I can’t believe that it was three years ago when I began blogging here on wordpress. It surely has been quite an experience, complete with its ups and downs, and a few periods of stagnation in between. But for the most part, the experience has been quite rewarding. And I’ve never regretted my decision to dip into the exciting world of blogging.
To have reached this point is in itself a huge accomplishment for me, and it gives me the motivation to keep going. I’m hopeful that I’ll be blogging for a while.
One thing is clear though. This site will not exist as it is today without you. For that, I’m truly grateful. Thank you for your support and encouraging words. Thank you for enthusiastically sharing your insightful thoughts. Thank you for being remarkably patient waiting for updates. Thank you for taking a chunk of time from your busy life to read my stories and posts, and even going an extra length to write comments. Thank you for everything. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
And to those of you who are too shy to say hello to me and have been lurking: hello and thank you for visiting my blog. You can come out anytime you want, you know. I don’t bite 😀
I’ve been thinking of what I could do to improve this site.
From its inception three years ago, this blog has evolved from its original purpose as a permanent archive site for all my writing to a more generic, fandom-focused blog it is today. While there’s nothing wrong with that, the site itself is due for an upgrade. Can you believe it that I haven’t changed the theme and layout since I published my first post? Yep. A revamp is definitely in order.
I don’t have a solid plan yet as to what I want to accomplish. I have several ideas, but since the ultimate aim of the improvement is to facilitate your browsing and reading, I need your input to help figure some things out. So I would truly appreciate it if you could answer the questions below.
- What do you think of the theme and layout? Do you prefer dark background with light text or light with dark text?
- I stopped posting my ongoing fics in wordpress, but do you think I should post them here as well in addition to AO3 and FF.net?
- Do you prefer to read one long post or multiple short posts?
- What about topic? Should I include more variety? OR should I focus on fandom/writing related subjects?
- Any other suggestions?
Other tentative plans…
There was a time when I considered to self-host the site so that I could upload music and video files plus merging my wp with my tumblr, but I’ve since abandoned the idea, opting convenience over flexibility. However, now that I’m entertaining the idea to set up a resource page, I probably have to move out of the public domain, or at least set the resource page in a private site.
Also, I found translating manga to be rather enjoyable, not to mention educational as I’ve improved my Japanese reading skill by leaps and bounds. I want to do more and have been contemplating if I should pick one series that hasn’t been translated to English and work on that.
One series I’m considering is メイミー・エンジェル (Mayme Angel). This is the series that replaced Candy Candy after it finished its run on the Nakayoshi magazine. It’s written and illustrated by Igarashi. Yet for whatever reason the series didn’t gain as much popularity as Candy Candy and Georgie. I haven’t read it myself, so I can’t tell how it is compared to the other two. The reviews have been mixed. But after checking a few pages of the manga and finding the art is as exquisite as Igarashi’s other works, I’m willing to give it a chance. The premise seems to be somewhat similar to Georgie, and there are two possible love interests for the heroine. I’m okay with that as long as the heroine is not ditzy and fickle like Georgie and the ending doesn’t leave me feeling like someone just pull the rug out from under me.
Here are the main characters: the heroine, Mayme, and her two potential love interests, Johny and Alman (or Arman?). Johny is the dark-haired one and her childhood love while she somehow becomes very close to the blond Alman later in the story.
I like the characters design; Igarahi never fails to impress me with her beautiful art. Mayme is like the combination of Candy and Georgie. Alman seems to resemble older Anthony/younger Albert, and Johny is a mix of Abel/Arthur and Terry. I have no idea if their personalities also overlap though.
I’ll commence my reading soon, but I’m not so sure about the translation. My plate is rather full now with 2 ongoing CC fics that are in dire need to be updated, and there’s also the CC manga rambling series. I don’t know if I should commit to another project. We’ll see about that. If the series is really that good, I might be compelled to share it with others. Has any of you read the manga before? I know it’s available in other languages.
Other ideas I have include accepting writing prompts, word of the day, round robin story, and some other things related to CC and other series.
All in all, my aim is to update the site regularly. The same goal I’ve strove since the launch of the site, which I have yet to accomplish. But I’m still hopeful that I’ll achieve it some day.
Once again, thank you for all your support. I’ll try my best to continue delivering posts that are entertaining, thought-provoking as well as informative. And please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any suggestion for me to improve.
Many hugs and kisses to you all,