One year ago, on May 2nd 2018, the Umai Yomu Anime Blog received it’s first likes and first comments! Despite this blog existing since June 2017, I never realized to use WordPress tags and I hadn’t yet realized the value of interacting with other bloggers. As a result, May 2nd 2018 to me is the unofficial “first day” of this blog.
This makes Creative Differences in Anime the “first” post of this blog, as it was the first one that I realized WordPress tags were a thing, and the comment I received on that post was what spurred me to begin reading and interacting with other blogs in the WordPress community.
It’s pretty amazing to think about how much has happened in the past year for this blog. I originally created it to help pass the time, and I continue it because it brings me a great deal of enjoyment. Anime is more fun when you can write about it, and read about it from other blogs!
And so to celebrate I figured I’d list some of the “firsts” for the Umai Yomu Anime Blog!
First Like – TPAB~
First Comment – TPAB~
First Liked Comment – TPAB~
Well these all sort of go together, so thanks TPAB! Who knows if this blog would be where it is today if you hadn’t noticed my Creative Differences in Anime post back then. It gave me a lot of encouragement after almost a year of no interaction (which was my fault, but still I was just about ready to call it quits before this post).
First Follower – favouriteanimecollection
I don’t think this individual browses WordPress anymore, I’ve never seen a like or anything by them. But, this was my first follower. Somehow favouriteanimecollection managed to find my blog before I was even using tags on WordPress. I remember being surprised when I saw that I had a follower despite getting next to no views on my posts. So that was cool to see, thanks favouriteanimecollection.
First Email Follower
Well I’m not going to write out the email of my first email follower, but I only have ONE email follower, so if you are reading this, you know who you are. Thanks for the follow!
First Well Received Post – 7 Anime Clichés I Could Live Without
This is actually my unofficial “second” post, after the creative differences post – 7 Anime Clichés I Could Live Without. It’s also the first to get more than 10 views, more than 5 likes, et cetera, which was great. I remember posting it and then going to sleep – to wake up to 4 comments by KingDylbag13, Karandi, Sirius, and TPAB~! Thanks everyone.
This post has another first attached to it as well…
First Pingback – Karandi
My first pingback was from Karandi’s In Case You Missed It on May 13th, 2018. It was a pretty amazing feeling to not only get 4 comments on the post, but to also get a mention by Karandi as well! Thanks again Karandi!
First Collab – Divine Gate w/ EdgyAnimeTeen
Technically even though it never finished (or as I like to say, is still ongoing…), my first collab was with EdgyAnimeTeen on the super edgy anime Divine Gate. I still think it’s a great post. It’s funny because I originally dropped Divine Gate many years ago on episode 5, and then when doing this collab I ended up dropping it AGAIN on the same episode. One of these days maybe I’ll make it through Divine Gate…
First Tag Post – One Lovely Blog Award
I was tagged for my first tag / award post by Plebby, and it was the One Lovely Blog Award. Since then I feel like there have been countless awards showering down upon the Umai Yomu Anime Blog (What can I say? It’s a great blog.) but this one was the first. Of many.
First Review Review – EdgyAnimeTeen’s Review of ChäoS;HEAd
It’s been a while since I’ve written a review review. I originally wrote my first review review in jest, to tease EdgyAnimeTeen about his writing style. I tried to write like a consummate professional so that I could criticize his post for being “unprofessional”. It was cool to see everyone enjoy the post as much as they did.
That kicked off many fun review reviews from fellow WordPress bloggers, but it’s slowed down since. I’d tried writing a few review reviews from MAL reviews, but it just doesn’t feel the same. I don’t want to overly criticize some random MAL reviewer who I’ve never interacted with before, which is part of why I haven’t written a review review since.
That said, I’m always open to write one for any of you, so just let me know! I won’t write a review review without permission, so you’ll have to message me or leave a comment. This way I can move away from being overly analytical and write a more lighthearted and comedic review review. These never were intended to be super constructive, and more just a tease, so I’d love to get back to that.
First 100+ Views Post – Anime Meets Hearts of Iron IV
I never would have expected my Hearts of Iron IV post to be the most viewed post on my blog to date. At the time when I published it, it received maybe 2 or 3 likes, and less than 10 views. That made me think “well, I won’t be posting about HOI4 anymore then…“. But then I noticed that almost every single day since, it’s gotten hits from Google. I don’t think it’s the greatest post, but it definitely has helped me to realize that there is a larger audience out there beyond just WordPress.
You just never know if a post will start bringing in the views through Google. It’s made me more mindful of that, and I try to keep Google in mind now when I write posts & upload images.
First Blind Review – Vie Durant
I’ve only written.. 4 blind reviews so far – Vie Durant being the first. But believe it or not, they all get semi-frequent clicks from Google. Probably because they are such obscure anime. I sort of feel bad for the people that visit my blog only to find out that I made up the story for the entire anime because I never actually watched it, but I hope they find the “reviews” entertaining at least.
I’d like to keep doing these every once in a while though, because they are fun to write. I actually do visualize my ridiculous stories in anime form, and if anyone was to ever mention these anime to me, I’d remember my story as if I actually saw the anime.
First Anime Viewing Challenge – Anime A to Z
And the only challenge, so far! We’re just about through the alphabet too. I’m almost done with anime W. I also have animes X and Y planned out! It’s pretty crazy that I’m almost done with this challenge. For the most part I haven’t binge watched any other anime except for what I’m watching in the A to Z challenge. Lots of seasonal anime to catch up on from Fall 2018 and Winter 2019!
I think it’d be fun to do another challenge at some point too. Maybe one that revolves around HOW I watch the anime, as opposed to WHAT I watch. Or one that forces me to write a certain way, or something like this. I’ll try and think of something.
First Character Analysis – Kaiki Deishuu
This one also still gets semi-frequent views. I don’t write character analyses often, but I will pride myself on the ones that I have written. My Kaiki post was actually one that I wrote back in November of 2017, before my blog was even getting views. I was rewatching the Monogatari Series, and decided to keep notes about Kaiki as I went. I then turned them into a post, and I still think that this is one of my best character analyses.
That’s about all of the firsts I can think of right now.
A lot has happened in one year.
I just got back from my first run of the year today, now that the weather has warmed up. (I’m writing this a few days before it will be published though). Anyways, I wasn’t really planning on writing anything special for my one year blogiversary, but I felt a little fired up today after completing my first 2019 run and getting a nice dose of sunlight. Nothing like fresh air and some beautiful countryside views to get some inspiration.
As I mentioned above, if you are interested in having me review one of your reviews, let me know! I’m interested in writing them, I just need some volunteers!
That about does it for this post.
Here’s to another great year of blogging in the WordPress community!