Oh my gosh, folks. 2015 is ending. It’s going to be freaking 2016 tomorrow! As a blogger, I’m just glad that Fujinsei survived another year and is still going strong. That alone is a cause for great celebration for me. Yay, yay!
2015 has been such an eventful year not only for Fujinsei but also for me as a blogger. After recovering from an extremely nasty 2014 injury with intense (and painful) physiotherapy and rehab this past spring—big thanks to my specialist and physiotherapist but I hope to never see you again—I vowed to improve this website and myself as a blogger. Looking back now, I guess it’s a way of forcing myself out of my injury-induced depression. I forced myself to focus on brainstorming new ideas and providing quality content in this blog. It seemed to do the trick because I’m now 100% recovered and so very extremely happy I’m annoying other people. Ehehehehe~ So here are some of this blog’s highlights this 2015:
Purchasing the domain name fujinsei.com
I was hesitant at first but I (kinda) panicked when WordPress increased the price compared to the previous year 2014. And then I suddenly found myself clicking “Purchase” before I knew it. It was my best impulse buy this year. It literally forced me to become a more serious, diligent and regular blogger because, heck, I don’t want my money wasted on an abandoned blog now, do I?
New Theme, New Look
I don’t know if some of you still remember, but Fujinsei used to look more feminine with pink and white motifs. It was more simple. . .it was more. . .fine, fine. It looked boring. Ahem, ahem. I realized that since I’m an aniblogger now, I needed to utilize the visual aspect of blogging more. Use more images. Make eyes pop.
More Outrageous Otaku Content with Fujinsei Kempo
When I bid bye-bye to my blog’s old and simple look, I welcomed with opens arms not only my blog’s edgier and colourful appearance but also new and outrageous content. I was suppressing my inner otaku before but I realized that I had no reason to do that as an aniblogger, so I launched Fujinsei Kempo series. It features often hilarious pseudo-lessons on how to achieve enlightenment the otaku way by my alter-ego, Otaku Master Cross-shishou. I’m still surprised by the positive reception it got and still getting.
Giving Back with Blogging Tips
l’ve been blogging since I was a teenager. I’ve blogged about a variety of topics from books to my, ahem, personal life. I don’t remember how many times I lost motivation and quit. So I know the challenges many beginning bloggers experience. I’m not an expert, far from it, but I’m a personal blogger who enjoys what I’m doing. If I can help others by giving some doable and encouraging blogging tips, I’m game for it. It’s more enjoyable to blog when you’re friends with other bloggers, anyway. That’s why I launched my Blogging Tips. But you have to understand that my blogging tips are geared towards personal bloggers who blog for enjoyment like me, and not towards business/corporate bloggers who aim to earn tons of money blogging. Go somewhere else for that.
Keeping the Discussion Alive
Another one of this blog’s most successful feature is the Discussion series. I’m known for my long and opinionated posts, so doing this series was a big divergence from my usual blogging style. It focuses more on what my readers think rather than on what I think. It’s like a forum where I just ask questions and let my readers discuss with each other. It’s humbling as an aniblogger because it constantly reminds me that there are way more people more knowledgeable about anime and manga than I am on this planet.
Topping the Google Search Results for “Dear Girl Stories Translations”
Now this one here was a totally unexpected curveball. At first I was like, “What the hell?! How can this happen with my horrid translations?” But I gradually warmed up to it. As a result, I met other fellow DGS fans from all over the world. It’s now so much fun fangirling with more people to this insane Japanese radio show.
Having My Translations Stolen
It seems that topping the search results has its downsides. You get not only more pompous bashers but also disrespectful thieves who exploit other people’s hard work. Douchebags. But I still consider this as a highlight for Fujinsei because these unpleasant experiences would’ve never happened if my blog remained irrelevant. I also became stronger not only as a blogger but also as a person. I still think those bashers and thieves are douchebags, though. No doubt about that.
Welcoming a New Blogger
My Twitter buddy, Becky, a.k.a. @pastelshion officially joins me as a fellow blogger for Fujinsei. I’m not actively looking for contributors but if anyone is interested in writing for this blog, feel free to let me know. This is a huge step for Fujinsei because it increases the content variety. I’m expecting you to be nice to my new blog partner. 😉
And that’s it for Fujinsei’s major highlights of 2015. There are a lot of minor ones but if I list all of them here, then this post would take you until tomorrow to finish reading.
As always my big THANKS to my wonderful readers who never fail to motivate me to provide you with better (and outrageous) content. And of course to my amazing blog buddies—you know who you are, Friends of Fujinsei! I’m so happy to be friends with you I could cry. You’re one of the top reasons why I love being an aniblogger—sniff sniff. I’m looking forward to another year of fun discussions about anime, manga, Japanese culture and media and anything and everything in between. And to my cool new subscribers, it seems that my enchantment spell worked that it forced you to subscribe to this site and I intend to keep you enchanted by providing you with more entertaining posts to read.
How about you? What’s your highlights this 2015?
That’s all for today, folks! Let’s have an epic 2016, shall we? Cheers!
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