15th Blogoversary

Wow. Just wow.

It’s been 15 years. Well, 7.5 years since the relaunch in 2014, but that’s half of my entire blogger life. I never thought I’d hang onto this for so long, but…

Here we are.

15 years.

Wow.

If I told the 16-year-old who started out with a small Swedish blog:

“One day, in 15 years, you’ll write reviews and get thousands of views and visitors.”

I would have laughed at myself. “Are you crazy? It would be nice if I have like two subscribers.” I would have gone back to what I was doing and never given it a second thought.

I never expected it, nor did I actually plan for it. I didn’t even dream of it.

Still, I’m sitting here writing a post for my blogoversary.

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Happy New Year!

…and 2020 is FINALLY over.

You can’t blame me for being relieved, even on my blog’s 7th Annyversary since the relaunch. It’s really been a long year. Too long. It’s been 366 months. This year has really been one of a kind. Yeah. I don’t want 2021 to be like that, but I’m not having high hopes.

No, we’re not.

So what’s been going on this year, aside from the obvious? Well, I’ve been sicker, but I also began sharing posts about writing. I expanded to audio dramas and books about fiction. I reviewed my first live-action show. Continue reading “Happy New Year!”

Hiatus for unknown amount of time

I hate it every time, but here’s another hiatus notice.

I mentioned issues in December that were seemingly resolved. Well, they weren’t. Since the end of January I’ve been struggling and I’m back to a place where I just can’t keep up with the blogging, because on top of my health I need to focus on getting some income due to sudden expenses I have to make.

This doesn’t just involve blogging though; I’ll put Beyond the Horizon on hiatus as well. I will continue with editing BtH book 1, but I can’t continue to post book 2 and later until my health issue is resolved. It just adds stress to an already stressful situation. Continue reading “Hiatus for unknown amount of time”

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 “Anny HQ Update [Patreon]”

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 “Happy New Year”

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!

Dramatic Plot Twist

[Note in 2020 At the time of writing this, I was in a phase of my life when I thought “I must be romantically loving my partner because we’re in a relationship”. I was not, still not am, will never be. I love him from the bottom of my heart and soul, but no matter how I try, I can’t see the difference between loving him and family or friends. And before someone says “oh, but maybe your love for him isn’t as strong” or “maybe your love has changed”: No, it hasn’t. It’s the same be it 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 or 15 years ago. I love him to death the same way I have always loved him to death. If anything I love him more today than when I wrote this post. All else in this post is accurate though.]

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 “Dramatic Plot Twist”