Celebrating a day late since I was preoccupied with my wrap-up post yesterday. Funny cuz up until Christmas, it’s been nagging at the back of my mind constantly and then I forgot it exactly on its birthday. *such a bad blogger* |D;
Another funny thing is that I had planned it exactly the day after Christmas so that I wouldn’t forget its anniversary. *stupid* <P
But better late than never.
Anyways…gah, it’s been a year already?! o.O;;
Time moves so fast…really, it’s moving too fast for me. My brother is going to graduate in a year and a half and I feel like retiring already. *silly* xD;
So, um…yea, anniversaries have always been awkward for me. I still can’t get used to people singing happy birthday before I blow out the candles on my cake and going through a blog’s birthday for the first time left me stubbed on what to write. Because I have so much to say and so many people to thank and I just can’t express it all in an organized manner! @.@;;;
This is why I need pictures. They serve as good post marks. lol xD
And of course I would have Amu go first since she’s probably one of the biggest, most memorable turning points in the history of my passionate hobby I’ve had since I first got addicted to Sailor Moon (or whatever came first). Amuu~ <333
Ok, so first off, I have to thank all the people coming and going from my blog whether it's on a regular or sporadic basis. I especially have to thank my fellow bloggers:
Fuyu-san: For encouraging me to open a blog in the first place and being my first commenter
because she demanded it, lol xD. If I didn’t run across your blog while looking for SC! summaries when there was actually a lack of it what happened to those times~?, a lot of stuff wouldn’t have happened so I’m very grateful for everything. Including for all the well written posts you always give (even if you say otherwise, I won’t listen~ :P), being one of my SoMT judges, my sempai and fangirl ally. Thanks so much! ^^
kanzie: For introducing the new definition of FIERCE! into my dictionary along with being one of the coolest bloggers I know out there. Seriously, I don’t know whether to be in awe or envy you…so I’ll just do both. lol xD You make the awesomest graphics and post the awesomest stuff that I’m often too lazy to go look for myself, haha. I always owe it to kanzie for inspiring SoMT with ANTM. It’s probably one of the most original projects I’ve ever come across and I must applaud you again for your creativity in putting two things you love together so well. Keep it FIERCE!, hun! ;Db
warrior: My fellow commenter dating way back to the LJ days and then continuing it through the blogosphere and GW. It’s been a lot of fun discussing shoujo (serious or just plain fangirl fun) and I always loved your “Worldly News” posts for all your snarky humor. I still miss those, btw, and can’t wait for your next post soon. Thanks for always commenting as well! ^^
7-san: I’m wondering how big your harem has gotten since the last time I chatted with you. |D; And grrr! I’m still mad about Nadeko! *claws you*
Hahaha, it’s fun chatting away on Gmail late into the morning. Either about Jersey or school or Jersey or anime in general (lol, of all things to finally go specific on, it was the harem topic) or Jersey. Because we hail from Jersey
no, I’m from New York actually and as Jerseyians we gripe on and on about Jersey and in the end, it’s always going to be about sucky Jersey because neither of us has a car yet. :P Which reminds me, I still have to go looking for a driving school. So lazy~ Don’t wanna do it.
But yea, thanks for the chats, visiting here every now and then, and helping me promote SoMT. I still owe you and the other judges dedications which I will get to later. *procrastinate* And as much as you say you hate writing, I like your posts so keep on blogging to tone down your hate until it’s gone. haha XD
Also, muchos gracias to lostty-san, kitari-chan, blossom, cookie-san (thanks for the scans, too! <3), lea-chan, kel-san (I dub you my manga RSS from now on, haha), Rin and Mel-chan (we haven’t spoken in ages~, hope you’re doing fine, hun, :3).
I would also like to especially thank my commenters cuz you all seriously make my day every time I get a reply to a post. Namely Chibidoucet (awesome Amu fans forever <D) and my fanfiction idol, LGB, whose comments I always look forward to discussing with. Chibi-san, I hope you're doing okay and much support to you and your novel! Gambare! x33
And LGB, haven’t talked to you in ages! Sorry about not posting the latest chapters for Chocolate and Million Girl. Are you on your study abroad trip now? If so, I hope you’re having fun! I’ll try to make some time to go back to ff.net if I can. ^^
…and anyone else I have not mentioned. Gah, sorry about that. It’s 1 AM as I’m typing this so I’m starting to feel droopy-eyed but you all have my thanks. Bloggers, readers, lurkers, love ya all. Couldn’t done it without you. Hontou ni arigato! ^.^
So I’m not much of stats person but this is worth mentioning for celebrating.
Yay! I’m happy! 97,783 views! Woot! xD
With my busiest day being April 4th, also the opening of SoMT. ^^
I probably would have gotten more if it weren’t for my long absence due to school (and/or kept up the SC! posts) but I’m still glad the blog gets at least 100 views a day. Though it’s kind of frustrating that most of them are just hits on the old Nakayoshi scan posts:
Damn this column for having a fixed width! But yay for my SoMT beating all them out! *satisfied*
So yea, most of them consists of SoMT, scans/PreSpoilers (I actually like that my PreSpoilers received more attention than the scans posts since I worked on them more), or SC! posts. Haha, and my Summer Wrap-up post barely passed the 20th mark which is surprising cuz I haven’t done a lot of blogging during the summer before school started. ^^;
And here are my top search terms:
I’m actually not surprised that Watashi ni xx Shinasai! is prevalent over SC! since I’m pretty sure I was the one who promoted it first (scans and all) on the internet so I can be a little smug about that even though I’m a little annoyed with the manga overall. What I found really funny was that Yaya was my biggest SC! term search. xDDD Who would’ve thought?
Nice seeing my blog’s name up there, too.
Ah, and “rimahiko” right after it. That makes me giggly inside. *giggle* x3 I would’ve liked to have seen more “Amuto” since it is my second greatest OTP of all time…even if I slightly disapprove of Ikuto…cuz I’m jealous of him. Nuu, Amu~ Don’t leave me for that jerk!
*smacked* …back on topic…
And here are my top referrers:
The top 5 being:
Simplicity – Whoa. There’s never a time I’m never surprised about the traffic coming to and from Fuyu-san’s blog. lol xD
Metanorn – Yay! It’s a honor to be referred to from her site! ^^
Shojo Lover – ;D
kelakagandy’s ramblings – Hehe. :3
Random Stuff About アニメ – :D
Thanks a lot for the referrals, girls! Love ya lots! ^^
And I suppose that’s it, which then leads me to…
Hmm…well, on blogging in general, I think I might just try out shorter posts to see how it’ll work since when I get back to school, I won’t have the time or the energy to do the long drawn-out posts I usually do. Also, Winter doesn’t have anything of interest to do any serious analyzation for. At the very least, I think Durarara! will be getting the most feedback but Ookamikakushi just might surprise me
crap, I just cursed it xP so we’ll just have to see. Oh, but I do plan on giving a nice review for the Katanagatari OVA, though. I looked through a book about it last week in my Kinokuniya bookstore and it pulled the fangirl out of me a little. *giggle*
I would also like to review some manga I’ve been following for a while. Namely Pandora Hearts for whose post that I’m really well behind on, Sakura-hime Kaden possibly being the most disappointing work I’ve seen from Arina Tanemura ever (I’m sorry but it is) and Letter Bee as well. They’ll be long and therefore, will take me long to compose my thoughts together but I’ll try my best to get it out when I can.
SC! Encore! is pretty much out of the question, whether it’ll be good or bad. I still love the series with all the fan love I offer but it’s just been better to enjoy it myself now rather than with a community that I’m sure will drive me nuts to no end with the huge fanbrat population still alive and well. *lovely drips of sarcasm*
I also might sneak in a review for any anime I finished marathoning though I doubt it. None of the ones I’ve watched recently are really that good enough to make me want to say something about them. And if I never got around to doing that review for TTGL, which I still love so much, then it’s never going to happen for anything else. |D;
On SoMT, yep, I’m still going to run it next year. Same time as usual (Sakura-chan’s birthday~). Place…err, not sure about that but if I can’t do anything about it before March or so, then it’s going to be held here. The system isn’t going to change, I don’t think, but I’ll try to make better graphics this time around.
So yea, I’ve already looked through the year of 2009 for all the shoujo titles and listed them already. I expect a better competition than this year’s since we had some notable adapations, yes? ;D
And I’m working on the final results. They should be up soon.
Well, most of my other plans I want to keep secret…just in case I don’t have enough time to get to them so I don’t regret saying I will do something and never do it. ^^;
There are some special posts (long rants on certain topics or issues that I’ve been pondering occasionally) that I would like to publish and I’m sure I can get those out if I manage my time properly.
I guess that’s all for now. Not really a lot and it’s rather sloppy (an indication that I should get back to practicing my writing cuz it’s really horrible when I look at it, ugh) but then again, I’m in dire need of sleep right now. I’m so happy to be in college and have this month-long break before the next semester starts like you have no idea. *on the verge of dropping my head on the keyboard*
SO YEA! LET’S DO THIS!
As for what I’m currently doing NOW now, well…I’m having a bit of a “YOU’REDRIVINGMENUTS!!!!” problem with installing Umineko EP 5 so going to see if it’ll work on my other computer since Vista’s being a bitch. I hate you, Vista. Go die in a fire or something. xP
Yea, I’m still pretty much obsessed with the VN and can’t wait for EP 6 which is coming out in less than 2 days! KYAA! *excited* xDDDD
And something random to show you guys…
…it’s a corn plush! XD
And it’s not mine. I don’t know where it came from but I bet it’s something my dad brought back as a souvenir when he and my brother went to Japan for a hot springs trip last week (damn bastards *couldn’t go b/c she had an exam*). Though it’s weird b/c this is manufactured by Disney and they were nowhere near the Disney World in Japan…but who cares? It’s mine now. Kuhuhu~ >x3 I absolutely love plushes and I love the odd ones even more. lol
This is going to be my “special” item from now on. And you’ll see what I mean if I ever get around to posting it.
I took a nap on this today. Not really the most comfortable pillow but it’s great for hugging onto. x3
So there, some pointless current Xiao rambles for ya.
I’m going to bed.
Again, thank you so much to everyone for visiting and I hope we’ll get along in the year ahead! Please continue to give me your support!