Happy New Year and Annyversary

Well, look at that! As soon as I started getting treatment it got better. Lucky! That means I can make this annual post after all!

So Happy New Year everyone! And happy new decade as well! I’m turning 30 this year, meaning I’ve been blogging for 14 years in about half a year. Wild. When I turn 32, I’ve been blogging for half of my life. That’s even wilder.

Let’s start by looking back at the previous year. How did I do with my goals?

Reading Goal: 50 books
This didn’t go very well, but partially that’s because I spent about 4 months writing fiction instead of consuming it, and there’s also the issue with my health. I just couldn’t balance thing as I wanted because I didn’t have the structure I needed. I hate to say it, but even excluding my health, it was also a lot in the hands of someone else. I ended up at 52 unique books, including comics, on Goodreads. This isn’t entirely true because I read some children’s books I never added into it.

  • I ended up forgetting about the alphabetical books.
  • I registered 5/20 children’s books, but it should have been 7-10. So I didn’t do great.
  • I did read 50+ books though, even though it wasn’t the right ones.

Post more batches
In 2018 I post three batches, in 2019 five. Improvement! I would have liked to do better when I wrote my first five batches in 2014 though. I did keep them out of the regular schedule, so that was great! I’d say I cleared this one.

Finish 1 game
Definitely cleared this one! I reviewed three games and a demo.

Widen my view
I wanted to review a few new things since my blog has very much been dominated by anime and some comics and games. I had some subgoals and I cleared:

  • 1+ drama CD, 1+ music CD: I count the Marginal #4 CD as both drama and music, since it was a single with a mini-drama.
  • 2-3+ streaming and/or reading services: I reviewed Crunchyroll Manga and Toomics.
  • 1+ game: I reviewed four, including the demo

I didn’t clear

  • More western material: I don’t think I did.
  • 2+ visual novels: It was just one.
  • 1+ anime from each ongoing season: Haha, nope.
  • Post more extra material on Patreon for my patrons: Didn’t happen too often.
  • Post more on Instagram: Yeah, no…
  • Livetweet regularly: This wasn’t regularly but I think I did better?

It wasn’t a great year, but I did pretty decently!

So what will my goals be this year then?

Just post.
Because my life is as it is, with my web novel and a varying amount of fatigue I’ve decided to just keep up posting.

And I’ll try to share how things are going relating to my web novel. Which you can find here, if you’re interested! I post it every other Wednesday with the first chapter of the year in a few days (January 8th)!

I’m also working on a side story, which can be found password protected on my personal blog. All posts on my personal blog are pw protected actually, but I give the password out to friends and people following my private Twitter account. Your best bet to get the passwords is to follow my account.


So… For now, I’m focusing on getting a few months ahead so instead of schedule January and forward, I’m scheduling posts March, April, May, February, January, and then June forward. Hopefully, I’ll have my posts ready before the last Sunday this month, but we can only see if I make it. I will post batch posts and some “unscheduled” (set to Friday and/or Sunday) posts outside the regular schedule. Batch posts are as always posts with 4-6 titles within a category or theme, and other posts might be recently released titles. Games will still be older releases, but books, comics and anime should be things I can fairly easily access to post more frequently.

Thank you for supporting me through 2019, and I hope you will support me for another year, or even another decade.

Announcement: Hiatus due to Health

I’m currently having some health issues that are outside the norm. I’ve been dealing with them for about three months, but it’s been getting worse and I can’t handle the blog. I haven’t been able to put together the December post, and I am fairly certain I simply can’t make that happen. Which means there will be no post at the end of this month.

I should have a procedure to see if doctors can find what’s wrong on Monday, but I can’t way when I will be better and I am fairly certain the Beginning of the Year post I tend to post on the anniversary of the relaunch (January 5th) will be belated as well. I also don’t know if it’s going to be rescheduled and if so it may take longer for me to receive treatment.

If I’m up for it, I will write the January post, but if I can’t handle the stress I’ll just secretly (or not so secretly) write posts to get ahead for when I’m better.

For now, I’ve also put my web novel on hold because I can’t handle the editing, so it’s not just my blog. If you follow my personal Twitter, you’ll get various updates, but also access to my personal blog. I’m a bit restrictive who I accept, but if you read this blog you very likely fall within the group I accept. My DMs are open though so just drop me a DM if you want to just chat to check up on me.

I hope you all have wonderful holidays and stay healthy. I will do my best to just rest and get better.

And if you have any ideas for 2020, feel free to let me know. And, I suppose, see you in 2020. Until then, check out the blogs Twitter or Instagram accounts. I’ll get better at updating Instagram while I’m resting so you get some updates every once in a while.

…probably.

 

Anny HQ Update [Patreon]

This is a post copy-pasted from my Patreon. I thought I’d share it here, because it’s posted there for all to read. These posts are supposed to be posted once every month where I share a bit about what happens “behind the scenes”. The support from Patreon helps pay for the costs for domain name, lack of ads (from WordPress – I still add affiliate links), services to review, and the stuff to review. Take a moment to look into it. My patreon is set up to draw once a month, as I post monthly, and the minimum is 1 USD, but you can support any amount above that too! To read more posts like this in the future, go there!

I need to get better at writing these. But before that I might actually need to remember what I did during the month

During April I spent a lot of the time very depressed though, I’ll be that honest. The reason was a new medication. Or was that March? I no longer remember. Continue reading

Happy New Year

Here we are, 5 years after the relaunch of The Anny Blog after a turbulent 2013 when it just seemed to crash and burn. The Annyversary is on Saturday, but I won’t do anything special for it.

Let’s go over the past year though. 2017 I got a child and I spent the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 focusing on that, to return to The Anny Blog in May again. At the time my child was 7 months old.

I think that was a fairly fast bounce back… maybe? Especially for someone as frail as me.

After that I posted almost every month. I feel like not posting was the biggest mistake in my life, but if I see it from a reader’s perspective, I wouldn’t have blamed any of the bloggers I occasionally read blogs of if they missed a couple of months when they had a child within approximately a year. So I’d say all is good. Continue reading

Giveaway Winner!

It’s a little late, due to various reason I can’t really blame on, but…

HAPPY 12TH BLOGOVERSARY!

…or was that what you were supposed to tell me?


Anyhow, I had more people join in than I expected! I was a little sad I couldn’t choose more winners, to be honest. There had to be just one and that was…

oliviacv!

The winner was chosen randomly, so no hard feelings, okay? I will hold another giveaway when I have 20 patrons. You can become a patron if you’re willing to give up a single dollar a month. It helps The Anny Blog to continue having content. Actually, it helps paying the bill for the domain name and keeping it add free as well. And you get some really nice bonuses!

Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ Giveaway!

I had a poll on Twitter about giving away my used copy of Code: Realize. I expected like 2 votes on this thing, but I got close to a hundred. Lol.

The turnaround shows that there’s at least interest in it, and so I decided to hold the giveaway!

The giveaway is for a used Playstation Vita copy of Code: Realize ~Guardians of rebirth~ in English which will be shipped internationally to the winner, free of charge!

Join it here!

What you’ll have to do is simple: Answer the questions below in a comment on this post , log in by clicking the link above/below, write the name you commented under and you’ll be good. But if you want more entries there are several ways to get them, including some daily tasks! More entries mean higher chance to win!

Comment with an answer to these questions:
1. How did you find The Anny Blog?
2. What would you like to see in a future giveaway?
3. What visual novel is your favourite?

Make sure to write the nickname, you commented as, here after you log in!

The giveaway is open until June 30 (11:59 pm CEST/UTC+2) and the winner will be announced on July 5th, which is my 12th blogoversary!

This is my first giveaway, but I’ll hold a new one if I get 20 patrons on Patreon!


While at it, I’ll let you all know that The Anny Blog now also has a Discord server! You can give me suggestions for content, ask me random questions, and patrons will be able to get more inside information of what is happening at the Anny HQ in terms of games, books, consoles! Expect lots of cat pictures!

Happy New Year!

Now it’s been a few months since the new party member joined us. He’s doing really well and so am I. But as expected, I don’t have a lot of time to focus on blogging. I’ve managed to make two new posts since he was born and hopefully I’ll have at least a handful in 2018 as well.

I’m not going to go over how I did on my 2017 goals, nor am I setting any new ones for 2018, because I still have to see how I can fit in my blog in my new life, but I hope you all will stay with me for another year.

Dramatic Plot Twist

A running gag among friends and That Game Club, is that my life and especially the romantic aspect of it is like a shoujo manga. I fell in love with my brother’s best friend, whom I had befriended when we were 6 and 8 years old. He had a not so good relationship, I became his talking partner through the tough times and we became very close. Fast forward, and we eventually got together (after I finally AFTER YEARS figured out I was romantically in love) and fast forward a few more years and we’re here today, at this post.

No wait, let’s back up just a bit. Continue reading

Annyversary 2017

Happy New Year everyone and happy Annyversary! Today is the third anniversary since the relaunch of the blog. Time sure flies, doesn’t it! Last year was in a sense eventful, especially for the blog (and my health), but I got through that one as well! Now it’s time to share my goals for the year. But let’s start with following up how I did during 2016.

Keep the posts coming!
I did manage this well. I didn’t study anything, but spent a lot of time being ill instead, so my schedule was good for me. Sadly my health did force me to take a two month break though.

Have a variety of content.
This year ended up being heavy on the games and for most part I don’t think people noticed the variety, because most of the non-game posts were early in the year. I did have a variety though.

Keep working on the guide.
I did manage to work a little on the guide, even though it was nothing enough to actually post a new part of it. However, I did start a series with suppose magical girl shows in Mahou Shoujo Monday.

So overall, I did pretty well this year. For this year, my goals are pretty much the same, however…

Focus on health.
This is important. As some might have noticed, I went on a hiatus at the end of the year because my health kind of crashed into a pit. I have weak health to begin with, and I think part of it was that I was incredibly stressed about a lot of things. That included trying to keep up with my schedule, which included a lot of games the previous year. I had a schedule made before and it lasted to 2018, but I have scrapped it for a new and probably kinder to my health schedule. I will still…

Have a variety of content.
It won’t be as game heavy, and instead be more varied so that I don’t have to finish a game every 1-2 months. That was tough on my health, especially when I in August started getting worse and just kept being worse for a long time. I will try having a mix of posts so nothing really comes in blocks, giving myself time to finish games with things that takes less time to get through and review in-between. I will also…

Only have legally attained content.
This means it’s been bought, borrowed or is available for free, like a stream on Crunchyroll. I tried this during 2016 already and only had one post which was not something I owned or could watch, read or play for free. This means, however, that I might end up having to delay some newer titles because I can’t afford them. I personally try to put in a small amount of money to this blog every month when I have something for it, and my funds otherwise come from affiliate links or Patreon. Due to this I’ve decided that I…

Won’t go over budget.
This is a really important part, especially for my health. What I can’t buy with the funds I have, I can’t review. In fact, I can’t even buy it for my “private” (ie, stuff I don’t get for the blog) entertainment without funds. I rather want to set higher priority to food and medication and possible aids to help my health from getting worse so I can keep posting, than going over budget, have no food and no medication and sit on the floor while in tremendous pains just to play a game I bought to review. It’ll remove stress about the budget as well, making a better environment for my health. But! I will…

Keep posting!
My schedule isn’t changing in any way to have fewer posts. I will keep posting something every last Sunday of the month this year as well. Don’t worry. And finally, I…

Will continue my Mahou Shoujo Guide work.
No promises when it’ll come out, because I am lacking in funds to buy some of the material I need for some early shows to define the different subgenres, but if I end up having some blogging funds over by the end of the year, I’ll put them into getting the necessary titles.

What’s new for 2017?
This isn’t new, but I have put up a schedule. What is new however is that I have set specific days of the month for (almost) all to be posted regularly.

  • Mahou Shoujo Monday: Third Monday of the month
  • That Game Club game review: Second Tuesday of the month
  • Crappy Android Otome Game review: First Thursday of the month
  • Request Friday: Any Friday, but with a priority on weeks with no content as well as soon after the request came in.
  • Regular post: Last Sunday of the month

Aside from the regular posts these may skip months if I have no content for the review or am simply too busy with the regular content or life, but I’ll try having something every month.

Another semi-new thing is that I won’t necessarily review something based on getting all endings or at least have gotten one play-through or the like. It’s semi-new because I’ve done this four times before in the past, when not counting the Crappy Android Otome Game series. I will most likely still try to get all routes for otome games (that aren’t on mobile platforms), but it’s not necessarily something I will do for everything. Therefore I might be reviewing an ongoing series or a game I didn’t finish. But if that’s the case I will also point it out. This is to assure content and lighten my load so my health can stay well and I can keep blogging regularly. It’s both for you, and for me. But if I have extra time to later finish something I reviewed early, I’ll add my thoughts on the completed thing.