Double Update: Another Milestone achieved & we got a new crowd to introduce! ^^
Domo Minnasan~ I bring some site updates and an introduction of the new team conducted for adding fresh blood to Metanorn.
We crossed that 3 MILLION HITS MILESTONE!!! We are currently at 3.14M and increasing daily of course. We hit 1 Million in October 2009 so it’s amazing that we doubled that before even a year was past (in exactly 9 months). So, thank you constant readers, lurkers, commentors for keeping up with our content.
Weekly Traffic since early Jan this year. Our traffic peaks occurred in January and Jun-July. Hopefully, we’ll keep up with the increasing trend. The bridge of shame happened in March and April when very less updates were done. We won’t let that happen again, promise… ^^;
For the new team, I never realized that the announcement put up for around 10 days would get such a humongous response at such a short span of time, but that is what really happened. Interestingly, the Evangelion picture I posted in the Team Up! portrayed three girls and two guys and that is exactly what we ended up selecting for the new blood. Coincidence, eh?! ^^
The deadline for submission was 31st July, 2010 and we still got around 4 on the last day, which I let slide in because of different time zones. At first I might have done this individually but due to an overwhelming response I brought in three friends from Sekijitsu to make the process more seamless. So, every applicant should be reassured that every fact they mentioned in their application along with the review(s) submitted was evaluated and marked on the basis of English, grammar, thoughts put in, innovativeness, overall interest in the fandom and relevance to Metanorn content.
The selection process was grueling yet a very thorough one as we wanted to be sure of each and every requirement mentioned in the application procedure to be fulfilled. From the 20+ applications received, we decided to select 5 so that we can cover a blend of shows. Though, all thanks go out to the applicants for taking out the time to apply and showing interest in our site.
First one booked for the constant readers/lurkers/commentors: DOMO ARIGATOU GOZAIMASU~
Secondly, for helping me with the difficult judging, the awesome peeps of Sekijitsu, who not only assisted in making all of this possible within a week’s time but literally spent hours on discussing minute details of the screened applicants and their every attribute. Special mention of Flags, who I’ve leased off SJ and whose brain I usually pick (sorry, dude, for any hair loss I caused… xD); he has not only become a part of our team but has been helping me at the backend (like, this Type-moon pic was edited out of so many characters to fit the active authors =.=;;).
Thirdly, Bakuhasu from The DDD Cast, who advertised for authors wanted in their podcast. Check them out, they are part of our Blogroll and they talk about some awesomeoferric fandom fun.
New Authors: You would say, an odd time to hire authors. I agree with you. I should have thought about this when summer season was just dawning on us. But oh, well, RL can come around any time and it’s better to have new blood to keep things alive and that is how I came upon the new Metanorn sacri- I mean, slav-, oh seriously, TEAM! For your benefit, virtual selves of all active authors on the main pic, from left to right: Kyokai, Flags, Hoshi, Overcooled, Masu, Ryuuko and Hato-kun.
I hope you would extend your support to all of the new team members in becoming better and blogging exactly the shows you would like to follow. This is just a preparation for fall. ^^
Flags – The Know-it-all
Hato-kun – The Overzealous Gamer
Overcooled – The Karate Protégé
Hoshi – The Manga Connoisseur
Ryuuko – The Otaku Extraordinaire
Masu – The Procrastinator
End Note: We won’t ever be tired of thanking our readers, who make this place worthwhile for us to go bonkers with our fandom obsession. Thank you for all the support! Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu~ ^^