Today’s the big day, folks! It’s Welcome To Hell Zone’s birthday! I’m really proud that I’ve maintained my little slice of the web for a year. I might not have maintained it consistently…but I’m still proud!
I should be doing something mega-special, right? Well, honestly, me resurrecting my blog from the depths of depression hell is probably the biggest tribute I can give. I’ve been slacking lately, but I’m back, baybeeeeeeeeeeee!
Nah, I actually have a lot to say about my blogging journey. It’s been a wild year, and it’s gone by really fast! When I started this, I had HELLA free time. I had been working retail at an ice cream store that was open all year round, so in the winter I would bring my laptop to work and just write about anime during my shift. As you can probably guess, it didn’t get very busy. I have a LOT less free time now, but…oh well, I’m still out here.
Another fun fact is that when I started this I intended to mostly just write about yuri anime. To be honest, at the time, I had looked towards Remy as a sort of gay anime blog inspiration. It’s crazy that I eventually ended up doing a collab about my girl Yoshiko with him – I was so excited to be able to work with someone whose blog I had been a fan of!
In general, I’m amazed by how many bloggers wounded up interacting with me. I didn’t really expect anyone to read my posts at all – I really didn’t think there would be that much of an audience for my brand of gay anime humor, and I definitely wasn’t expecting other blogs that I lurked to follow and interact with me!
I’m still really thankful for my first pingback ever…it was from Irina, who was doing one of her follower showcases. I was so very excited – I still think that when a fellow blogger tags a post in some sort of round-up, it’s the highest compliment. It was really encouraging, and made me believe that this blog was worth writing for and that my voice was worth putting out there.
I would exhaust myself if I listed all of you guys who I want to thank individually. Basically, if you’ve ever commented on anything of mine or tagged me in anything, I appreciate you greatly and you’ve motivated me to share these pieces of myself. Writing this little retrospective has made me realize just how much my writing has grown in the past year…and I wouldn’t have kept at it without your help. It really, truly means a lot to me. I’m actually getting kind of emotional thinking back on all the love I’ve gotten…:’)
In other news, my site has been a bit screwy lately. Woops! Honestly, I forked up my entire site because I changed the domain and accidentally deleted the old URL in the process instead of re-mapping. So, I’ve lost my Google visibility completely. In an attempt to celebrate my accomplishments (but also to re-link to a bunch of articles and force Google to acknowledge me again, heh heh), here’s a little look back at some of my earlier posts that I’m most proud of! I hope you’ll join me in this self-indulgent little listicle. 🙂
Mile Marker Posts:
My First Post Ever! A Doki Doki Literature Club Reaction
Sheesh, I sure have grown as a writer since this first post. It might not be the most solid piece of writing, but I think it’s still pretty funny. Reading it back is making me laugh because I wrote the sentence, “I’m chilled to the core [and] my nipples are pipped.”
It’s kind of funny that THIS was the thing that finally made me want to start a website. I actually had been meaning to start an anime blog for years, and I had attempted to make one once before (I bailed on it within a month). I just kept putting it off and putting it off because I kept making excuses, with the main excuse being: “I don’t have enough time.” Well, when I had found the time to play all of Doki Doki Literature Club for five hours straight until 2 a.m., I kind of figured that I had some time.
Plus, I was lonely and wanted to talk about this freaking game!!!
Insomnia Views: HenSemi – My First Real Attempt At An Anime Review!
This is another one that really makes me realize how much my writing has improved…I think I have some better reviews up my sleeve for the future. This one’s still kind of a hoot, though. This show was really fucking wild, so I’m glad I wrote about it, even if it was a bit meandering and even if it’s about a show that no one’s ever really seen.
A Trip Down Memory MAL – My Post With The Most Views!
This little post about some old anime I have emotional attachments to got a lot of interaction, which I was really happy about. It was a fun one to write, and looking at it again reminds me that I should probably get back to doing that “Anime Roots” series of mine…
I dunno if this got a lot of views because it got shared around a lot, or just because it referenced so many different anime, but either way, HELL YEAH!
Now, For Some Personal Posts I’m Really Proud Of:
Sexual Assault in Perfect Blue: How Satoshi Kon’s Horror Classic Thoughtfully Frames A Woman’s Biggest Fears
…And Some Goofy Posts I’m Really Proud Of:
(I think this is the Jenn-est thing I’ve ever written and I want everyone to read it, please. GOOGLE, PLEASE PUT THIS ONE BACK ON THE MAP!!! I WILL STUDY YOUR SEO ALGORITHMS FOR ALL ETERNITY IF IT MEANS MAKING THIS BE THE TOP RESULT FOR “MAI YAMANE!” Let me type her name a few more times to help Google out. Mai Yamane. Mai Yamane. Mai Yamane. Thanks.)
I feel like I get sappy at the end of almost every post these days, but once again: thank you so much for reading the things I write. It means so very, very much to me. I’m still trying to find my footing in the blogging world. The blogging world and the real world, for that matter. I’ve got a lot of big dreams – I want to create cartoons one day, I want to write a book about lesbians in space, I want to learn more about video editing and special FX, I want to write reviews and get them published, etc. etc.
And believe it or not, this blog is really the first stepping stone in making those dreams come true. These writings are something I can point to and say, “hey look, I did a thing! I can do the things!” It even encouraged me to submit some non-anime articles to PopLurker. I even have a lil’ author page over there! I wouldn’t have taken that step if there hadn’t been people liking my posts here.
Overall, I’m immensely happy to have this site, and I hope to keep pushing forward so that I can make it the best it can be. Throughout all the ups and downs, I still have 80+ posts and I’ve forged lots of new connections. Hopefully one day I can spend a little more time on things like writing and Internet-ing, but for now – here’s to another year of sporadic anirambles 🙂