Otagamers Anniversary #3 – More belated than the past two years combined!

Guess what totally awesome, amazing and unforgettable event happened… approximately six weeks ago?

That’s right folks, this lovely blog in its current form has been around for three years on the interwebs!

I sure delayed doing this post for the longest time, first because unlike the past two years I did not want to simply make a scraped together post. Oh no, I want to be a little more than that, when exilehero presented me this idea I was overjoyed. The wonders of having a blogging partner. Finding the time to sit down and take these pictures also caused some more delays. Alas, who cares, come and join us in this celebration.

I am aghast at the idea that I have been seriously at this for so long, with no plans to stop mind you. Neither is exilehero who celebrated his own anniversary earlier this year.

Yup, these are the people who keep making me not simply stop blogging. So thanks to all the readers, lurkers and people who leave comments and keep coming back when there is a new post. If you are a new reader, I like you too and hope you become a returning reader.

Of course special mention goes to all of the different fellow bloggers that come and visit and keep making interesting comments.

Super special gratitude has to go to the self described (I asked!), friendly weirdo, gentle, sensitive and eccentric Wieselhead. If I find it surprising that I been blogging for three years I find it more surprising someone has been continuously visiting for those three years. Come hail or high water by god this man will leave a comment.

As for the actual numbers it has been pretty constant no super big jumps or dips in popularity. The only exception would be when we did the nendo giveaway to celebrate exilehero’s anniversary where that month has almost twice as many views as usual. This has taught me one thing,  bribing people is the best way to get more visitors! XP

Although, I will say I’m bit sad we do not enjoy the same success as some our fellow bloggers it is to be expected. We do not necessarily focus in popular figures, franchises, or in depth reviews, we just do what we like. Which is totally fine with me, I would rather keep doing what I like, I blog for fun after all.

The number of people actively commenting, the number of weekly blog posts, the number of new blogs and faces has decreased over the past year from what I seen. For the several people I noticed they took a break from blogging and participating in the community for various reasons. Some have come back others are planning to do so but others I just heard anything from at all.

After discussing the matter with fellow blogger Chag, we wondered if there was a movement towards bigger community sites such as My Figure Collection rather than individual blogs.

That is not to say there hasn’t been new faces this past year, on the contrary there has been a handful, just not as many as during previous years.

So, I pose the question, where is the figure community now?

There is one community I would like to mention, Google+.

Over the past few months a weekly event spearheaded by wara zashi using the tag #figurefriday on Google+ has gotten my attention. Every week on friday he extends an invitation to figure lovers to come and post pictures of their beloved figures.  Sometimes there will be theme or a challenge to go along with  but you can just come and post pictures and talk with like minded people.

I think this community with a lower entry point is something to keep in mind, you don’t want to blog? you don’t want to write reviews? take elaborate pictures? Then this is for you, you just come post your pictures and hang out and meet new people.

This community is more open and light hearted, more welcoming that say MFC or whatever so give it a go. All you need is Google account, I bet everyone probably has one anyways.

The past few months saw a decrease in posts from both me and exilehero.

There have been various reasons but for me at least I got into some figure blues so to speak. Not many of the new releases have caught my fancy and I have become disinterested in the way I would shoot my figures. Although for me at least finally receiving some long awaited figures have given me motivation and the upcoming should take care of themselves.

As for exilehero he has simply been cutting back on figure purchases. Do not worry, this month a very special figure he ordered should be coming in, it will be the first of it’s kind for this blog. I hope you look forward to it.

Plus, I been toying with the idea of introducing another person to become another writer to make up for when we both slack off for whatever reason.

Regardless of the happenings during the past year we wanna thank you all for your continued support. So what’s next for the upcoming fourth year? For one, is to act on the feedback that we go with the giveaway, I would like to expand our audience a bit and find more people who enjoy this hobby.

Hope you have enjoyed yourself over the past three years and will continue to do so on our fourth and beyond.

P.S.

If you can name all the figures in this post I will give you a “sexy prize”.

19 Comments

  1. Aw yeah, the 3-years-club — don’t you feel so accomplished? We ought to get a posh clubhouse to wear our top hats and monocles in, because we ALL know that it takes a TRUE gentleman and scholar to post about plastic butts for 3 years straight! Congrats dude~

    Lol, “lower entry point” sounds kinda condescending, but it really is a great way to get into the hobby. I started off on flickr, got the sense that there were people who would be interested in my photos, then decided to set up shop and directed the friends I made on Flickr to it. One would think MFC would be a great stepping stone for someone to start their own blog, but I guess that’s not exactly how it works. Here’s hoping Google+ will be what Flickr was to me 3 years ago.

    Sexy prize? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Mio, Yui, Ritsu, Mugi, Azusa, Aya, Saber, Ika Musume, Mikuru, Guts, Annelotte, Tachibana Hibiki, Kyon, Marisa, Raymoo, Sakuya, Suika, Mami, Sayaka, Kyouko, Madoka, Index, Misaka, Touma, Kuroko. You know my address — I’ll be expecting those dragon dildos in the mail.

    • Indeed, I was expecting to be bored in a few months at best. We should get a badge or something!

      Aw man, didn’t mean it that way. I just feel that people might think they need super l33t blogging and photography skills to be in the club. All it takes is a bit of passion really and a decent camera. Haha, that’s how it was more or less for me with the old figure.fm before the dollfie take over. I think I will go become more involved in Google+ and try to promote it.

      Fine, I hope you don’t have problems with customs.

    • Indeed you are, my preferred type of different!

      Thanks! I suppose compared to you a battle hardened veteran of almost a decade we are just newbies so your support is doubly nice.

  2. Happy 3rd anniversary good sirs. May the blogging Lords bless you more and your posts! Yes, don’t stop, and may the blogging lords keep that though away from you, haha.

    LOL, 6 weeks after? Well all is good when it is still celebrated.

    Wait, so many figure I can count and name ’em all, but I’ll pass. Screw this lazy mode, heh.

    SCREW THAT. Mikuru, Ika Musume, Mio, Yui, Saber, Ayayayayaya, Ritsu, Mugs(lame, I know), HIBIKI (that was hard, did check the nendroids/figmas), Haruhi, Annelotte, Reimu, Sakuya, Marisa, Suika, Azusa, Kyon, GUTS, Mami, Sayaka, Kyouko, Index, Misaka, Touma, Kuroko, Homu Homu, and Madoka.

    Wait, does Mini-Suika count? =/

    • Thank you and also, thank you!

      As they say, better late than never right?

      Haha, yeah I was thinking that if anything Hibiki would give people some trouble since Symphogear wasn’t that popular when it aired if I remember correctly.

      I don’t know does she, I suppose she is a figma accessory more than anything.

  3. Congratulations in hitting the 3rd year mark.
    Lovely pics as always. =D

    Hmm… A decrease in the number of bloggers? Yeah, some that I’ve know in my blog roll had gone rather quiet or sparsely inactive. I guess real-life’s activities takes precedence.

    A community in G+? Sounds interesting.

    • More thank yous and gratitude!

      I find it discouraging how people can just kinda stop with no noticed. I can’t really just stop something I been doing for years.

      Give Google+ a go, I find it very interesting and rewarding.

  4. First congratulations to your blogs third birthday, Im a big fan of this blog, especially your funny Figma stories with the subtle pop culture references are hilarious. keep it up guys.

    It’s good that you are still blogging, it goes quite close to me if familiar bloggers go on hiatus or seem to closed their activities :(

    Second Miette totally tricked me as he asked me how I would describe myself yesterday. Well since it’s really the way I see myself I let that slip.

    Yeah for exileheroe’s sexy raunchy Angel ^^

    • OMG, OMG, we have a fan?! Well, for me at least I love doing those, quite fun when I become inspired.

      I know, I think that’s why it bothers me so much, is that after so long I feel some attachment to all these wonderful people.

      I asked, you replied, you could have totally embellished yourself and I would have written that instead.

  5. Happy anniversary guys! It’s always great to hang around and read either a new picture-based story or just look at the latest delicious figure review.
    Just keep them coming. ;)

  6. A belated congrats on the belated anniversary.

    I think I’m one of those that was just a little too lazy to run my own blog so I figured I’d dip my toes into the pool in other ways. Low bar to entry was key and most of it was just my own selfish want to see if people would show up and what they’ll bring to the table.

    Glad it’s something worth participating in :)

    • Thanks man!

      Blogging is a labor of love in my opinion, the pay off is not as high as the amount of effort that goes into it. At least for me very enjoyable, a place to show my stuff, a place to meet new people.

      I think your #figurefriday events are really fun, it’s simple and lighthearted so easier for people to jump in and enjoy themselves.

  7. Woot woot! 3 years eh! But yeah I can see the drop of participation for fellow bloggers..maintaining a blog takes some time and when they are easier options like the Google+ group or FB groups around, the effort expended for a blog seems abit too much. =(

    Still, congratulations on your 3rd anniversary and what is Haruhi doing in the background! XD

    • Yeah, if I think about it back when I started in 2009 Facebook, Google+, and other social media either were not around or were barely starting to get a foothold. The options to show case your stuff was more limited. Nowadays though? The possibilities are endless in terms of sharing.

      Anyways, thanks for you support, I’m happy that you are one of the new faces I got to meet during this past year.

  8. Hahahaha good job on your 3rd year. Congratulations!
    Yes, yes indeed. I recently noticed that a good part of the blogging community I go to went zip. I wonder, why?

    I have G+ (which by now has probably collected net dust) A figure community eh. I’ll go check it out some time.

    Ehhh screw it, too lazy to name them – since someone has already XD

    • Thanks!

      Yeah, wondered what happened since it seemed everyone decided to stop at the same time, which is the part that I find rather odd.

      If you have an account give it a go, might as well use it for something right?