Drifter Direct, March 2018

Good morning, everyone! I missed the boat on preparing a Drifter Direct for February, so I’ll prepare one for early March.

Last month was pretty successful for the blog, I think. I was happy with how the Soul Eater posts were received, and thanks to more regular updates, February was an all-time high for the site in terms of page views. On average, someone checked the site out each day last month, which makes me happy. I even gained some more new followers, who write some cool content. Thank you for your interest in my content!

My biggest hitch in February involved some personal struggles. Mainly, over Presidents’ Day weekend, I had to say goodbye to my dog, Dakota.

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when he was young, ca. 2011

Losing Dakota meant more than losing a dog. He was my grandpa’s initially; we took him in after my grandpa died in 2013. I loved him partly because caring for him was one way I could honor my grandpa in life. Now that Dakota is gone, it feels like my grandpa’s spirit has also gone away.

Not only that, but Dakota was one of the dogs that joined our family while I was a kid. He joined the family when I was sixteen; I’ll be 26 later this year. Dakota knew all the dogs we had from when I was in elementary school. Now that he’s gone, all of the pets I grew up with have left me. It feels like a new chapter of my life has started, and I wasn’t ready for it.

As is the cast with losing pets, Dakota’s passing hit me like a freight train. I don’t think it’s ever felt this way before, maybe because there was so much weight to his death for the reasons stated above. If you noticed some periods of inactivity on the site, I’ve been grieving the loss. I published a lot of those Soul Eater reviews in bulk because I needed to take some time for myself. This wasn’t the most important thing in my situation by any means, but I can’t help but think that the posts would’ve been more successful if they’d been spaced out more. It doesn’t matter that much, though, and I’m sure most would understand. If you’re interested in reaching out, know that the thoughts will be appreciated.

At this time, I’ve more or less accepted it, though I’m still struggling a bit. I’m doing my best to keep myself busy, whether through reading or other means. The important thing is that Dakota was sick and suffering, and we did everything we could to make him comfortable. I’m grateful for the time I got to have with him.

For March, I want to get back in the habit of regular updates. Soul Eater is on hold until I can get the remaining volumes to read, so for March, the subject matter will be pretty different. I already have some of next week’s posts scheduled, so I can tell you that next week will lean heavily on some shōjo manga. February leaned on an older title that still seems to be pretty popular, but in March I hope to talk about some more contemporary hits. I hope you look forward to it!

That’s all for now. Thank you very much for your reading and continued support of Dreamland Drifter. I hope you have a wonderful month!

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