Guess what totally awesome, amazing and unforgettable event happened... approximately six weeks ago?
That's right folks, this lovely blog in its current form has been around for three years on the interwebs!
I sure delayed doing this post for the longest time, first because unlike the past two years I did not want to simply make a scraped together post. Oh no, I want to be a little more than that, when exilehero presented me this idea I was overjoyed. The wonders of having a blogging partner. Finding the time to sit down and take these pictures also caused some more delays. Alas, who cares, come and join us in this celebration.
I am aghast at the idea that I have been seriously at this for so long, with no plans to stop mind you. Neither is exilehero who celebrated his own anniversary earlier this year.
Yup, these are the people who keep making me not simply stop blogging. So thanks to all the readers, lurkers and people who leave comments and keep coming back when there is a new post. If you are a new reader, I like you too and hope you become a returning reader.
Of course special mention goes to all of the different fellow bloggers that come and visit and keep making interesting comments.
Super special gratitude has to go to the self described (I asked!), friendly weirdo, gentle, sensitive and eccentric Wieselhead. If I find it surprising that I been blogging for three years I find it more surprising someone has been continuously visiting for those three years. Come hail or high water by god this man will leave a comment.
As for the actual numbers it has been pretty constant no super big jumps or dips in popularity. The only exception would be when we did the nendo giveaway to celebrate exilehero's anniversary where that month has almost twice as many views as usual. This has taught me one thing, bribing people is the best way to get more visitors! XP
Although, I will say I'm bit sad we do not enjoy the same success as some our fellow bloggers it is to be expected. We do not necessarily focus in popular figures, franchises, or in depth reviews, we just do what we like. Which is totally fine with me, I would rather keep doing what I like, I blog for fun after all.
The number of people actively commenting, the number of weekly blog posts, the number of new blogs and faces has decreased over the past year from what I seen. For the several people I noticed they took a break from blogging and participating in the community for various reasons. Some have come back others are planning to do so but others I just heard anything from at all.
After discussing the matter with fellow blogger Chag, we wondered if there was a movement towards bigger community sites such as My Figure Collection rather than individual blogs.
That is not to say there hasn't been new faces this past year, on the contrary there has been a handful, just not as many as during previous years.
So, I pose the question, where is the figure community now?
There is one community I would like to mention, Google+.
Over the past few months a weekly event spearheaded by wara zashi using the tag #figurefriday on Google+ has gotten my attention. Every week on friday he extends an invitation to figure lovers to come and post pictures of their beloved figures. Sometimes there will be theme or a challenge to go along with but you can just come and post pictures and talk with like minded people.
I think this community with a lower entry point is something to keep in mind, you don't want to blog? you don't want to write reviews? take elaborate pictures? Then this is for you, you just come post your pictures and hang out and meet new people.
This community is more open and light hearted, more welcoming that say MFC or whatever so give it a go. All you need is Google account, I bet everyone probably has one anyways.
The past few months saw a decrease in posts from both me and exilehero.
There have been various reasons but for me at least I got into some figure blues so to speak. Not many of the new releases have caught my fancy and I have become disinterested in the way I would shoot my figures. Although for me at least finally receiving some long awaited figures have given me motivation and the upcoming should take care of themselves.
As for exilehero he has simply been cutting back on figure purchases. Do not worry, this month a very special figure he ordered should be coming in, it will be the first of it's kind for this blog. I hope you look forward to it.
Plus, I been toying with the idea of introducing another person to become another writer to make up for when we both slack off for whatever reason.
Regardless of the happenings during the past year we wanna thank you all for your continued support. So what's next for the upcoming fourth year? For one, is to act on the feedback that we go with the giveaway, I would like to expand our audience a bit and find more people who enjoy this hobby.
Hope you have enjoyed yourself over the past three years and will continue to do so on our fourth and beyond.
If you can name all the figures in this post I will give you a "sexy prize".