Monthly Archives: November 2020
200th Post Celebration Part 3!
We are back at it. Maybe this will be the finale. We will see!
Read Part 1 Here!
Read Part 2 Here!
So, last time we left off we were wondering if all that moving, new space and office would provide a spark for the blog. Let’s revisit the summer of 2016.
I moved around April 6th. I did not make a post until July! So, yeah. So much for a renewed energy. I got a reason though. Once I moved in to my Dad’s pool house, I started working for him in construction. The work was not bad. I got up at 6am and rode with him to the job sites and we worked until about 6pm or later. I mostly did clean up and carrying materials that they would need. The bad part is the sun. I am pretty pale and get heat headaches very badly. Most days when I got home I would shower and go to bed. The pay was good and I could not complain. It was brutal on me though just for the headaches.
Finally in July, Pokemon Sun and Moon started releasing previews for their Pokemons. I loved this little segment of reviewing new Pokemons. Back than I gave Cutiefly’s name a 1 out of 10. The name has since grown on me, but it is still a bleh Pokemon.
In October, the world would be introduced to one of the best 3D Platformers of all time. Super Mar… A Hat in Time. What a great time to be a Platforming fan. A Hat in Time at the start of the month and Super Mario Odyssey at the end. Now, I wont revisit everything in this post. I think I am going to do a life review or something like that in the future. However, for now, let’s just look at the post themselves.
To no one’s surprise, I’m sure, 2016 was considerably worse than 2015. Despite the daily blogs of January, view counts and visitors fell. However, comments and likes picked up the slack. 2017 was an utter disaster. I made 3 post that whole year. Youtube was in full swing and I thought I would have to pay 60 bucks to post again, plus school. So, I just did not post a lot. 2018 was meant to be a resurgence. I made 12 post, mostly about video games, sales, and Youtube. If 2017 was bad, 2019 was weird. I made 4 of my favorite post that year. I also only made 4 post that whole year. Dr. Stone review, My Hero Academia Vol. #2 review, Girlish Number Episode #1 review and a post about Sword and Shield. However, I used that momentum I was able to generate to propel us into easily the best year of the blog ever, 2020. Yes how ironic the blog is doing amazingly this year of all years. haha. Check out the stats:
2015: 616 Views. 367 Visitors. 64 Likes. 26 Comments
2016: 556 Views. 322 Visitors. 120 Likes. 104 Comments.
2017: 245 Views. 113 Visitors. 8 Likes. 3 Comments.
2018: 552 Views. 249 Visitors. 17 Likes. 9 Comments.
2019: 292 Views. 201 Visitors. 6 Likes. 0 Comments.
2020: 1,376 Views. 975 Visitors. 77 Likes. 8 Comments.
2020 is on pace to triple views and visitors. In the early days of the blogs, I had some really good readers who liked and commented on most stuff. Nowadays, I still have some really good regulars (you know who you are guys!) who like a lot of my post but do not really comment a lot. That is fine. I am just glad people are reading my stuff. It keeps me going aside from my love of blogging. Let’s look at some of the post specifically.
Top 5 post of 2016 (not counting the welcome or home page, this will be true of all years.): Relife Volume #1 review, Happy Pokemon Day, Top Five Cards in BFZ, Manaphy Giveaway, and Food Wars Season #1 Review.
In 2017, Pokemon Day was the only post to crack double digits. It and Relife review were the only post to crack the top 5 views in 2016 and 2017. Food Wars cracked the top 5 in 2015 and 2016 but missed it in 2017 (it did not get 1 view all year… Ouch).
2018: Spread Awareness was number one followed by, Episode #1 of Yooka-Laylee, A Hat in Time DLC release, Top 5 Pokemon From Kanto I Never Used But Wanted To, and Pokemon Day. Spread Awareness being #1 is a total underdog story. That post was made in 2015 and it surged to the top. Pokemon Day cracks the top 5 3 years in a row.
2019: The Cat Returns Movie Review was number #1 this year. A Hat Time Review was two, Dr. Stone was three, Pokemon Day climbed to 4, and Girlish Number review snuck into the top 5. I really liked my Dr. Stone review and wished it would have been number #1, but oh well. Pokemon Day cracks the top 5 again. What grit!
2020 is not over yet, but let’s look at how things are shaping up: I’m Standing on A Million Live’s has a commanding lead for #1 at 151 views! Somali and the Forest Spirit review has a good hold on #2 with 71 views. Girlish Number is safely in 3rd with 66 views. Tower of God Episode #2 review and Manga Monday Tokyo Ghoul review are tied at 4 with 33 views. In 6th place as a dark horse is Dr. Stone at 31 views. This year has been amazing. I am so happy to see these post, which have been some of my favorites, getting the views. A Million Lives is not only the fastest post of ours to get to 100 views, it is the only non home page non welcome page to get to over 100 views. Welcome is at 1,087 and Home Page is at 980. Girlish Number is next with 73 views. For those of you wondering, Happy Pokemon Day is only at 10 views this year. That ranks 13th on the year.
I hope you guys liked a look back at the last 4 years of posting between the first 100 post and the 2nd 100th post. With any luck, we will be at 300 post some point next year. I cannot wait to recap stats again when that time comes.
Thank you guys for reading, as always. Have a great day! I will see you guys in the next one.
200th Post Celebration Part 2!
Okay, here is part 2 finally. There may or may not be a part 3 just depending on factors.
Part #1: 200th Post Celebration Part 1!
This took so long because I wanted to go and reread those old post and really put myself in my former shoes. I try to be open and catalogue parts of my life. So, without further ado, let us relive those glory days.
Daily Blog For February 2016- I was not kidding about it taking 4 years to do another 100 post. We followed up the roaring success of the Daily Blog Challenge of January Pokemon Theme with an utter disaster, Legend of Zelda. Now Zelda is not the reason it was a disaster. The reasons were plenty abound. For starters, I was playing Pokemon almost daily back than. So needless to say, daily post about Pokemon were so easy. Zelda, I was really relying on nostalgia. Topics were not easy to come by and memories were not really rolling out either. Secondly, school. School was brutal. I started attending a community college in my home county Spring of 2015. I moved in the Summer of 15 and began taking online classes that summer as well. I did so poorly over that next year (Summer 15, Fall 15 and Spring 16), though dates blur a little. I fell really behind and daily blogs began suffering as a result.
Secondly, I got a job as a substitute teacher. What a weird time in my life, truly. I did not work much for the 4 or so months I was eligible to work. However, I went to bed before midnight every night and woke at 6 am everyday just waiting for a teacher to call out. It rarely happened. I mean, really rare. I subbed maybe 4 times in 4 months. It was probably more than that but I do not remember more than that. Honestly, one day I woke at 6am and waited by the phone. It finally rang (though it was a text, it is more dramatic to say rang). I answered the call (text). I got dressed and was there until about 4pm. When I got off I had to go babysit at Jessica’s grandmother’s house. She worked the night shift and did not get off until midnight. I got home that night around 2am. I got up at 6am waiting for the phone to ring again. That was kind of just what I did until I gave up on getting calls. In April, I moved back to my hometown and got probably 2 calls a day, no joke, asking me to sub. I did not even have a phone at this time (Jessica broke it.). That was one reason I would miss out occasionally. Jessica was at work and before she could respond, they would have already filled the role.
Yeah, I went into a sort of depressing lull during this time. First, Dollar General did not put me in their system to transfer. Than, I got grazed over for subbing (though ultimately they would pick me up). Next there was the Gamestop employment scenario where Gamestop hired me and never worked me once. Boy did that feel like a mirage. My parents were really getting frustrated with me but it was hard finding work at this time. I helped babysit everywhere I could. I helped Jessica’s parents, her grandmother, I even would go 40 minutes back home to help babysit just to try and make money. I also got sick during this time and it took forever to get over what I had.
So, Daily Post took a big L. I also hyped up 3 big projects. Let’s look at those. The first one was a forum. The forum is still active but it is hardly alive. See for yourself, https://dahubbz.proboards.com/ You cannot blame me. I was channeling my inner middle school love for forums. I got comments from several regulars. I’m not sure if any actually followed over there. Needless to say, once blogging took a hit, so did the forum. Plus, kids today love discord. Commenters on my YouTube channel ask for discord, so maybe one day.
Which gets me to my next point, I started a Youtube channel! I kept telling myself I was going to so by gally, I did. It was wild. I was unemployed and could not find work. Jessica and I agreed a Blue Yeti was unreasonable right now. I spent one day watching videos about budget mics and finally picked the Samson Go for 30 bucks and used OBS to screen record. Sony Vegas and Adobe Premier are expensive, we were able to buy a life deal license for AVS video editing. That held us over until my brother got me a code for Vegas 14 for Christmas. Now I am onto Vegas 15. Back than though it was not great but it was enough to get us by. Watch our first video here. Here’s an example of a newer video
Up next was all the update post about Pokemon Sun and Moon. I was working with my dad when this game came out so I had some money. I bought Jessica and myself each a copy of Sun and Moon when they came out. We did not have capture cards so we recorded a make shift episode #1, laying in bed, both of us starting our new adventures. I don’t recall if we ever aired this episode.
And than, oh boy. Nintendo would unveil to the whole world The Nintendo NX! It amazes me we even had these questions (pulled directly from my blog in 2016) “What do you guys think of this new console? Will it reinvent the home console? Do you believe it is just a gimmick? Will this revitalize Nintendo or officially run them out of business.” However, the Wii U was considered the dark days but I braved it better than almost anyone and was rewarded with one of my favorite consoles ever, The Nintendo Switch.
Let’s back up and revisit the drought as I dubbed it. Daily blogs wrapped up on Feb. 20. 4 post would dribble out between than and March 14th. An update post. On March 14th I was still complaining about being sick. That sickness stuck with me and kicked my butt. Once this took me out and sub spots never existed I would sleep half the day. I also blame being unmotivated. I said I waited to the last minute and the quality was bad. This is still sort of true. Now, instead of it being almost entirely from a place of almost depression (though I will hesitate to use that word.), it comes from craving being productive in my real life. I take 6 classes and work 20-30 hours. Trust me, I am not bragging. It is more so to do with the fact I am a bad college student and balancing 6 classes during Covid is crazy hard for someone like me. I kick myself when I go to write a post, read a book, or play a game when I could be doing school. As a result, I don’t always have something to talk about.
Than I moved! April 6th I believe (maybe the 5th). That day changed my life. Things were getting bad for our mood and overall mental health. We had to move. We needed new work opportunities, no more online classes, more space, and, most importantly, a change in scenery. I already had a room picked out for an office and I was so excited for the new energy and what that would mean for the blog and channel.
Was I right or wrong about that energy? Find out in part 3. I never meant for this to be a multipart series but I have been enjoying reliving everything and reflecting. It is kind of the point of the blog now. Tomorrow I have class at 10:50 and than work until 9pm most likely. So, maybe I’ll make a post Thursday when I am off again? Really not sure.
Have a great day guys and thanks for reading!
Games I’ve Played Recently #2
Hey guys. I’ll probably make an update post very soon and than hopefully more post to follow. I figured I would give you guys a sneak peek at a future youtube video I’m making. This is Games I’ve Played Recently #2. If you have not read the first one, feel free to do that here.
Wario World (Gamecube)- First up is Wario World, a very fun transformational entry in a normally 2D franchise. Wario Games ever since the Gameboy were 2D side scrolling platformers. Even the modern iterations on DS and Wii were 2D, I believe. Wario Word on Gamecube is a huge jump into the third dimension where you play as everyone’s favorite Italian plumber desperately trying to reclaim his stolen treasures. One of my favorite parts of this game is how there are warp doors that take you to separate stages that are strictly platforming. These are fun, challenging and creative all at the same time. At its heart, the game is a very thematical platform collect-a-thon.
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure (Wii)– Here’s a game I’ve wanted for about 5 years. I finally decided to take the plunge. I was really worried I overhyped this game. Believe it or not, I actually really liked Hey You, Pikachu on N64 but I cannot find my mic. So I needed my Pikachu fix. With updated graphics, better controls, a more extensive roster of Pokemons, pretty settings, and fun mini games. This game is living up to hype. Hopefully it continues to be awesome through the whole game.
Paper Mario Thousand Year Door (Gamecube)- Growing up, this was a game I held in high esteem. I put it up there with Ocarina of Time, Bioshock, and Mario Galaxy as one of my favorite of all time. I’ve only revisited it sparingly in my adult life because I just dont care for RPGs anymore. However, after completing the first chapter, I can say my childhood Nostalgia is not letting me down. The combat is still the traditional combat we all know and love from the early years of Paper Mario, the partners are great, the dialogue is really well written, and the worlds are fun to explore.
A Hat in Time (PC)- perhaps the game most synonymous with this channel. I’ve been playing a good bit of mods including challenge road, a Halloween special, and a new modded episode coming out very soon (That modded episode is out now. Check it out here). Check them all out!
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness (Gamecube)- I’ve always been on the fence about this series. I played Colosseum a lot as a kid but never beat it. I finally bought Gale of Darkness over the summer and I’ve been playing this a lot when I go for runs on my exercise bike machine as it is a great time killer. The story is interesting enough, I love the atmosphere of Gamecube games, converting the dark Pokemons is fun, and you never know what you’ll catch next. I’m really digging this one.
So there you have it. These are the games I’m playing. Let me know what I should be on the look out for next!
Thanks for reading and have a great day everybody!
200th Post Celebration Part 1
We hit 200 post a week or two ago. Let’s reflect on how the blog has done since its first 100 post.
Disclaimer: This is part 1 where we reflect on post 1-100. Part 2 will look at later post. It may be multiple parts just due to the nature of the beast. All Links seen in this post should lead directly to the post they are referring to. None should be spam or anything of that nature.
It did not take me long to reach 100 post. We wrote our first post on June 9th, 2015. Almost 7 short months later we hit 100 post. Some of the highlights from that era were:
Food Wars Season 1 Review. This post exploded in the first year getting a huge 37 views! It paced all non-home page post by a total of 9 grand spanking views. This review was a big deal at the time. I enjoyed a lot of post I was doing at this time, but to me this one was the game changer. I had not reviewed a whole season of an anime up to this point. This one gave me confidence moving forward.
Top Five Animes You Should Watch This Summer– This was another hype post. I was just falling back in love with anime after what felt like a forever hiatus. I watched some animes that I absolutely enjoyed. Amagi Brilliant Park, Death Parade, and Parasyte (just so I do not spoil the whole list in case you want to read it for yourself!) were animes that really commanded my attention. I watched them all in such close proximity that, instead of reviewing them separately, I just lumped them all into one review. I need to rewatch some and give them proper reviews.
We did a review for every episode 1 of the summer of 15 animes. Ushio and Tora, Gate, Monster Musume, Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers and I think Charlotte was also a part of this group. God-Eater got delayed to kingdom come if I recall right and I was not ready to jump into Dragon Ball Z Super. There’s a chance I’ve gotten some things mixed up. I feel like Gangsta also came out around this time? Summer animes were hyped. Rokka was actually our most viewed post that summer with 15 views. Even with all those hyped animes, Monster Musume was the one Jessica and I actually finished. That’s kind of insane.
That show I think actually challenged me to write out of my comfort zone. I love anime and Japanese culture, but I find the idea of sexualizing half woman half mythical creatures a bit odd. Still, I initially went to college for Film and Television and minored in Film Studies. I challenged myself to dig deeper past the objectifying woman and find some actual symbolism and meaning. I think I did that. I remember being proud of that post.
We also did a raise awareness series each month to spotlight a different awarenesses. I use to work in a Dollar General and in September we started selling Breast Cancer Awareness pens. Now, I certainly believe Breast Cancer is an absolutely appalling evil that no human should ever have to suffer from. Yet, September is Prostate Cancer Awareness (to name one of the potential many awarenesses.). There was no sign of blue pens anywhere. So, I did the only thing a blogger could do. I spoke out. Here’s an excerpt from my post.
If the stores around your area are like mine, you will never see that little blue ribbon. That’s a shame. September 3rd and there’s already pink Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons and shirts set up in some stores, which is great. I discovered this last year when I was working at Dollar General and we started selling Breast Cancer Awareness pens at the counter at the start of September. I asked the manager on duty why don’t we sell Prostate Awareness month merchandise. She did not know. Again this year, I see no Prostate Awareness Month merchandise.
5 years later and I do not remember seeing any blue ribbons. It is still a shame.
Lastly, I would be absolutely remised if I did not speak on the daily challenge in January. One of the biggest reasons we hit 100 post so fast. We got at least 31 post in that month alone. We had a lot of fun with post such Top Five Type Pairings That Need To Happen, What Occupation Would I have, and Which Region Had the Best Starters. Those are all included if you click the January 2016 link. The most popular post from that stint was What Is Your Favorite Pokemon Evolution Line with I believe had 7 or 8 views.
Well, that does it for part 1. Honestly, this wasn’t meant to be a two parter. However, this is the first time I really got a chance to fall down the rabbit hole of past me so I indulged in the opportunity. I will try my hardest to have part 2 out tomorrow, but Tuesdays are always interesting.
Again thanks for reading this post. If you’ve read the old post from 2015 and 2016, maybe consider revisiting them? If you are new, perhaps go give an old classic a chance?
Anway, that is it for me. Have a great day! And be on the look out for part 2 very soon.
Spooky Week Recap
Oh, boy. I really wanted Spooky Week to catch fire. However, between work and school, I fell behind on Monday right from the start. I reviewed Noblesse on Sunday to start. However, I wanted to read Deathnote Volume #1 for Manga Monday. I couldn’t find my manga. So, I tried to read Demon Slayer Volume #1 on Tuesday. However, between class and school. I left my house at 10am and got home at about 9pm. So, I wasn’t able to read it.
From there, my goal was to savage it Friday. I did my Top 5 Creepiest Pokemon on Friday. I wanted to do another Anime review on Saturday. Sadly, I was not able to do that.
So, I probably wont do anything really specific until after the school semester.
Either way, maybe we will try again next year.
Thank you for reading! Have a great day!