Ugh. It’s a customary thing to celebrate this site’s birthday on February 23, but given the dearth of updates over the last year, there does not seem to be much cause for ceremony. Regardless, tradition is what it is, and I scarcely need an excuse to take a photo of one of my big-ass dolls wrapped up in tentacles, so I will pay the proper respect to the occasion, as unseemly as it might be.
I don’t want to apologize for the lack of posts, nor do I want to promise more consistent and more timely reviews, as every time a site owner does either, it’s a certain harbinger that neither will be forthcoming and that the site in question really is in its terminal stage. I will say that my enthusiasm for collecting figures is undimmed, and I remain passionate about photography – or at least, I am still quite fond of taking pictures. I have found that over the last year, I’ve come to care much less about equipment, which is a good thing, I think, as it’s saved me a great deal of money.
Despite the lack of updates, the site’s stats haven’t taken a huge hit from the last couple of years.
Note that the pageview count is off by around 50,000 or so, as hits were being double-counted for a couple of weeks. Stats for just the prior year were 358,674 users and 1,866,115 pageviews, which seems consistent with the traffic that this site typically gets. Or at least, I think it is; I haven’t monitored the site stats with anything close to my earlier fervor, which is also a good thing, as I was really obsessed with keeping tabs on the hit count.
One thing I have noticed is that my site isn’t the only figure site to have slowed down; almost every site on the blogroll has ceased updates. That’s a little discouraging, I suppose, but I’ve always been more comfortable doing my own thing, so I guess the lack of community doesn’t bother me that much (and if I were really looking for conversation, I suppose I could always find it at Tsuki-board or somesuch).
Another thing I’ve noticed is that since buying a new computer monitor (an ultrawide 1440p display), this site’s layout looks particularly antiquated. On one hand, I’m not too fond of making changes for the sake of chasing modernity or for conforming to contemporaneous expectations, but yet, it does look pretty old. I’m not sure if I want to do anything about that.
At any rate, while I don’t want to make any promises I am not certain that I can keep, I can certainly say I have no intention of closing this site down (particularly being that I just paid for a year’s worth of hosting). So, with this business out of the way, hopefully it’s on to more routine affairs.