Hello, readers! It’s been a few months now since I started writing again and, boy, has it been a busy few months!
In terms of my blog, I’ve published 18 new posts, all of which I’m incredibly proud of, increased the amount of shows that I’m watching every season from five to 10 (to keep my finger on the pulse of the anime fandom), and done my utmost to gain more followers.
My personal life has been even busier! For those of you who don’t know, I emigrated to the States last autumn. As you can probably imagine, emigrating is a faff of epic proportions! I’ve filled out reams of paperwork, spoken to an endless slew of customer service representatives, and dealt with incompetence like you wouldn’t believe! Like being invited for an interview in London (after informing USCIS that I’d moved to the States), my paperwork being sent to the wrong address for months, and having to wait five months for an appointment to be rearranged, an appointment that I only missed because I was never told about it in the first place!
But, thank God, I recently received my social security number and work permit. This means that I’ve been busy studying for my driving theory test and applying for jobs. I also received my travel visa, which has allowed me to visit my home country for my best friend’s wedding. And that was just in the last month! I’m currently writing this from my mum’s home in Hampshire, recovering from a whirlwind tour of London, Birmingham, and Blackpool. I’ve not slept (or ate) properly in weeks and look about as rough as I feel, but it’s been great to catch up with family and friends who I’ve not seen in almost 10 months!
So, needless to say, I’ve not been able to watch a lot of anime recently. Naturally, that’s not given me much to write about, and whilst I do have some other posts tucked away for occasions such as this, I thought I’d instead take the opportunity to give you a bit of insight into my crazy life and ask you readers some questions.
I’ve loved writing again! It’s awesome to have a platform upon which to profess my undying love of anime and it’s so, so satisfying to watch the number of posts that I’ve published creep steadily upward! But it’s been challenging too… I’ve always struggled with comparison and often find myself getting bummed out when I see other bloggers with followers in the hundreds (not in the tens, like me), including many people who comment on their posts regularly. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m not happy for those bloggers (there are so many fantastic ones out there who work so hard and deserve every bit of recognition and success that they get), it’s just, I want that too! I want to make new friends, interact with people who love the same shows that I do, and spark debate with those who don’t. But whilst my posts may get read, they very rarely get commented on. But instead of sulking about this, I want to ask you readers why that might be. So…
- Are my blog posts too long?
- Are my blog posts uninteresting?
- Are my blog posts dull to look at?
- Could my presence on social media be better? (I already know that this could use some work)
- Is there something about my writing that causes readers to disengage?
I’m a sensitive soul, so to soften the blow of what I’m sure will be some brutally honest responses I’d also love to know:
- Do you like the way that my blog looks?
- Is there a particular post of mine that you enjoyed reading?
- Have you enjoyed reading my posts in general?
- Is there something about my writing style that you like?
I would love to create a space where people can have fun chatting to each other and everybody feels included and welcome, but, to do that, I need your help! So, if you’re reading this, please, please, please take a moment to answer one or two of these questions! Thank-you!