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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.