Not strictly my anniversary. Technically it should be on the 6th July. Actually if we’re being accurate, the birthday of The Cart Driver as a website is on Christmas day 2009, rather than the day I happened to start blogging at Bokutachi no Blog. Heck, the real date I started blogging is sometime towards the end of April or early May back in 2008, which is when I started writing at some random Livejournal site. The date is arbitrary anyway, it’s just a neat excuse for me to post a general update on the state of affairs here.
As you may have noticed if you read the blog in any form other than solely through a feed reader, the site design has gone through a few changes. The posts are wider, the comments work properly, everything has borders, the tags are more noticeable rather than just being the string of ALL CAPS that they used to be. Cheers to Gargron (I believe he’s calling himself after his real name Eugen from now on, but to me he’ll always be Gargron) for doing all the work for me.
The next monthly roundup will be my last one. I’ve realised that they’re fairly useless for analysis or reviewing purposes, because I don’t have enough space to properly explain myself. They’re too much raw taste with not enough backing up, and turns into literally me just going “I like this more than this more than this more than this” and so on. There was also the issue that I sometimes put off writing about a currently airing anime because I’d just write it in my monthly roundup, but then I wouldn’t have enough space to fully expand on my point. On the other end of the spectrum, when I did write about currently airing anime, the monthly roundup would just be me rehashing those same points again. Shame to see them go, and I’m sure many of you liked them, but I can’t really justify having them anymore. If you’re really that desperate to know how much I like currently airing anime, I recommend just using my MAL account you creepy stalker you.
As you can probably tell, reaching my 4 year anniversary really isn’t as big a deal for me as it was when I made it to three years. Last year was mainly a stabilising period. It was about realising the extent to my abilities, cutting off fat and figuring out exactly the way I like to write. This meant my posts started to turn a bit formulaic, but being consistent meant I could get really good at that style of writing. I’ve reached the zenith of what I’m capable of achieving in my current state. It’s time for The Cart Driver to move onto the next stage of its evolution. Tomorrow marks the new dawn at this most holy and sacred of sites.