The three blog mascot power-ranger girls but in casual clothing. If you don't bring mascots out for special posts then there's no point having them.
I wanted to draw something nicer, but it ended up being just a roughly colored sketch, and as always the sketch took longer than you can imagine something this crummy would take. I had better coloring done but then PS decided to die on me and I forgot to save along the way. Oh well.
I kid of course, but maybe it's not as much as a joke as in the last two anniversary posts. Anyways, once again thank you to all the people who visited in the past 12 months, and special thanks to those who stuck around to comment once every so often. Thanks to you, this blog received its 1,000,000th unique visitor two weeks before this anniversary. 1 million was an unfathomable number when I started this blog, and this little blog has far exceeded any expectation I had for it.
Let's start the obligatory stats dump:
Stats courtesy of Statcounter
This is the 1256th post on this blog, which means I made 345 posts this year, which is a decrease in output compared to last year's 398. As of right now, A Product of Wasted Time has had 1.01 million unique visits and around 1.7 million page views in total. That means the blog has draw approximately 510,000 visits and 865,000 page views in the past 12 months. Daily traffic has been fairly steady in the past year for the most part, averaging 2400 page views and 1400 unique visits. Recently traffic has been on the decline, but that probably in part reflects my declining effort especially in the area of covering anime series. There are around 6700 comments in total, which means that last year the blog received 1,900 comments in the past 12 months. This is actually a significant decrease compared last year's 3200 comments. I encourage readers to leave more comments, but on the other hand I understand summary posts (especially mine) aren't exactly comment-inspiring.
Here are some other interesting stats related facts:
- Most visited post in the last year: Tenjou Tenge 136 with over 17,500 page views. Tenjou Tenge was... unique for the lack of a better word, but it still had a good following and also didn't have good scanlation coverage, and thus my post on the final chapter drew quite a few readers. It is also the most commented post of last year and second most commented post on this blog with 72 comments at the time of writing. The comment thread turned into a bit of a flame war, but I chose just to let the fire burn itself out.
- Top (non-search engine) referrers: Random Curiosity (still the king of the hill), the MangaFox Forums (mostly spoiler threads that link to my Rosario + Vampire manga posts), and the trusty Anime Nano.
- Top three blog referrers: Random Curiosity, Sea Slugs! and Star Crossed, just like last year.
- Top commenter: Once again, it's Anonymous. Blogger did introduce a comment administration interface (thank goodness), but it's only rudimentary and nearly impossible to use to pick out the individual (named) visitor who made the most comments in the past year.
In the past year, A Product of Wasted Time received a makeover with a new base theme and some automatically switching graphics of the the blog's female mecha power ranger mascots. Currently there are only Red, Blue, and Yellow (click to switch theme), but I plan on adding Green and Pink and perhaps more... when I get around to designing them.
Now that we have the fun stuff out of the way, it's time to talk about the state of this blog. It's sad to say this, but I think A Product of Wasted Time is past its prime and on the decline. The blog has been around for three years, and in anime blog years this is getting to the tail-end of middle age and wading into "old blog" territory. I'm no longer one of the excited new kids on the block and actively trying to engage in the community as I did in the first year and a half. Instead, I'm more content to just sit back and wait for people to come to me, but that's obviously not a strategy for growth. Checking out new blogs and getting to know other bloggers are important parts to growing a blog, but I just don't have enough energy these days. It doesn't help that I'm a grad student now, which basically means that I'm a student with a half-time to full-time job doing research. Free time is harder to come by these days, and I'm not just as motivated as before.
So am I going to call it quits? No, at least not in the very near term. I still enjoy blogging anime and manga, and I'll try my best to keep the blog alive. Looking at the long term though, I doubt I'll be doing anime and manga summary posts any more once I get my PhD and get a real job, but that's still a couple of years off, so in the meantime I still get to indulge in my time-wasting blogging habit haha.
If you read up to this point, big props for bearing with me and thank you all again for the support. Hopefully I'll be writing another one of these posts the same time next year.