On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love for anime gave me…
12 days of fun posts
11 future dead ends
10 squiddy tentacles
9 awesome race-cars
8 minutes of fame
7 legendary servants
6 fond memories
5 magical girls
4 unusual penguins
3 bright stars
2 adorable flowers
And a charming idol.
It has been a great time writing these 11 Twelve Days of X’mas posts plus the Ani-Blogger Choice Anime Awards, and now it’s time for the last top anime-related moment for the year: starting my very own anime blog.
As of now, it has been nearly 9 months since my blog’s founding in April, and I have enjoyed writing about anime and such. Before I decided to start blogging, I was a lurker for quite a long time (about maybe 6-7 years before). I enjoyed reading through various blogs (though most of them are now inactive, with some still going strong), but I had never attempted to comment or interact with other like-minded people. It was mostly because I was afraid of how things were going to go, and with my being deaf and previous experience in real life, I chose not to do so.
But then, I decided with courage to venture out there in the Internet community by starting my first blog, Ephemeral Curiosity on January 22, 2011. Yes, the name was inspired from Random Curiosity if you were wondering… (another wannabe blog copy and I am ashamed to have even attempted to do so) And my handle name back then was EphemeralCuriosity. But things didn’t go so well at all, and I only blogged about various topics ranging from my school stuff to anime (the only few anime-related posts I have in that blog are of 5 Centimeters Per Second, but they’ve been moved to this blog if you want to read them). Added to that my naiveté and inexperience with blogging plus very little traffic and plenty of spam comments, and you have a recipe for a… horribly designed blog just begging to be killed within 3 months. After some quick thinking, I pulled the plug.
Learning from my first failure with Ephemeral Curiosity, I decided to just foregone all the unnecessary stuff and just focus on anime. My new blog would just be purely an anime blog. I decided to come up with a new blog name, and it was then decided that it would be called Ephemeral Dreams. I decided that I wanted to use ephemeraldreams.wordpress.com as my blog’s URL, but someone has already claimed it and it still hasn’t been updated at all even to this day. Tsk. So I went with the next, closest URL I could get and that was using my newly changed handle name, Ephemeral Dreamer, and using ephemeraldreamer.wordpress.com. So that would be why my URL address and my blog title seems off if some of you were wondering. So Ephemeral Dreams was founded on April 2, 2011.
With all the hassle of starting another new blog finalized, I started to comment more often around the anime blogging community. I didn’t have any contacts at all in the community, so I was a new young blogger whom no one knew about beforehand at all. I knew that it would take quite a long time to build up my blog’s reputation and traffic, but even so I persisted in commenting more. So I kept spreading word about my blog until it became what you see before yourself today. Posts started to have better quality, comments trickled in, views spiked every once in a while. Now, I still have a long way to go, but I still enjoy the long arduous journey of growing and developing my blog. After all, it’s the journey that counts, not the destination!
So, readers, friends, family, and fellow bloggers. Thank you very much for visiting my blog, and have a very merry Christmas! And I’ll be seeing you again on New Year’s Eve for one last celebratory blast!