7 Years writing a journey

It has been seven years since I started writing on my blog. I started my blog in 2014 at my University for an English Class. I believe the day was April 2nd. In my college class, we were supposed to use this to write about the public sphere and share news. After I completed this class, I was ready to leave this blog behind. But after a while, I realized that I could use this blog to voice my opinions and speak where I couldn’t speak in public. By the end of 2014, I revived this site and then started my blog on my interest. These past seven years has been quite a journal. I had this ever since I was in college and I haven’t stopped writing. From the end years of college, from moving to a new home and new jobs, I always had time to write. Despite writing news, reviews and memes, I rarely talk about my personal life; ironically, I was originally going to use this blog as a personal journal log about my life. A lot has happened in my seven years. I graduated, moved to a new area, got new jobs (before and after the pandemic), got a girlfriend and even became an uncle. Even though we are still in a pandemic and life gives me a headache as I continue to grow, I always have this urge to write. If it’s not about news about anime, movies or video games, I want to use myself as the topic. I didn’t make this site to gain popularity and be a celebrity. I wanted to blog because I wanted to be heard and talk with others who appreciate the same interest. I’m not good as public speaking, but I can use this electronic log to shout from the heart. I don’t know what the future holds for the eighth year in 2022, but I am hoping you’ll stay with me and read what I want to say. Thank you guys for the epic journal. I appreciate your time. God bless you all.

The T.A.P. Tag by Shaddowcat99

Original post that created this T.A.P. post was done by Carnivoruslreviews.

Thank you to Shaddowcat99 for tagging me in this fun and unique tag post. It’s been a while since I got tagged and it also been a while since I did poetry but I am always up for a challenge. In this tag post, I am going to be sharing my three favorite anime and make a tanka poetry for these three.

Tanka:

A Japanese poem consisting of five lines, the first and third of which have five syllables and the other seven, making 31 syllables in all and giving a complete picture of an event or mood.

Rules:

  1. Headline your post with “The T.A.P. Tag!” and put “tanka” as one of your tags.
  2. Make sure to link back to the original post that started the tag (this post!).
  3. Make sure to mention the person who introduced the tag to you!
  4. Pick 1-3 of your favorite anime.
  5. Write your tanka about the anime you’ve chosen. It’s fine if you decide to do only one or two if the schedule is tight.
  6. Tag at least 3 or more bloggers you know, and get their creative muscles flowing.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

https://images.justwatch.com/poster/19530374/s592

One generation – 5

Their nickname is called JoJo – 7

The Villain has fangs -5

The man’s spirit shouts Ora! – 7

You’re next line is oh my gosh! – 7

Dragon Ball

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A tale of a boy – 5

A story of a Saiyan – 7

Hero named Goku – 5

Time to collect the star orbs – 7

History reborn by gods – 7

Clannad

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I hate the city – 5

A boy trapped by his own past – 7

Do you love this place? – 5

A cute girl appeared to him – 7

The boy becomes the girl’s life – 7

Nominees:

MyAnime2go

Windmills of My Mind

This is my place

 

1,000 followers!

I want to say thank you everyone who helped me reach one thousand followers! It means a lot for a writer like me to reach this milestone. With many things going on my life, I try my best to spare my time and give my readers something to read. Now that my blog receiving the premium package, my blog is becoming a website. I am going to be writing as much as I can and provide the best of my writing. Thank you for making it possible. For these past days, I have been writing everyday posting new content. As a writer, it’s my goal to keep writing no matter what. My goal of my site Matt-in-the Hat is to provide the best content for gamers, anime/manga fans, movie lovers and casuals.

Thank you and God bless you all!

Domain claimed! Moving on up!

Well, I did it! If you guys didn’t know, I mentioned in the past that I wanted to turn my blog into a website instead of a blog. My parents urged me to follow this goal by encouraging me to take the next step in my writing. After finally getting a job, I decided to use my money to buy the premium package to WordPress. With the premium package, I am able to add WordAds and use further customization such as themes for my blog site. However, I will was still contented to WordPress and I couldn’t do much monetizing.

Today, I used my free domain offer and left my old address and decided to embrace the new title, Matt-in-the-Hat. Now, if you were to Google or Bing matt-in-the-hat.com , you would instantly be taken to my site. I want to thank my parents and my readers for encourage me to go far into my writing. I am hoping to do a lot more writing than before. It’s going my goal to keep writing as often and using my free time to write out the best content. I am asking from everyone to help me by motivating me continue working hard and help me earn money so I can keep this site. My readers are the reason I am here and thanks to you guys, I am made it. God bless you all!

PSA – AnimeNewsClub.com uses stolen posts from OWLS and Rai! Don’t Support them!

This is important news in the anime community that all writers should be informed.

It has come to my attention that someone is stealing posts by copying and pasting them as their own work for an anime website called AnimeNewsClub.com. Revealed on Twitter, a writer named @MrXenodude noticed that one of his own posts was linked to the site AnimeNewsClub. The link revealed that the writer who goes by the name Wiired is stealing posts.

That’s right, this person stealing work from the OWLS (Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect). Specifically, the most notable posts that was taken was from fellow member Rai from Rai’s Anime Blog. What I heard from the team, the owner of AnimeNewsClub is also getting PAID from their site in which they are getting monetize from content they took.

The team member Lynlynsays already wrote to the writer and requesting to remove these posts as it shows that this is not how you support the OWLS and it’s considered stealing.

MrXenodude got a response from the writer and the writer mentioned they did not intend to do anything malicious.

Even if the writer stated they didn’t intend to plagiarize, we must not let our guards down. There’s a huge difference between supporting something and stealing. I have a friend who loves the OWLS and she even showed her support by using examples from our works and CITING/SOURCING the authors.

This is a good example of citing people’s work

This is not supporting. This is stealing.

AnimeNewsClub did not cite anyone’s work and they just copied everything and pasted them to get attention. The way the writer posted these posts shows that they did not read them since some of them mention hiatus posts and it doesn’t make sense to post about taking a hiatus and then writing a new post about a different topic.

To leave this in a final note I have some words to say to everyone including to the owner of the site.

To whom it may concern,

I noticed from my team that you have stolen works from my fellow writers from the OWLS without giving them credit. I heavily request you to remove these posts if don’t plan on citing them. We do not tolerate anyone stealing works from others for ones benefits. Stealing work is a serious matter and we don’t appreciate having our stuff taken. We as writers work very hard to provide content for our readers and it pains us to see it plagiarize by someone who won’t write their own site.

Sincerely, Matthew

To the readers and supporters of OWLS,

Thank you taking the time to read this PSA post. I wanted to warn you guys that we take pride on our works and we don’t appreciate it when someone steals. If you would like to support the OWLS for your blog, PLEASE cite our works. It makes us happy to see our works and ownership being used properly. As OWLS, we do our best to show importance of respect and we do our best to bring fans together who enjoy anime. We don’t like causing division among each others.

Please spread the word and inform others to stop plagiarisim.

Sincerely, Matthew.

I got Ko-fi!

After doing some research and finding this out from my blogger friend TwoHappyCats, I decided to try out Ko-Fi. From I understand from the website and from TwoHappyCats, Ko-Fi is a special website where people can set up a free page for YouTube, WordPress or any other activity you do show work and get paid. Almost and not like Patreon, people can support these people with a measly donation and you don’t have to worry about donating monthly like Patreon. This is called “Buy Me a Coffee” and by clicking on the button or link, you will be taken to a page where you can donate and show your support. The set up is free and you don’t need to pay. If you have Paypal, you can use your email and password from you account and use it for Ko-fi and you can donations to your Paypal. I haven’t explore much but I think you can also donate with other means.

My Page

Why did I create a Ko-fi page?

In the past, I said I wanted to get paid for my writing here in my blog. Eventually, I want to upgrade my blog and make it a personal website. For now, I am going to use Ko-fi as a stepping stone as way to experience what is like to earn money from writing. I feel like doing more for my blog and I want experience something new. Nothing is going to change here drastically so don’t worry. I am still going to blog about anime, video games, news, TGIF and the usual even if you don’t donate. Ko-fi will allow me to see who is supporting my blog and is willing to give me a cup of coffee. If you wish to donate, I will be happy to give you a shout out, or if you don’t want to be placed on the spotlight, your secret is safe.

I am also going to try and update my Ko-fi page to make it look appealing. If you saw it now, it looks bland but like any other coffee shop, I am going to add some cream and love.

Thank you for taking the time to read this news. Rather you buy me a coffee or not, I appreciate you reading my post. As always, I am still going to give you guys the best in my posts even if you don’t click the link. I love you guys!

Also thank you TwoHappyCats for giving me the idea from your blog and others who encouraged me try it out. Give her some coffee!

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 goodbye  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.

Interviews

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.

Recommendations

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!

Nominated for another Sunshine Blogger Award!

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I got another award!!!

I want to thank Scott of Mechanical Anime Reviews for nominating me for this Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you for choosing me and I am sorry for the delay. Things have been busy for me here.

Rules:
-Thank the person who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
-Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
-Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
-List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog

Scott’s questions:

1) How do you watch your anime (computer/cell phone app/PS4/what?)

I watch anime on my laptop computer. Sometimes I watch anime on my Samsung phone from the Crunchyroll and Adult Swim app.

2) If you were a magical person, describe your transformation sequence

Magical Person? This may be crazy but I would want something flashy and explosive. Something like from the video game Viewtiful Joe’s transformation. Henshin-A-Go-Go-Baby!

3) What do you watch or read that isn’t anime?

If it’s not anime. I usually watch cartoons like SpongeBob or even classic  90’s Nick cartoons in the Splat like CatDog, Rugrats and Hey Arnold! I also watch Full House. I also read my Bible every morning.

4) If you read manga, do you read it digitally or in book form?

I actually read both. I like using both. I like print because I like the feel of a book and digital books are faster and cheaper than print.

5) What time of day is prime time anime watching time for you?

I usually watch anime at night, about 9 PM. This is also the same time I watch Toonami on Saturday nights.

6) Microsoft or Macintosh (Apple) ?

Microsoft

7) Thoughts on Yuri on Ice?

Based on the fandom, Yuri on Ice is an anime filled with fanservice for anime girls and it’s praised for the art, content, and characters. I never watched the anime but I hear it’s worth checking out.

8) If you could play a musical instrument, what would you play and why?

I would most likely play the bongos. I have habit on tapping stuff and I think bongos would fit me. I find it really hard to play guitar or piano.

9) If you had to jump into a seat of a giant robot, what would it be?

If it was possible, I would like to hang and ride with Optimus Prime from Transformers.

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10) What is your favorite time of year?

I would definitely say Christmas. This is the time where I get to spend a lot of time with family and we remember the birth of Christ. For my anime personality, this is where I can buy a lot of anime for the sales!

11) Why did you start blogging in the first place?

Much said in my earlier posts, but I will say again. I got into blogging because of a college class requirement. I first used this blog to post news in regards to the United States. After I finished my class, I abandoned this blog until late December 2014. In the beginning of January 2015, I began my aniblog journey.

11 questions

  1. What kind of trading cards, if you any, do you collect?
  2. How do you play video games? On console, portable device (Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita), Smartphone, or PC?
  3. Do you have a favorite game board to play?
  4. If you met someone that wants to get into anime, what anime series would you recommend them?
  5. If the same person asked what anime to avoid, what series would you not recommend?
  6. What was the recent movie you seen this year, 2016?
  7. What’s the recent cringiest moment you ever heard or saw you have ever experienced (in anime terms or non)?
  8. Do you remember your first follower when you started to blog?
  9. Who do you follow the most as soon as you log in your WordPress account?
  10. If you could have any food or meal for your last meal, what would you eat? (money is ignored)
  11. What’s the number 1 goal do you plan to do in 2017? It could be about your blog or personal life.

11 nominations

  1. Lethargic Rambling
  2. Animetai
  3. The Maniacal Book Unicorn
  4. Maggie Simple Life
  5. Tenshi
  6. The Anime Ashtray
  7. Rose -Wretched and Divine
  8. Pokeninja90
  9. Deven Luca – Anime Reviews and Lots of Other Stuff ( https://animethief.wordpress.com/ )
  10. Shay – Anime Reviewer Girl ( https://animereviewergirl.com/ )
  11. Venus – JAPANime Talks ( https://japanimetalks.wordpress.com/ )

Thanks for reading and I hope this entertained everyone! (don’t ask me why nominees 9-11 are like this. Apparently, I wasn’t able to hyperlink them like the rest.)

One Lovely Blog Award

I have been nominated by Jiraiyan of the Otaku Orbit and I want to say thank you! It has been a while since I did these and I am ready!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

7 things about me:

  1. My favorite anime genre is Shonen. (e.g DragonBall Z, One Piece, Naruto, etc.)
  2. I am a Playstation user. I also like Nintendo as well but I mostly play the Playstation.
  3. Just like Jiraiyan, I am looking forward to Final Fantasy XV this year. I am also looking forward to Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter.
  4. I graduated from University with a Bachelor’s this early June.
  5. One of my favorite classic games is Sonic the Hedgehog.
  6. I am an Android user, but I have an iPod and I use it for music.
  7. I enjoy listening anime opening and ending theme songs.

Nominees:

ImoJoan

Expensive Rainbows

Fantage Chatter

Season Memories

Diversion3000

Lyn Thaler

That’s all folks!!!