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Happy 2nd Birthday Shojo Power!

Eternal Sailor Moon happily eats a chocolate cake (90s anime)

On July 7th 2015, Shojo Power! celebrated its 2nd birthday. Wooohooo! This past year was full of conventions, posts and more exciting adventures. Onto the statistics!

Top 5 Posts
These are the top 5 posts that were published in the past year:
1. Top Ten Reasons to Love Sailor Moon Crystal
2. Is Sailor Chibi Moon Too Sexualized?
3. The Most Beautiful Shining Star: Usagi Tsukino
4. The Sanctity of Human Life in Sailor Moon
5. Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters: Sailor Moon’s First Kiss

Top 5 Visitor Locations
Last year, I reviewed the top five countries visitors came from. From the past year, visitors from Germany (#2) and France (#5) made it into the top five! But this year, I wanted to do something a little different and take a look at the top five cities:
1. New York City
There are so many Moonies in NYC you guys! But with a population of 8 million people, it’s really easy to connect with other fans. If you are in the NYC area, please check out this Sailor Moon Meetup group–they are fab! (and I come hang out from time to time!)
2. Samara

This location really threw me! I had never heard of it! Samara is a city located in the south-eastern part of Russia. It has a population of 1.1 million people and it sits at the intersection of the Volga and Samara rivers.
3. Los Angeles

In 2014, I visited L.A. for the first time when I went to Anime Expo (also for the first time!) I really enjoyed myself and maybe one day I’ll visit again!
4. New Delhi

I hear that manga is becoming more popular in India. May the Manga and Anime Gods bring you more!
5. London

I visited London very briefly many years ago. I need to go back!

General Stats

1. 24,371 unique visitors

2. 3.23 page visits per session (That one more page than last year!)

3. 90,669 page views (That’s a 34% increase!)

4. 14 posts (About 50% less than last year…)

Top 5 Most Memorable Keywords

1) sailor moon

This one always surprises me. It seems so general, how could you possibly find my site through this phrase when a million others have this phrase too?
2) *ヽ(^ᴗ^)丿 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯(•ิ_•ิ)(ಠ益ಠ)(ಥ‿ಥ)(ʘ‿ʘ)ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ヽ(゚д゚)ノʕ•̫͡•ʔᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ(=^. .^=)oo

It’s like the emotions one goes through when reading Shojo Power! In emojis! This delights me to no end!

3) saylor moon

A million points to creative spelling!

4) anime character for 6years old girl costplay\

At first, I was just so delighted that someone was going to dress their 6 year old daughter as Sailor Moon, I didn’t notice that “cosplay” is spelled “costplay.” Truer words have never been written. *tear*
5) has sailor moon been invaded by feminism

BONUS: i thank god for making me the sailormoon superstar

I always include this in my nightly prayers.

All and all, I’m pretty happy with this past year. I went to two conventions I had never been to before–Anime Expo and Anime Boston. I was able to do two panels at Anime Boston both of which were huge successes. This year I also contributed to an upcoming book on Sailor Moon as well as an academic study of anime and manga. I was invited to review a new biography on Beate Sirota Gordon and attended the book launch at the amazing Rubin Museum. I also appeared in my first podcast at Transformation Sequence and it was a complete riot! Major thanks goes to Vincent and Kym for asking me to join them. Another thank you goes out to guest writer Dina Inds who wrote one of the top five posts of the past year–thank you!!

I guess the only negative thing of the past year would be that the number of posts decreased. On the upside, I’ve been putting more time and research into my posts, so even though I’m posting more on a monthly basis, I hope all that time and effort shows in the quality of the post.

Now, if you are feeling celebratory like I am, there are a few ways to celebrate with me!

1. If you would like to support the content you see here, please consider donating via the donation button on the right side of your screen. A donation of $10 covers hosting fees for one month.

2. But no worries! If you rather give a gift to yourself, I recommend checking out the Shojo Power! bookstore on the top right side of your screen. Any purchases of these books from that link supports Shojo Power! If you are looking for a book on feminism, I recommend The Mismeasure of Woman. If you want to know about Japanese culture, I recommend Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential. And if you simply haven’t gotten around to reading the Sailor Moon manga, here’s your excuse: PART 1 and PART 2.

3. Looking for a bit of Moon Healing Activation? Donate to your favorite charity in honor of Shojo Power’s birthday. I recommend Planned Parenthood which provide reproductive health services to girls and women. End the Back Log works with Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation to get rape kits tested to help prevent future violence.

4. Last, but not least–take some time today to give someone in your life positive feedback. It doesn’t cost any money, but you never know how it might help someone!

Thank you for reading Shojo Power!

Header Image via Hancock Public Library
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