Well, we did it, folks. It’s May 22nd, 2017, which means The Lily Garden has been up and running for a whole year now.
And after 365 days, The Lily Garden has reached 35,500 hits, 15,000 visitors, 231 followers, and 424 posts. 16% of my views come from Saturdays (which makes sense since I traditionally post 1 or more episode reviews that day), 5% of my views happen during 8 AM PST, and my best showing for views happening on April 3rd, 2017.
My stats for 2017 have greatly increased compared to how the numbers were in 2016 in some areas. Yay!
If we really want to get technical, though, my anniversary happened yesterday according to WordPress. But I didn’t actually post anything until May 22nd, so that’s what counts (in my opinion).
And if I’m going to continue this trend of being frank and forthright, I originally started The Lily Garden because I was not satisfied with the quality of various other yuri blogs. I had just finished school, didn’t have a job, and had plenty of free time. So why not start a blog, right? I can do better!
What followed was a year-long lesson in humility since I constantly felt like I was producing mediocre content. Being a good blogger is much easier said than done, I found out. Finding a job that eats up a third of my day might not have made things easier for me, either. No free time for Remy! But Remy also gains money to buy visual novels! It’s a double-edged sword!
Many times I felt like giving up. But I didn’t. And it’s all thanks to you, dear readers. Knowing that some people actually bother to read my content gave me the energy to continue onwards, basically. Wow, now doesn’t that sound like something straight out of an action anime series? But it’s true.
I kind of dislike giving shout-outs during these sort of things because the gesture seems inherently exclusionary, but this blog wouldn’t be anything without you all. The Lily Garden would be just empty words if no one commented on or liked my posts. So seriously, thank you.
On that note, I gotta share the love and talk about some of my online friends who swing by and support me and others within the anime blogging community. They’re all swell people! There’s so, so many people I want to include, but I gotta limit myself to 10 here or else this post would be coming out a week late. Sorry about that.
Remy Fool’s Real-as-Fuck Friends
D – they seriously read and comment on all of my posts even though they’re already busy as a student. But they also just finished their last year as an undergraduate, yay! Nevertheless, I’m very thankful for their dedication and I wish them all the best things in life. Even though I never watched Noragami, their article about its unfortunate implications regarding suicide, bullying, and corporal punishment was really eye-opening and should be a featured article in Wokepedia (if only that existed). For detailed series reviews and hilarious episodic reviews, you should check out their blog.
Prattle – Prattle’s posts are both analytical and engaging; basically, Prattle’s content is a gold standard I strive to reach! I also really appreciate Prattle’s more educational posts in regards to being a blogger (Prattle is also very cute; please spread the word). Support Team Prattle and visit Seasonal Prattle today!
Kimmie – she’s been a great friend who listens to my nonsense and is kind enough to provide sound advice (she’s always right). The word is out, Kimmie, sorry. I expect many people to start messaging you. She and I also did a collaboration post last week (about fashion woooo) so be sure to check it out so you see how stylish she is! Visit her blog here!
Weekend Otaku – his insightful comments and analytical posts are always impressive. Last year? He primarily pumped out detailed series reviews. Last season? He did episodic reviews. And this season? He’s posting thoughtful features that are also fun to read. Can this man do everything? Probably. I loved his Re-watch Event for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – I don’t know when I would have watched the show without his intervention and he was so analytical and detailed in his posts that I was essentially just in much awe of him as the show! Visit his blog here!
Karandi – my third follower and someone who has really exploded in popularity these past few months She’s everywhere! And I’m really impressed with how she’s concise with a lot of her posts (100 words can’t cut it sometimes and that’s perfectly okay) and how we can definitely hear her voice. I’m a big fan of her In Case You Missed It feature because of how she’s sharing perspectives different from her own. conversation and discussion is what makes the anime community great, y’know? Check out her blog!
maengune – a fellow yuri enthusiast who has excellent tastes, is super relatable, and is basically another me at this point. Except she’s actually successful in life, wahaha. She’s sort of taken a hiatus from blogging at this point, but she’s quite active on Twitter and Steam! I really loved her Fault Milestone 1 & 2 visual novel review since she really went into detail while reviewing such an excellent series. I can’t wait for fault – milestone 3! Go visit her blog!
edsamac– this man is always so busy yet he manages to make time for his weekly posts about seasonal shows. And I really love reading them because they’re very logical and explain his thoughts very well. I also really enjoyed his essay on Girlish Number and millennials (as well as the rest of his editorials) since he is incredibly analytical while showing some love to a show that I personally felt was underappreciated. Also coffee meet-up when? Please check out his blog!
Arria Cross – she was my very first follower and was very helpful when I first started blogging. My favorite post of hers has to be the article where she lets the newbies know how to blog, basically. It essentially embodies her style of writing – amusing and casual yet authentic. Her Otaku Blog Carnival posts are also always fun to participate in, as well. I just personally haven’t felt like my writing has been up to snuff recently so yeah. Check out her blog here!
Acacia Aurora – her posts always make me feel something. Most of the time I’m smiling as I read through what she’s written, but sometimes I feel downright melancholic. Don’t think such heavy thoughts at your age, okay? I’ve also done several collabs with her, yay! My favorite post has to be the one where she gives us a tour of her grand adobe. Visit her blog today!
DerekL – he’s a newer follower to The Lily Garden (and to blogging in general compared to everyone else) but I’m always amazed with what he has to say about seasonal shows. He definitely knows what he’s doing and I sure wouldn’t mind kicking it with him and having a beer or two with him. My favorite post that he’s written would have to be the one where he shares his favorite anime scenes. All of the listed scenes are great and comes with neat explanations justifying his choices. His blog.
Remy Fool’s Milestone Posts
I also would like to bring up five “milestone posts” that kind of cemented the blog in its current direction. My first visual novel review, my first episode review, and so on. The reception towards each of these posts may have been less than stellar, but I was still starting out and wasn’t expecting a huge turn-out, anyways. I’m glad I didn’t give up.
A Little Lily Princess Review – my second post overall (my first was a weak introduction post) and my first visual novel review post. I remember spending several day working on this, trying to make this as perfect as possible. I also remember publishing a guide for the game on Steam a few days before finalizing this review. Eventually,I got faster at writing visual novel reviews, but this was probably my best visual novel review ever written and I’m very proud of it.
Falling in Love with Loveless as a Kid – this was my first post for the 30-day Anime Challenge. I still remember watching this show as a first-year in middle school. Anyways, this post was important because I believe it was the first time someone commented on my post. Wow! Thanks, Karandi.
Love Live! School Idol Project – Anime Series Review – my very first series review. I remember marathoning this show because Love Live! Sunshine!! was coming out in a few weeks. Definitely was an abnormal anime series review (in terms of anime series reviews in The Lily Garden) since I wrote about both seasons in a single post. Nevertheless, this post was fun to write.
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! Episode 1 Review – my first attempt at writing an episode review since I started blogging very late into the Spring 2016 anime season and didn’t want to play catch-up. It was so much work. I was trying to incorporate GIFs in my posts back then so that probably didn’t help. Also ended up not writing anything more for the Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya franchise for various reasons. Still, I decided the toil and labor for episode reviews are worth it and kept doing it. I’m still struggling to not sound like I’m summarizing in my episode reviews, but I’ll keep at it!
Wednesday’s What About: Casting Rookie Seiyuu – this was my first attempt to branch out into content that isn’t exclusively yuri. The Wednesday’s What About feature may be inactive these days, but I felt like it didn’t do too bad. I would like to write more analytical content in the future, however, and that probably wouldn’t fit under Wednesday’s What About, which was intended to be more of a conversation starter series.
Remy Fool’s Failures
Honestly, I feel like I failed several times during this one year-anniversary. Hopefully I can learn from said mistakes, which are as follows:
Playthroughs – specifically playthroughs for Shadows of Pygmalion. It had been a while since a visual novel made that large of an impact on me and I wanted to share my thoughts about the game (and see if I can freak people out because it was a very dark visual novel). Unfortunately, it was taking me hours and hours to write something people could read through in 5 minutes. Sure, it was interesting, but it wasn’t worth the effort, I had already played through the game, and I felt very stressed doing these write-ups. As a result, the playthroughs are currently on hiatus.
Spring 2017 Episodic Reviews – I ended up dropping 3 shows (as in I’m no longer doing episode reviews for said shows) yet I’m still tweeting about them. Doesn’t change the fact that they’re dull shows, though. I just seem to have a hard time walking away from mediocre anime, it seems.
Rundown of 2016 Anime – I didn’t get to review all the yuri shows of 2016 before the year was over. It still bothers me to this day.
Visual Novels – the backlog is horrendous. I’m sorry that episode reviews have taken up so much of my free time!
Remy Fool Sings Song
If you were paying attention to the Loveless post, I mentioned that I once covered Michiyuki and that I wanted to try again sometime in the future. I ended up doing so almost a year later, ta-daaaaah.
I feel like my voice fails to capture the subtle nuances of emotion that is inherent in the song, but a) I’m not a professional singer and b) I started off sounding really flat so any improvement is a big improvement.
EDIT: actually, it sounds like I started a little slow while singing. Ughhhhh
Oh, and here’s the original attempt.
Well, that’s all, folks. Thanks for dropping by and thanks for reading this. Hopefully The Lily Garden continues to entertain!