. Which is why I decided to take an entire week to celebrate my blog and to reflect on how the year has gone. If you would like the full post schedule for the week of anniversary posts, check it out here.
Firstly, I want to thank all of my followers, particularly those who take the time to like and comment on my posts. It really is kind of daunting when you first start a blog and you are putting your thoughts out there. There’s this question of whether or not anybody is going to read what you write, whether they’ll like it, whether they’ll hate it, whether it is exactly the same as everything else already out there, and if you think about it for too long you can paralyse yourself and end up never hitting the publish button. However, since starting the blog I’ve met some incredible people, mostly other bloggers, who share a passion for anime and are incredibly supportive. Even when there are disagreements about opinions, the conversation is usually lively and entertaining rather than negative (there’s always a few exceptions though). Basically, blogging over the past 12 months has been an incredibly rewarding experience because of my amazing followers and so I cannot say thank-you enough.
There are however six followers I’d like to give an extra-special thank-you to. A while back I asked for volunteers to participate in my anniversary with the condition that they take time out of their busy schedules to write 100 words about anime or my blog. Over the next week, each of these fantastic people are getting their own featured post but in the meantime, if you aren’t following them already, you should definitely check out their blogs because they are all well worth reading and following. The other thing they all have in common is that they are all highly active participants in the online anime community so if your reason for blogging is to connect with other fans, this is a good place to start.
Additionally, I have to thank my patrons. I started on patreon in January and I am really thankful for the support these guys have offered. My current goal is $500 a month, which I’m a long way off, however that goal exists because at that point I will be able to shift roles in my real world job which will give me more time to develop content for my blog. Long term I want to look at some video and audio based blogs but at the moment I’m not happy with what I can produce in the time I have available to me and I’d rather not put out substandard content so am sticking with text based posts (which mostly aren’t substandard although there are a few exceptions). Still, I am continuing to work toward this goal and I greatly appreciate the people who are getting behind 100 Word Anime. Hopefully I can produce something video related that I don’t hate later this year.
So, some basic facts about 100 Word Anime and how it has gone over the last year. I know that May 2016 disappeared off the timeline this morning, but I have posted every single day for the entire 12 months that 100 Word Anime has existed. Mostly 3 posts a day, but since the spring season started, some days I have 4 posts scheduled due to my large watch list. Just as an update though, in July I am taking 2 weeks off from episodic reviews. There will still be daily posts during that period but I won’t be reviewing currently streaming anime and will catch up on any new shows and episodes at the end of those 2 weeks (everyone needs some down time occasionally).During the 12 months I have posted 1,158 posts apparently and overall views and visitors are as seen below.
Lastly, April was my best month with the blog getting 7000 views.
All of that brings me to goals for the next 12 months.
Actually post some sort of video content that isn’t dribble on the blog (hopefully I can achieve this goal though this is the one I am most iffy about).
I’d like to hit 10,000 views in a single month. I think that is a reasonable growth expectation in the next 12 months.
Continue to post daily.
Find more ways to engage the anime community in conversation and to interact with my followers (working on this though suggestions are welcome).
Most important – continue to have a lot of fun with anime and with the blog.
Thanks for joining me for the anniversary of 100 Word Anime and hopefully you check out the other anniversary posts as they come out this week. I’ve really had a fantastically rewarding 12 months since starting the blog and I’m looking forward to another year. Hopefully, you will all still be with me when I’m celebrating my 2nd anniversary.
There is no doubt that February was a great month for my blog. The number of visitors to the blog increased (though views went down a bit). I also gained some new followers, found some new blogs to read, and had a great time writing posts.
The real world wasn’t so kind in February and between work and some health issues (nothing serious, just annoying) as well as life in general I’ve really had my work cut out for me finding time to look at ways to build on my blog. My routine for my three posts a day is fine, and I’m not struggling with that as it is just kind of what I do, but I really do want to look at a wider range of content.
Off and on during the month I’ve been playing with audio and video but as I just haven’t had enough time to consistently work on this nothing much is actually being created and to be honest the quality stinks so probably nothing along these lines coming out any time soon. That said, there are lots of ideas I’m kicking around at the moment and eventually I’ll produce something along these lines.
On that note, I’ve been really thinking about my patreon site and what I can offer there to try to encourage more supporters and to actually make it worth their while. I still don’t know what the long term answer is at this point but in the short term I’ve created a small anime challenge for March.
It’s a simple thing but if anyone wants to try it they are welcome to. However, given this isn’t a part of my normal blog schedule I am going to be posting my 7 responses on my patreon site for patrons only between Sunday 5/3 and Saturday 11/3.
Not sure about the idea yet and whether it is worthwhile repeating a similar thing next month or not but I’ll see how it goes this month and certainly listen to any comments followers of my blog have or patrons reading the posts. Then I’ll think about what I can do in April.
As to the blog itself my features did quite well this month with the two Valentine specials getting quite a lot of views. On Romance in Anime and On Bad Romance in Anime both got quite a few comments and it was great to really engage with readers. And of course, the Yuri On Ice review came out on Valentine’s Day though I think with the OWLS tour going on during February and the thousand other Yuri posts, people might finally be hitting their saturation point for Yuri.
That said, I am only a little bit out from my one year anniversary on my blog (by a little bit out I mean 2 months given the anniversary is May 1). I’d like to do something to mark the occasion and I’m kind of wanting to work with my followers on this a bit. Basically if you follow my blog and you’d like to participate (by participate I mean write approximately 100 words about anime, why you like it in general or why you follow my blog) let me know through my contact. I know it is 2 months away, but life happens fast and it is always good to have some advance notice of things.
As always, I’d like to thank my followers and particularly my readers who regularly take the time to comment.If you ever have any suggestions or ideas for the blog please let me know. March is going to be another great month so let’s get into it.
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