JapanPowered turns 2 this month! I started the project to support the local manga/anime club at the library. As these things go, the club went one way and the blog went the other. While I enjoy watching anime time to time, I didn’t think I was a large enough fan to write regularly about it. Surprisingly, I found it easy and quite enjoyable.
I admit that I am not as engaging as I should be with the blogsphere. I can plead time constraints since I work full time, freelance as a web programmer, started work on a comic, and starting a graduate degree. However, it is a hollow argument since it only takes a few moments to read a post and comment. As a new member of the anime blogging community, I am a wallflower (much like I am in real life!).
I started working with a link advertiser this year to help pay for my hosting. I plan on keeping the links and ads to a minimum. My host is pretty inexpensive so it doesn’t take much for the blog to pay for itself.
So, anyway, JP has become much more successful than I expected for being just years old. Thanks to you!
The most popular post for the year is the post I did about kawaii. I briefly explained what it is and tried to induce a cute coma with images. I think the images are what made this post popular as opposed to my writing.
Most Discussed Post
My breakdown on the 10 Most Influential Anime in America really struck a cord with many people and not always a good cord. I based my list on a simple premise: is the anime considered an anime? The less it is considered anime, a rather niche medium in America, the more influential it was.
I enjoyed looking at the ending for Samurai Champloo this most this year. I recently re-watched the series; the ending still leaves an impression with me despite seeing it four times now.
My goals for this year are to improve my writing and be more engaging. Hopefully, I will be able to produce something worth reading and following.
I look forward to the next year!