This continues to be hard but the nature of running a site online without backing from a large company is just harder and harder. Keeping the site running this past year hasn’t been the easiest thing since losing our main advertiser but things are even tighter now with the COVID-19 event and its long-term effects on, well, everything. It’s easy to forget that a lot of independent sites are really small businesses but that’s what we are, and we’re hoping to get through this to the other side with a little help. And that help in the form of donations gets you cool anime so it’s win/win for everyone involved. We’ve got a new slate of anime releases added to our spreadsheet below.
Every little bit helps and we’re beyond grateful for every donation.
As you can imagine, things change a lot over the years from when we were able to generate revenue from DVD Express back in the day along with Right Stuf as affiliate partnerships were the way most sites survived and funded their operations. I have always worked with the goal of being 99% anime/manga focused in terms of our advertising, never doing pop-ups, pop-unders, banners with sounds, and all that other problematic junk that I hate myself. I wanted advertising that was relevant to the readership.
Sadly, it’s just not a sustainable side anymore.
As you can see, we’ve set up the GoFundMe page where we’re doing monthly runs with a goal of $1000 and have gotten June 2023 underway with a whole lot of new rewards added in recently! While I had been upfront with the overall yearly goal, I suspect this format will work better and we’ll be keeping it stocked with a lot more rewards as well. Doing this will help us to basically get essentially a hair above the poverty line according to the government. And I’m more than fine with that because I love what I do and I want to do what I love. That’s why I’m crazily up at 5:30 in the morning and plugging away at stuff throughout the entire day. It’s why I write reviews in the late afternoon, monitor news throughout the day, watch and write about primetime shows, dig into comic books and manga, follow conventions, and review new releases of movies, DVDs, and Blu-rays. It’s why I post throughout the day on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest – so I can keep the information available and fresh for my followers. It’s why I spend time each week distributing materials to our wonderful reviewers who can offer different viewpoints so we have variations in material. I live and breathe this stuff. And I love sharing it with you all.
At our current settings, we’re producing between 30-40 articles a day during the week and about a dozen each day over the weekend. That’s what we do and that’s what you’d be funding. The news, the opinions, the reviews, and the social media interactions.
Those that donate will be able to choose DVD/BD rewards that I’ve got as I continue to purge my own library with $15, $25, $50, and $100 levels. You can see the spreadsheet below that you’ll be able to choose from after donating!
Having done this for 24 years – since 1998, it’s definitely a hugely difficult decision to do this because I’ve found a lot of ways to make it work over the years. But it’s becoming impossible to do so and this site, this audience, is not something that I want to lose, so I want to try this route and see what we can do.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support, interest, and friendship over the years from so many of you.
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