TonyJiang.com: Year 11!!!!!!!!!!!

TonyJiang.com has been online for 11 years! Woohoo!! Break out the champagne :lol: . I actually remembered to post in August this year, which is when actually anniversary is. In previous years I would forget until September or even October to post this message.

Regarding my collection of websites, I don’t have much to report on in the past year. Didn’t do any major revamp or additions. Work has kept me busy, and on the weekends I try to do something outside of my home. I should probably at least go back to drawing and produce some artwork for this website. The crabbing guide is still the most popular out of them all, but traffic is slipping like the last few years, probably because I haven’t crabbed in Vancouver for a while, and there are new competition. Ad revenue is of course down, due to the lower traffic and the prevalence of ad blockers. Oh well, it’s not like I’m going to make a living out of these websites haha.

TonyJiang.com: Year 10!!!!!!!!!!

You read it right; my humble little domain has been online for a decade. A decade!!! That’s pretty unbelievable. I am very happy that I was able to maintain and keep this place running for so long. 10 years is not too shabby, if I may say so myself :wink: . I think the actual anniversary is sometime in late August, but better late than never, right?

I would like to say that it was a decade of excellence, but that’d be a stretch since hardly anyone visits. Even the traffic for the crabbing guide, which is the my most visited website, has been going down the last couple of years. Working full time now means I don’t have that much free time, and even I had free time I try to go outside and explore, so I don’t have a lot of time to spend on these websites. Still, I am proud that they lasted so long, and here is to another 10 years of TonyJiang.com! Thank you for everyone who visited, and especially to those who left feedback and comments.

New Theme for 2016

It’s been 4 years since I worked on the look of TJ Online, and it’s about time that this site got a brand new look. This new theme is based on the Sparkling theme, and it has some elements from the two previous WordPress themes I used for this site. For example the header and footer bars contains a graphic from my first WordPress theme, while the heading font is from the second. Another feature of this new theme is that its accent color changes everyday by cycling through a list of different colors. If you visit this site a day later, the accent color will be different. This is an idea that I incorporated from my now defunct anime/manga blog. In my old anime blog, the color changing, which is the loading of supplementary CSS styles, was done by JavaScript, but now I can do the color changing with PHP as I have full control of this website. Right now there are four accent colors in the cycle (red, blue, orange-yellow, and green), but I might add more in the future.

I haven’t done any web design for a while, so making a new theme was a fun exercise to refresh my memory, and I also learned a few things along the way. For example, I learned that my webserver now caches CSS stylesheets for 5 minutes by default. I didn’t know at the start, and this caused a bit of frustration because I would change the style, upload it to the server, but the changes are not reflected when I refresh the page. I eventually figured out how to turn server side caching off for the time that I was working on the theme. I’m mostly done with the design, but I still have to get some good background images to match each of the accent colors. I’m thinking of creating artwork for the background images as a way to get myself back into drawing once again, but that might take a while :lol: . Hope you all will like the new look.

Restored some anime and manga reviews

Over the last few days, I posted a number of anime and manga reviews from my now defunct anime blog to this website. If you are interested you can read the story of the rise and fall of my anime/manga blog here. The short story is that blog was deleted from Blogger, but I still have the backups. I’m not going to repost everything from my anime blog, but I’ve restored all of the series and anime movie reviews to the Reviews category. If you want to check them out, they are tagged under anime and manga. I think I may also make some review posts out of the anime series that I covered on a per-episode basis, but that will take more time.

TonyJiang.com: Year 9

It’s been another year on the interwebs for my humble little collection of websites. Slowly but surely we are creeping up to a decade online. Over the last year, I really didn’t make any big changes to any of my sites. I think I post more frequently to this blog nowadays, because I tend to go on trips and do fun stuff a little more than when I was a couple of years ago. As for visitor traffic, it seems like visitor numbers are down this year compared to last year, and ad revenues are probably down. It’s not like I’ll ever make a living off the Crabbing Guide and my other sites though, although any extra spending money from the ads would be nice.

I don’t really have any big plans for my sites for the next year. Unless I get some sort of super great idea for a new website (which is unlikely), things will stay the way they are. I might refresh the theme for this blog, and maybe restore a couple of reviews from my now defunct anime/manga blog. That’s all I have to report. Time to start the countdown to the 10th anniversary.

An Obituary for My Manga/Anime Blog

This is the first post in a while that is not about me visiting places and having fun. Up until yesterday, I had a blog called A Product of Wasted Time in which I wrote about anime and manga, and it was hosted on Blogger. That blog is now no longer exists because Blogger had recently received a number of DMCA complaints about my blog for copyright violations. Apparently just writing about particular anime episodes and manga chapters is infringement. I have never shared full episodes or chapters on my blog; I only write about the series I was following. At most, I had a couple of screenshots or one/two pages of a chapter included per post so I can put funny captions. But hey, I understand Blogger has the right to police their service, and I’m not mad about having the blog deleted. But still, R.I.P., A Product of Wasted Time.

A Product of Wasted Time screenshot
What my anime/manga blog looked like.

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Travel Log New Theme and Content

I spent some time in the last week or so updating my Travel Log website to a new theme. To give some background, the Travel Log is a Chinese language website that contain travel dairies written by a relative. The new theme is reminiscent of the old HTML website I made for one of the older series of travel logs before I converted the whole site the WordPress. In addition, I also uploaded my relative’s new Caribbean cruise travel log onto the site for those who are interested.

TonyJiang.com: Year 8

I was busy moving and starting my new job recently that I completely forgot about the anniversary for my web domain. TonyJiang.com is now 8 years old! And I started running websites a few years before and I got the domain name, so I have been in this business for probably 12 years. I definitely feel a sense of pride and accomplishment, even though my websites aren’t all that popular. I’m just glad I kept up my hobby for so long.

Over the last year, I haven’t spent much time doing any development on my sites, mostly because I was trying to finish my PhD degree and find a job. I don’t know how much time I’ll have to devote to my websites now that I have a full time job, but I’ll do whatever I can. I’m in the process of sprucing up the theme for the Travel Log and adding some new entries to the log. Literally no one visits the Travel Log, but working on the site gives me a chance to refresh my web design and development knowledge and hopefully learn a few new things as well. As for my other websites, the Crabbing Guide is doing quite well in the summer months and is the main traffic driver my websites. Obviously I’m not raking in the web ad earnings, but it’s good that some people do visit my website and find them useful.

1 Million Unique Visits!!!

My core websites (this blog, the crabbing guide, and the Smash Bros. guide) surpassed the big 1,000,000 unique visits mark some time during the last week. I haven’t been checking the web counter very often these days, so I’m not sure exactly when the count passed a million. It took almost 10 years to reach this mark, and you can see the stats in the graph below. Most of the hits come from the crabbing guide, and you can easily see the cyclical nature of the traffic where there are more visitors during the summer months than the winter months. I’m proud to get to 1 million and also proud that I kept my websites around for so long. Hopefully it’ll take less than 10 years to reach the the 2 million mark.

TJ web stats 10 years
Visitor count for my core websites since Aug 2004, courtesy of Statcounter. Click to enlarge

TonyJiang.com: Year 7

It’s that time of the year again. No, I’m not talking about back to school, although I will address that topic later in this post. I’m referring to the anniversary of my personal domain at tonyjiang.com, which has been in existence for 7 years. This year I worked on my websites a bit more than previous years, but in honesty I didn’t do that much either. The biggest change was to give this blog a brand new theme, which I worked on during winter holidays last year. My websites are chugging along as usual, and I’m glad to say that my websites, particularly the good ol’ crabbing guide, are now more popular than ever. The increased traffic also means my ad-serving venture is going better than ever, although I don’t think I can live off of my websites quite just yet. As long as I’m alive and able, I’ll keep maintaining my websites and post some updates on this blog every so often. While I may not be as enthusiastic about playing around with web technologies as before, I still find joy in running some websites and I hope they’ll at least be a good read to some visitors.

Moving on to another topic, classes have started again at my university. However, unlike the previous three years, I don’t need to go to class anymore. I have fulfilled my coursework credits for my degree, and I will spend this final school year working on my PhD dissertation. Not having to attend class, study for exams and do homework feels very nice of course, but this is certainly not the time for me to slack off if I want to graduate sooner rather than later. If everything goes well I’ll graduate in May. There is still a lot of work to though to get to that point, but I’m motivated by the fact that the finish line is finally in sight. Wish me luck.