Wow, I never would have thought that I would blog this much. 100 posts is a lot! (and 338 comments since the last time I posted about the 1000 comments!) To celebrate, I thought I’d do something a little special, and write about how this came to be, the best of my blog posts, and what I’m going to do going forward.
I had originally started sorting photos for the second blog entry of my Singapore trip when things suddenly got really busy and I never got to it. Even after coming back to Vancouver, I haven’t had a chance to get to it. Good thing I didn’t, as I didn’t even realize this was my 100th post. As Lightningsabre put it elegantly, it would have been a shame to waste it.
So how did this all begin? My very first post was on December 24th of 2007, but my actual blogging started earlier March 18th 2004. At that time, I wanted full integration of my blog with my web gallery, so I literally built my own html blog. (I don’t know how to code in PHP). So all of my entries and comments for those three years were manually added, using a stripped down wordpress theme customized to my liking. I basically tore out every “wordpress” aspect of it. I did this because I wanted something more customizable, and wordpress was pretty limited with what I could do. A full Content Management Software would have been overkill as well, and was confusing to learn.
The very first person to comment on my “blog” at the time, was now long-time friend, Shino. I didn’t know him at the time, so I was absolutely thrilled that someone had commented on my blog. Over the next little while, I found manually adding comments was troublesome, so I started using wordpress.
Slightly before this, figure.fm had just started its infancy. I found it to be a good place to exhibit my skills, and began photoshopping my figures. It wasn’t long before I began using wordpress as my main site, and putting my gallery on second.
Technically, this isn’t the 100th post, but more like 110 or something. On June 2008, I split my blog. I wanted to keep radiantdreamer more focused on anime and figure photoshopping, and less on the video game industry and art. So I tore out all those entries and integrated them into Mirror’s Edge. Now, Mirror’s Edge has become more of a glorified bookmark folder where I put tutorials and such I find on the web. A pretty good resource for any 3d artists.
The post that’s been getting consistent number of hits has to be my Plastics post. It gets a steady influx of hits every single day. I’m sure it’s helped a lot of people, as I see it’s a pretty popular search term in my blog stats. In addition, it seems Are You A Hentai Otaku? gets a steady influx as well. It’s hard to believe that these early posts get the most coverage on my blog even after so long. I’m definitely proud of my Anime Pride category. 🙂
My first official Figure Photoshop post was Elwing. I had done many photoshop images before that, but this was the one I wrote a tutorial on. Already, you can tell that I’ve been at this hobby for quite some time. Though it’s not one of the most popular posts, it’s definitely a favorite image among my readers, and friends. I guess I lucked out a bit on it, as many people had no idea this was photoshopped. This was definitely one of my most early posts, as there were only 5 commenters!
Nendoroid Gamers is probably everyone’s favorite photoshop pic. It was also the first time the blog had ever gotten 30 comments on a post. The Hentai Otaku post came close, but this one definitely got the comments a lot faster. I have to admit, this is probably one of my favorite pics. It just seemed right. It was a lot of fun to do.
I guess my posting frequency was a lot higher then, but in August of 08, I put up an apology post for lack of updates. The post previous to that was only about 14 days before it. I find that interesting because it’s been quite a long time since my last post this time, yet it feels like time is flying by a lot faster! I guess when things get busy, the blog ends up suffering.
Somewhere in the New Year of 09, I stopped doing figure photoshops, stopped doing art, and stopped sharing. Something happened, and I felt like blogging was pointless. My hits dropped, my comments dropped, and I wasn’t enjoying blogging anymore. It wasn’t until this post that I realized what was going on, and what I was going to do to fix it. Seriously, I was on the verge of calling it quits at the time.
After a few posts, I started picking up on it again, and wrote another Anime Pride article. This one was about my wife and her interests in anime. Writing this article was fun, and really invigorated me back into blogging. This was where I found my need to share again, and it was answered with great response from readers, with their insights, experiences, and suggestions. This was what I write for – an experience to share with others of the same interest and community. Since then, I have been writing and doing art to share with everyone the experiences I have in my life that are related to anime and figure collecting, which now that I think about it, was the initial goal that somehow got lost along the way.
Since then, the blog has been growing steadily, and I post whenever I can (usually Fridays, and sometimes Wednesdays). It’s definitely been a long road, but there are more things for me to share all the time!
Oh yeah, forgot to mention that the blog has reached over 100k hits. It’s been a while since I talked about that.
Thanks for reading my long-winded post! Figure Photoshop on Friday? We’ll see how I feel. ^^