I have not been putting a lot of time into this blog over the last year or so. Long absences and erratic posting schedules have caused Nopy’s Blog to decline steadily. The source of these changes can be attributed to my efforts to get another degree, starting 1.5 years ago with packing my schedule with extracurricular activities and volunteer work. After many hours of work outside of work, studying, and writing, I am now winding down and relinquishing many of the responsibilities/commitments I’ve gained over the past year as I prepare to move to Toronto. The bad news is that I’ll probably be absent for a couple more weeks as I start packing and say my goodbyes, but the good news is that after that I’ll return to having only 1 major commitment (to school), much like the times when Nopy’s Blog was something to gloat about.
Now I do have a question for all you readers out there. I’ve been out of the loop for a while, but from my perspective, it seems anime blogging in general has undergone a major decline. I’ve removed more blogs on my blogroll than have added because many of them have disappeared. It could be that I’m just connected to the older generation of bloggers and haven’t had a chance to meet the newer generation, but I have not heard of many new up-and-coming blogs recently. Conversely, I’ve seen a growing number of social media personalities and 140-character anime reviews, perhaps a sign of changing times. I do have a Twitter account, but it has always been secondary to Nopy’s Blog, but I am wondering if that should change. So I ask you, consumers of anime thoughts and opinions, would you like to see more content on social media like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and so on, or would you like Nopy’s Blog to continue on the way it has?
Those of you who run your own blogs may have heard about something called the Google Panda. From what I gather, it’s a new algorithm designed to improve Google’s search results. It works by bringing down the ranks of low-quality sites so that when you search for something like “anime”, you don’t get results that take you to a page selling memberships to “Hentai Key” or some other porn site. So what does this have to do with me? Well, 2 weeks ago I noticed a rapid decline in the amount of traffic Nopy’s Blog was getting, right around the time Panda was being implemented. Yes, I was Panda Slapped.
At the time I didn’t know what was going on, just that not as many people were visiting, so I decided to publish a post. On March 24 I decided to go with one of the staples of my blog, a Megami Magazine post. That helped stall the decline in traffic as you can see from the chart below. Unfortunately, visits continued to drop shortly after that.
Hello everyone, and welcome to my new domain at nopybot.com (yep, Nopy has left wordpress.com and has his own domain now).
For those of you who went to nopybot.wordpress.com and ended up here, that means you were safely redirected to my blog’s new home. If you have bookmarks or links pointing to my old address, I suggest you update them because you won’t be redirected here forever.
Currently checking to make sure everything was transferred over. It looks like there’s a few kinks to work out, but I should have those sorted out in a few days.