TonyJiang.com Year 17!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another year at TJ Online has passed. I’m supposed to make this anniversary celebration post in August, but forgot until now, like in several of the previous years. My websites are still alive. I make the odd post on this blog here and there, but no plans to do anything more. Maybe instead of drawing the background images myself, I’ll get GenAI to do it. I’ll write my own posts instead of using ChatGPT. I don’t really even check the traffic to my websites anymore, and Google Adsense revenues are non-existent for the most part. Onwards to Year 18!

TonyJiang.com Year 16!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TonyJiang.com hits its sweet 16! Don’t really have any celebration planned other than this post, but happy that I’m still keeping my websites alive. As usual, not much in terms of updates. Mostly I just write some travel posts or the occasional gadget post here on my personal blog. The Google Adsense revenue has declined to a point that it no longer covers the hosting and domain name costs, but that’s not a problem since my personal income has grown a lot more during these years than the decrease in ad revenue. Anyways, onto Year 17!

TonyJiang.com Year 15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15 long years! That’s how long this domain has been on the world wide web. As usual, I write a post every year celebrating the occasion without actually having done much on my websites in the past year. Ad revenue and traffic is abysmal as usual. I keep telling myself to create some artwork or something to spruce up the place, but never quite get along to it. The biggest news is that I fixed up the PHP in the crabbing log, and also started recording my crabbing tallies from the Puget Sound. Anyways, 15 years is a pretty good chunk of time. See you in a year for the 16th anniversary post.

TonyJiang.com Year 14!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

TonyJiang.com: Year 13!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

TonyJiang.com: Year 12!!!!!!!!!!!!

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: 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.