Welcome to the Anniversary: 100 Word Anime Turns 1



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.

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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).Posting Frequency.JPGDuring 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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Continue to post daily.
  4. Find more ways to engage the anime community in conversation and to interact with my followers (working on this though suggestions are welcome).
  5. 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.

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Karandi James.


62 thoughts on “Welcome to the Anniversary: 100 Word Anime Turns 1

  1. I wasn’t sure if I said this but Happy Anniversary! You are very popular in the blog and I hope you keep up what you are doing!

  2. Congratulations on one year, Karandi. I had no doubt you would get here considering how active you are, but it’s a great achievement all the same and you should be proud of all you’ve accomplished here.

    I think your request for people to give you a 100 word write up about your blog flew under my radar with the other things I had going on. I can still give you one if you’re taking them. If not, congratulations again and I wish you even more success in your second year!

    1. That’s okay. I know everyone is busy with their own blogs so I was happy with the responses I got when asking people to write something for someone else’s blog.
      Thanks for the encouragement and thanks for following. It has been great getting to know you and discuss anime.

  3. Congrats! I don’t know if it’s even possible for anyone to surpass you in terms of productivity, continuous quality and activity in the community. Thanks for the kind words!

  4. Congratulations on completing one year in this blogging community. I guess, time really flies when you are doing something that you love. I hope you keep up the good work and continue posting these extraordinary contents that I eagerly keep waiting for. Here’s to another successful and eventful year, cheers!

  5. Congratulations doesn’t seem like enough since a one-year anniversary is a big thing but still, congratulations. I’ve said many times before that I love you blog and never fail to be awed and impressed by the quality and quantity of your content. Eagerly looking forward to more years of this.

    1. Thanks very much D. It has been great discussing anime with you throughout the year and I really look forward to more in the future.

  6. Congratulations on hitting the one year mark with your blog and all the success that you have had. Thanks for posting great content and wishes for continued success in the upcoming year!

  7. Yes: it is finally here: your anniversary: congratulations on this grand achievement. When I started blogging almost a year ago now (time really flies when you are having fun) I think your blog is one of the first I came across. And it is a truly awesome blog. Cool reviews, insightfull posts, in short really awesome. And ofcourse not to forget: you yourself have always been kind, and it has been a lot of fun exchanging comments with you. Looking forward to the coming years, and ofcourse thanks so much for the shout out: really appreciate it 😊

    1. Thank you and thanks for following and commenting throughout the year. It really has been fun exchanging comments and I really enjoy your blog. I’ve got quite a few new movies on my eventual watch list from reading some of your reviews.

    1. Thank you and hopefully I can continue to consistently post. I’ve got int oa routine now which should make it easier most of the time compared to when I started.

  8. Congratulations on hitting the 1 year anniversary milestone! I’m sure many people, myself included, are glad you stuck to it. I hope you are able to achieve your reasonable goals as soon as possible!

    Here’s to more excellent content!

  9. Happy Birthday 100 Word Anime! Oh and Karandi you definitely deserve a rest after your commitment to your blog. I hope your two weeks in July away from reviewing are ample enough for you to relax.

    Once again cheers to one year!

    1. Thank you.
      I actually don’t want to take the 2 weeks off but with real world plans at the moment, it is probably safer just to put episode reviews on hold during that period, then I won’t feel like I missed something. Though, it probably will be a good idea to have a break anyway so I don’t burn out.

  10. What a remarkable accomplishment, Karandi. Given the amount of thoughtful content you produce daily, I see just how dedicated you are to the anime community. I wish to personally thank you for all the time and effort you put into your posts. Though I must’ve overlooked writing a personal bit about your blog, I hope you realize just how much enjoyment I derive from your posts, comments, and interaction. Even at times when a post might have a pitiful amount of views, a comment from you always finds its way on the page. So you’re far more than just a blogger, you are truly a lovely friend. Thank you and keep it up!

  11. May today’s success be the beginning of tomorrow’s achievements. Congratulations!

  12. I’ve always had fun around here and I hope to continue to stick around, reading from all of the many shows that you tackle and the countless other fellow bloggers that you meet. Phenomenal achievements for one year, certainly more than any other blogger could imagine. So here’s to another year ahead, best of luck with your new goals, and of course, congratulations!!

  13. Happy anniversary for the blog! It is always fun reading your posts, especially every Friday’s Feature with those thought-provoking editorials. Here’s to many more prosperous years of blogging!

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you enjoy the features – they take so much longer than my other posts to write but I always enjoy the discussion they generate.

  14. Happy 1 year anniversary and many congratulations to you thus far!! I think it’s amazing that you’re doing so splendidly. You have one of the few anime blogs that I literally read every post for. I really enjoy the way that you talk about anime and it’s one of the things that’s really helped me want to pick it up again. You’ve helped my passion for anime come back to life. πŸ™‚ I look forward to more content from you and I’ll always be here supporting your blog. Best of luck to you with the future!

    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad you are finding your passion for anime again and thanks always for supporting the blog.

  15. Happy 1 yr Anniversary , here an imaginary cake *throw cake across the earth* hope it land near you.
    The 2nd yrs start, with more fun content that I can’t wait to read.

  16. Congratz. I think your passion for your blog really shines Through. I follow a lot of blogs but out of all of them I think yours is the one I read the most. πŸ™‚

  17. Yay! -throws confetti- congrats on 1 year blogging, those stats are amazing and definitely an accomplishment you shoudl be proud of! Can’t wait to see the posts this following week.

    Best advice I can give for video content is to just put it out there, because no matter how good your quality will be you’re going to find reasons to pick apart why it sucks and reasons to not post it. Unless it’s like, obviously bad quality (using a wonky laptop mic comes to mind) if it’s just you feel like you’re awkward on cam or audio/video stuff, post it anyway because that’s how you find ways to improve upon the content.

    Once again, congratulations!

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