Five Years of Anime
When I published my first post on August 5, 2015, I had a general idea that I wanted to share my passion for anime by reviewing anime. That’s a little vague, isn’t it? I mean, there are a lot of review sites out there. I began to think about what would make my site any different from the others.
Over the years, I’ve refined my focus, and I think I have it to the point where it meets two major objectives: it reflects what I want to say, and it’s relatively distinctive. This site celebrates amazing moments in anime. I’ve focused the review format on that idea, and I’ve tried to work it into the post summaries that Twitter, Google, and others see.
I’ve also tried to improve my post format with two goals in mind. First, I wanted the post to welcome and accommodate my readers; I wanted to make it easy for them to find pieces of the post or reference the moment I’m talking about. Second, I wanted to to showcase the community of anime bloggers. That’s why most of my posts have links to reviews of the same episode on other sites. That gives the reader more material to enjoy. It also improves traffic to the other sites, even if only a little.
Confession time: I had an ulterior motive to starting the site: I wanted to test ideas for building an audience and for marketing the site. Why? So that when it came time to release my books, I’d have experience with the tools. Well, five years later, the anime site’s going strong, and I’m making progress with the books.
Maybe by the 10th year I’ll be able to celebrate Crow’s World of Anime and healthy sales of the first trilogy!
Five Most Popular Posts
I think I understand why some of these posts were popular. For others, I’m not so sure. Here’s a list of the top five most popular posts as of July 24, 2020. Note that this excludes the main page.
Fifth Most Popular Post
This post starts a trend that you’ll see in the top five. Two in one, actually. Can you guess what it is? While you’re guessing, this was part of a collaboration with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime. Collabs can be tough because they depend on a lot of things going right. Well, I hear they can be tough, because I’ve never experienced that. Irina makes it easy. In all of our reviews, she’s never been late once, and she always brings her A game. It really shows in this review.
Demon Slayer was hugely popular when it aired, so it makes sense that the review would do well. But just how well this post did surprised me. Maybe it had something to do with Zenitsu’s fight against Big Brother Spider and the Spider Heads. Or maybe it has something to do with the conversational tone of the collaboration. Or maybe it was the title? I’m particularly proud of this one.
I just realized that my collab reviews don’t link to other reviews. I’ll have to do something about that…
Fourth Most Popular Post
I’ll be honest with you. This one surprised me. I keep an eye on my stats and I knew my reviews of The Asterisk War still had traction even though they came out back in early 2016, buy my episode guide for the series is my fourth most popular post.
I’m glad, because I really enjoyed the series. I loved the chemistry between Ayato and Julis. I liked the tragic elements of Claudia’s character. The animation was solid and the soundtrack by Rasmus Faber was fantastic. You can buy it from CD Japan:
Over the Christmas 2019 holiday, I took the time to update the post format for those reviews. I tidied up the images so they’d display better on mobile devices. Looks like I’ll need to add links to other bloggers’ reviews, too. These reviews pre-date that addition.
Third Most Popular Post
The trend continues! This is another product of my collaboration with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime. It’s another example of our collaboration on Demon Slayer. What I find curious about this entry is that it’s episode number 3. The trend I’ve seen on my site is that the first episode reviews usually score highest in a series. But not for this one. I’ll spoil a little suspense and tell you that our review of Demon Slayer episode 1 came in at number 6. Maybe by this time interest was starting to build instead of wane for the series?
Second Most Popular Post
Probably no surprise here. Demon Slayer episode 19 was astoundingly popular, so it makes sense it would generate a lot of interest. I still get chills when I think of the climatic fight between Tanjirou Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, and Rui. That might be one of my top ten anime moments.
Did you notice the trend? Three of the top five posts on Crow’s World of Anime were collaborations with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime! Those reviews of Demon Slayer accounts for 10 of my top 20. I hope I Drink and Watch Anime’s stats showed a similar pattern in traffic. It was a popular collaboration for a popular series!
First Most Popular Post
This was the second of three posts where I shared funny or light-hearted anime. The first installment came in at number 25. I was glad these posts performed so well because they encapsulate my idea of celebrating anime. This post opened with Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, which is a delightful comedy that stars Chiyo Sakura and Umetarou Nozaki. When a reader hits this post, I want them to have an affirming experience. That’s particularly true if they already like one of the series I present.
Have you ever seen that a blog has a review of a series you just adored? You dive into the review hoping to find more reasons to like it, but the review rips it apart? Maybe uses phrases like “dumpster fire,” but doesn’t explain why it’s a dumpster fire? I hate the feeling that generates. It actually pervades my opinion of some sites, and if it happens often enough, I find it a chore to visit.
I never want my readers to have an experience like that.
On a different note, you know how I’ve been on an SEO kick lately? The SEO plugin I’m using, Yoast, says the SEO for this post is terrible. Like, really, really terrible. I’m a little hesitant to mess with it, though, since it’s already my most popular post! Maybe I’ll try Yoast’s suggestions on the other two…
Thanks for Visiting!
Thanks for joining in on my fifth anniversary’s celebration! The site wouldn’t mean anything without readers like you. I hope that you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane!
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