Two years and counting!

Second anniversary--

Two years ago today I took the plunge and created All the Ame. Five days later I plucked up the courage to hit publish on my first post, filled with all the awkwardness you’d expect from a first time, slightly clueless blogger. The post didn’t even have a title…(-‸ლ)

Did I know where I was going with the blog? No, not at all. I didn’t even think I was going to keep the ‘All the Ame’ title. I’d been writing product reviews for various companies for just over a year and all I knew was that I wanted to start writing some more light hearted and fun reviews in between my other work. The writing equivalent of a palate cleanser, if you will. Quite simply, I wanted to be able to have my own little space online to create and share content about whatever made me happy. I’m not really sure how I landed on Japanese candy and snacks, they were something I’d had an interest in for many years and they’ve always brought happiness but they weren’t something I was buying regularly at the time. Of course I’m the opposite these days as I buy entirely too many snacks (no regrets), but at the time it was a bit of a leap in the dark.

In any case, I’ve really enjoyed my time writing on this blog. I knew from the get go I was going to be considered ‘niche’ and didn’t expect a massive following, so to have gained so many lovely followers is amazing. I really do appreciate each and every one of you, thank you for giving me someone to keep writing for and indeed for providing me with awesome reading material through your own blogs 。^‿^。

I also didn’t expect to have the opportunity to work with so many great companies through this blog, it’s been wonderful discovering new things through you all. I hope the fact that others have been willing to collaborate with me means I really have improved in terms of the quality of the content I’m putting out there. I try to think so as I’ve tried damn hard, but it’s hard to know and really, self confidence has never been my strong point. Still, I’ll keep trying and maybe some day I’ll be good enough to live up to my own expectations!

Since I’m still under pressure in other areas of my life I can’t honestly say I have any solid blogging plans for the year ahead. It’s been an exhausting year and I feel it would be best to get back on an even keel in all respects before I push myself to do more on here. I’ll be continuing my monthly unboxing posts because, well, I enjoy them! Why else keep doing them, right? I’m aiming to start posting more individual item reviews again and I’m considering posting more off topic posts because as much as I love candy there are SO many other things I’d love to write about, assuming of course I can find more time to write. I’m making more of an effort with social media (check out my instagram for more frequent posting than here) and with interacting in general both on and offline, not an easy task for someone with long standing social anxiety but I’m getting there. I guess that’s why instagram is my current favourite, it’s much easier to communicate through photographs and emoticons than text! I don’t think I’ll ever get away from the snack reviews or subscription box unboxings at this stage and I daresay they’ll be the focus of this blog for the foreseeable future, but I would like to branch out just a little more on here. I’ll see how it goes, and I hope you guys will stick around to find out 。^‿^。

Unboxing & Review: OyatsuBox May 2017

OyatsuBox Unboxing & Review May 2017

When I started typing this post up (last week, last month? A while ago!) I was going to tell you all that I was slowly catching up on my unboxings, that I was about done with my May boxes and, shock, even looked set to be publishing my June posts IN JUNE.

(Who was I kidding, expect them in July. Maybe.)

Then my partner threw a spanner (or should I say spaniel) in the works by bringing home this absolute cutie:

Fudge

Now on the plus side, we’ve got a dog! On the minus (in terms of blogging, because this isn’t really a minus), my time has very much been taken up with said dog so all the catch up progress I had made is pretty much redundant. Plus my photography space is currently out of action from the last minute dog proofing around the house (as in, take everything and pile it in the spare room) so my as of yet un-photographed July boxes are going to have to wait until that is sorted. Shouldn’t take long though ^_^

There’s also the more amusing issue of my dog’s cardboard box fascination, every time I open a box she jumps right in (crushing anything left inside) and makes herself a little bed:

Doggo Unboxing- wm.jpg

Doggo unboxings anyone? ^_~

Once the dog settles in and I get my work space sorted out I’ll push to get on top of posting again, until then I hope you guys don’t mind slightly behind unboxings!

Now, on to the actual unboxing. Today I’ll be talking about the May OyatsuBox, which has a Japanese Festival theme 。^‿^。

OyatsuBox May 2017

OyatsuBox have changed up their leaflets again, we’re back to the larger tri-fold format. I’m sad that people didn’t seem to enjoy the postcard format as much, I guess maybe for some it was too much of a hassle to go to the dedicated link to get the detailed snack information? I don’t know, I really enjoyed them anyway. They make wonderful wall decorations! The new leaflets have more information and still feature awesome photos, they are like a cross between the original leaflet and the photographic postcards so hopefully this version can please everyone 。^‿^。

Now, lets see what’s inside~

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