As we come to the close of this year we also come to the fifth anniversary for this blog, Never Ending Music Power. And five years seems to be a good time to make an anniversary post to reflect upon how I made it this long.
I really did not have much of a plan for this blog when I first started it, other than moving all the posts I was making about Johnny’s from my Live Journal account to it and making Johnny’s my focus. Looking at my earlier entries it is easy to see there was not too much in the way of focus other than if it was related to Johnny's I wanted to write something about it.
When it came to thinking up a name I decided to try to tie in the two groups that I loved the most at the time NEWS and Hey! Say! JUMP. So from NEWS I took the first half of their concert tour title of 2007, Never Ending Wonderful Story, and for HSJ the last two words from the title of their debut, and at the time their only, single Ultra Music Power. And thus Never Ending Music Power was born.
I honestly did not expect to get many people to read the blog back then, let alone have anything like regular readers. I just wanted to blog about what I loved and was trying to learn more about. And even to this day it is still a good part of why I still blog. I also think it is one of the main reasons why I am able to keep this blog going while all my other attempts at writing other blogs have failed. Though I do have hope for my latest try, Jubilee Moon, as I am taking the same approach to it as I have NEMP and it is working out well for me so far compared to previous attempts.
Over time I have pretty much stopped using LJ for blogging and NEMP has become a part of my life in a way I would have never imagined. To have been doing it practically non-stop for five years is an achievement I would not have thought possible. I have a terrible habit of letting newer things distract me or get bored of a fandom after a time yet with Johnny’s this has not been too much of an issue. I guess the unpredictable nature of following real people helps with that.
Being discovered by International Wota and in turn discovering them has probably been the biggest turning point for the blog for a while. Connecting to the greater international J-idol community in that way made me really want to improve on what I was doing with NEMP. And it was searching for how to do that I decided on making my History of Johnny’s posts. That series is something I am a bit proud of, even though they are not perfect.
I was then beyond honored when I was asked to be a part of Idol Minded, the successor site to International Wota. I also feel like it is a natural progression for me in the world of blogging and a chance to hone my skills more as a writer. The staff there has been fantastic and I would like to thank them all for the support they give me. I am very grateful to Ray for being willing to look over my work there and listen to suggestions I have to make, even if they end up being big last minute projects.
I know there are a lot of others I want to thank that I have not named, but for everyone who has shown me any support with leaving comments and such I do appreciate it truly. While I feel I would still blog even if no one read it knowing that I do have people reading my blog surely helped with keeping me going for so long.
I hope in five years from now I will still be blogging here with NEMP. I am not sure what exactly that future will look like but I know I am with Johnny’s for the long haul. And I hope you all can come along with me.