On 31 August 2015 I published my first blog post. Back then the blog was called ‘Kuro Sama Reviews’, and I reviewed anything and everything – from anime to Tom Cruise films. Over the last five years a lot has changed in my blog, and as I’m writing this I wonder if I should really be celebrating five years of blogging. The amount of hiatuses I’ve taken, and the length of them, I’m sure I’ve only been blogging constantly for three to four years. I actually didn’t even write a post for my four years anniversary cause I was on a hiatus! But recently I’ve been feeling very happy I’ve kept coming back to this humble blog. Seeing some of the other blogs whose content I’ve enjoyed right from the beginning celebrating their own five years (such as Lita, Naja, Crow, Leaf) has made me feel quite blessed to be amongst anime bloggers.
I like to think that not only has my writing developed over the last five years, but I’ve grown a lot as a person. There’s been a lot of ups and downs in my personal life but it’s been nice to have a place I can come back to and share my thoughts and feelings. My blog has also allowed me to fulfil one of my lifetime goals writing professionally, first with MANGA.TOKYO and now (occasionally) on The List with Anime News Network.
With so much happening in the last five years I struggled to think of what to do to celebrate. Previous years I’ve done community projects such as ‘Happy Notes’ and an ‘AMA’. But I couldn’t think of a project or way to celebrate that could completely encapsulate all my thoughts and feelings about my blog. And then I realised it wasn’t as complicated as I was making it out to be, and everything could be captured by two simple words – I want to celebrate my five years with a ‘thank you’.
Thank you to you, readers, who enjoy flicking through my blog and who stuck with it over the years. Thank you to anyone who’s ever commented or sent me nice emails. And thank you to any readers who just like to, well, read and check in now and then to see what I’ve published. I’ve been lucky enough to share some really awesome content with you all, and I hope to continue doing it well into the future (with maybe one or two hiatuses thrown in).