2 Years of Blogging!

Vocaloid Hatsune Miku Laughing Pointing FingersKonnichiwa, Mikuites! It’s hard to believe, but today marks the 2-year inception of Mind of Miku! Though, if you want to get technical, it was really on September 4th, but who’s keeping score, right?

Even though these two years of blogging have flown by, I have only been a part of WordPress for 9 short months (which is when the fun really began). One year ago, I felt like I was no one. Now I honestly feel like I am a part of the anime blogging community, albeit a small slice of the ginormous pie.

Like most amateur bloggers, I started this humble blog with big dreams. I used to strive to become the next Sankaku Complex. I eventually ended up obsessing so much over the view counts and stats that I started to lose focus of why I really wanted to blog. My passion was waning. I’ll admit that, for a time, I used to think blogging was a pain, and it was becoming so overwhelming that I nearly quit. But it was you guys, my Mikuites, who encouraged me to keep on going, and so I have. I planned on continuing anyway (I never was going to stop after coming this far), but maybe not until after a month’s hiatus, though it was thanks to all the support you gave me that I had the perseverance to pick myself up and keep chugging along much sooner than expected. X3

It’s kinda ironic that that day––when I stopped competing with other blogs and decided just to do my own thing––my percentage of increase in views from month to month has doubled every time. I don’t know what to say, really; maybe I just allowed my inner self to shine. On a daily average, I am getting 40% more views this month compared to last month, which is astounding.

Vocaloid Hatsune Miku Obligatory Swimsuit Fan Service Couldn’t find anything appropriate to post, so [insert obligatory Miku fan service here].

If you want to talk about more feelings of unfamiliar territory, many of the blogs I used to admire two years ago, I now stand above them. While I don’t think Mind of Miku has yet reached that same titular prestige, I’d say my blog is more active coment-wise, which is bewildering because I used to envy how many comments they would receive. These major blogs I used to read (and actually still do) when I began my journey––in order to familiarize myself and learn (from the masters) the proper way of blogging––are now pretty much dead. And by that I only mean they post like once a month (I won’t name any names). And if you’re wondering, almost all the still-active blogs that I read today are from the very same people who comment on mine. ^0^

Surprisingly, in the last year alone I’ve seen a renaissance of sorts with the birth of many NEW blogs, and I can’t wait to watch them grown over time, just as mine did.

I’m not gloating that my blog is anything great (yet)––I still continue to run towards that infinite finish line––but I’m much closer to Sankaku Complex now than I ever have been before. So by my standards, blogging has been a sizable success.

But there’s no use in getting caught up in page views…or in this case, comparing leeks to orange triangles(?). It doesn’t matter if you get 100 views per day, or over 9000. The important thing is that you do what makes you happy, in other words, what makes you unique. Because friendship, connections, and community are much more meaningful. Thankfully, I have come across a lot of those since I began, which is just one of the many perks of blogging that I hadn’t expected. So once again, thank you, Mikuites; I can’t thank you enough. If there is one thing I want you to know, it’s that every time I write a new post, I write with you guys in mind. So thanks for being the source of my inspiration.

About MkMiku

Just a neko expressing what's on my mind. Nya~
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34 Responses to 2 Years of Blogging!

  1. ibby says:

    Congrats on two years blogging. May you have many more!

  2. feal87 says:

    :] Two years! You’re an old geezer! :]

  3. Overlord-G says:

    It’s my turn now. Congrats on your anniversary dood. Here’s to many more years of awesomeness.

  4. Congrats! And, yeah, I’m also surprised that so many new blogs popped out last year (including mine) and I didn’t realize it until after maybe 1 month after I first started my blog for my own personal reasons and started reaching out to the community. ^_^

    P.S. Seems like there’s a trend where there’s a new generation of anime blogs every two years. Very interesting.

    • MkMiku says:

      I didn’t realize either, until I started reading more WordPress blogs and people talking about their 1-year anniversary and such.

      You’re absolutely right. XD I wonder what’s the reason for that? Anyway, I’m glad to be a part of history and this generation.

  5. Bass says:

    Well said on the pageviews comment at the end. All that matters in the end is that you’re enjoying your time blogging and interacting with like-minded people. Everyone hits the blogging wall at different times but once you get past that stage, it’s smooth sailing from then on.

    Congratulations on getting to this huge milestones, you have definitely done what many strive to do and very few achieve. Here’s to 2 more years of Miku ^_~

    • MkMiku says:

      A lot of people seemed to get bogged down because they focus on blogging as more of a job rather than a hobby. I’ll admit that it definitely feels that way. But it’s important to relax and take it easy, because in the end, your blog is going to be a reflection of you. If you’re having fun, then your articles will show it.

      Yes, 2 more years and hopefully much more to come~!

  6. Justin says:

    Egads! You’ve survived for two whole years–good job! Now keep on going and watch the young folk pass you by old geezer lol Jk

    • MkMiku says:

      Yes, survived would be a proper word. ^^; I’ve changed my blogging style so much over the past two years, but all for the better, I believe. Seriously, though, it’s just inevitable that for every few new blogs that spring up, one is going to hit it big eventually.

  7. Seinime says:

    Congrats! Two years is a big achievement. Looking forward to more posts. Ganbatte!

  8. Nopy says:

    Congrats on putting another year under your belt. I have to say that comparing yourself to Sankaku Complex is a strange idea to me. They’re more of a pornographic gossip site than anything, so I wouldn’t want to be compared to them. It’s good to hear that you’re doing much better than you expected though.

    • MkMiku says:

      Well I was speaking of the blog in general, not necessarily the content. Sure, I could easily post porno pictures every day, but not only would it become dull, but my blog would probably be eradicated as well. xD

      Yes, in fact, I just surpassed my former daily view record by 8% today!

  9. chikorita157 says:

    Congrats on making it to the second year! Blogging from my experience while fun can be difficult, especially with the workload I had last year when I was an accounting major. With proper time management and inspiration, everything will pretty much work out fine…

    Also, by year 3, you are pretty much intrenched in the Anime Blogging landscape, so keep it up.

    • MkMiku says:

      I totally agree with you. For anyone experiencing trouble writing a blog, it’s all about time management. Unfortunately, I’m been especially busy now with classes starting, so I find myself writing posts that very night, but at least I clear all my other chores of the week in advance, so I don’t have to rush through my posts.

      That’s good to hear. I imagine that blogging is like climbing a hill–the longer you do it the easier it gets. ^_^

  10. 2 years is quite a feat. Congrats! Although, I hope the reason you aspire to be like Sankaku is due their audience or someother. I at least urge to be better than their way of reporting news, lol. Sadly, I do not have that many influence since my site was and is for personal reasons, so winging it is my style. I also noticed a few new sites rearing up, but guess I can not talk, despite my experience XD

    • MkMiku says:

      Lol, ya I’ve noticed Sankaku has changed a lot in the last 2 years. What I meant is that I want a similar, engaging audience. I could’ve used any blog as an example, Listless Ink in particular is one that I try to mimic and will probably be my goal for the near future, but Sankaku was one of the first sites I admired most–before I got involved in the blogging community and understood what real blogging is all about.

      Mind of Miku started out as a personal blog, too! But I shifted my focus to anime since that’s what most people responded to.

  11. atvrcr says:

    Congratulations!! I stumbled across this place when you subscribed to my old blog which was right in the beginning for us. So for over a year I have been reading the stuff you put up and have enjoyed every moment of it. Keep it up and I look forward to you hitting the 3 year mark and beyond. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to reach the level of this place.

    • MkMiku says:

      Cool! I really appreciate it. Just keep putting out your best effort and, in time, one day you’ll achieve your goals and beyond. ヽ(´▽`)/

      Success is relative. Everyone has their own idea of it. Blogging is special because you might end up getting more out of it than what you initially expected.

      • atvrcr says:

        You’re right everyone has their own idea of success. For me, my goal is not to have a crazy number of readers, in fact I would rather have a smaller group of people who comment. The discussions and hearing peoples opinions are what is fun to me. So when I get my handful of comments on a post that is success.

  12. Q says:

    Congrats on the 2 year milestone there; it sure isn’t easy to stay active and blogging for this long!

    I’m glad that you have decided to be yourself, and blog what you want happily since the post where you felt a bit lost and changed direction. In your case things have changed for the better as you blog with your own opinion and perhaps not having to generate things ‘artificially’.

    My blog is not so much on anime (I don’t watch that much actually especially recently), but more on toys and similar hobby. It’s a lot more money demanding unfortunately ^^;, but nevertheless the great thing about blogging is when like-minded people come together and share the thoughts together. Or maybe sometimes when one doesn’t have similar thoughts and give an opinion of difference politely it can bring one with a wider perception with hopefully thoughtful discussions too.

    Keep up the good effort there, along with your love for Miku and B★RS hahaha~

    • MkMiku says:

      It’s surely been a challenge––there have been ups and downs along the way––but somehow I’ve managed to get through it. In fact, I feel like I’m in a much better place now then I ever have been.

      Yes, I think it was important to be honest with myself and try to write within reason. In other words, not trying to put out more than you can handle in an attempt to get a few extra hits, because then your quality suffers for it.

      Blogging definitely comes at a cost, whether it’s time, money, or both, but in the end I find it to be very rewarding. It’s addicting, and that’s why I continue coming back. =d

      As you’ve stated, I’ve met a lot of people with similar and dissimilar interests. It’s best to get opinions on both ends of the spectrum because not only does it make for good conversation, but also broadens your own perspective as well.

      It would be a pleasure to. ^_^

  13. archaron says:

    Congratulations, I only recently discovered your blog and it is a lot fun to read. Great job!

  14. kiddtic says:

    Congrats, I have to say your are one of my favourite editorial anibloggers but you already knew that ^^. Keep up the good work

    • MkMiku says:

      That’s a huge compliment, and I really appreciate it. Editorals kinda came as a natural thing to me. I never started this blog with that set goal in mind; it’s just what I was beckoned to do. So, knowing how much people enjoy my writings really means a lot to me!

  15. Ningen says:

    Happry birthday!

    hope to see your next ones too^__^

  16. ishokuosero says:

    Congrats on the two year mark – I just reached mine last month myself, though mine’s always going to be a no-name blog. But I have a lot of people that read it and a lot of friends that want to continue to see me posting, so I’m there for them. =3

    I think at the end of the day, as long as you love what you’re doing, then it’s wonderful. ~ Keep up the good work, and here’s to many years to come! *raises glass*

    • MkMiku says:

      Congrats on your two-year mark, as well! Your blog doesn’t have a name? @_@ Well that’s good to hear that your friends love to read it. Yep, as long as you like what you’re doing, that’s all that matters. *clinks glass* ^^

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