Business Updates.

Well I haven’t written one of these in awhile! It’s our second month with our website and boy is it a challenge to keep up with the content! I fell behind for a bit there and I am sorry for that. I’m all caught up now and I’m going to work on staying on schedule!

 

Attack on Titan is over now so it’s going to have it’s Sunday Review slot replaced with something else. I have been debating on doing fan art once a week. I would do a black and white version and have the colored version available on our MyPatreon. I will even take on requests for specific anime characters. I struggle drawing American comics, but anime and manga, I’m your girl.

 

We didn’t get as many visitors this month so far, haven’t hit 200 yet. It’s a little disappointing but it’s only month two so I’m trying not to dwell on it. This type of business is slow to start. I am happy we’ve gained a couple followers this month though so that makes me happy!

 

I’m trying to come up with new content ideas for next month to try and get us more followers and traffic. I’m hoping my art will be a good start. I know Attack on Titan Reviews were on Sundays, so you’d think Fan Art would replace it on that day, but I’m going to move it to Fridays. Fan Art Fridays just sounds good. Haha. I’m thankful for those of you who participate and leave comments! I love discussing anime and manga, so I encourage more of you to comment! Also, if you have any suggestions for anime I should watch, let me know! I’m actually checking out Food Wars. I’ll be sure to give my first impressions of that one on Monday! I haven’t done any first impressions in a couple weeks and that’s mostly because I hadn’t discovered a new anime I felt worth watching or blogging about. Food Wars though, will get a fairly decent blog post. I have a lot to say about that one. LOL

 

Thankfully, the month aint over yet! We got “Castlevania” coming to Netflix which I can’t wait to check out that original anime! I’ve heard of the game so I’m fairly familiar with it. Cameron will be reviewing that one since he actually played the game as a kid so he can give a decent critique. I’ll probably review it too, though. Cam will be able to review as a gamer and I’ll review it as an anime fan. Our perspectives should be different so that should be some good content!

 

Well, thought I’d do a little update. Not a whole lot is going on, mostly playing the waiting game for Cam to get surgery and back to work. Once he’s back to work, I’ll have more time to dedicate to this blog and have even more content. Thanks to all of you who have stuck with us so far! Be sure to watch for the first of the month blog which will review the previous month and let you know what we have in store for July!

 

-The Wife Shawna

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The Monthly Blog: We Made It Through the First Month!

We’ve officially had our blog site up a month now and it has already been a challenge to keep it active but I love the challenge. We’ve had 384 views, 219 visitors, 113 likes, 23 comments, and 22 followers for the month of May. It may not seem like a  lot, but it is to me and I’m happy with the start of our blog so far. Our goal is to reach even more people and hopefully get some patrons to help support us to get you guys more content!

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Business Updates

Thought I’d provide a little update on the progress we’re having so far with our blog! We’re up to 19 followers and we’re consistently getting traffic to our site every day. Each week we have more visitors so far. I’m aiming for us to have even more followers and visits in our third week! Cameron is working on a new series about older manga that will start on Thursdays so be sure to watch for that if you’re a manga fan. We’re on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr now.

 

Cameron is working on getting our first video vlog set up on our Youtube Channel which I’m excited for since it will be our first vlog! We’re limited on equipment but that’s why we set up our MyPatreon so if you’re interested in seeing more content be sure to become a Patron! We want to bring you all the best content since we do work for you!

 

My goal for the month of May is for us to reach 50 followers. If we do, in celebration I’ll draw a new art piece! I’ll even post a poll to see what you wall would like to see me draw. If you haven’t seen my work, be sure to check out our Art Gallery where you can find some of my fan art. Once business picks up, I look forward to getting a digital art pad to bring more art for you all to enjoy! I’ll have art available to purchase eventually too.

 

So, help us out and share us on social media and tell your friends about our blog! Thank you to all who follow us. We appreciate you!

 

-The Wife Shawna

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Preparing Our Youtube Channel

Yesterday, Cameron created the “intro” to be placed at the beginning of all of our videos once we start vlogging! Apparently he found where we can get music that isn’t copyrighted which was very helpful. It’s a cute little intro, upbeat and bubbly! Goes with the mood of our videos since we’re totally a cutesy couple. Haha.

 

It’s really exciting to see our business come together one step at a time. We’ve been talking about creating a channel and blogging for a couple years now. We love exploring places, food, and entertainment so why not blog and vlog about it, right? Do we want to become part of the Youtuber community and make money that way? Yes that is our goal. We know it will take a couple years or longer for that even to happen but we are determined. We follow a lot of youtubers who do similiar things to get ideas and tips of what makes people want to watch a youtuber who reviews things like this. I’m happy with our blog is going so far, we’ve gotten some decent traffic since we started on May 2nd. Almost 150 views so far! Sure, that’s very small but its exciting for me anyway!

 

It’s just really thrilling to see an idea start to become real. When Cameron showed me the intro he made I got giddy and excited. It’s happening. It’s really happening. We’re doing this and our future is exciting to think about. Cameron and I both already have experience with travel. Growing up, my parents took my brother and I on vacation every summer. I had been to 33 states before the age of 16. I’ve seen the Grand Canyon, Disney World, and New York City. I’m from Los Angeles originally, so I’ve been to a lot of tourist spots down there. Before Cam lost his job (for medical reasons we’re still dealing with currently) we traveled to the Oregon Coast every August for our anniversary and to see my parents. Cameron was a navy brat so he’s been to some interesting places across the United States. Sadly, traveling out of the country is not something him and I have had the pleasure of doing. We hope in a few years we’ll be able to take pictures from the Tokyo Skytree, walk along the London Bridge, and see the highlands of Scotland. We want to see the world and share our experiences with everyone.

 

Another part of our business will also be our art and crafts. I do have a gallery set up on our site, so if you haven’t seen my work yet, be sure to check it out here. I drew our logo! The anime cat girl is going to be our mascot. Hehe. Cameron is creative too so expect a gallery of his own work also. Some of the items we give away in contests will be created by us, so you’ll get something totally unique! We also will be selling our work once we’ve created a enough merchandise!

 

Those of you who follow us, we can use all the support we can get! Be sure to share our blog on social media! Also, send us any recommendations for stuff you’d like us to check out and review! We really love feedback so any tips on how we can improve and draw in more readers would definitely be appreciated!

 

 

-The Wife

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Progress with our Dream

Been messing with the layout of our blog site. I’ve added some new widgets that hopefully will bring more readers to our site! We have a twitter account set up and linked to the site. Facebook will be done at a later date, we’re still building that one. Instagram will soon follow, most likely tonight. One step at a time we’re getting our business set up! It’ll be a bit before we start vlogging. We have to pick out the first tourist spot we want to vlog about in Spokane! Eventually we’ll have a Patreon set up also once we start having more followers and start making more exclusive content! Also, I will be giving away custom art once we start having contests. If you haven’t checked out my art work yet, be sure to check it out on our site under “Shawna’s Art”. If you have any tips for improving our blog, please leave your comments below! Also, my husband and I will be signing our posts as follows “the wife or the husband”. Thanks for being our first followers! Hope to still see you with us when we finally visit and move to Japan!

The Wife
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We Dream of Japan

I thought I’d talk about our ultimate goal, which is moving to Japan and raising a family there. My husband and I have gotten push back from it, but it hasn’t deterred us. We’ve set a goal and we’re determined.

If you’re American and live in America, you’re aware of the state of things. I won’t get into detail because then we’ll be touching controversial topics and that’s not what I want on this blog. The state of the country has us very motivated to move to Japan. It’s not the only motivation, but it is a reason.

We want our children to grow up in a different culture. Japanese culture fascinates us and we want to be part of that culture. Our children will have guaranteed quality education and they’ll be able to go to college as long as their grades are good (something we can’t afford in our own country). Not to mention my husband and I will have access to better care with our complex medical conditions.

Of course you’re thinking, wouldn’t that be a big culture shock? Of course it would. Moving to Japan is going to be difficult and so will be living there at first. Honestly, my main problem for me personally is not knowing the language (although I am studying right now).

I’m not really intimidated by the city of Tokyo. I’ve watched a lot of videos on it and follow a few youtubers who live in Japan so I can get an idea of what to expect. Another reason we wanna move is because life is short. Who says I have to finish my life in the country I was born in, and retire with a quiet life until death? That sounds boring to us. Cameron and I want to enjoy every year we got. When we’re retired we’ll still be exploring and seeing the world. I’ll be kicking until my body can’t move. Plus, in addition to learning Japanese, I may later take up Korean and Chinese. Why not Spanish? Knowing more than one language is good for the mind and can reduce the risk of dementia.

We’re excited about starting a new life in Japan. Right now, their population is dropping with older generations dying off and their millennials not having babies. They want immigrants. They’re in demand of English teachers and translators for English. Contrary to popular belief, most Japanese don’t speak English. The tourist spots like Akihabara, high end shopping, big hotels, etc have English speaking people but that’s about it. There’s also a U.S. military base in Okinawa so there’s English there too. My husband has decided to get a 4 year degree in Japanese language and culture, then pursue a translator job in Japan. I’d be working from home with my art and hopefully still updating this blog!

There’s a number of things I’m willing to give up to make this move:

1. driving

2. Purchasing a delorean

3. Wearing shoes indoors

4. My comfort zone

5. Marijuana (its legal in my state)

6. Using a purse (backpacks or messenger bags are more common and easier when living in Japan

There’s a few more things than that of course but those are the main ones. Guns are banned there but we’re okay with that. Their crime rates are low. A couple of female youtubers who live in Japan say they feel comfortable walking through the city at night there unlike here in the states. Apparently it’s legal to be drunk in public which I find amusing. I don’t drink myself but that would have made drinking more fun when I was younger! (I’m 35).

We’re still learning more about Japan and their culture. We want to make sure we’re completely prepared for a move like this. We hope you’ll learn a lot from us!

Shawna*
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Starting from the Bottom

Our journey is starting from the very bottom.

My husband is out of work pending back surgery so we’re living off my McDonald’s Crew Training salary of $11.10 an hour. It hasn’t been easy. We’ve been struggling and have had to rely on donations from our GofundMe campaign just to stay afloat.

However, setting this goal to visit and eventually live in Japan has helped us push through the struggle we’re dealing with financially. Yes, life is stressful right now but that goal keeps reminding me that it won’t always be this way, that we will be in Japan.

There’s many things that draw my husband and I to Japan and it’s not just anime and manga. We love their culture and how they live. They live in a “collective society”. Their way of life is how Cameron and I prefer to live. We love and respect their traditions and would never want to change it. We want to be part of it. We want to experience their culture. We want to live like they do.

Before moving there we have to visit first. I can’t just assume that I’ll love living in Japan when I haven’t even been there yet. That goal is set for five years from now. I’m going to document our journey to get out from the bottom and start saving money for our visit to Japan. The first thing that has to be done is my husband need’s to get his back surgery. I am planning to call his doctor tomorrow and get him an appointment for a consult. Only after his surgery can he really get back to work.

There is is a bit of good news though. My mom is sending us some supplies through boxed.com. She’s helped us quite a bit since my husband had to quit his job when his back went out. She’s also sending us a PC! It’s just a basic one, nothing fancy but it’s coming with a printer too so we can print out resumes! Also, my husband could try to find an online job he can do from home. I won’t get my hopes up though. Unfortunately there’s a lot of scam jobs out there.

Having a PC will also make it easier to update this blog.

That’s all I’ve got to say for today. I’ll post again when I find an extremely helpful video about Japan and their culture.