Today, AnimeYume.com turns eight years old. Although the blog here is only about three and a half years old, I’ve been actively running an anime web site since mid-2002. Having my own space on the web to express my love for anime for nearly my entire history as a fan, has certainly been an impacting part of my life…
It was eight years ago today, on June 30th, 2002, during my sophomore year of high school when my anime fandom was starting to kick into full gear, that I decided to buy a domain name and start work on my own anime web site, Anime Yume. Having seen less than 30 anime series at the time, and not knowing anything about web site building besides some basic html, Anime Yume didn’t have much to offer in its early years. Even when it hit its peak popularity in 2005/2006, it never became one of the most famous of the old-school fan sites. But I’ve put many hours of work into it over the years, creating 99% of the content myself, continually updating pages, and keeping the web site open despite the fact that fan sites like Anime Yume have since become obsolete.
In recent years, I’ve been doing most of my work here on the blog (which is still hosted on the AnimeYume.com domain name), but I continue to keep Anime Yume open (with updates once in a while) for anyone still interested. Every now and then I feel like I should take it down and save myself some money each month, but then I feel like it would be a waste – it’s still getting hits, and perhaps one day in the future I’ll want to do more with it.
As someone who has never been very good at expressing herself verbally, working on Anime Yume all these years has allowed me to let my passion grow without the hindrance of being inarticulate. Continually writing prose about something I love for so long has given me an appreciation for writing that I may have never developed. It’s also given me confidence and satisfaction that what I express can affect others. Not to mention all the fascinating people I’ve met and talked to solely because of Anime Yume – many of them have inspired my thoughts or have even become long term friends.
Working on the same domain name all these years, it’s hard to imagine not having my own little space on the web called AnimeYume.com. Anime Yume was there when anime fan sites, freewebs, character shrines, and Anime Web Turnpike flourished, and it’s still here with blogs, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Mainichi Anime Yume is my main focus now, but I don’t want to ever completely close down Anime Yume. Perhaps when I reach a point in my life when I have the time and motivation, I’ll give it a big re-haul; add more, give it a better design, update old pages, etc, and basically take it out of the “time capsule” state it’s been in. Can’t say when this will happen, but I’m always giving it thought.
And of course, I want to thank all visitors of Anime Yume, old and new, for your support. Here’s to more great years of being a part of the wondrous anime online community~