First Anniversary

September 2, 2009 at 11:40 pm 29 comments

First_Anniversary

Exactly one year ago, I decided to write about my adventures in Mabinogi. It was a new beginning for me, since I had never blogged before. Back then, I wrote that I was lazy person and that there would only be occasional updates, but in retrospect, maybe I was actually crazy since I ended up writing every day for a whole month. Either way, it’s been one year since Hau~ Omochikaeri~! began and a lot has changed since then.

I’m not a creative writer by any means, preferring to write about content that readers want to know instead of my own ramblings. Over the first few months, the blog’s purpose was mainly to report Saimoe 2008 and Best Moe 2008 tournament results, as well as introduce some new Vocaloid songs that caught my eye. However, after those tournaments ended and I got a bit bored of checking Niconico every day, there wasn’t really a ‘theme’ to the site. Shouldn’t there be something that people would want to keep coming back for?

Still obsessed with Mabinogi, I decided to do overviews of upcoming major patches to help the community. These were some of the longest posts that I have written (especially the Pioneers of Iria anthology), but being a mechanics and information junkie, it was actually fun for me. However, around March, I began losing interest in the game and decided to quit it in favor of focusing on eroges.

This is when I started feeling the site truly had that ‘theme’ that I was looking for: an English eroge information site. Reconstructing the site overview, things that you see now were added, including the upcoming eroge sidebar, weekly news posts and monthly release overviews. The freed-up time also allowed me to finish more eroge, write reviews, and add stuff about upcoming anime and figures too. Do I think I have changed as a writer? Probably not. I still write exceedingly long posts and don’t know why. However, I am enjoying it and am glad that others do too. We’re all so corrupted.

Sana_is_Mai_Waifu

Some interesting tidbits about the site:

  • Views: 184,581
  • Posts: 358
  • Comments: 1,576
  • Most searched term: “flyable heart” (724)
  • Most clicked link: Mou Yamete (569)
  • Site header banners: 22

The pageviews have steadily increased, with a high of almost 29k views in August. Daily views have been hovering around 900-1000. There are usually 3-4 posts a week nowadays; the nearly one-post-a-day clip is due to all the moe tourney posts last year. I probably took up 30% of the comments since I try to reply as much as possible. I feel sorry for all the innocent people ending up at Hemi-tan’s site. Unless they’re actually all Algester.

While the blog layout has mostly stayed the same, things are constantly changing, such as the header banners (I’m ADD about them),  webclap (idea from reading Sona兄‘s site), recent news, link exchanges, authors widget, page reorganization and eroge release OP playlists on Youtube. Part of being a blogger is always improving the site and also reaching out and visiting other blogs. I hope to meet more fellow bloggers with similar interests in the future.

My friends and fellow writers helped make the blog become what it is now. Nemuiwanko’s figure posts inspired me to write more about upcoming nendoroids and I highly enjoy his posts about Umineko. He’s been busy lately, but I’ll be looking forward to more of his posts. And Zen sucks. But people evidently like his mean and snide comments, and it makes things more interesting on here than hearing me drone on like in this post. So thanks for being an ass. Just remember it’s Asuho, not Asumo. And Sana is capitalized.

I’d like to thank all those perverts eroge bloggers out there, especially Hemi-tan for his passion, m3rry for the random musings, Kresnik for keeping things including posts in moderation, Zaka-san for allowing me to link to his eroge definition page because I’m too lazy to write my own, as well as roth and Sonata for being so friendly to me even though English is not their first language. You guys inspired me to devote my time and energy to writing about eroge. Thanks a lot, and I mean that in a good way. I’m happy to see more people like Accany, Algester, Heavencloud and momochi all writing about eroge too.

Of course, thanks to everyone who comes by to visit us, no matter if you like eroge, figures or anime! I hope you’ve all found what you came to look for.

Here’s to another year of hau~ omochikaeriiiiiiiiiiiiiii~! Cheers!

Party_Time

P.S. One year older, but imoutos will remain imoutos forever.

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  • 1. rothmansordunhill  |  September 2, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Congratulations!
    My first anniversary will come soon, too.
    I wish to have 10,000hits before that.

    Reply
  • 2. Mizahel  |  September 3, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Congrats!

    You’ve done a great job handling this site this past year, keep up the great (and incredibly cute) post.

    Cheers indeed~

    Reply
  • 3. Kotarou  |  September 3, 2009 at 1:41 am

    HAPPY BIRTHZAY!

    kanpai? : >

    Reply
  • 4. SnooSnoo  |  September 3, 2009 at 2:50 am

    It’s on the tip of my tongue but I can’t seem to name the game which the girl in the OP image is from. >_>

    Reply
  • 5. Tomoyakun  |  September 3, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Grats on the one year Ari.
    Thanks for all the info you provided before on Mabi.
    And… we all miss you ;-;

    Reply
  • 6. kgptzac  |  September 3, 2009 at 3:25 am

    I’m not a creative writer by any means, preferring to write about content that readers want to know instead of my own ramblings.

    now you are being too modest like a japanese salaryman… Your texts are creative enough to attract a niche of people and inspired many.

    but! don’t inspire me too much though ;p i want to stay as a true rambler <3

    and congrats with the first anniversary~

    Reply
  • 7. nemuiwanko  |  September 3, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Yay to the anniversary! I love how the blog has turned out as well, and I hope for another year of great posts! \^-^/

    And I need to write more >_>

    Reply
  • 8. K1  |  September 3, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Grats to you Micchi

    Reply
  • 9. Tsumi-tan  |  September 3, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Congratulations! ^^

    Reply
  • 10. Zeroblade  |  September 3, 2009 at 9:44 am

    おめでとうございますううう~
    And eroge does not corrupt! It makes our hearts pure and wonderful!~

    Reply
  • 11. blur  |  September 3, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Congrats…

    Always good to know that the concerned blogosphere is prevailing.. :)

    Reply
  • 12. Radiant  |  September 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! You’re doing great!

    I will continue to support and keep reading your blog! :D

    Reply
  • 13. Reltair  |  September 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Congrats and cheers! Your blog is great and I love the site design as well. ^^;

    Reply
  • 14. Micchan  |  September 3, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Happy anniversery~ ! In my opinion though, this blog is the record of micchi’s decent further into the darkness =w=;

    Reply
  • 15. Accany  |  September 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Happy one year anniversary lol =D

    Reply
  • 16. Micchi  |  September 3, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you for all the comments!

    @roth: Grats to you in advance! I’ll make sure to drop by when you hit it!

    @Miz: I kept it relatively safe for school just for you!

    @Kotarou: Kanpai~!

    @SnooSnoo: She is Haruka from Natsuyume Nagisa, which came out on July 31st.

    @Tomo: I miss making fun of you :D

    @kgptzac: Haha, rambling is good too! Sometimes it’s easy just to write whenever comes to your head.

    @wanko: Ya, you should write more!!! Whee~ Another year~

    @Zeroblade: ありがとー! Indeed, all the happy endings in eroge make real life so boring…

    @blur: Long live the blogosphere!

    @Radiant: Thanks for all the support! I will do the same for you ^o^ Best of luck on the company!

    @Reltair: It’s just simple basic design. I just flooded it with MOE. Sometimes I feel sorry for those with slow connections…

    @Micchan: Eroge is pure! Come join us!

    Reply
  • 17. m3rryweather  |  September 4, 2009 at 1:52 am

    I’m not exactly creative myself. or at least I like to think I’m not in certain ways Considering my tendency to derail and ramble off-topic, your no nonsense, straight to the point posts while keeping a friendly atmosphere are a refreshing contrast to my own.

    Til’ next year, stay awesome Micchi. AND IMOUTOS 4EVA!!!111

    Reply
  • 18. Hemisphere  |  September 4, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Grats on the 1 Year Anniversary, and keep em coming!

    THANKS FOR THE LINKS LAWL, TRAFFIC TRAFFIC TRAFFIC~

    Reply
  • 19. Algester  |  September 4, 2009 at 5:16 am

    lol i knew hemi will say that @_@ hahaha XD

    Reply
  • 20. momochi  |  September 4, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Congrats on 1st anniversary!!! Great job on the weekly eroge news and updates!

    Reply
  • 21. RedInf3rno  |  September 4, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Congrats, Micchi! I wish you lots of success for many more years to come.

    Reply
  • 22. Micchi  |  September 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    @m3rry: I can always count on you to back me up against Zen… IMOUTOS 4EVA!!!111

    @Hemi-tan: NO PROBLEM! I really should get working on the Natsunagi review…

    @momochi: Thanks! You should post more too! What are you playing nowadays?

    @Red: I’ll take it one year at a time XD Thanks for all the videos!

    Reply
    • 23. momochi  |  September 4, 2009 at 6:13 pm

      To be honest I’ve really been slacking on eroge recently, I think the last time I’ve touched an eroge was about 2 weeks ago >_<
      I'm currently thinking of going for one of akabei soft's titles before eden's release.

      Reply
  • 24. Eater-of-All  |  September 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

    I’ve been following this blog for about 2 months or so, and I really think it’s one of the better ones out there. I also love how you’ve kept it relatively work-safe for people of all ages to see the more innocent and pure side of eroge. Keep up the good work ^-^

    Reply
    • 25. Micchi  |  September 7, 2009 at 12:42 am

      Thanks for the support! I like the innocent and pure side of eroge too and will always be willing to share that to everyone ^^

      Reply
  • 26. Kiku  |  September 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Congrats hardworking Miru-chan~ Can we share your wife? D: <3 Sana~

    Reply
    • 27. Micchi  |  September 8, 2009 at 9:28 pm

      Sana is miiiiiiiiiiiine~!!!!!

      Reply
  • 28. Verbal Rubbish » Blog Archive » 1 Year Anniversary  |  September 18, 2009 at 3:05 am

    […] I didn’t know this blog was almost as old as this one. […]

    Reply
  • 29. manga  |  September 18, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Congrats. It´s nice to see that blogs pop up and keep going :)

    Keep up the good work.

    Reply

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