Now that 2011 is coming to an end, I thought it would be fitting to write a year-end or annual report. Many companies submit reports summarizing their activities throughout the year, so I figured why couldn’t a blog do the same? For those interested, below is a list of the major points of interest concerning my blog for the past year.
Ever since I started this blog, it has seen a steady rise in web traffic, peaking in March following the overwhelming success of the “My History with Anime” project. Looking at the blog stats, this project increased overall traffic by 10%. Even now, I am still getting submissions, so if you haven’t checked it out in a while, there is some new material to read.
Shortly after the My History with Anime project slowed down, I was hit with Google’s Panda Slap and traffic dropped by 80% to its lowest levels in 2 years. At this point I was relying on loyal readers like you to spread the word whenever I made a post because search engine traffic was virtually nonexistent.
Google Continues to Try My Patience
As Google continued to roll out changes to their search algorithms, I was hit with wave after wave of traffic decreases. In order to counter Google’s attacks, I launched emergency posts which I had been keeping in reserve (some for over a year). Those posts greatly increased traffic on the days they were published, but soon lost effectiveness. A line graph of the daily traffic at this time looked like a mountain range as traffic would jump up as much as 400% and then drop like a rock a couple of days later. Eventually, I ran out of ammo and Google won, with traffic settling at 15% of its peak for a few months. Nopy’s Blog did rise from the ashes in the second half of the year with Operation Phoenix, bringing traffic back up to 75% of its peak, which is where it’s sitting at now (still a lot below where it was at in December 2010).
While relations with Google have improved (Nopy’s Blog is now the first result when you search for “Nopy”), I am still wary of their actions. Google has been increasingly sending people searching for the “H-word” here, but out of over 300 articles, only 7 of them even mention it. Why they are trying so hard to label Nopy’s Blog as an “H” site is beyond me.
1 Million Page Views
I don’t have stats for the first year that my blog was active, but looking at the last 2 years, it seems I have finally achieved 1 million page views. This was a milestone I never thought I would ever reach, and I have you, my readers, to thank for this.
When I started blogging, I wanted to attract fellow Canadians to my blog so I decided to write in Canadian English rather than American or British English. That didn’t work, but I have met a lot of friends from around the world. The top 3 countries that I get traffic from are the U.S.A., the Philippines, and Germany. To anyone from these countries, thank you, maraming selamat, and danke schön.
300 and Counting
It has been over 15 years since I watched my first episode of Sailor Moon and I’ve watched at least one episode of anime for 98.9% of the weeks that have passed since then. Even at 1 episode per week, you cover a lot of anime in that time, and this year marks another milestone: my 300th anime. Early this year, I completed my 300th anime title, but at the time I was still going through the entire list at MAL and adding the series that I had seen so I’m not sure which one was number 300 or what day it happened.
Getting Back Into It
For a number of years, I scoffed at people who said anime like Code Geass was the best series ever. While I admit it was good, having seen better, I just couldn’t relate to all the people raving over the “deep plot” and “complex ideas”. I thought I had seen it all and would never get excited over anime as much as I did in the past with titles such as Martian Successor Nadesico and Card Captor Sakura. The only anime to have really impressed me since then is Toradora. 2011 changed all of that by rekindling my love for anime with series like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Mawaru Penguindrum, and Steins;Gate.
Since I got my new camera, I’ve been learning a little bit about photography every weekend. Things like focal length, aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and the rule of thirds were all new to me since all I had to do before was point and shoot. Figure reviews were put on hold for several months as I tried to grasp everything, but I will be publishing more reviews in the coming months.
Megami Magazine has always been a staple of my blog, being the most popular category when I started out. While other posts are starting to eclipse my Megami posts in terms of popularity, it is still a major driving force behind my blog. Over half of the top 20 posts on my blog this year were Megami Magazine posts.
This has been a roller coaster of a year in more ways than one. While some things have not gone the way I wanted, at least the blog is still standing strong and I have no intention of stopping any time soon. I intend to bring my blog’s traffic up to 110% of its peak next year and hopefully do a makeover of the site.
If this year is anything to go by, there seems to be a resurgence of emotional and thought-provoking anime not seen since the late 90′s, so 2012 is certainly a year to look forward to. If not, then at least there will be a lot of new figures out.
To wrap things up, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope this post gets your 2012 off to a good start with eye candy provided by one of my favourite artists of all time, Yukirin.