Shoot the Rookie is Five!

Hello dear readers and welcome to another post here on Shoot the Rookie. I know it has been forever since I last posted, but I wanted to write something today to celebrate the fifth anniversary of this little blog, so come join me for some reminiscing, some hopes for the future and possibly even some cake!

Five years is a long time. Five years ago I had a different job, lived in a different house and felt quite differently about many things. In the blogging world, the last five years has been a rollercoaster for me too. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but I am so glad I never gave up because I am still enjoying it immensely despite the ups and downs and changes that have taken place.

Other blogs have come and gone in that time, and with them friends have come and gone too. One of my main motivations for starting a blog was to meet people and this remains one of my favourite things about blogging. I’m not the greatest at making friends, but I’ve interacted with so many cool people through doing this and even formed a couple of close friendships that honestly mean the world to me.

Enough gushing for now though, lets move on and take a look back at some of the stuff that’s happened since I started blogging!

My highlights from the last five years

Image: Captain Toad and Toadette from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
The first game I ever wrote about – Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Since I started writing the blog, a lot of amazing games and anime have come into my life and I’ve had some pretty incredible experiences. Games-wise, the last 5 years have been a whirlwind of different things. It is weird to think that when I started the blog I hadn’t played Persona 5 or Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I’d never played a Resident Evil game by myself and hadn’t played Civilization in over ten years. I think I’ve grown a lot as a gamer and a writer in this time and have been really happy to be able to write about my adventure on the blog.

Of course one of my biggest highlights has been expanding the blog to include anime. That may be the single best thing I’ve done here. I am in a very privileged position of having been able to watch a number of anime films (such as recent releases Belle and Inu-Oh) ahead of their official release dates at special screenings and the annual Scotland Loves Anime festival, and it is so exciting to get to write about this stuff for you guys. Five years ago I hadn’t even seen most of my favourite anime series, but my Crunchyroll subscription has done me well and I feel like I’ve learned so much and found so many great series that I can share with you through my writing.

Image of Vash from Trigun
This guy featured in my first ever anime post

I’ve said this before, but in terms of blogging, the stuff I’ve probably enjoyed the most has been being part of community events and collaborations. Remember that time I co-hosted a video game fashion show, or when we asked everyone to vote for their favourite JRPG? All that stuff was so much fun, and I do miss it, even though I’ve made a conscious effort over the last couple of years to concentrate on my own things.

I’m pretty proud of a lot of stuff I’ve done here, but my two proudest moments were probably winning 2019’s Blogger Blitz competition and the article I wrote for The Games That Define Us, where I discussed how Guitar Hero has impacted my life. These things really stretched my creativity in different directions and I hope some of you enjoyed these pieces too.

My hopes for the future

The Xenoblade Chronicles 3 logo
This is my life for the foreseeable future

My main hope going forward is that I am able to start posting more regularly again. There is a ton of stuff I’ve never written about that I think people would be interested in, and I’m playing new games and watching new anime all the time so it isn’t like I’m short of inspiration. It is just that my tired brain doesn’t always want to commit to writing.

In a wider sense, my other hopes for the future include Xenoblade Chronicles 3 being as awesome as everyone thinks, Yona of the Dawn getting a second series and, dare a say it, the Yuri on Ice film actually happening. If Persona 6 could add some lgbtq+ options that would be cool too. Oh, and Promare 2. That has to happen.

Hoping for world peace would probably be going too far, but in general I hope the world can become a better place and that we can all learn to respect and be kind to each other no matter what dubious video game opinions we hold.

So there we have it! Five whole years of me talking nonsense about video games and anime. I remain super grateful to all of you that take the time to read my words and truly hope that over the years I’ve been able to entertain you and bring a smile to your face once or twice. I honestly couldn’t and wouldn’t want to do this without you all so thank you for your support and I hope to be here talking nonsense for many years to come.

Thanks for reading,

Pix1001 x

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  1. Congrats on 5 years! I’ve loved reading your posts over the years and I’m looking forward to seeing what other awesome ideas you come up with! I’m also hoping to see Yona of the Dawn series 2 appear in the future and although I know it’s unlikely to happen, I’ll still be crossing my fingers 🤞

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  2. Only five years? It feels like you’ve been present in my life for much longer than that, though that’s probably because of how much my life has changed since I first clicked Follow. It’s funny just how much difference a simple action like that can make. When I joined this site, I never really knew what would happen but of all the blogs out there, I found yours; of all the people in the world, I discovered you. When you really consider the statistical improbability, you can’t help but think about how many other friendships I could have had that just didn’t form, but then, that makes me all the more appreciative that I know you at all.

    And because I do, my passing interest in anime has become a full time obsession – Will YURI!!! on ICE the movie:ICE ADOLESCENCE ever be real? We can but hope – and I’ve ended up going to Scotland Loves Anime, which turned out to be an experience in itself. I can’t wait till this year’s festival, which is only three months away now! If you’re lucky, you might get to see the cosplay I’m maybe putting together…

    Which is to say that I’m glad you’re in my life and now I can’t imagine you not being. The idea that two people hundreds of miles apart can become friends simply by both deciding to start blogs and then, just by chance, crossing paths? I’m so lucky to be alive at a time when that’s possible.

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  3. Thank you so much 😀 It has been a pleasure chatting about anime and music and stuff with you over the years! I still think Yona could happen even after all this time but yeah, it seems highly unlikely at this point!


  4. Thank you. Your comment made me really happy and I am grateful to have had the chance to get to know you and become friends with you despite all the odds against it ever happening, and I’m looking forward to whatever stuff we may share in the future (maybe this will be the year I convince you to watch Promare 😛)

    I’m looking forward to Scotland Loves Anime, I daresay it will be quite random but that is half the fun. And… wait a second… did you say COSPLAY? Oh man I would love to see that! I always consider doing one for SLA but never get round to it. Maybe if I start thinking now I can come up with something.

    Back to blogging, it does feel like more than 5 years. It is strange because in some ways I feel like I just started, and in others it feels like it has always been a part of my life and that the people I’ve met through it have always been there. You and I mostly talk about anime now, but it is strange to think that it used to be all about video games because I’m not sure we had that much in common in that regard. I’m not sure exactly when we first spoke – it may have been a blog party or another community thing – and we ended up following each other. Even though we’d both been involved in a lot of the same stuff, I do feel that Yuri on Ice had a significant impact on us getting to know each other better, which is kinda nice 🙂

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