2017 Goals: Matt-in-the-Hat in the future

Hey everyone, this is Matthew of Matt-in-the-Hat. I don’t think I needed to introduce myself but I still did it to have a proper introduction. 2016… this has been a crazy year. We had events happened all over the world and even us. Most of these events were either good and some were bad. If I was to write a list of good and bad things of 2016, there would be more than two parts of this post. I won’t go into details but I guess you could say that we some interesting moments, some were major and others were minor. As we say goodbyeΒ  to 2016, we will go through many changes for 2017. Some maybe good, while others get the other end of the stick. For me, my life has been a roller coaster.

I recently graduated from my University and ended with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing, I had two jobs working from full and part time for the season, I saw some amazing movies from Marvel and DC, my sister got proposed and will be getting married in January, and my brother has the skills to play the piano.

As my life gets busy, I have to ask myself, what about my blog? Will it remain the same or will it also evolve? I took some time to think about and I came up some ideas on what to do. I actually have ideas I want to try out for my blog. I want to go far in my blog and try to do new things. I wanted to do a top 5 or 10 post but I decided that this will be just a top posts without limitations.

Reviews – Spoiler Alerts!

If you have been reading my blog, you will notice how I review anime. Whenever I review anime or manga, I always mention that I will not spoil the story/plot. I avoid spoiling a series so I don’t have to take away the pleasure of watching or reading a series. The only exception is if I am reviewing something that’s a season 2 or some other form of sequel.

My plans for 2017 is start review anime/manga with spoilers. I think spoiler reviews will make discussions much easier to talk about and it will be easy for people to let people know which posts are spoilers and which ones are not. I believe this will also make reviewing a series easy to do because I won’t have to hold back on information. Also pn the plus side, I will have an excuse to reread or watch a series again multiple times.


This idea first came up after I had an interview with Anime Girls NYC. She interviewed me and wanted to share everything about me to everyone else. When I first got interviewed, I was really surprised. I never thought anyone would be interested in knowing me. I am just a average blogger who loves anime, manga and video games. The fact someone was interested in me made me feel special. With this moment, I always felt like getting to know know other bloggers out there. I enjoyed watching livestreams from Lita and I like learning about Shay of Anime Reviewer Girl. It could be written or talked but I think it would be nice to get to know people better if I had a moment of time to have a one and one discussion.

First Impressions

This is another idea I want to do in regards to doing anime or manga reviews. I want to try and do it fast reviews on series and give my opinion. If it’s good, I will say “continue on”, if it’s not, I will think of something depending on how the beginning is. For all we know, a series with a bad start could end with a great ending or a series with a great beginning can have a terrible ending. Overall, I want to do Episode 1, chapter 1, volume 1 or 1-hour impressions.

Reviewing REALLY long series

The anime series I ever reviewed that was longer than 24-26 episodes was Rurouni Kenshin. Rurouni Kenshin anime had a total of 95 episodes. Besides that anime, I think we familiar with the Big 3, One Piece, Naruto and Bleach (this is the Big 3 I know). I want to talk about long-going anime series like One Piece or whatever you think it too long and still going . Almost like my First Impression idea, I was thinking of watching the first season of anime and then give my opinion on it. Anime like Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach that has an ending will be treated like Rurouni Kenshin: watch from beginning to end.

Anime Haul!

I recently shared this on Twitter but I recently bought the Kill la Kill Omakase Box on the Christmas sale at Rightstuf.When I got this treasure chest filled with goodies, I was excited. I held it like a greedy pirate and hid it from everyone. This box contain the Kill la Kill goods for any fan that wanted to hold one. Well, you get the picture. I want to review anime box merchandise like Omakase and Loot Crates.


To make my reviews more interesting, I was thinking about recommending other titles. If an anime/manga series is good, I would recommend other titles to help people continue to enjoy the taste of a good series and help save them from feeling empty of not having anything to see. If a series is bad, I would recommend a title that you are better off seeing; this can help save some time.

YouTube – For game reviews

Many of you may not know this, but I have a YouTube channel and I use to record gameplay videos from PS4. I don’t think I am planning to do anime reviews on YouTube or any other topic or discussions. I do have in mind of showing off the gameplay of a video game to support my video game reviews. It won’t be good as watching other gamers but it’s something and you don’t need to worry about side conversations. You just watch.

Making Money!

Just like other bloggers, I want to be able to make money on my blog. I enjoy writing and I think it will be nice to see my work being paid off. This would mean, you will have to remove any ad block plug-ins to help me out. I may also try to sign up for anime affiliate programs such as Rightstuf or Otaku Mode.

So far these are my goals for 2017. I want to make Matt-in-the-Hat a super, awesome blog. I may not be able to complete them all but I want to make it even better. Thank you for reading and let’s see where 2017 leads us!

121 thoughts on “2017 Goals: Matt-in-the-Hat in the future

  1. These all sound like fantastic ideas that will definitely improve your Blog.

    Particularly the interviews would be really cool. I’d be down with that for sure!

    I’ll also be happy to support you through ads should you decide to try to make some money through partnerships. I’d love to do the same some day and I know I’d appreciate the help myself.

    Best of luck with all the changes! Here’s to a good 2017!

    • Thank you for the feedback! The interviews is something I think would be beneficial for me and the person. I want to help make the online world friendly.
      For the ads, I don’t want to sound desperate but I might I beg haha. However, I still care about my loyal followers. I am hoping the ads business won’t be a hindrance.

      • Definitely. If you’re ever in need for someone, I’d be happy to volunteer myself πŸ™‚

        And nah, there’s no shame in asking for support at all and it’s not like they’ll be in the way or anything since they’re at the side!

      • Excellent! Hopefully if life is not too busy and I can get started, maybe I should consider asking you. πŸ™‚
        I want to at least help out anime sites like Arria from Fujinsei and Kauses from Otaku Gamer Zone. I make money and the money they get helps the anime community. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! This was something that has been in my head for a while. This year has been busy for us. I don’t intend to stop. I try my best to make room for improvements. I will go on!

  2. You’ve had a busy year! Yes, I’ve enjoyed reading you blog so much. All blogs evolve over time, you’ll find a balance that suits you best. Here’s to a great 2017 πŸ™‚ and happy blogging!

  3. I was thinking the same thing. What can I do different with my blog. You should do top 5 or 10. That will be cool.
    Also, I was happy to interview you. You are a unique person πŸ˜€

  4. Great ideas for expanding your blog content! Interviews are always fun, so I look forward to that.

    If you want to add affiliate links, make sure you do some research beforehand. WordPress.com is a little strict about stuff like that since they are providing you free hosting.

  5. Your blog has always been highly enjoyable to me. Your posts cover a lot of topics abd that’s what I really enjoy about it. You are always very kind, and find time to respond to every comment, which is something I really think is great as well.
    As for your plans…they are awesome. Next year your blog will probably become even more popular than it already is. I wish you good luck with these plans, and an awesome 2017! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks for the feedback and appreciate all the kindness you bring to this blog. I am hoping to reach one of these goals. Next year will be busy but I am hoping to make my blog even greater. I will need your help and everyone to help support it.You guys are the blood of the blog. πŸ™‚

    • Haha thank you. I maybe done with school but my life has enter another chapter. Thanks on Transformers. I am hoping to use my gameplay to make a review for this game.

  6. FANTASTIC MATTY !! Great ideas to up rise your blog and I am looking forward seeing all of these put into play !!! YOU CAN DO IT !! and nawww mentioning me and shay you always mention us too much lol

    • Thanks Lita. It’s an honor to hear you praise. I may not be like you or Shay but I can at least try with my skills. You two are pretty awesome and the community knows it too. I will need you and everyone’s help to make these goals real!

      • An honor for me to praise you lol ahaha Ive said many times I really don’t consider myself anything special. sure shay would say the same thing to you, I would not go far to say the whole community as people think I am close with a few youtubers when I’m not really, blogging I would say I’m closer with others XD

      • We think your special. You girls are awesome. It’s nice to see you and Shay are close to us and very interactive. Maybe if the community doesn’t think so, we care. Look at me, I’m just a blogger who like anime. I feel special because you guys. Anyway, we all appreciate you and that’s why we support you. ☺

  7. Sounds like you’re gonna put out some real heat in 2017 but you might want to change your approach to the first impressions a bit.

  8. Yay congrats on your degree πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ You have great goals ❀ ❀ I love first impressions on manga and anime. Recommendations will be good as some anime are great to begin with, then get boring or too predictable. That's cool that you have a YouTube channel, I really want to start one for make-up, cosplay, my art, anime, and gaming (I rather just have everything in one channel). Keep up the great work with your blog! I can see you making money from your blog. I've been writing out my 2017 goals. I will share them on my blog soon x x

    • Thank you and I am hoping things will go smoothly next year. Yeah I have a channel but it’s just me doing random gameplay lol. I want to make my blog more useful for others. If you do start a YouTube channel, let me know and I will follow you! Let’s do our best for 2017. πŸ™‚

      • Your welcome πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ That’s cool. It’s good you have a YouTube channel ❀ ❀ I'm glad you want to make your blog useful for others, it's good to help and inspire others. Thank you, I will subscibe to your YouTube channel as soon as I set up my channel. I really want to start making video's in January. Yes, lets make 2017 a great year. It will be fun and lots of hard work x x

      • Thank you for the kind words! I always try to make room for improvements. I am hoping these goals will make my blog even better. It won’t be easy but I will need everyone’s support! Just let us know on your channel and I will check it out. If it’s about anime, I think I will like it. πŸ™‚
        2017 will be a new chapter to us.

      • Your most welcome πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Yes, its always good to make room for improvement. To become the best version of yourself that you can ❀ ❀ I'm sure these goals will make your blog better, they sounds really good. Yes, I'll let you know when I start my channel. Haha I'm sure you'll like the anime, and drawing videos. Just maybe not the make-up tutorials. I will make cosplay ones though. So they will be cool. Yes 2017 will be great x x

      • Yeah you’re right. I want to do better and meet new people. I will need your help to make these goals possible. If you start a channel, I will definitely enjoy the anime section. Don’t worry about make-up, I follow an anime fan who does cosmetics and that doesn’t bother me. It’s your channel and blog, do what you enjoy the most! πŸ™‚
        Maybe I can I be the first to comment and like. XD

      • Yes, it’s fun to meet new people who love anime and other things you like πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Yay thank you. I’m glad to hear that, I want to make videos on things I’m passionate about ❀ ❀ Aww that's nice of you. I'll be sure to let you know when I put my first video up. I will check out your videos once I set up my YouTube account x x

      • Yeah you will be surprised to meet online who likes the same stuff as you do. I bet you will have tons of fun at your channel because it’s about your interests. Take your time on it and hopefully I can be an assist to you. πŸ™‚

      • I think so too. Forget about those haters along the way. They are jealous of your skills and will look for a reaction. Listen to people that cares about you. Give it your best shot! πŸ™‚

      • You’re welcome. I haven’t had this experience yet but I do it from my friends. There will always be those kind people to bring you down. Don’t be afraid to block them. Maintain a positive spirit. πŸ™‚

      • That’s the spirit. Always remain positive and be ready to meet new people. Always avoid the trolls. Those are the ones that really need to get slapped. It’s best not to feed them. They just want to see a reaction. XD

      • I am sure you will meet people will want to learn about you on your videos. πŸ™‚
        Those are the people that want more on your creativity.

      • I agree! I don’t go to conventions that much because I don’t usually have a lot of money or I am busy at that time. I been to Comic Con once and I really like the atmosphere and being surrounded by people who likes the same stuff. Creative people are awesome because they get to be different show off their personal talents. πŸ™‚

      • Conventions can cost a bit. Food is always overpriced. Its true that you have to take a bit of money with you because there are always cool comics, manga, posters, and lots of wonderful things to buy. Yes Comic Con is so cool, I really love being able to talk to others there, as everyone is on the same page there with interest ❀ ❀ I've only been to conventions in Australia, I'm orginally from New Zealand (which does not have many conventions, is slowly growing). Yes, I find creative people to be the most interesing as they are more open minded and are more expressive πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • Yeah it’s very expensive. I would recommend bringing your own food to save money and carpooling but I bet that is still difficult XD. However, it will be worth it because you get to meet people with the same interest :). You’re from New Zealand? What’s it like there?
        I agree about creative people. I can already tell that you’re very creative too. I like how you write in your blog and show off your artistic side! ^_^

      • Yes I always bring water and some snacks πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The transport luckily really good in Sydney. You can just catch the train to the city Central Station and outside the train station is allocated buses, that run to and from the event every 10-15 minutes. Yes, New Zealand is very quiet compared to Australia. Sydney alone is bascially the population of the whole of New Zealand. Australia beautiful too, I prefer New Zealand though because it is cooler and there is nothing poisoness unlike here in Australia if you go for a bush walk you have to be cautious of snakes, spiders, bugs and so on. New Zealand has a lot of beautiful scenery, and fun adventure things to do ❀ ❀ Thank you, art is my life, I love drawing manga, and painting x x

      • Sounds very convenient It sounds pretty fast and easy travel where you live haha. I have heard Australia was nice but they do have big creatures like spiders. Thanks for the heads-up. I guess I should consider checking out New Zealand because I do like the quiet life XD. If art is your life, you should not stop drawing. Draw out your passion on paper!!!

      • Yes, its really good here how there are express trains to the city. Driving can be really bad though, lots of traffic πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I rather just walk and catch the train. Yes, there are big spiders, but you hardly ever see them. Unless you go for walks where there are lots of trees, like a bush walk. Its pretty cool here, I love it at night when I see owls, they are so cute ❀ ❀ and during the day parrots like to hang out in the garden, they are so pretty. There are a lot of beautiful birds here. Yes, I love the quiet life too. I partly grew up on a farm in New Zealand, since my Dad lives on a farm and my Mum lives in the city (so I got the best of both words). I love farms, it is nice and peaceful. I love to draw everyday, I will make a new art challenge soon this month, I think its going to be painting, but kind of want to do it will oil pastels x x

      • New Zealand sounds awesome. I just hope I don’t see these spiders because I show no mercy on killing them XD. They have parrots over there? Sounds neat. Sounds like over there has many types of birds. A farm and city life sounds great because you get to experience two worlds. A paint challenge would be interesting to see. I hear oil pastels are tricky to use.

      • Yes New Zealand is awesome. Lots of parrots in Australia and pretty birds here. New Zealand has some pretty native birds ❀ ❀ Painting challenge will be fun πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Oil pastels can get messy, but they are fun to use.

      • Really? You probably seen tons of them. Over here, we don’t get a lot of exotic birds unless we go to zoos haha. I can imagine that being fun. Since it is oil, the paint will be lighter I assume.

      • Yes, I love seeing different kinds of birds πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Tropical fish are so pretty too, I’ve been snorkling at the Great Barrier Reef (which is towards the top of Australia, on the right side of Queensland state). Its really magical seeing all the fish and coral (like finding nemo lol). Yes, oils are really fun to blend ❀ ❀

      • The Great Barrier Reef? I think I heard of it. Isn’t that where multiple species of coral fish dwell in? It must be awesome to live in a place where you are surrounded by vast lands and animals. πŸ™‚
        Just keep swimming.

      • Yes, its one of the 7 wonders in the world. Its really pretty, but sadly is dying due to global warming, and other things ❀ ❀ More people need to take care of the planet. Yes, theres still so much of Australia that I have to explore πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • Really? I bet it’s beautiful. Oh no! I wish people did respect this planet. It’s our home too. We don’t throw trash in our homes either. Australia sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I wish I can go there. πŸ™‚

      • Yes its very beautiful, theres nothing like it. Its really magical, kind of like a fantasy anime when your up close to the coral ❀ ❀ Yes, its so sad, I really don't want it to die because if it does all of the fish there will die as well. The reef is reducing in size each year. People need to make sure they recycle and don't let things go to waste. Yes, put it on your bucket list, I'm sure you can. Just have to save over time to travel πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Theres so many places that I want to travel to.

      • It sounds fantastic ]. I bet it feels awesome to live near a fantastic creation like this. God really knows how to make beautiful landscapes. I try to my best to properly dispose waste. My brother recycles and I make sure to pick up my own trash; even if I have to hold it all day XD. Is there another place you would like to visit?

      • Yes it is awesome πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Yes he does ❀ ❀ Yay, I'm glad to hear that. I want to visit lots of countries, and experience the culture. Japan, the US, Central America, Pacific islands, theres so many places I want to travel too πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      • Sounds like you dream for adventure. Almost sounds like something from Final Fantasy XV. You get to meet new areas and people. If you do go places, would you write them down and share experiences?

      • I really do πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’ve always been adventurous, and always enjoyed travelling. Haha Final Fantasy games make want to travel even more. I just love it how they explore new places, and meet people ❀ ❀ Yes, I plan to share my travels this year on my blog, and will vlog as well. It will be nice to capture memories, and then my family can watch and see what I'm doing too (since they all live in New Zealand).

      • Imagine if life was like Final Fantasy? We would have to fight monsters and fight god-like villains. If this was FFVII, we could wield the Buster Blade! Vlogs sounds awesome. You can show us what we can’t go. I think that’s an awesome idea!

      • It would be really cool, but also scary at the same time ❀ ❀ as humans will always be the biggest threat to each other, and the planet (unless maybe beings from another planet attack us, even so people will always sellout other people to survive). I would love to have the power to use materia, have an awesome weapon, and travel the world πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Yes, it will be fun making vlogs x x

      • That’s true. I think humans are the ones that can hurt each other and fight for top. Still, I bet it would be different if it was Final Fantasy world haha. I would like to wield weapons and ride on Chocoos :D.
        That sounds awesome. I hear it’s fun when people vlog. You can experience and see the world from people’s eyes.

      • Yes ❀ ❀ A Final Fantasy world would be so cool. I also would love to wield weapons. It would be so cute to have a Chocobo πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Yes, I love watching vlogs, they can be inspiring to see other places.

      • Sweet. A Final Fantasy world be awesome. If it was based World of Final Fantasy, we would have to deal with cute chibis. If started a vlog, where you like to go to start?

      • Aww that would be so cute, all of the chibi’s ❀ ❀ I would want to hug them all lol πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Umm, I might do a little bit of vlogging if I have enough time when I visit family in New Zealand in March. Otherwise maybe if I go anywhere exciting here in Australia. Supanova isn't until June, so I will vlog that for sure.

      • Same here well… maybe some. I don’t think Cloud or Squall likes hugs haha. Sounds like you will be busy in the future. My birthday is actually around March haha. Make sure you are ready and supplied :D.

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