Happy New Year, everyone! I had a fuse-bead Bubble Bobble all planned out for this, but left my supplies at work ;_; (I was making them in my spare time! I promise I’m a hard worker!).
WARNING: Long post!
Since I’ll be traveling tomorrow, this post is a day early. Tomorrow will be three months to the day I published my episode 1 review of Magical Girl Raising Project, which I consider as the point I really started this blog. Thanks to each and every one of you for coming to read and/or comment. I wouldn’t have made it to this milestone without you guys.
A Bit of History
I started Bobble Anime primarily because I really love writing, but wanted to see if I could keep to a schedule instead of doing it maybe once every so often. I was/still am playing with the idea of a career that involves a lot of writing. Blogging was a way to test that, and blogging on anime shows was a great motivation to start writing regularly.
Because of that decision, my #1 priority this past season was posting as close to an episode release as possible. It was tough–I really admire all of you guys who’ve been at this for much longer than I have–and I wish I could have spent more time on a lot of the posts, but it was overall really enjoyable. It got easier over time, definitely.
And, well, I got to talk to a lot of people! That was a huge plus, since I’d dabbled in anime reviewing before but was usually quiet. I hardly ever posted on forums even though folks were friendly. Now, I think I might comment a bit too much.
Here are some quick stats, for those of you who are interested.
- Over 50 followers! Wowza. I didn’t expect this many, since I honestly didn’t have much aside from the episode-by-episode reviews and award nomination posts.
- Over 4,100 views total, with the three most popular posts unsurprisingly coming from Yuri!!! On Ice: episode 2 (470 views), episode 1 (325 views), and episode 3 (173 views), in that order. For comparison, my most viewed posts from the other series I covered were Overly Honest Reactions to Magical Girl Raising Project Episode 6 (147 views) and Nanbaka Episode 2 Review (83 views).
- Over 1,800 visitors – I realize a lot of these and the following are repeats, but I’m still very happy. Thanks so much for coming back!
- Over 270 comments
- Over 240 likes
Shout-out to some of my blogger buddies! Be sure to check out all of them.
Anime Girls NYC – She seems to go on a lot of adventures to many different places, and it’s fun to see what she’s up to! I also look forward to her Fan Art Friday every week.
One of my favorite posts: FAN ART FRIDAY 2016 RECAP!!!!!
Artemis – Artemis’s posts are in-depth, funny, and elegant, whether she’s “highly suggesting” that her formerly non-anime-watching friend watch anime, or making lists about anime or other things related to Japan. She’s also very nice to talk to.
One of my favorite posts: Watson Watches: retro wrap-up party
avathenerd – Super sweet and kind, Ava tackles a large range of topics in books or anime. She always has interesting answers to tags and challenges, and her designs are lovely. I’m not sure if I told her, but she also really helped me out with some flyers I had to design recently! Thanks for introducing me to Canva!
One of my favorite posts: Favourite Quotes – I’ll Give You the Sun
Cat – We bonded over Yuri!!! On Ice together, and her cheeriness is infectious. She helped me become so much more excited about a show that I already really loved. On her blog, she covers an extensive range of games, and she’s learning many different languages (also by playing games!). Her excitement and passion are apparent in pretty much all of her posts.
One of my favorite posts: You Gotta Solve Your Own Murder in Ghost Trick – Phantom Detective
edsamac – Witty and a thinker. May have been forced out of hiding because I tagged him in a post a while back (sorrry). Ed’s posts are incredibly insightful and beautiful reads, often relating anime to the human experience. This past season, he’s written series reviews, weekly thoughts on anime, and even essays on headphones in anime.
One of my favorite posts: Reveries and the search for hope
Karandi – Thought-provoking and a trooper who covers an incredible range of shows (with the occasional game or movie in between), Karandi is someone whom I admire quite a bit. She posts concise and incisive episode-by-episode reviews, as well as thought-provoking series reviews and weekly features.
One of my favorite posts: Friday’s Feature: The Cycle of Love and Hate for an Anime
Misu – Sassy and awesome, Misu is really “taking [her] magic and running with it.” She’s currently writing her second thesis on magical girls, and her blog covers everything about them: all sorts of magical girl news from the past week, insights on Magical Girl Raising Project, and even cosplay. She’s got it all, and needs more followers. So be sure to check her blog out!
One of my favorite posts: MahoIku – Is This Truly a Magical Girl Anime?
Nanaya – The guru of Magical Girl Raising Project. Nanaya came by to chat every week about the light novel versus the anime, which really helped me to appreciate the nuances within the series. Our conversations were one of the highlights of the season. Hope to see you around!
Prattle – Prattle tells you how it is. She’s demonstrated her aptitude for all sorts of reviews, whether it’s a more involved discussion or a singular criticism about a show. Recently, she’s been posting about how psychology relates to anime (re)viewing. Aside from her interesting posts, she’s really wonderful, and it’s not just because she also loves chocolate milk!
One of my favorite posts: Girlish
remyfool – My first follower and the person I keep bugging the most! Remy’s great to talk to–funny and polite–and we tend to get into very long conversations. You can tell that he really cares about his blog. He’s put a lot of work put into his episode reviews, which are concise, relatable, and full of pertinent screenshots. He’ll also point out things you definitely missed, and has again and again demonstrated his ambition to make quality posts about everything yuri.
One of my favorite posts: Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku – Anime Series Review
Plans for Next Season
I am happy (and also a little sad) to announce that I will be blogging for my school science magazine from January to April. I also didn’t plan ahead and signed up for a two-month comedy writing class on a whim, so I have committed to at least two other writing projects over the next few months. These will take up a lot of time, but I plan to follow 1-2 series episode-by-episode, most likely 1. Right now, I am eyeing Little Witch Academia, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, and KonoSuba 2.
I have decided to stop reviewing Nanbaka regularly, but will continue watching it. The content in my reviews for the show became too redundant for my taste, with one or two exceptions. I do think I will be posting on the series still, but not as frequently–and/or without as much analysis, unless something significantly changes in the coming season.
I would also like to spend more time writing before I hit “Publish.” The articles I enjoyed writing the most this past season were Yuri!!! On Ice Episode 2: An Analysis of Opposites and Navigating Through Magical Girl Raising Project (Eps. 1-8). I definitely spent more time on these posts than others, but I think the main reason they worked was because I could actually think of things to say. On another note, I also tried to cram too much into some of my posts, which made a few weeks pretty stressful. I’d like to try experimenting more with themed posts–maybe this way, I can watch even more series without feeling pressured by a deadline.
Speaking of series, I’d like to write series reviews. I actually prefer doing them over episode reviews since there’s a lot less fluctuation in what you end up saying, but haven’t taken the time to post them on the blog. In the future, I may also do series reviews for shows I’d already covered in weekly reviews.
There are also other things I’m thinking of trying out, but I feel like I am already promising way too much with the above points. Be on the lookout for some surprise content posts!