A little over a month ago, Mainichi Anime Yume turned six years old. Unfortunately I was too busy in early October with getting settled in my new job to remember, so all I managed to do was a quick tweet about it last week. But I did eventually want to write something about being one of the long-lasting anime bloggers, and since I don’t want to repeat what I wrote about when the blog turned five years old last year, I thought I’d do something a little different and take a brief look at how I got started with blogging in the first place…
As I’ve mentioned before, my friend pkjd on the anime news blog moetron was my first inspiration for blogging. I had never even heard of a blog until he first started working on moetron sometime in 2005 I believe. I was a bit hesitant at first about starting my own blog as I was still content with the kinds of updates I would do on my old fan site. At some point I heard about Anime Nano and got a better picture of what anime blogging was like. Episodically reviewing new anime series or writing editorial posts about specific anime topics was new to me since my old site consisted of very objective, Wiki-like content. But for a while I had wanted to start writing more subjective anime material on my site such as reviews or other things, and I began thinking that a blog might be a good way to go about it. I liked the neat, chronological format of blogs and the fact that updating with a new post wouldn’t be as time-consuming and troublesome as the full-on manual updates I would do on my old site. It was fall 2006 at that time and I was busier than I had ever been with going to college and having a part-time job, so I was indeed having difficulty finding time to update my fan site. What finally sealed the blogging deal for me was the fact that my old server offered an easy blog creating tool through WordPress…so I finally decided to give it a go!
At first I was nervous because I thought bloggers had to know computer coding in order to give their blog a decent format and make pictures appear properly or even to make sure the posts themselves appear. As someone who had made every single HTML page on my old site from scratch, I thought I would have to manually create almost everything on the blog too. But technological times had changed since I started my fan site in 2002, and it was a brand new concept to me when I found out that blog hosts like WordPress do pretty much all the work for you! You just write the post, click on a few self-explanatory buttons, and the posts appear in their tidy chronological format. Once I realized how easy it was update your blog and make it look nice, I began favoring blogging =D
As for blog content, I knew right off the bat that episodic blogging wasn’t for me. But being a brand new blogger and lacking other ideas for posts, I compromised and did a lot of individual “first impressions” posts after watching 1-2 episodes of new series, sometimes halfway reviews of the series, and then full reviews. In between those I would do some game reviews, editorials, and news posts. As soon as I met the requirements, I submitted my blog to Anime Nano and have been indexed on them since November 13th, 2006. It wasn’t until around 2009 that I started to find out the kinds of posts I favor and fell into the format you see today – mostly editorial posts about general anime topics, first impressions and full reviews of seasonal anime (I now do all my seasonal first impressions in one post), and a few other kinds of posts in between.
Out of the six years I’ve been working on MAY, the height of my blogging was definitely from mid-2009 to mid-2012 when I was writing about three posts a week and gaining more and more readers. In 2007 I was still a new blogger trying to find what I wanted to write about and improve my style, and in 2008 to some of 2009, I was away at university and had to constantly put the blog on hiatus. And now, with my (semi)full-time job, I can only write a new post once a week. But despite that, I don’t plan on putting the blog on hiatus anytime soon. Even though it’s not easy coming up with editorial topics to write about on a weekly basis, I’m going to keep on keeping on because it’s my passion ^_^
As of now I’ve written 622 posts and am only about 50 comments away from reaching 10,000! As always, I want to offer a big thank you to all my visitors, new and old, who read, enjoy, and comment on my posts! I wouldn’t have had the motivation to keep it up without you =) Even though I can’t blog as often as I used to, I really appreciate your continued support regardless ~^_^~ Here’s to six more years of great anime discussions~!