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.
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.