Thanks For Reading! 80 Million Visits and Counting!
Saber Lily from Fate/unlimited codes.
Another seven months, another ten million visits. I’ve had the pleasure of writing three of these milestone posts, which allow me to take a moment to thank you all for reading the site regularly and sharing your thoughts about anime. I said before that Random Curiosity wouldn’t be what it is today without its readers and I firmly believe that even now. I can’t speak for all the other writers, but I know I wouldn’t be devoting as much time and effort into the site if it wasn’t for its readership. While I’m passionate about anime and enjoy talking to those with a mutual interest, the motivation to continually push myself to churn out well-thought-out posts in a timely and consistent manner comes from all of you. I mentioned before that one side drives the other, and from my perspective, it’s the readers who shaped Random Curiosity into the anime blog you see today. The reason I spend so much time taking screen captures and writing up posts is because there are people who want to read them. Without you guys, there’s simply no compelling reason to cover shows on a weekly basis to the degree that RC does, let alone spend hundreds of hours putting together season previews to introduce them. I probably don’t say this enough, but I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received in the comments and direct e-mails, and all the personal time the other writers have devoted to help meet reader demand.
I have to confess that there were several occasions in the past year that I thought about hanging up the blogging gloves, going all the way back to the spring season that I took off. It had already been a year since I took over Random Curiosity, during which I found myself continually trying to find ways to improve the site and help its community grow. You can chalk that up a combination of ambitiousness and a desire to prove naysayers wrong, but regardless of the cause, it was a far cry from simply keeping the “spirit” of the site going and blogging anime at my own leisurely pace. I enjoyed the challenge and found it a rewarding experience, but when it started requiring more time than I had to spare, I found myself at a crossroads. The real reason behind my post in May was not to stroke my ego, but to assess whether readers were happy with how the site was running in my absence so that I could potentially be away from it for extended periods of time. There was naturally a slight drop off in visits because less shows were being covered; however, even some of the popular offerings didn’t seem to generate much discussion anymore. I figured it was simply due to less interesting shows compared to the winter season, but was concerned about the state of the site. To this day, I still don’t know what to make of the poll results because of the choices I used, as the drop in readership carried over to the early parts of the summer season. At that point, I started to wonder if it was time to take an indefinite leave from blogging, or at the very least, an extended break until I had an urge to blog regularly again.
Well suffice to say, that didn’t happen, as you guys will never let me off the hook it seems. Alongside Prooof and Takaii who continued to plug away and Enzo who joined the site that season, the readership not only rebounded, but also set record highs with the start of the fall season. Who do we have to thank for that? The readers of course. So on behalf of the other writers and myself, I’d like to thank you all for making this one of your regular stops on the Internet, and motivating me more than you’ll probably ever realize just by doing so.
Since this is a milestone post, below are the latest site statistics: