Hey guys, how’s it going? No weekly check-in post this week, instead I will be doubling up next week. However, this week I needed to post about some changes being added to the blog, plus looking back on how the past year has gone since I started this blog in May of 2020.
First, I created something that I never thought I would be capable of doing so, because frankly, I only thought blogs were something that people did to try and make money and be serious writers who only wrote about one thing. (Boy was I wrong). I didn’t realize that I would grow and come up with fun ideas and in-depth reviews and collaborate with some amazing people every month who like a lot of the same things I do. If they don’t like the same thing or don’t know what it is, they are willing to learn about it, and because of that, I have fantastic discussions every day. I love this community and everything it has done and shown me to help me grow and change, but outside of it things have been really tough for me in different ways. I don’t want to bore anyone with the details, but because of these difficulties, I have decided to add a Kofi account and a Depop shop (I will add items to it soon) in my “about me” page on the blog, as well as update my Amazon affiliate shop. I appreciate this community because they allow me to be myself and share my interests and passions, so I would appreciate any help you guys can give, but if you don’t, I completely understand.
When I first became part of the book, manga, and anime community, I didn’t think I would have any followers/readers. Now on Instagram I have almost 3000 followers and 46 followers on this blog; to me that is huge.
But because of that, I think there is a lot of pressure to try different kinds of content creation that I hear about such as making reels and videos instead of pictures, and helping my followers find more fantastic book and video recommendations that they will enjoy. With that, the amount can get overwhelming and expensive fast. You may have encountered creators who say they get more stuff in order to help their creative vision and make a really awesome post idea become a reality, and I will personally admit that sometimes I feel that way too. I think the other aspect is that I am interested in so many different kinds of media that I have difficulty controlling myself when it comes to buying them. I prefer to buy instead of rent because you have an infinite amount of time to consume it without a deadline and I am not good with deadlines with my media consumption. I like being able to have that media there and be able to enjoy it without the pressure of a deadline. I think that’s why I enjoy creating the weekly check-ins so much because they give me the freedom to review whatever I want without a deadline.
This brings me to the changes on the blog. I am definitely keeping the collaboration posts with Nessa and Princessreadsalot (we are currently working on more things behind the scenes, but more on that in the future). I will still do the weekly check-in posts too, but if I’m busy with work or haven’t consumed enough media during one week to justify a post, then I will put two weeks of media in one weekly check-in post. There are also still going to be recommendation posts but they will be sporadic at best, same with projects. The other aspect I am going to focus on is my backlog everywhere. If I don’t love anything I have physically, I will put it up on Depop, if I love something, I will add it to my Amazon affiliates storefront, and if there is anything that anyone specially requests for the blog or even Instagram please give me a tip on Kofi and I will happily work to fulfill that request.
I look forward to implementing these changes and I hope everyone will enjoy them and continue to support my blog. I think this will definitely help me to keep producing quality content for everyone without the pressure. Again, I also want to thank everyone who reads these posts and follows me. I really appreciate the love and support.