We turn eleven years old today! Suffice to say, there’s been less to celebrate this last year due to a protracted spell of non-posting on my part, for which I feel kind of bad, but not particularly so; ten or eleven years is a really long time for one person to maintain a hobby-oriented website and taking a break to recalibrate isn’t an entirely bad thing.
That said, while my posting frequency has dwindled, my purchasing of figures has not; I think I’m buying more figures than I have in the past, and they’re piling up since I do not take them out of their boxes before I photograph them. I have generally tried to rotate photographic backdrops so that I don’t use the same one too often in a short span of time, but I don’t think that I have the time to create multiple custom backdrops for figures while producing the number of posts that I would like to, so there will likely be less originality in terms of photographic style on display in the future.
Another thing that I have thought about is that I don’t think that my audience cares as much about large-scale statues from non-anime properties (such as the Sideshow premium format statues that I occasionally review), and they’re a cosmic-scale pain in the ass to photograph due to their large size, so I’m thinking that I’ll just take a few photographs showing the highlights of each statue and consolidate them into individual theme-based posts. For example, instead of individually reviewing my Overwatch statues, I’ll just include them all together in one post (particularly since I do not have nearly enough room to include full photographs of D.Va).
For anyone reading this, I’m curious as to whether people use the sidebar. This site’s layout has not changed in about a decade and lately I’ve been giving serious thought to looking for a new theme. The sidebar seems like it’s outlived its usefulness and the gallery page of all figure reviews really needs a layout revamp and browsing filters. (The last time I changed the site theme, I did not think that the site would live this long and I did not give much thought to what would happen after 250+ reviews had been posted to the site.)
I usually include my site statistics in this post but I haven’t actually looked at them since last year and I don’t really know how to interpret Google Analytics’s output now, anyway. That’s been a positive change over the years; I used to be obsessed with site stats to an unhealthy degree.
Finally, I said I’d include my five favorite figures of 2019 here. Well, I haven’t photographed three of them yet, but I intend to photograph them soon, especially 2B. They go like this: #5 – Lucifer from the Seven Mortal Sins, #4 – Scarlett from G.I. Joe, #3 – Kurumi Tokisaki from Date A Live, #2 – Noel Marres Ascot from Walkure Romanze, #1 – 2B from Nier Automata.