It’s been one year since I brought on the two new
servants writers, 3 and a half years since I migrated to my own domain at The Cart Driver Dawt Cawm, and 5 years since I started writing about anime on the internet with the expectation that people out there would actually want to read what I write. But at this anniversary I’m not feeling particularly nostalgic. Instead let’s talk about the future.
I’m always trying to grow the site. I find it helpful to have the goal of always trying to grow the readerbase, refine and expand what it is I do. A news feed has been something I’ve been considering for a while. Redesign the site with a separate feed for news vs opinions pieces. That would involve bringing other people on board, since I don’t read Japanese and therefore aren’t qualified to do such a thing. When I brought on Shinmaru and Inushinde, I did so because they had already been blogging for a while and I knew I could trust them to keep doing their thang. I know people who could do news, but even if they did agree to do it for Cart Driver, they don’t do it in any official regular capacity at the moment and I don’t want to redesign the site only to have them bail 6 months later.
Another thing I’ve been thinking is how to earn some money. I know, right!?! Someone on the internet trying to earn money, how dare he! I’m out of education now and actively looking for full-time work, so I’m sure that will damage the amount of time I can devote to this hobby. However if I somehow (getting to some pie-in-the-sky dreams here) get a big enough audience to start earning proper money from this site, I would gladly throw away everything and write about anime non-stop. I’d like to try methods other than advertising, but I’m not really sure what kind of stuff I could sell. Premium members content of the writers watching Popee the Performer? T-shirts with “Yuji Everylead the Bland” or a stencilled outline of Hisoka’s glowing crotch? A plushie of chibi Scamp from the terribad videos? I doubt the audience is there for that sort of nonsense. Besides, selling pictures of Hisoka’s glowing crotch falls under copyright infringement.
While this post sounds like I’m being very businessy and all that, it’s all in aid of continuing to be able to do the thing I love doing. A lot of bloggers say they happily fall into a routine and keeping the same output, but I would get bored and restless if I stopped trying to grow the site. It’s part of what makes this enjoyable for me. Don’t worry, there’s not going to be big changes in the very near future. This won’t be a repeat of last year where I dropped two new writer bombs on your heads. This is just a sort of philosophical outline of what I’m trying to do with the site. And since the audience size is always growing and I’m still enjoying writing about anime 5 years later, I guess whatever I’ve done so far must have worked.