Woot! Put your party hats on, it’s the one year birthday of Kurosamareviews~!
Wow I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for a year. In some ways it seems like it went in a blink of an eye, and other ways it was an incredibly long time. I’ve enjoyed my year on WordPress heaps, I’ve made some great blogger friends who continue to encourage and support me. I’ve also learnt a lot about myself and my writing style.
Why I Started Blogging
I realise that I never really addressed this before, but it’s kind of a long story. So I’m currently 21, going on 22. When I was 15-18 (in high school ) I had a really terrible group of friends, something I’ve mentioned a few times in posts.What I didn’t mention was that when I got to University, because of my experience with this group, I became very withdrawn and shy. Throughout my 3.5 years in University I barely made any friends, in fact I actually started cutting people out of my life because I found them overwhelming.
This time last year I was feeling incredibly depressed and lonely. That’s when I a friend mentioned that another friend of hers had begun food blogging in Sydney on WordPress. I was intrigued, looked at her account and kind of fell in love with WordPress. I quickly made an account and started on my first post. When I received my first ever comment from Takuto, and first follower Arria, I was so excited! It really encouraged me to continue blogging and while my situation hasn’t changed much, I feel a great amount of support from the blogging community.
What’s Changed Over The Year
When I looked at writing this post, I went all the way back to my first review, Legend of Korra, and was amazed at how different my writing style has changed. I feel at the beginning my writing was very formal, coming from a Psychology background I was used to analytical and scientific writing. I’m glad that over the year my reviews and posts have become a little bit more informal, and I’ve had the chance to show my personality a bit more. Although, I’m still working on it – I’m still a little withdrawn and hesitant about what I write sometimes.
The major change with my blog was the introduction of ‘Two Happy Cats’ branding. Originally KuroSamaReviews was a blog about everything and anything that I liked. I wrote about films, anime and even adventures I went on. But when I thought of TwoHappyCats, I decided to separate these.
KuroSamaReviews is now purely an anime and manga blog (with the odd film review) and I created another blog MerryAdventuresBlog for my travels and adventures around Sydney. The idea for MerryAdventuresBlog actually came from another blogger, Lovely. This also gave me the chance to have one blog named after each of my cats 🙂
A small minor change that I’ve also introduced are my ‘Freaky Friday’ posts. They are usually focused on a horror anime, manga, comic, film or tv show that I’ve watched or read. To be honest they’re mostly just something horror related. I’ve been trying to write at least 2 posts a week, which has been going well so far. There was about a two month period where I didn’t write for weeks at a time 😦
Hopes For The Future
I’m definitely hoping to continue blogging for as long a I can. I really enjoying having my two blogs, so I’m going to make sure I post of each of them at least weekly. I’m also going to try to expand KuroSamaReviews – reviewing another kinds of anime and manga. I’ve created a MAL account, you can add me here! I’ve also added a Blog Roll page, I’ve already added some really awesome blogs that I’ve enjoyed- please check them out! if you would like to be added just comment down below and we can swap links 🙂
For me personally, I’m actually looking at postgraduate courses in Melbourne. I currently live in Sydney so it would mean that I’d have to move down. I’m quite excited for it, I’m hoping that this fresh start will help me make some new friends and become more confident in myself. I’ll also be taking one of my cats down with me 🙂
Thank you everyone for a really amazing year. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts!
If you have any suggestions or comments about KuroSamaReviews, please let me know down below!