My Third Blogiversary Thoughts and Hopes for the Future!

Holy crap guys. How have I been blogging for three years and still have no idea what I am doing? Is that possible? I suppose I have a better idea about what I am doing now and I have a clear vision of where I want to be, but I haven’t found out how to get there yet. I am not bitter about that at all. Why? Because that means I still have some things to improve and that is just a human thing in general. I know that I said this recently already, but perfect is a bad word because nothing is. That being said, I don’t think that pursuing it is a bad thing. I think everybody should try to better themselves and I know that is my goal. It’s a goal that I continue to push towards in my fourth year of blogging that is coming soon.

One Personal Goal Achieved

If any of you seen twitter feed last year, then you might know about me returning to school in August. That is both true and untrue at the same time. A few years ago, I returned to campus in order to set out and finish my master’s degree. I left school because my mind wasn’t focused enough to continue graduate work almost three to four years ago now. I’ve lost a lot of family members over the past eight years, which didn’t help me out. I started taking online classes graduate classes a couple of years ago and passing those told me that I am ready to go back finally. August was when I returned to campus to complete a project and be done.  It was a very busy semester, but I did it. I got my project done and I finished my classes with some good scores. I guess I have a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, guys. I just find it hard to be happy about or cheer too much because the path that I’ve had was so weird, but maybe that makes this completion of this degree feel more special. I suppose the next thing to do is finding a job which means its time to job search harder now. Ugh.

One Big Surprise

Being contacted by Sentai Filmworks and HIDIVE to be an affiliate for them was the biggest surprise that I thought possible. I know that I am not exactly trying to make blogging a fulltime career, but getting support for what I am doing as I continue to write more doesn’t seem like a bad thing at all. At least from my perspective. If anything, being an affiliate is something to add to my resume as a special thing when it comes to applying for jobs. I love blogging, but this will help me push things a little further.

All About Last Year’s Goals

Looking at my goals from last year in this post, I think most of my plans panned out. Well, except for the half assed Anno August that only resulted in reviews of His and Her Circumstances and Nadia along with Supporting Other People’s Works which is still something I need to do more. Yeah, I am pretty bad at that.

I am still working with OWLS and apart of the Innominate Anime Podcast when we get around to recording something and posting our podcasts out to the world. I worked on a few collaborations with some good people, here here here here here and my favorite one was being a judge on the WordPress Anime Blogger Awards. Thank you, Ayano and Raistlin. You’re some of the coolest bloggers around here. 😀

Also, Mecha March turned out pretty well last year. I have some big plans for it this year that I hope at least some of them pan out. If they don’t, then oh well. It was a lot of fun.

 Some Stats Analysis

Stats as of December 23rd 2018
Same as above

Looking at my stats, I think everything going on in my blog has been at least interesting. Both in a good and a bad sort of way. While the amount of followers I’ve had has increased, the amount of views I’ve received has been about the same every month. That being somewhere between 2000 and 2500 views. It’s not like I wonder why that is, because the answer or answers are obvious. It is a bit frustrating still, because it feels like my blog is a car spinning its wheels in mud a little bit. At least more people have interacting with my posts this year then the previous on average. That means quite a bit to me. Since I don’t post every day, I am not sure how to fix any of this.

Some Collabs I enjoyed doing over the past year:

I am finding it hard to choose what post I enjoyed working on the most, because I feel like each of them are like my children, but here are some collabs I really liked doing with some cool people!

Natsume’s Book of Friends Collab with Karandi, Irina, Neha, Arthifis, and Keiko
Dragon Ball Collab with Leth and Shoujo
Buddy Complex Collab with Lita
Dragon Dentist Collab with Iridium Eye Reviews!
Sci Fi and Sparkles with Shoujo!
Tenchi Muyo Collab with Rai!

Future Goals

Besides the obvious bits of watching more anime, writing more, and maybe getting more attention, I am not sure where else to go from here. I guess all I can say is that I want to do more somehow and just improve. Easy goals can be hard.

When I mean more, I mean more collabs with people, more Mecha March, and possibly another attempt with Anno August now that Evangelion is going to be available on Netflix in the spring time. Yeah, I think that will be my goal. To watch even more Hideaki Anno anime in order to figure out the guy. Of course, this won’t be as big of a thing as Mecha March for this blog, but I still would like to do it.

I was kicking around the idea of doing some sort of solo podcast, but I still have a lot to learn before doing that. I’ve been learning about sound editing and writing my own intro and exit music for it, so I hope it all sounds as good as I want it to. Getting used to my real voice has been interesting because I am never sure what I sound like. I hope this turns out interesting. 

Maybe I can also learn to do some graphics design so I can make some interesting thumb nails. Ok fine. My next goal is to learn more about things I don’t know to improve my blog aesthetics. That feels like a good goal for me. Let’s see how that goes. Improving my own brand should never be considered a bad thing. At least I hope not


Thank you for reading my ramblings around the years, everyone.  Here is hoping for a few more years and interacting with all of you a lot more.

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59 thoughts on “My Third Blogiversary Thoughts and Hopes for the Future!

  1. Happy Blogiversary!

    “I guess I have a master’s degree in Aerospace Degree”

    That’s impressive! Congratulations! Talk about a non-trivial amount of work…

    “Being contacted by Sentai Filmworks and HIDIVE to be an affiliate for them was the biggest surprise ”

    That says you’re doing something right. Glad to hear that seems to be working out!

    “and possibly another attempt with Anno August now that Evangelion is going to be available on Netflix in the spring time. ”

    I think that sounds like a great idea!

    I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but I like the changes you’ve made to your site’s look and feel. It’s easy to see what’s new, easy to read, and looks polished and professional.

    “My next goal is to learn more about things I don’t know to improve my blog aesthetics. ”

    I’ve been thinking about trying to hire Irina (I Drink and Watch Anime) to give lessons in GIF creation. She’s an absolute master at it! Though I don’t want to ask for anything proprietary…

    ” Improving my own brand should never be considered a bad thing. At least I hope not.”

    It looks like your branding goal is to more clearly articulate who you are and refine what you’re trying to say. That’s the light side of branding! As you as you stay away from the dark side, it’s absolutely a good thing.

    Best of luck in 2019!

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    1. Reading this has made me notice some of my errors that I missed when editing this thing. That should say Aerospace Engineering! Haha.

      And thank you for all your comment here. It’s made me look more positive at all of this, if that’s possible!

      Oh, I would love to accomplish everything here! If anything, watching Eva is a must! Improving is just what I want to do. Thank you for commenting!

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  2. Congratulations!!! There isn’t a lot of people that can say they have a degree in Aerospace. I definitely cannot even fathom what that means but I know that is a testament to your hard work and effort and it should be praised! That is one hell of an accomplishment man and I wish you the best in your search for a job!

    One of my dreams at the moment is to be able to become an affiliate with a company so I like uber excited but quasi grape jelly for you! That is so cool!!! They reached out to you! The opportunities that are opening for you surely will take you to higher heights if you choose to do that and options are always good!

    The vibe I got is one of uncertainty from reading this so I hope that in time, you brighten up! Your numbers are amazing and your content is awesome! The way I see it, you are someone that I strive to reach one day and that means you have inspired at least one person you know! We should be celebrating with fireworks and spiked punch! I would love to read your thoughts on Evangelion because I have never watched the series and I plan on it when it comes to Netflix.

    I ranted a bit. Sorry. Congratulations and I wish you the best of luck in the new year!

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    1. All I can say is thank you! I may be dying from praise here. Thank you, thank you!

      I wasn’t going for a negative approach on this or uncertainty. It’s kind of hard to explain. I’m a little negative on myself because I don’t want to get full of myself and lose my grip if that makes sense. I just want to keep going and improving!

      Don’t worry about ranting and once again, thank you so much.

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      1. You’re welcome, Scott. I hope you do great things with that degree. Maybe you can build the first real life mobile suit. Hahaha!

        Sure thing. I’d certainly like to collaborate again with you and any other reviewers at some point. That was a fun review!

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  3. Congratulations on experiencing lots of milestones! Being contacted by Sentai Filmworks and HIDIVE is cool! Though having that master’s degree in Aerospace sounds way cooler!

    Congratulations on reaching three years of blogging! Looking forward to reading more of your content! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I suppose there do sound cool don’t they? I guess I didn’t think about that!

      Thank you once again for following! I need to make sure it’s all up to snuff then 😁

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  4. Congratulations on your third blogiversary!! What an amazing achievement! 🥳🥳🥳 I think it’s so cool that you have a degree in aerospace engineering! What an interesting field of work to study! You should be very proud of yourself as there are so many great achievements that you have made so far! 😄 Here is to another great year for you!

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  5. congrats on the milestones! 😀 honestly, i feel the same way about a lot of things. i’ve been blogging for so long but feel a bit stuck so i don’t really celebrate the anniversaries because i never really know what to do^^;;. and you got a masters! that’s awesome 😀 again, i also feel meh about degrees. felt that way since elementary school which seemed to baffle my teachers but i’m glad you felt better and went to finish it 🙂 but im curious, what is that degree? like what kind of jobs are there for it? i’m clueless Orz

    i think your plans for the blog are awesome and can’t wait to see them!

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    1. To be honest, I don’t know what I’m doing either still. Maybe I have a better idea now, but it’s not always clear! It’s like “you have a blog now. What do you do with it?”

      Oh, the degree is for a lot of cool and interesting things I like to do like designing airplanes, material reserve for airplanes, maybe work on the airplane engines and so on. The amount of things that can be done is endless I think.

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      1. is material research like fueling? or building? i don’t think it’s the same thing but my brother wants to be a petroleum engineer. i think all those sciency type of jobs are really impressive. the spaceship stuff sounds interesting, if you find aliens, let us know xD

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  6. Well: first off: A big congratulations is in order of course! Three years of blogging is one heck of an amazing achievement! I have always been a fan of your blog (even though I discovered it way too late lol😂). You have written some amazing posts, and thought me a lot of cool stuff about Mecha anime. With my health currently being what it is (still seriously annoying) I am unfortunately not spending much time here on WordPress. At least not as much as I would want too, so I know I have missed out on some great posts. Hopefully, when things are better again, I plan to make a comeback in some way, and maybe even hopefully catch up on some things that I have missed 😊
    For now though: I also want to say thank you for the very kind words you said here, it truly means a lot: so really thank you for that. It was a lot of fun the anime awards, and hopefully we can do it again this year. Fingers crossed! 🤞
    Last but not least: I hope you will continue to find the obvious joy you have in blogging, and will keep this blog running for many more years. Both myself, and I know a hell of a lot of other bloggers as well, will continue to follow it for many more years: both because of your amazing writing skills, and the truly awesome person that you are. So…party on my friend! 😊🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

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  7. Amazing! Congratulations again Scott. And you’re clearly always getting better. o even if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re doing something right. Keep up the good work, this is one of my favourite places to visit and I am so grateful you make the time to share your thoughts with us.

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  8. You don’t necessarily need to learn graphic design to make thumbnails – you could just learn how to deal with a photo editing software or graphic creation software and experiment until you have something that makes you happy (but it has to be practical enough for others to read and use as well).

    Still, congrats on the blogiversary and all the best for the future.

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  9. I’d say Mecha March was a huge success, as is getting that master’s! Aerospace engineering, huh? You must be one smart guy.

    Congrats on three years, and here’s to a fourth full of even more successes and personal growth! (Also, TOTALLY looking forward to more Anno stuff ^.^)

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    1. I don’t know about smart, I just work very hard. Anyone can do it recently and you can kind of see that I took a couple years off before going back into it.

      And thank you! I hope to keep going!

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  10. Aww, they grow up so fast.

    In regards to aerospace engineering though, it’s a rough field because of the cyclical nature of the business. In other words, everyone gets fired. It is not as bad as gaming, where the management just clears out whole companies, but it is bad enough. I know a guy who’s graduated with the same degree and worked for a major like Lockmart until the 2008 crisis. He works for a small computer consultancy now.

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  11. Happy blog anniversary!!!!! 😀

    Damn! To think that, in 1 year, I’ve already thought about stopping blogging completely and then I see you doing 3 years and still kicking the game!!! I need to step up my work 😀

    It seems your year has been a full year! Being contacted by Sentai Filmworks and HIDIVE to be an affiliate is just freaking awesome!

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