It’s my blogs first birthday!!! Happy birthday ANerdyPerspetive! I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I began this little project. Its crazy how time flies and now I’m here one year later with so much more than I ever imagined I would receive out of this blog. I want to make this post not only a celebration and thank you post but also a reflection on the past year.

In the beginning

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Trying to slap some sense into myself.

This blog originally started because my tutors at university suggested making one to help improve writing skills. I remember having such anxiety about starting a blog up. I had no idea what I was doing or what I was going to write about. I was scared I’d get backlash or trolled or something awful would happen because of what I wrote. Basically I was a wreck. Eventually I snapped out of my panic and braved setting up an account. I’d done quite a bit of thinking amongst my panic and I knew that I was fairly knowledgeable about anime and it’s something I could talk about all day long so I thought why not start a nerdy style blog where I could ramble about anime to my hearts content.

My very first post was actually not anime related but was to do with an experience I had in Japan last year. I wrote a piece on when I went to an idol show in Akihabara. I remember posting it and feeling this overwhelming sense of panic as I tend to doubt everything I do. It was fine though and to this day I’m still pretty proud of that piece and you can check it out here.

My growth as a writer

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I wish my growth was this badass.

I think i’ve grown a lot in terms of my writing over the past year. I’ve discovered how I like to structure posts and I think I’ve developed a much better ability to review anime than I did a year ago. It’s practically impossible to actually see how I’ve grown this past year but looking back I notice small changes that make me a better writer. I’ve tried (and hopefully not failed) to widen my vocabulary, analyse stories and characters differently and tried to better express what I want to get across. Many of my more personal posts  such as my phobia post often had me scratching my head on how to actually communicate my point across but constant persistence and improvement helped me express myself.

Some stats

So many numbers!

I know stats aren’t everything and I would be lying if I said I didn’t care about them because I do. It’s really satisfying to see the numbers rise and I get a great deal of pride from knowing that others read my work all over the world. I know many others have shared some of their stats so here are some of mine:

My five most viewed posts so far:

  1. Erased Live Action Review with 1632 view. To this day I still don’t know how this one blew up the way it did!
  2. Is Anime Becoming “Mainstream”? with 633 view.
  3. A Horrific Disappointment (Junji Ito Collection Anime Review) with 214 views.
  4. Devilmen Have Feelings Too! (Devilman Crybaby Review) with 170 views.
  5. Where are the Aces? Asexual Representation in Anime with 149 views. I’m so happy this one seems so popular!

My stats over the past year:

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My stats have fluctuated a lot over the past year. Whilst I have worried and wondered why this is the case in the past I have come to realise that this is totally normal. Stats aren’t an ever increasing rise from start to finish. As Arthifis described it in his one year celebration post, it’s more like mountains which peak at different times. It’s the perfect way to sum blog stats up! Looking back on my own stats, I’m so proud of how far I have come over the past year. Whenever the stats monster comes creeping into my mind I tell myself that when I first started I had nothing and was thrilled to receive a single view never mind anything else.

A big old thank you

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Here it comes, the really soppy bit that everyone does with these kinds of posts. So, if you are new here or you are have been here for as long as my blog has been alive I would like to say a massive thank you to each and every one of you. Without you guys I, as a blogger would be nothing. Sure I could write for myself but there is nothing more incredible than others reading and enjoying something I created. For that I am so grateful! I had no idea when signing up to WordPress that there was even a aniblogging community out there. I was so excited when I started searching for anime related posts and stumbled across many of you lovely people. You all made me feel so welcome in you community and I’ve had some amazing times blogging with you guys this past year! I have become great friends with many of you. I’ve worked on some collabs which I am so proud of and hope to do more of. I’ve had lots of fun chatting about a variety of topics over the year. You guys have made me laugh, smile and feel accepted even when I was feeling my lowest. Thank you so, so, sooooo much!! This past year has been a blast and I cannot wait to see what the next year brings!

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Until next time thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great day!

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