It’s been way too long since I’ve written a real post! Not enough time these days, but I’ve finally managed to sneak in a bit of free time to write a post (well, it’s actually not free time since I do have some other work to do, but whatever).
So…. what to talk about?
First, props to Ina for getting that LJ feed problem sorted out (and also for making the syndicated account in the first place!) I’m glad it’s back to normal. Incidentally, I’ve also noticed that a lot of the LJ subscribers are really only subscribing for JE-related news. I’m considering setting up a special feed just for the Johnny’s stuff - I wonder if there’s demand for that, or are people okay with getting all of the news in their friend posts?
Second, yay for me finally getting a Wii! I still don’t have a lot of free time to play with it, but I’m definitely excited about it. I’m planning to do some shopping for games later this week, but I first need to finish off some other work and fill out an application for an ALT position in Japan…
Third, how crazy is Anime Expo going to be this year? With all the guests they’ve announced so far, I’m actually wondering if all the music events are going to overshadow the rest of the con. Seriously - SKIN? The Haruhi seiyus? Anna Tsuchiya? Halko Momoi? Chiaki Ishikawa? And admittedly least on the list, ORESKABAND (I love them a lot, but they’re definitely not nearly as much of a draw as the other acts - except perhaps Chiaki). I think I may be spending the whole weekend at the Long Beach Arena, with a little shopping time thrown in there. Oh, and also watching Tekkon Kinkreet. I just hope they don’t announce too much more, because I may just die from the overload.
Fourth, I’m really liking several of the dramas this season. LIAR GAME is probably my favorite at the moment - even though the acting and writing isn’t *technically* amazing, the entire series is carried by the premise and the whole psychological + mystery-solving nature of the story. It’s one of the same reasons I’m loving the Death Note series. I’ve also been enjoying Hanayome to Papa (Ishihara is so hilariously frantic) and Proposal Daisakusen (cheeeesy, but it’s at least better than I was expecting). I expect I’ll also like Joudan Janai! when I get around to watching it, and probably the Kuitan and Jikou Keisatsu sequels.
Fifth, I noticed Tokyograph has been getting linked to quite a bit now. It’s cool to see references not only from the news sections of sites like Japan Probe and animeOnline, but also some really good blogs like Ryuganji and The Golden Rock. I wish I had the time and depth of knowledge to offer interesting commentary on the news I post, but alas, I don’t. So like me, all of you should be checking out those sites (and several others like Twitch) if you want more interesting reading. Which reminds me, I need to update my blogroll - guess I’ll do that when I get more free time later this week.
Sixth: on a related note to #5, I thought I’d offer up some new site statistics for the curious (and also because I’m just way too obsessed with tracking the site stats so I can be happy that people really care about the kind of news here). The last time I talked about this was at the end of March, and at that point, we had for the month: 12,000 visits; 5,000 sites; 92,000 hits; 50-60 RSS subscribers (via FeedBurner). By comparison, at the end of May, we had: 28,000 visits; 13,500 sites; 215,000 hits; 110-120 subscribers. So growth is looking fairly good, and there’s definitely still more of an audience out there. Gotta keep spreading the news!
One interesting source of traffic came up recently. The daily averages pretty much doubled yesterday, and it looks like the vast majority of the increase came from a single source. On Friday, I posted the news story about Marina Watanabe’s good news, and yesterday I discovered that the post had reached Watanabe herself, through one of her friends! She mentioned us on her blog, and that link has been sending hundreds of readers this way!
(Oh, and if you read this, Watanabe-san, I just want to say: おめでとう！)
Hmmm… I think there were some other things I wanted to talk about, but I’ve really spent more time on this than I should’ve, so any other topics will have to wait until later. I know I’m behind on The Trend and Audio Japan, so I’m going to try to prioritize those a bit more, but more importantly, I need to finish up the Summer Drama Preview in about a week or two, so that’s going to have to come first.
All right, back to work! (and sleep!)