That’s right. My little domain TonyJiang.com is 14 years old! Can’t say I have done much work on my websites in the past few years, but they are still online and I write blog posts here once a while. Not going to check how many visitors or how little money I made off of Google Adsense, since I’m sure those have been down year-over-year over the last few years. It’s a good thing that my employment income trended in the opposite direction as my web advertising income hahaha. As I grew older, my interests and priorities shifted from tinkering with websites, but I still plan on keeping my websites running as long as I can. 2020 has been a strange year to say the least, and hopefully we’ll still be around for this anniversary post next year.
It’s that time of the year again! No, it’s not Christmas yet. It’s the anniversary of my domain woo hoo!!! 13 years and still chugging along.
In recent years, I haven’t focused too much on my websites, and so not much to report. No major changes in terms of the look and content, and of course ad revenue and traffic are trending down every year. There were some big changes in my life as I moved all the way across the country back to the Pacific Northwest. I’m definitely happier than I was a year ago, so maybe that’ll translate into me putting some work into these websites…? Or at least I’ll try to update this blog more often lol.
August has rolled around past us already, and that means TonyJiang.com is another year older. This website you are reading right now has been online for a dozen years :!: :!: :!: Isn’t that amazing :?: Ok, maybe not that amazing, but 12 years is not too shabby.
Just like the last few years, I don’t have much to update on the website, since I didn’t work on it very much. I’ve been busy with work and other things. Hopefully I’ll find some time at least to paint the backgrounds for this blog. As with the last few years, the traffic and ad revenue are still on the downward trend. If I learned anything from my anime/manga blogging days, it’s that you have to keep creating relevant content to get readership, and I certainly haven’t been doing that. My little travel and gadget blog posts are mostly for my own amusement, after all. Still, thanks to everyone who visited during the past year, and onwards to another year of TJ Online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.