AnimeBlogger.net has always been supportive of new writers all over the world to establish their blog for free. As we continue to expand and include new bloggers to the anime blogosphere, we have reached a point where advertising dollars are not enough to pay for the hosting services.
Hence, we have decided to appeal for donations to cover the taxes and hosting fees of AnimeBlogger.net. The first goal is to raise US$1600 to cover three months of hosting and the taxes applicable to AnimeBlogger.net. When we have secured that amount, we are looking into adding another server in order to accommodate more writers, which is where the second goal comes in. If we reach our second goal of US$2200, we’ll be able to add another server.
If you are wondering how you can donate to us, there are various ways. First, you can directly donate to the site via Amazon or Paypal from our donations page. Second, you can buy AnimeBlogger.net merchandise. As an incentive to those who donate, everyone who donates more than $5 will be entered to win a prize. Currently we have a sponsor that’s paying for two AnimeBlogger.net shirts for winners. You can also contribute any anime-related items as prizes for the lucky draw.
AnimeBlogger.net needs your help. Everyone is integral to the support of AnimeBlogger.net. Every little bit counts to hit our target, be it $1 or $100. You will make a difference. Thank you and please continue to explore our anime blogging community!
We encourage you to let others know about AB’s donation drive, and to help with that we have a WordPress plugin available that you can use to put a donation meter on your sidebar. The donation meter shows the the current donation amount in green, a bar extends out to the first goal in red, then the second goal’s in yellow. The plugin pulls its data from our servers so it’ll update itself as we get donations in.
To install the plugin on your blog, first download the plugin. (You can also view the source of the plugin.) Next extract the file from the zip archive and upload that file to your wp-content/plugins directory. Then you activate the plugin and add the following code to your sidebar wherever you want it to appear:
< ?php dd_display(170); ?>
The number specifies how many pixels wide the donation meter should be, so change the 170 to something slightly less than your sidebar’s width. The plugin outputs all the necessary code, with the header being an <h2> and the meter itself enclosed in <ul> tags. (We chose these because they’re the most common.) If you need to change these you’ll need to edit the plugin code to do so, but it’s really straightforward. Finally, there’s a set of sayings that the plugin will randomly put below the donation meter itself, here’s the default ones:
$sayings = 'Just a bit more guys!';
$sayings = 'It can\'t hurt to help!';
$sayings = 'Be a pal, a PayPal!';
$sayings = 'We need money. Badly. ';
$sayings = 'Keep us in business.';
$sayings = 'Feel good; lend a hand.';
Feel free to change these or add new ones if you’d like. (Note: single quote marks in the text will need to have a \ in front of them.)
I asked some questions in IRC and got blown off by someone who told me that I should reply to this post.
Question – what happens if the donation goals are NOT met? Will AB sink its costs out of Maestro’s pocket, or will it shut down?
Question – supposing the first goal (listed as including 3 months of hosting) is met, after the next three months of AB, will a new donation goal need meeting?
I had some other, more trivial questions, but they were trivial so uh… I’ll just take answers to these two, and go from there.
Donations link isn’t working for me. I even turned off Adblocking and that made no difference. Any chance of getting it fixed?
Nice to meet you. It is smile.
The blog of “Japan Animation mania” to introduce Anime of Japan was started.
Please come to see at any time.
And, please link to my site.
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Flak: If the goals aren’t met we’ll have to drop a server and scale back. This would be difficult to do, at the very least people would have to cut back on the plugins they use. Obviously we’d prefer to avoid this option. (This is one reason why we won’t add an additional server unless we can get a full three months hosting fees covered up front. We don’t want to unexpectedly lose a server.)
We’re going to continue to try to get the advertising to pay for the site, but if we can’t get it to yes we’ll have to have future donation drives. I’m doing it as 3 months hosting at a time to hopefully keep them from being a monthly thing. We will however keep the current drive going until we meet the minimum goal.
kdp: Do you mean the link to the page on AB’s site or the links to Paypal/Amazon Honor System from that page?
I’m having a slight problem with the plugin.. it doesn’t seem to show up on the Plugin Management page even though I’ve uploaded it to the plugins directory.
Any idea what I might be doing wrong? :/
I’m havin the same problem as Gina’s. Also, the ZIP file is missing in your server. Is there any other way to put Donation Drive in the sidebar?
Gina: Try downloading the zip file and uploading the .php file from it. I mistakenly thought the .phps file could just be uploaded but the server adds HTML to it when displaying it and makes it invalid as a .php file.
nefesco: Ahh, oops, I deleted it yesterday because I updated the plugin some and forgot to recreate it. It’s back up now.
After browsing through some of the blogs listed under animeblogger, I found a number of them to be quite dead…for example <a href=http://necroanime.animeblogger.net/>Necro-Flare</a> hasn’t posted in two years. <a href=http://manabi.animeblogger.net/>Massugu Straight</a> in nearly one and a half. Perhaps if you’d establish some kind of rule as to how often blogs should be updated, if not just cleaned up or something, a good number of slots would be cleared up, and then costs would go down? Then again, I really don’t know if getting rid of defunct blogs would decrease overall costs. And, then again, not saying the bloggers themselves shouldn’t put in their own word as to whether or not their ‘defunct’ blogs mean anything to them anymore.
I’d agree with lelangir, cleaning up blogs that aren’t updated for too long won’t be a good idea but the first important thing to do is to inform the users.