2020 is over and I can imagineI’m not the only one breathing a big sigh of relief. I’m sure just like many of you reading this, 2020 came with a lot of personal challenges. I do hope that this post doesn’t come across as too self-absorbed, but I do like writing these end of year reviews not only to look back at what didn’t go too well in the year but as a reminder to myself that there are some things to be proud of. So without further ado, let’s look at how 2020 went for Two Happy Cats.
A few big things happened to my blog and writing this year. First up – I actually started writing again. I went on an extended hiatus from July 2019 and only began publishing again in March 2020. From there I started building up a somewhat regular posting schedule. I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to the crazy posting consistency I had in 2017 and 2018, but I’m just very happy I’m back to it. I’ve also had some very exciting professional writing opportunities come my way. In June, I joined the Anime News Network team on their The List column and in November I joined OTAQUEST. It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to write professionally about my passions and while it’s one very difficult to achieve while in Australia so far away from the big companies, I’m so happy to have the opportunity to be part of these teams.
Unfortunately it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for my writing. In September I found out a website was stealing content from me and republishing it as their own. So began a very lengthy legal process to get it taken down. And then it happened again! As I mentioned in the article about it, this really killed my confidence in writing and I was so tempted to stop. But thanks to the support of my mum and others, I kept going at it. I can confidently say that if it does happen again, I have the tools and skills to take it down and prosecute the thieves to the full extent of the law.
In terms of blogging goals for 2021, I’ve only got two. The first is to keep up a consistent posting schedule, that is, post at least once a week. I’ve enjoyed getting back into weekly posts this anime season with my Akudama Drive and Higurashi reviews, so if possible I would also like to continue a weekly episodic review of a seasonal anime. My other big hope is to start looking into self-hosting my blog. I’m currently on the WordPress Personal plan where I get WordAds but lemme tell you, the payout is shit. On a good day I get about 30c for a few thousand ads. I’d love to be able to set up self-hosting and maybe look into other ad revenue avenues such as Google adsense. If anyone has any experience and wouldn’t mind helping someone who is not tech savvy at all, it would be very much appreciated. Finally, although not really a goal, because I don’t know how possible it would be but I would love to get a job at Madman Entertainment which is the Australian and New Zealand distributer of anime and manga. I do keep an eagle eye out on their careers page and the only jobs that appear at tech jobs so fingers crossed something communication or marketing related pops up in 2021.
Two Personal Lessons Learnt
I originally started writing this post with a month by month summary of how bad my year had gone in my personal life. But then I realised that no one has the time nor the energy to actually read that depressing info dump. So instead I’ve decided to share two life lessons that I learnt this year, and ones that i will be holding close to me for the rest of my life.
People show you who they are
Maybe about a year ago I had heard the phrase “people tell you who they are” and for whatever reason my silly brain went “people will literally tell you who they are” – if they are rude to you, talk about horrible things they’ve done to other people etc. – they’re telling you that they’re a nasty person. But this year I learnt that, while those people certainly exist, more often that not people’s words will be kind and sweet but their actions are anything but. Now I want to preface this by saying that that are so many wonderful people in the world, but there are also people you need to be wary of and keep your guard up around. Like I said, my brain wasn’t quite grasping this concept so I had to be taught twice by two separate people, and it was a hard lesson both times. I won’t get into the details as again I don’t think anyone would be too interested. But instead I would like to mention the flip side – it made me appreciate other people in my life so much more who showed through their actions how supportive and caring they are.
“You’re just ticking boxes”
In October of this year I did a month worth of casual work in another office within the University I work at. While there I met this girl I really did not like, but she actually gave me one of the most eye-opening pieces of advice I’ve heard. We had both done a Psychology degree and we were talking about the statistics units we had to do. I really hated these units and struggled through them, dragging my feet. But she said to me that the way she viewed it was “just ticking a box. You’re just ticking boxes and working down your to-do list to your goal”. And that this mindset had helped her study, as it wasn’t something she was ‘forced’ to do but something she ‘wanted’ to do to reach her goal. I thought it was a really excellent way to view difficult but necessary tasks.
I would like to finish this year in review by firstly thanking everyone who has continued visiting this blog over 2020. I hope that reading my posts has brought some joy to you as you’ve certainly brought joy to me. I truly wish that everyone has a good 2021 and that whatever you aim to achieve in the new year you do.