New Year's Resolutions: Anime and Blogging

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Hello everyone! It's that time of year again, or should I say, the end of the year. 2015 came very quickly, but went by in a flash. I remember just typing my old New Year's Resolution post at the end of 2014, and now I'm doing it again!

Like 2014, 2015 was a very interesting year. Unfortunately with this year, there were quite a few things I was unsatisfied with, in regards to my blog and myself. I feel that Shooting Star Dreamer didn't reach its full potential this time around, although that's mostly my fault. In fact, I would like to think that 2015 was a year focusing on faults. A lot of things were made more clear to me throughout this time.

Despite this, it'd be silly to give up, considering how far Shooting Star Dreamer has come. Also, I believe it's good to maintain a level of hope for the future. Which is the basis of this post; the New Year is also a new start.  So there are a few things I'd like to work on this year. Most of them deal with self improvement, but these also affect my writing and my blog.

On a positive note there were quite a few good anime this year! Although I ran out of time for the challenge and was only able to complete it on easy difficulty, I exposed myself to quite a few series I wouldn't have normally watched. So I'd like to take a few moments to share a few of them to you all! Feel free to click their respective titles for more info!


Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai


Renkin San-kyuu Magical? Pokaan

Renkin San-kyuu Magical? Pokaan


Shokugeki no Souma

Shokugeki no Souma


Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid


Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches


Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches



With the anime out of the way, that leaves just my blog, my readers, and myself! One of the top things I want to take from this year is a single lesson: it's best to be authentic

Although my blog is a great expression of myself and my interests, the otaku spirit was somewhat lost over time. I want to keep that spirit alive and well here at Shooting Star Dreamer, because the reason this blog exists in the first place is to break the otaku stereotype, and to bring anime and Japanese culture to people all over the world. I want to continue to seek a positive message from anime and showcase the inspirational parts. So from here on out, I'm going to be more authentic in my posts.

For Shooting Star Dreamer, I would love to again work out the different hiccups that the website suffers from. I released a form for "concerns" earlier this year, which I hope to use more. I also want to spread my outreach so Shooting Star Dreamer becomes even more well-known and less like your every day anime blog.

Also, I would like to take in a larger amount of guest posts this year. I have been doing majority of the writing, but I believe other inputs, views, and opinions are good for my readers to hear. I would also like to use this as an opportunity to spotlight writers who are under appreciated or unknown.

For my readers, I want you to feel at home on Shooting Star Dreamer. I also would like to create a better blog that can inspire you all to do great things and ultimately...love anime of course. As I constantly say, thank you for sticking with me through thick and thin. You are ultimately my strongest motivation and I wouldn't be writing today without you all!


That pretty much wraps up this post. I hope that 2016 goes well for everyone and I truly believe it'll be a great year. Let's all keep working hard and doing our best, to make that bright future a reality!


Comments

  1. I would say just because you've had this blog for quite a while don't feel like you're not allowed to give up. I've found that forcing blogging hardly brings any good. Do whatever works best for you.
    Great post btw! I also hope animanga culture becomes more widespread.
    Last thing, I think it's safe to say Shokugeki no Souma was one of the most successful animes of the year I've been seeing it everywhere on year-end anime lists.

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    1. Thank you for commenting!

      Definitely, I know what you mean. However, I couldn't imagine being without my blog at this point. It's become a part of my life at this point. Not giving up on things I care about is definitely what works for me.

      Thank you, I'm glad you feel the same!

      Definitely, it was quite a pleasant experience watching it with everyone and it quickly became a favorite of mine. I was sad when it ended, but I'm excited to see that there's more to come this year.

      Happy New Year~

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