2016 is ending! What a crazy year, not only as an individual but also as a blogger. I’m very thankful that Fujinsei survived another year and is still as weird as ever. (whispers: To be honest, I think it got even weirder this past year) Nevertheless, the fact that this blog is still active to this day is already a cause of great celebration for me. Thank you, my dear folks!

happy girl jumping in joy

Despite my seemingly devil-may-care attitude in blogging that have others accuse me of being a halfhearted b*tch, among many other insults this 2016 alone, I’m extremely proud to say that Fujinsei has evolved into something even I didn’t expect when I first created it (in a good way, of course). So take that, haters! I mean, I’ll be eternally grateful for your insults and brutal criticisms as they only make me stronger and more determined. So come on. Keep ’em coming! Mwah. 😉

Without further ado, the following are some of Fujinsei’s Blogging Highlights this 2016:

Fujinsei Blog Carnivals
One of my goals as a blogger is to make the otaku blogging community stronger, more united, inclusive, and of course, entertaining. I know that this is very ambitious, but I find the challenge and the possibility extremely irresistible. As a result, I decided to host a series of blog carnivals inviting otaku bloggers to submit their own posts, have the opportunity not only to promote their blogs but also to network, and most especially to befriend fellow bloggers who might potentially become their most-trusted allies. I didn’t really expect much when I launched the first blog carnival this past April, but I was floored by the positive response and the number of entries. I plan to continue hosting these blog carnivals throughout 2017 as well, so please don’t be shy to participate whenever you’re available. I’ll greatly appreciate it.  Check out past blog carnivals here.


Successful Blog Monetization
l know, right? Even I didn’t see this coming, especially as an otaku blogger. I started out with affiliate marketing. At first I barely earned anything. But then things really got going after I was approved for the WordAds Program and I decided to accept sponsored posts. As a result, Fujinsei’s total earnings this 2016 is enough to pay for itself for 3 additional years. I don’t expect this trend to continue this coming 2017 because to be honest, I think that Fujinsei’s 2016 earnings was a big fluke but I’m an optimistic person…so crossing my fingers. But even if it WAS a fluke, at least this blog is already financially taken care of until 2019…that is, if WordPress doesn’t increase its prices until then.anime-girl-begging-for-money

OWLS (Otaku Warriors for Liberty & Self-Respect)
This is perhaps my most favourite blogging highlight of 2016: the launch of the super group of otaku bloggers OWLS. I’m extremely proud to be a part of this blogging group with a great cause. My co-members are all awesome. Our first blog tour is already set this January, and we’re all very excited. We hope that our group can make a difference, even in just small ways, in promoting acceptance and tolerance. Please support us and help spread our cause. Thank you! For more information about OWLS, click here.

Fujinsei’s (Hopefully) Official Blog Pages of Policies & Guidelines
As a result of this blog’s monetization, I’m required by the Federal Trade Commission to disclose all the ways this blog earns money so I created a Disclosure Policy page. After additional research, I read horror stories of bloggers getting their affiliate marketing memberships revoked because their websites didn’t have any of these pages: Terms & Conditions of Use or Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. One thing led to another, and I decided to go all the way and also write my own Comment & Email Policies and Guest Post/Contributor Guidelines. Let’s just say that these pages are a kind of safeguards against any violations or penalties this blog may unknowingly incur in the future due to my own ignorance as a blogger. Let’s hope that won’t happen.

Facebook & Google+ Pages
l must confess that I’m terrible at maintaining Fujinsei’s Facebook and Google+ pages which I both created this year, but I’ll do better (hopefully) this 2017. So this is me shamelessly asking you to:

“Like” Fujinsei’s Facebook Page
“Follow” Fujinsei on Google+

On a brighter note, I’m more active on Twitter so feel free to drop by, follow, and say hi to me there:

“Follow & tweet” to @ArriaCross on Twitter

Still Going Strong

In addition to the main highlights above, my regular blogging series continue their success from the previous year, especially my Fujinsei Kempo, Blogging Tipsand Discussion series. Two new blogging series that are also proving very popular for this blog are Lists and BishounenMy most popular and most-searched for posts are from these two series. Thank you very much for supporting these posts.


As always, my BIGGEST thanks to my awesome readers for always enjoying my posts and sending me the sweetest messages ever. And of course, I also want to thank the amazing Friends of Fujinsei and my other blogging buddies who are always so wonderful to me. You always inspire and motivate me to become a better blogger and to write more meaningful (and outrageous) content. I’m extremely grateful for your unwavering support and friendship. To my fellow cuckoo Lyndere Club members, Gundam Siblings, Yuri on Icers and OWLSyou are a constant source of friendship, laughter and insanity. Thank you very much! Let’s go crazier this 2017, shall we?

To my new subscribers, welcome to hell, er, I mean paradise of my crazy antics! I’m very nice (most of the time) and I don’t bite (only sometimes), so yoroshiku onegaishimasu! To YOU who are reading this post right now, thank you very much for wasting, er, I mean dedicating a couple of  minutes of your time reading this useless post of mine today. I appreciate it very much.

Anime Minori dogeza

And to my haters, your mean comments and poisonous criticisms are fuel to my determination to become a better blogger. Thank you! Because of you, I’ve become more fabulous! As fabulous as Victor and Yuri at their ice dance together. (squeals) (*≧▽≦)ノシ))


Oh, and before I forget, I want to give a special shout-out to my favourite girl this year Cat (Another Gaming Day) for being an awesome friend…more like sister…maybe even a twin. I just can’t believe how much we have in common. I love you, bb! I hope that you continue to corrupt me this new year with your daily dose of half-naked photos of anime bishies, unfiltered commentaries about BL pairings, and anything about Yuri!!! on ICE.  And all hail PSME!!!

Thank you everyone! Please continue to support me in this crazy blogging journey. You are all the best. That’s all for today, folks! Have a happy & blessed New Year to all of you. Cheers!


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Published by Arria Cross

Blogger at fujinsei.com since 2014. Currently a webnovelist. Check out my work "His Genius is a Superstar".

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  1. Aw, this wasn’t a useless post at all! It sounds like you had a great year, yay!

    I’m still baffled that people send you hate messages. People these days, huh?

    I’m glad to be your blogging buddy and I’m looking forward to another fun year of reading your posts! Fujinsei wooo

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    1. Thank you very much, Remy. Well, it was an up and down year for me. I just focused on the highs in this post. But not a bad year for me as a blogger. Ahahaha! Well, I usually receive mean messages via email. I guess some people just don’t like my personality. Oh well. I’m fine.

      Yes! Same here. I’m delighted to be your blogging buddy. You’re so kind to me and I always appreciate you. Thanks again. And here’s to another fun-filled blogging year to both of us. Cheers!

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      1. Focusing on the positive is good. Gotta keep your chin up!

        Really? All of them are probably too chicken to say that to your face, I bet. The haters only make you strongerrrr

        You’re welcome and I feel the same way! May we both have an exciting and fulfilling year!

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    1. Thank you very much, Venus! Indeed. Oh well, haters gonna hate so we just shake it off, right? (Taylor Swift) Yay! I’m super excited for our first blog tour. Thanks to Matt for kicking it off. High-five!

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      1. Oh my goodness. Yes! Panuorin mo ang Yuri on Ice! Ang daming nababaliw dahil diyan sa anime na yan ngayon…including me, of course. 😉
        Hmmmm. May bagong labas din: Watashi ga Motete Dousunda. Nakakatawa pero medyo shallow ang story. Pero entertaining siya at romantic din. Tapos ay ang sa tingin ko ay ang pinakamagandang release na anime nitong 2016: Boku Dake Inai Machi. Seryoso siya at psychological. Ang ganda pero ng istorya, talagang nakaka-absorb. Lahat ng mga yan ay 12 episodes each. Ano bang genre ang pinakagusto mo para mas madali ang mag-recommend?

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      2. Ayos na ako sa light. Pero mas maganda kung comedy. Romcom. 😁😁😁 Hindi muna ako dun sa medyong masakit sa ulo. 😂😂😂 Pampalipas oras lang. Pampatanggal sa stress ng mga taonng walang kwenta 😁😁😁

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      3. Okay. Brothers Conflict, may 12 episodes yan. Reverse harem siya kaya maraming gwapo at sexing mga lalaki. 😉
        Sa tingin ko ang pinaka-romcom ay Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. Mapapatawa ka talaga. Pero you must watch Yuri on Ice! It’s like…so insanely GOOOOOOOOOOD…I’m not even kidding. I’m so obsessed with it right now. Pasensiya na. Nawawala ako sa sarili ko kapag tungkol sa Yuri on Ice ang usapan.

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  2. Hello! I can’t see why you would get haters, but good for you for using toxic comments to fuel your determination on being a better blogger. ^^ I think your blog is awesome and super informative. This wasn’t a useless post, but quite fun to read. Have a happy New Year! ^__^

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    1. Unfortunately, I’ve been told that I can be very insensitive. I don’t notice it, of course. I apologize when I need to, but if their accusations are unfounded, well, too bad. And there are just some people who don’t agree with my way of blogging or my opinions. But that’s normal, I guess. I don’t really want to care, so yeah. But thank you very much! I appreciate your kind words. Yay! Happy New Year to you too and to your family. Here’s to an awesome 2017. Cheers!

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  3. Keep doing what you ate doing, and never change! You really have an incredible blog, and I really like the things you are doing for everyone in this community. I truly hope 2017 will be an awesome year for you: happy new year! 😀

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    1. Thank you very much! You’re very kind. I appreciate it. I enjoy trying to make this blogging community more fun. And right back at you. All the best for 2017. Happy New Year to you and to your family!

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    1. Thank you very much! Ahahaha! Revolution is too impressive a description. Mine’s more of a humble endeavour. But thank you. I appreciate it. Happy New Year to you too and to your family. Cheers!


    1. Thank you very much, brother Matt! I always appreciate you participating in my blog carnivals. Your support means a lot to me. Thank you! Yes, you can monetize your blog. But first you have to buy your own domain. Take your time. Cheers!

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      1. You’re welcome sister Arria :). I do enjoy them. It helps me meet other bloggers and make friends. I forget which ones but I was able to meet Pokenaja90!
        I heard you do need to buy a domain. I am hoping to get started this year. ^^

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      2. I find that having your own money on the line can really force you to become more serious in blogging because you don’t want to waste your money on an abandoned blog, right? At least that’s what happened to me. But I also make it a point to have fun every time because I want to keep on liking blogging. Anyway, g’luck bro.

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      3. I forgot about that. I don’t want to forget why I still blog. I am blogging because it’s fun and I get to stay connected to everyone. Hopefully I don’t get consumed by business.

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      4. Exactly. Right now, I’m having the most fun being an a blogger, all thanks to you and all our blogging buddies. The community just motivates us to become better bloggers and to have fun at the same time. And we can earn some extra $ while we’re at it, why not, right?

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      5. You sound like you have fun doing it. This is what I admire about you. You can blog and have fun and still use it for money. I want to be a blogger like you in my own way. I don’t want copy you and be “Arria”. I want to be me and follow your amazing style!

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      6. You’re welcome. You’re on a break? Take as much time you need to rest. Just like your tips says, everyone needs a break once in a while. Feel free to lurk around my site. A great blogger like you needs to rest. Cheers, sister. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! And Happy New Year to you and your family as well. Ahahaha! Well, like Taylor Swift sings, haters gonna hate so we just gotta shake it off! 😀
      Thanks for dropping by and the greetings. Cheers to all of us this 2017. 😉

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  4. A happy New Year to you too! You run a wonderful blog, so you fully deserve all the success that came your way this year. I’ve loved being part of your carnivals, finding amazing blogs and bloggers I wouldn’t have done otherwise, so thanks for setting up and keeping it going.

    All the best for 2017. Long may Fujinsei reign 👑😉

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    1. Thank you very much. Happy New Year to you and your family. Aaaw. That’s the sweetest thing I heard today. Thank you! I appreciate it. I also enjoy hosting the blog carnivals, and I’m super grateful for awesome bloggers like you who take the time to actively participate. They wouldn’t be possible without you. I really appreciate it. Right back at you, Elisabeth. All the best for 2017. And I predict that your little anime blog won’t be so little in the near future any longer. 😉

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