The OG-Man’s 10th Bloggiversary Jiggywiggy

10 years. I have been blogging for 10 years as of April 6th, 2021. How am I still here? I dunno. Maybe we will find out together as I go on a spiel, reflecting on my blogging career up to this point, repeating parts of my “humble” beginnings, time on top, descent back to the “midcard” and where I go from here. For those brave enough to read my ego stroking come along for this bloated personal reflection.

Short version: I love this. I hope to keep going for years to come. I am grateful to the friends I made and appreciate most of them still dropping by or keeping in touch. No giveaways sadly.

Long version: Read on.

First up an abridged origin story. As mentioned in the past it all began in the mid-late 1990’s with the Howard Stern show and some hidden VHS tapes. That is how I discovered women could be sexually attracted to each other and engage in sexual intercourse. I even saw what a “futanari” probably looked like (Do not ask). I was born and raised in a cool and loving family that over time converted to Christianity. Most readers can guess what that meant. In high school I got my first sampling of yuri in anime from Love Hina, episode 25 if I remember correctly. This next part is something I imagine most 80’s-90’s kids can relate.

I stumbled upon Strawberry Panic…and the rest was history. It forever changed my life and I understood the beauty of media centered around love between women, or at least media featuring lesbians falling in love with each other. I discovered “Shoujoai.com” (RIP) and met people who enjoyed yuri since Aruba, despite touting freedom of expression, is primarily Catholic and Christian. Only recently did they, supposedly, pass a same-sex marriage bill (Do not quote me on that). In 2011, for reasons I cannot recall, at the start of my college years, I created my own WordPress blog called “The G-Empire“. What began as a run of the mill Aruban otaku blog that talked and reviewed anime, video games and other stuff that interested me, grew to become something more. During that time I followed a Spanish yuri blog called “Michirumagazine” (It’s recently been privatized), which is where I got the idea of creating English Yuri Anime and Yuri Manga lists. Also during that time I shared my G-Views on forum sites like “Generationotaku” (RIP) up until the last one I frequented before stopping, that of “NIS America“.

This went on until December 2014 when I was like “Maybe I should turn this blog into a fully fledged yuri one”. Thus “The Yuri Nation” was born. I of course lost traffic for a bit thanks to the name change but it was for the best as I quickly got the peeps back and then some. From Mid 2015-2018 I daresay I was at the top of my game. I was one of the go-to yuri blogs in the West. In wrestling terms I was a “main eventer” in the “Yuri Community” or at least in the upper midcard. I had lots of fun with doods and peeps through yuri award ceremonies, tournaments, the Hall of Fame (which I REALLY need to update one day) and more. I had enough support to get video game companies to acknowledge me a little bit. Heck, you know you made it big when there were some in the internet underbelly that wrote about how much they thought you were a stinky pile of booger anus doodoo. Always a sign of being moderately popular. Even the expected “How DARE a six foot, 220 lb handsome hairy Sasquatch of a MANLY MAN run a blog celebrating lesbian media!?” was thrown my way. Fortunately criticisms were far and few. Despite having brief moments where I considered retiring, support from fans and the good friends I made over the years kept me going. One of the best things to come from blogging were my bosom buddies. Some still around while others got swamped with work or real life forcing them to leave the blogging gig and/or yuri loving. Either that or I did not mesh with some people. That is part of life. You get along with some but not all.

Of course someone’s time on top is not eternal. Blogging and media coverage evolved, favoring editorials and in depth dives while the episodic style became less popular. Other yuri bloggers and content creators such as YuriMother and The One Called Ach stepped up their game and got the ball rolling, spreading the divine word of yuri goodness, helping continue the yuri community’s ultimate goal of global yuri conquest. Even comrades like Team Euroninja found a steady balance to provide content while keeping their spot. Yuri, while still having a ways to go, had grown in power. Meanwhile my time on top had clearly come to an end. It felt like I had become one of those wrestling legends who got cheap nostalgia pops or, to be more specific, a wrestler in their late 30’s to mid 40’s (I am 33 at the time of this writing) who can still wrestle pretty good matches but no longer considered a main eventer. To be honest, I am cool with that. I had my time on top and stroked my ego in a comedic sense long enough. Let more talented and capable content creators lead the charge to yuri greatness while I continue doing my thing as I always have grabbing the attention of longtime supporters and the interested.

Another reason I went back down to the midcard was over time I was not churning out content as much as I used to. The tournaments and awards stopped around the end of 2018. Ironic as it was one of the best years in yuri history, 20-Gay-Teen. I still did my thing but not as awesomely as in my peak era. I also cut down my coverage to anime and video games with the occasional Western cartoon. Manga became too difficult for me to keep up with and I do not focus much on live-action lesbian media. Perhaps it has to do with the fact this has always been a passionate hobby and not something I am paid to do. It is fun, and still is. Otherwise I would have probably ended it in 2019. That and I am only one guy. I am thankful to everyone who offered to help via manga and video gamge reviews and updating the Yuri Manga List but naturally they have their own lives and are not expected to make this a full time gig. Them lending a hand is more than appreciated.

Speaking of 2019, July 2019 to be exact, the blog changed its name a 2nd time to “The Yuri Empire“. The “yurination” pee jokes popped up from time to time and were no big deal but once Twitter got touchy enough to repeatedly remove my blog link from my Page there, it had to happen. Thus, The Yuri Empire rebranding. In hindsight I should have gone with this since the first name change. It was glaringly obvious but, eh. It is what it is. Ultimately no harm done besides the expected brief 2nd traffic slowdown. That brings us to our old pal, 2020. How has the pandemic affected me personally and as a blogger? Not much. I already was not much of an outgoing person. Sure, I went on awesome family vacations and hung out with my homeboys and girls but I am not a “party animal”. Forced to stay inside with the family and adhering to social distancing was no issue. I kept in touch with my online and offline peeps and while it is not the same as in person interactions it helped maintain my sanity. Plus my ultimate secret to aniblogging longevity still worked just fine. I was one of the fortunate few who was not hit very hard. We had tough times, and still do, but it is all far from torturous. We are getting by, thank Almighty GOD.

So what is my ultimate secret to aniblogging longevity? I like anime, video games, cartoons, pro wrestling, late night talk shows (mainly the monologues), VTubers and occasionally stroking my ego in jest (After all. The first step to a healthy life is loving yourself). Basically I focus on multiple forms of media at a time and not just one. That along with the fact I usually do not ask for much to be entertained. The stereotype of a “cynical adult” does not apply to me. I enjoy almost all kinds of yuri media…except Maria Holic. Fortunately the dark age of yuri, where lesbian characters were depicted as psychotic villains, were often killed off or lost the girl to a guy have died down in media, animated anyway. It is still prevalent in live-action, so I do not have much reason to get upset at the yuri I consume. The “victories” and “hopeful future” conclusions outweigh the “disappointments”.

So here I am, 10 years later and ready to kick butt for 10 more. Through all the ups and downs, times where I considered retiring or felt like I was no longer needed as yuri content creator, I kept going because I owe a lot to this blog. Yuri love in Aruba, as far as I know, is almost nonexistent and this blog introduced me to some great friends. Some I wish to meet in person one day. Awesome guys and gals who are fun to discuss yuri with on the blog, Twitter or elsewhere. Friends who help make the hellhole that is Twitter tolerable. Friends and frequent visitors who come to my pad to share their thoughts on episodes or shows. Even the ones who often disagree with me, for some reason come here instead of checking out more deep diving/critical content creators. Every one of you are who help keep this blog going despite the content being relatively unchanged. At the end of the day I am just a yuri loving guy who created an otaku blog into a yuri loving blog that welcomes everyone interested in the genre or what I have to say about the shows and games I cover.

Thank you to the homeboys, sexy ladies, game companies, mangaka/comic artists, VTubers and people more talented than I for the trust and support. Here is to many more years of relishing fun and wonderful stories about girls and women falling in love with each other. Not the nicest broski on the block (as some of you know) but for everyone who is still here from year 1 or even year 9, you have my eternal gratitude.

Yuri shall conquer the Earth.

About OG-Man

Yuri and Slice of Life are my anime passion.
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36 Responses to The OG-Man’s 10th Bloggiversary Jiggywiggy

  1. Kotori_Sonoda says:

    10th anniversary!
    And I only started browsing and commenting when this site has it’s current name.
    Interesting to read your journey into Yuri!
    I really like your blog, I usually take your coverage of something as a watch guide of sorts, if I’m not watching it yet then I’ll get to it in the future.
    Here’s to more years to come for ya!

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  2. tbiscut74 says:

    Happy 10th Bloggiversary my friend!

    Yours is the only blog I follow. I am extremely grateful for this blog. It has introduced me to SO many wonderful Yuri content! It helped me find some of my all time favorite series, like The Demon Girl Next Door! (As of now I am the proud owner of the Blu Ray for season 1 and Volume 1 of the manga! So hyped for season 2!)

    Another reason I am grateful of this blog is that I can finally “geek out” about Yuri with like minded individuals! There’s no one in my life I can really talk about it, since my brothers prefer action orientated anime and stuff. So its just nice to have people to talk too about Yuri.

    So Thank You my friend for all your hard work. And here’s to many more years of glorious Yuri content!

                                                     Yuri shall conquer the Earth.
    

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    • OG-Man says:

      I’m grateful for your support and my coverage helped you find some fun series to follow and enjoy.

      Oh definitely. As I said part of the reason I made this blog was to find more people to discuss yuri with since there are hardly any offline where I’m from.

      Here’s to more years discussing yuri!

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  3. LuzeP says:

    Happy 10th anniversary!
    I started checking out this blog in 2015 when I’m not in a good situation and yuri is all I have. Knowing you are a (manly) man also got me into it even more. I get girls like yuri but how about boys perspective. And here we are 6 years later. I’m sorry I might not comment a lot more. My English is getting worst and I don’t want to embarrass myself looking at my own comments 10 years later. But you know I will always there for you when you need me. You are a wonderful person, OG. Keep doing whatever it is that’ll make you happy. Life too short. Here’s to another ten years to come!

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    • OG-Man says:

      Please dear Luzeri. Do not worry. Your English is quite good. Always has been. Either here or the other place may we continue our wonderful discussions on yuri and VTubers for years to come.

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  4. Nick says:

    I can’t remember when it was that I found your blog, or even met you on Twitter, but I’m really glad it happened. It’s amazing to think you’ve been at this for a decade, like that’s just mind blowing! A whole decade of ani-blogging, what an incredible milestone and I can’t even begin to express how happy I am for you for reaching such a huge moment.

    I don’t think I ever knew the history of your blog and how it all came to be, so this was a nice look into how it all began. It funny how you started in 2011 and during that time in my life I was just getting into anime. Blogging and online forums weren’t something I was into back then, my newly found passion for anime was the only thing on my mind. That and Lego. Really cool to learn this history about the blog and its different stages over the years.

    I’m also not sure when it was that I took an interest in yuri media but it’s something I’m glad I did. Because of that I’ve seen a lot of great anime I might not have seen otherwise and also bought manga that before I’d probably pass up on. I’d definitely say your blog has helped shape my focus over the years when it comes to yuri and have really opened my eyes to a genre I might not have ever gotten into.

    10 years is just such an incredible milestone to hit when it comes to blogging. Not many people stay with it for that long, but it’s very commendable that you have kept at it and really refined it as the years passed. Massive congratulations to you my good friend and here’s to many more years of blogging to come!

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    • OG-Man says:

      It’s an abridged version with some omitted details but that is the history of the blog and how far I’d come by myself along with help and support from kind peeps.

      Glad I was able to show you the glory of yuri and enlighten you, hehe.

      Many thanks for your continued support and wonderful friendship over the years and many more to come!

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  5. Happy 10th Anniversary my dude, got my blogging anniversary coming up in August goodness how has the time flown by!

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  6. Kuudere-Kun says:

    Congratulations!!!!!!

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  7. chikorita157 says:

    Indeed time flies and 10 years is an impressive goal as only a handful stand the test of time. It’s not too surprising since there are the challenges of continuing to create content while keeping the readers engaged. Yes, the past few years has been a challenge, but I am hopeful that things will turn around with some new efforts to improve and expand my audience.

    That said, it’s interesting to focus on the past. Believe it or not, I don’t really socialize that much, even during my childhood as I spend most of my time in front of the computer or playing video games. I guess there is a plus to that since I don’t end up wasting money on socializing (e.g. eating out), meaning more money and time to spend on my hobbies.

    Aside from that, congrats.

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    • OG-Man says:

      I’m sure you’ll get your groove back to full strength soon. Keep at it for as long as you can good sir.

      Living life as a hikikomori has its ups and downs but it is best to enjoy life outside every now and then with friends or by yourself. You know, just go out and stuff. I’m sure have. Just saying stuff.

      Here’s to more years of blogging and discussing stuff!

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  8. yandere tsundere says:

    glad you are still blogging. happy 10th anniversaries and thank you so much for your hard work compiling and reviewing yuri anime. it was really helpful.

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  9. Happy 10 years OG! I don’t remember the specifics exactly, but it was around 2014 believe that I found your blog. I’m not certain since I kind of discovered Yuri and watched a bunch of the classics around the same time, but I do think the anime that broke me into Yuri was Sakura Trick. That woke something up in me I guess and the rest is history. Through my journey into more Yuri anime and manga as well, I even came to realize more about myself and embrace my Bisexuality, so it’s been an interesting journey over the years. However, one thing that hasn’t changed since is my interest in your blog. It’s always been my main source of Yuri news and discussion and there’s no one’s opinion on Yuri I trust more. I never expected we’d become such great friends when I first encountered this blog, but now I can’t think of someone I’d rather discuss my love of Yuri with more. Thank you for all you’ve done, do and will continue to do I hope for many more years to come. Your devotion to the subject is something I admire and I really respect you. It’s an honor to know you and be your friend. Thanks for always being there to support me in anything too. You’re the best!

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    • OG-Man says:

      Oh yes. We know of the glory that is the Sakura Trick anime. Good show to enlighten someone to the beauty and “delight” of yuri, hehehe. I’m glad to hear you discovered and embraced your sexuality.

      It is great being your friend and yuri buddy and here’s hoping for not only our continued friendship for years to come but also yuri blogging. You can count on the former for sure!

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  10. Ioni says:

    Happy 10 years !

    We both started yuri with Strawberry Panic, also thanks to you, i hummed the first opening for 10 minute, like always it’s stay on my head

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  11. cirno9fan says:

    Happy 10th!
    I don’t remember when we first started interacting…I think I just happened upon this place, but it could also have been some nisa forums thing, as that was my place to be for a while.. I know it’s been a time, that’s really all. I thank you for putting up with me all these years. And hopefully the discussions can continue for many more years!

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  12. Little Viktoria says:

    Congratulations! ^^ And thank you for introducing me to at least 75% of all the yuri anime I’ve watched ^^

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  13. Dreamer says:

    Long time lurker here who’s followed your work for about 9 years now. After the site Shoujoai closed this became my main source for yuri info to this day. I really appreciate what you do, ty and keep up the good work!

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  14. yurimylove says:

    Congratulations OG! What a wonderful post, sure takes me down memory lane. At my age time passes by a lot faster than when I was much younger, so many things in these past 10 years seem like yesterday to me. Like I remember chatting with you on shoujoai.com before I even knew you had a blog. I remember you mentioned going on family vacation trips a couple of times. The yuri awards etc. all seemed so recent to me too.

    Maybe the old adage is right, time flies when you’re having fun. Keep up the good work pal, and let’s continue to enjoy yuri for years and decades to come!

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  15. opaco1234 says:

    I also i`m been blogging for 10 years, in the first year was something so enthusiast and i thought it could be done forever, however many blogs i fallow ends, so been constantly active event with small content is complicated

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  16. Yukiyu-chan says:

    Congratulations for your 10th anniversary! This is my first time commenting on your blog but I’ve have been reading your reviews and comments ever since your blog was called G-empire (I don’t really know what year). Because of you, I’ve known and watch a lot of yuri series making it my favorite genre. I really love to read your reviews because it was really fun. I hope you keep having fun with this blog and continue it for more years to come =)

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  17. Giack31 says:

    Congratulations on the 10 years anniversary!

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  18. Laya Chaz says:

    Congratulations, man!

    When I first started watching yuri several years ago, I was unsure if someone like me would be fine watching these kind of shows but then I came across your blog and understood that many other people share the same interest as me.

    The Yuri Empire is truly something amazing and I am glad to hear you are still planning to run this for many years. You have our full support.

    Wishing you all the best

    ~ YayaSamuko

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    • OG-Man says:

      Glad my little blog and the peeps here helped you embrace your inner yuri love and express it more freely.

      That’s the plan, to run it for as long as possible. Thank you for the continued support!

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