One Year of Blogging: Reflection and Future Plans

Today marks a very special day for the blog. As of today, October 3rd 2017, I have officially been blogging under the guise of the lazy aniblogger “Lethargic Ramblings” for a whole year.

So I figured why not reflect on the past year and discuss my future plans for the blog!

Reflecting on the last year and the progress I’ve made:

It’s honestly just a really incredible thing. When I first started up this blog, I had no idea that it would last this long, nor did I foresee that it would become such an integral part of my life and my daily schedule. I think about blogging all the time now. I’m always posting things on the blogs Twitter. I’m always engaging with other content creators, reading their posts and sharing them when I can. For someone like myself who’s never really engaged with social media platforms in the past, it’s been a really awesome experience to have such a presence online, even if it’s rather small in comparison to a lot of others in the community. Having a voice is awesome, and knowing people are hearing it and actually enjoy listening to my rambles makes it even more so. That’s something I could never get from writing reviews on MAL like I used to.

I’ve always had a desire to get my thoughts out there and share them with the world, and Lethargic Ramblings has been the perfect place for me to do so. From my crazy stance on dropping shows, to sharing my love for shows nobody remotely enjoys aside from me, like Netzuou TRap, I’ve gotten so many thoughts and ideas I’ve wanted to share for years, and it’s been a phenomenal experience.

I also feel that I’ve come a long way as a writer in the last year thanks to blogging. My first ever post on here was a decent start, but feel I’ve come a really long way since then, and I hope to continue improving as the years go on.

My biggest fault however, and something I definitely need to improve on is my scheduling. When I first started blogging, I was brilliant at sticking to my schedule. I’d do two or three posts during the weekdays, and do two posts at the weekend. But unfortunately in the last few months, I’ve been very hit or miss with this schedule, often delaying posts after promising they’ll be out on a certain date, or spending several days not working on anything at all. This is mostly out of my control due to how busy my work and life schedule has been since moving house, but I’ll also admit that general laziness sometimes plays a part in it too, and I’m aiming to stop that from being the case. I’d like to get back to posting more regular, in depth content.

Posts I’m most Proud of:

The post I’m most proud of would have to be my analysis of Aku no Hana, where I compared the Anime adaptation to the original Manga, and where things went wrong. It’s by far my most in depth piece, and I’d love to do more work like this in the future, so you can expect more very soon.

I’m also really happy with how my recent post on Netsuzou TRap turned out. I feel it presented a fairly unique perspective on a show that nobody else really took seriously. It was even well received by people who disagreed, something that was nice to see. I got a lot of discussion out of that post.

There’s a lot more, such as my post about Kirito’s influence on the way protagonists are portrayed in Anime today and why Tsubasa Chronicle remains a consistent favourite after so many years… But you get the idea!

Plans for the future:

So what’s next for Lethargic Ramblings? I’ve got a lot planned for the next year, and the biggest update has to do with an update in my equipment.

For the past year, I’ve been running this blog from what can only be referred to as a scrapheap of computer parts flung together into a dying husk of what was once considered a laptop. It’s battery is dead, and it can only be run if plugged into the mains. The trackpad only responds 70% of the time. The keyboard gets stuck frequently. Things crash for seemingly no reason… I can barely watch Anime on this thing any more, let alone write blog posts half the time.

However, I’m planning on getting a new laptop, as I now have the money to do so. I just need to find the right size and specs for my needs, and I’m good to go. I’m hoping that with this, I’ll be able to blog more regularly.

But with this upgrade, comes some new content as well because…

I’m planning to make some video content. I’m not sure what the focus will be yet, but I want to start doing Anime related videos, similar to what other bloggers have been doing recently. I’m not going anywhere however, so don’t worry!

I also recently did a few podcast episodes focusing on Netsuzou TRap over on JuGenie’s YouTube channel. It was great fun, and I had a good time whenever I managed to get on. I’d love to do more podcasts in the future, and am considering either hosting one of my own, or joining someone else’s, although I’m not sure which yet. If anyone wants me to join a podcast, hit me up. I’m eager to do one again!

As for my blog posts, I’ve got a lot of ideas planned that I’m looking forward to sharing with you guys. I’ve got some new Superior Source posts in the works, as well as some general posts about my thoughts on various Anime related things. I’ve also been reading a lot of Manga recently, so I’m planning to talk more about Manga in general.

I’m also planning on starting a new series, where I quickly give my thoughts on something, be it an Anime, Manga, Video Game or whatever in a shorter, more concise post. I’m not quite sure what the title for this series will be yet, but the first post will be on Sonic Mania!

Speaking of video games, I’d like to dive into them a little bit more as well. Anime will always, first and foremost, be the primary focus of this blog, but I’m also really passionate about video games, and I feel I have a lot to say about the medium and various games within it. I’m not too sure how you guys would feel about that though, so it’d be great if you’d let me know!

And while we’re on the subject of expanding the content of the blog, I also have a couple of music related posts in mind. My taste in music is… Pretty far out there I’d say, and both these posts aim to dive into the weird and wonderful world of crazy stuff I listen to on a near daily basis. Someone has to write an in depth look into Gomba Reject Ward Japan, so why not me?

And above all else, I’m planning to be more organised with my schedule this next year and post at a consistent rate. I’m a very busy guy, with a very busy life, so I can’t always stick to a schedule, but I’m going to try. Really hard!

And really… That’s about all I have to say regarding updates. There’s a lot more, but I don’t want to give away too much.

Blogger shout-outs:

Before I wrap this up, I’d like to take the opportunity to give a shout-out to my amazing fiance who has been super supportive and even helped me come up with ideas for posts. She’s the best!

I’d also like to give a shout-out to various bloggers who have been very supportive and friendly to me over the last year and have engaged with my content on a regular basis (sorry if I missed anyone!) :

You guys are all awesome! I look forward to engaging with you all more in the future! …And anyone else I may have missed.

And that’s all for now! Here’s to another year!


35 thoughts on “One Year of Blogging: Reflection and Future Plans

  1. Cheers for the mention 😀
    I’m looking forward to the music posts. I listen to a lot of stuff that isn’t particularly well known myself, so it’d be nice to see some other oddities.


  2. I’m looking forward for more of your posts. I may have read some silently but I read them. Lol. I don’t have stable connection. Share. But I want to inform you that I’m actually reading. I’ll go to computer shop sometimes to comment. Swear.

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  3. Congrats again on the milestone! I’m going to check out the posts you linked in this that I haven’t read yet 🙂 Thank you for the shout out as well! There are so many great people in the blogging community. Excited to see what you have for us in your second year, I’m sure you won’t disappoint 😀

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      1. I anticipate I will. Things should (hopefully) settle down tomorrow some. This meeting is really important so I’m actually off to be now. Any way, of course! 🙂 Very happy to hear when people achieve milestones like this.

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  4. Congratulations on the blog anniversary!

    And thanks for featuring lil’ ol’ me.

    More posts by LR on a consistent basis is a good thing! Looking forward to your posts on music and a new post series.

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  5. Congratulations, Leth! It’s always fun to look back on the year and how surprising it is that we made it that long 😛 All the same, it’s hard to imagine life without blogging now. Here’s to another great year for you and your blog, and many more to come after that!

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  6. Woohoo 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Congrats on reaching this incredible milestone! Truly a terrific achievement. It’s amazing to think that a year has gone by already. Those are some very cool plans that you have lined up: looking forward to them. Thanks forbthos shout-out, that’s really awesome and may your blog continue for many more years to come! 😊

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  7. Congratulations on the one year and thanks for the shout out. It is such a milestone. I’m really looking forward to future content, whatever you decide to go with, and I look forward to another wonderful year following this blog.

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  8. Appreciate the shout-out. I would also be very interested in more video game-related posts from this blog. Really enjoyed reading your top 10 nostalgia games list and your thoughts on Final Fantasy XV/Breath of the Wild.

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    1. My pleasure, you’re always one of my best commenters and one of my favourite posters in the community! 😀

      I’ll definitely be diving into more video game stuff then, I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed my previous posts.

      I have some thoughts on Sonic Mania planned as well as some more general topics about my feelings on gaming as a whole, so keep an eye out for those!

      Thanks for the support man!

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  9. Awww this is so awesome—you’ve had such a successful first year, WAY better than many blogger’s first years from what I can tell. You have a distinct style that reads fluidly, that’s for sure (and it helps a ton on my end). Again, happy first year, looking forward to whatever projects you tackle in the next one~!!

    (and AHH I made the list 😛 I’m honored to have been named a friend)

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    1. I’m actually really surprised at how many followers I’ve managed to gain in the last year. It’s really crazy!

      And thank you for the kind words! They mean a lot, and I’m glad you think I have a distinct style and voice, since that’s something I’ve always worried I didn’t have 😛

      And of course I’d mention you! You’re an awesome dude with awesome content yourself!

      Thanks for the support, Takuto! 😀

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  10. Congratulations on one year of blogging and thanks so much for the mention!

    I’ve always enjoyed your posts and your ability to clearly articulate your opinion even when it deviates from what most people are thinking. Here’s hoping that you have much more great blogging ahead!

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  11. Congrats on making it to one year mark and thankyou for the shoutout naww made me feel all fuzzy 🙂 All your future plans sound awesome especially in you wanting to start your own channel. I’d be happy to do a podcast with you be awesome XD

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