You can still send in a request but we won’t be processing it until hosting is upgraded.
This is probably the most asked question about AnimeBlogger.net, and it’s largely because we’ve never really advertised the fact that we offer free hosting for anime/manga blogs. When I first started the site Matthew did mention the free hosting in a post on his blog, but that’s it, until now at least. In a lot of ways it’s the worst kept secret in the anime/manga blogging community because it has been mentioned on our Forums several times, for example in this thread. When anime/manga bloggers report needing new hosting you’ll often see people recommend they talk to me, for example this entry at Hige vs Otaku. I’ll also respond to such posts and offer hosting if I see them, but I don’t always see them before the hosting situation has been resolved. So how do you get a blog with AnimeBlogger.net?
Currently the only way to get a blog with AnimeBlogger.net is to E-mail me and ask for one. (Note: you will need to remove the obviously extra text from the address before you can send.) Most people who ask me for hosting have found out that we offer it by the forum route, although there are also a few referred to me by someone we already host and a few I contacted that had posted about needing new hosting. For now this will continue to be the only way to get a blog for a variety of reasons I’ll get into in a moment.
The next question would be who can get a blog with AnimeBlogger.net? The answer is anyone as long as your blog is mainly about anime, manga or other subjects that are primarily associated with anime/manga fandom. (Jpop, Japanese or Otaku culture, etc.) We don’t have any rules on being an established blogger already (most of the people we host weren’t) although we are quite happy to setup accounts for established bloggers who want to move. Basically if you’re interested in an AnimeBlogger.net blog you’re probably going to pass the content test (you’re going to want to blog on anime/manga/etc. anyway) and we’ll be glad to setup an account for you. (Do note that we don’t have a problem if you also post about things other than anime/manga/etc., like things going on in your life, as long as your blog is mainly about anime/manga/etc.)
One thing many people may not expect is that the process of setting up the blog on our end takes at least a few days. If we’ve had a lot of requests recently, or are busy with work/school/etc. it can take longer. Most of the process is done manually, combining a web-based control panel provided by my hosting provider and from the command line on the server itself. A large part of the delay is waiting for the updates to DNS (Domain Name Service) to propagate out through the Internet (this can take up to 48 hours) as there are two subdomains created for every blog (the actual blog’s subdomain and one for the blog’s database, both are unique to each blog). Another part of the delay is waiting for the log rotation on the server to get established so that we can add the blog to our custom log backup routine. (This is important for when we get all accounts setup with extended stats. Because we can’t run the extended stats creation process on the shared web server, it has to be run off a Linux server located at my home. This server is not powerful enough to process all the logs for every account daily and needs to be replaced with a newer machine. I’ll discuss this in more detail in a future post.)
For those that we host, we do have Terms of Service that each user must agree to. Currently users are not allowed to post pornography; are required to provide links to the main site, the forums and the Antenna; are not allowed to run ads or put affiliate links on their account without permission (with the exception of ads for registered charities); and of course are not allowed to use their account for any illegal purposes. Those are just the main highlights, all users are expected to know, and comply with, the full document. In the near future we’ll be modifying our Terms of Service slightly, one of the key changes will be to make the donations link a required link. Most of the other changes will be to clarify existing sections (for example what do we mean by “an evident link”).
So why don’t we more widely advertise that free hosting is available? Well at first we didn’t because we wanted to get an automated process setup to create the accounts. Eventually it became obvious that fully automating this process isn’t possible as some things must be done from the web panel manually. It’s also become painfully obvious that any kind of link setup for creating accounts would get spammed horribly. (See my post about dealing with spam for an idea of the spam we deal with already.) Finally though, I think the process we have now is better in some ways. How many sites that you sign up with do you get to talk to the owner? Our users are used to contacting me personally when they have a problem, whether by E-mail, on the forums or on our IRC channel (for the record E-mail’s the best way to contact me).
There actually is one last factor in why we haven’t widely advertised our free hosting, and that is that we have a limit on the number of accounts we can add with our current hosting plan. While we’re in no danger of hitting that threshold yet, we’re roughly 30% of the way to it. Once we reach that threshold we will likely have to move to dedicated hosting before we can start adding new accounts. Dedicated hosting will be considerably more expensive than our current hosting plan, and while it’s something we see moving to in the future, right now we can’t afford it. Even with our current modest hosting costs, the site doesn’t manage to pay for itself through donations and affiliate sales. I’ll be talking about this in more detail in a future post, so I’ll leave it at that for now, except to say we greatly appreciate all the donations everyone make, and all purchases made through our affiliate links.
So now you know how to get a blog on AnimeBlogger.net. Feel free to share this info with others, and to direct them either to E-mail me or to this post. (Note: you will need to remove the obviously extra text from the address before you can send.) If we get near our threshold of users and have to stop giving out accounts I’ll post to let everyone know this is the case as well as add an update to this post. For those interested in hosting you might want to read through our Terms of Service. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about them, some of the language can be difficult to understand because it’s a legal document. I can provide clarification on anything you’re unsure of and do so in plain English instead of legalese.
Hehe, that’s some advertising. There’s probably gonna be a mad scramble for blogs since you mentioned the threshold.
Wow, that’s a lot of work you done for pretty much no tangible reward. Respect.
No porn.. I guess that’s why Digiwombat and I can post nipple shots and all the other animebloggers you host can’t. LOL, thanks for making us have exclusives.
The no porn restriction comes from my hosting provider actually, although we have to be careful because we do have plenty of underage visitors to the site. The US is rather sue-happy about “protecting the children” so it pays to be careful.
But our community has really been growing … including bloggers using different languages …
we should have more female bloggers!
Yea, without maestro or dan dan’s approach to animeblogger, i will never ever have a blog set up or ever find out about this.
Now, i am obsessive with writing. lalalala~
I think i will post something to reflect ur article to give it a wider audience reach @_@
without danny and maestro’s help I wasn’t able to make my own blog too.
Good man. I was considering asking you when I was breaking off from Kono Sono but I opted to go with someone whom I had a closer relationship. Kudos though. Good man. Good man. Your Antenna will always be most helpful.
[...] Maestro has a nice article how you too can get an Animeblogger.net account. [...]
Here comes the Animeblogger explosion! Very helpful and an awesome service.
First of, I want to say that Maestro has done a fantastic job running and hosting ab.net, and his helpfulness (with any issues you encounter with your blog) is unbelievable godly.
I think it’s better if ab.net registration isn’t automatic. If anyone’s interested, they should go through you first (via email or teh forum), and be patient about it. After all, ab.net is a free service.
Hehe I saw the offer for hosting on the forums then I saw this blog but funny enough not this post. Maestro is probably one of the best hosts I’ve come past, theres no catch no forced ads no real limitations and best of all it’s completly free not to mention you get to be part of a growing community of anime lovers. Hope maestro continues his work on this project though since the offer is so good I wouldn’t be supprised if the server gets overwhelmed lol. Keep up the good work I know I will with my blog ^^
Waai, I dunno where we’d all be without you ^^ I can definitely see an explosion about to happen. Hopefully it’ll be of good quality, though I have a hard enough time keeping up with the amount of bloggers already @_@; But I thought there were more female bloggers out there. I feel so alone xD
[...] I’ve read a lot of entries on the various other blogs this week, and they were asking for a hosting space in AnimeBlogger. So before you ask, I have one thing to say: Just ask Maestro. I did. [...]
Animeblogger not using a dedicated server with so many subdomain? That must be one speedy server since it can display the page so fast without any lag. Cool.
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[...] Well, for many people who are tech idiots like me, this might seem to be an impossible entity completely. However, it is completely untrue. The fact is that you can definitely blog in ab.net, especially after Maestro explained the details about joining ab.net very clearly in his article. [...]
i think the picture with teh bears pretty much covers the explanation that getting a blog here is a gift from otakukami (like prismacolormarkers?) ahh…T__T;;
i’ll just be at lj…forever.
may i please use you pictures for a project its actualy a present for my sister she’s crazy about anime and i feel kinda sorry for her so ty very very very very very very very much
I really want to blog at ab.net, hope one day i can. xD
(i sent the mail to maestro, but it’s already like 1 month or more and he didn’t replyed T_T)
*pray everynight to otakukami* lol
Hello, maestro!^^ This is a very cool site your’re hostinf^^ Could I please have a blog? I’ve been surfing through the many blogs that were connected to this link, and all of them are quite inpressive!!!^^ So, I was wondering if I could have an anime blog too. Please comsider my plea. I really want one. Thank you, and keep up the gr8 work!=^-^=
argh… my comment get cut @_@
“my dream come true lol!” was in the other post XDDDD
hi….i wanted to have a anime blog.?beacuse im a big fan of anime…i hope you could grant my request.thanks.
Awesome, just read the TOS, and looks fine enough to me.
So if I would desire a blog, I’d have to e-mail Maestro? Good enough, I’ll be stopping by the IRC channel as well just in case.
Thanks in advance~
ah i never got to thank you for hosting us at ab.net! arigato!! the site is up and running thanks to you!! LOVE YOU XD
So.. I take it you’re really busy nowadays? Just reply/send me an email if you accepted my application.
would be great if u would accept my application
i really wan to have a blog on ab.net
Familiar, have you received a reply yet? I haven’t here… just checking.
I asked for the hosting just yesterday. Haha. I really do hope I get a reply. I can wait though. ^^;
Never thought there will be a page like this!
I want a blog to!
I’ve send a email tot Maestro!
I hope it can!!
I got my reply!
Hope i can blog here soon.
I also Asked for an account….Now waiting for Reply….hope i can get the reply soon
just to reconfirm….the email is email@example.com
E-mail sent…waiting for reply!
Uh… I sent my request on the 15th of this month and haven’t gotten a reply back. Sorry… I’m just a little concerned that my email wasn’t received.
Still haven’t gotten a reply. I sent it to the correct e-mail address, right?
Can I please have a blog on anime blogger please??? I can seem to e-mail to ask for one.
i sent a request for a blog a week ago, u havnt replied so im just worrying that i might’ve sent it to the wrong email…T_T
Ano…. Can I still get the blog? I’m wondering if I could still get one. I can’t seem to email to you. So I’m asking it here directly. I seriously can’t wait for it!!!! >.
Yeah… emailed a week ago (maybe more? can’t recall). No reply thus far :s
hey… i want a blog too…
I want to get a blog too, but Yahoo’s Mailer Daemon keeps telling me that he can’t find firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re supposed to remove the nospam part.
That’s what Maestro meant in the note. “Note: you will need to remove the obviously extra text from the address before you can send.”
It would be handy if anyone could… give some sort of reply to the apparent dozens of unanswered emails. Even if it’s just a post on the front page saying “I haven’t had time.”, rather than just leave everyone in the dark.
I’ve been waiting for weeks here and there is no reply… Can I still get the blog? I mean… I know you are busy and everything but it’ll be nice if there is a reply though…
to get a blog on animeblogger.net,is it true that you will get 1 for me?
if so, do you mind getting 1 for me since i wanted to blog about songs,games,animes and manga on singapore
i wanted to sent a message to you,but sent failure , so i tried posting
please contact me by my hotmail adress
Aro: You mean like this post from the 9th? Things haven’t changed so there’s not been another update, but do actually read the ones I make before complaining about there being none.
loke and others who say they get send errors: Most of you seem to be using Hotmail. Hotmail has a known problem with misconfigured mail servers that try to deliver E-mail to the wrong place, then return an error saying delivery failed. If you’re on Hotmail and get send errors all I can tell you is to get another E-mail account. Hotmail has known about the issue for over a year now and refuses to fix it. Try sending your message from another account, we’re probably going to officially stop supporting Hotmail addresses soon because of some new problems they’ve created and refuse to fix. A good 99% of the E-mail problems reported to us are caused by Hotmail and it’s just not worth the time anymore because Hotmail refuses to fix them. (Note this does not affect just AnimeBlogger.net, but everyone you try to send E-mail too.)
If you’re getting send errors and not using Hotmail the same issue applies really, you have to be able to communicate with us by E-mail to get an account, signing up for the Site Announcements List is required. There’s nothing misconfigured on our end, and my E-mail account has no storage limits, so if you get a bounce the problem’s probably on your end. There’s also the possibility that you’re not removing the text from the E-mail address that’s there to protect from spambots grabbing it. It’s extremely obvious what text it is if you take the time to look at the address first.
Do note: I do not process requests from comments posted here. The process for requesting an account is as is stated in the post itself. From now on I’ll be deleting comments asking for accounts, please read the directions, remove the extra text, and if necessary get an E-mail account from a provider that doesn’t break their server configurations and refuse to fix them.
do i suppose to remoive the nospam part from the address?
Can I still get an animeblogger account even though I do not intend to write about animes?
Can I get a blog started here. I’ve tried sending an email to you twice but keep getting a mailer-daemon error.
there’s more cute anime’s!!!
i really like your page i would really like it if you could get a hold of me some time in the futcher you knoe…
I WOuld Like to have a blog. It would soley used for anime and manga.
Raises hand. Just to re-affirm my email I’d like to state I’d also like to get an account for an anime (and manga if I ever invent a device that manipulates time so I have enough time) blog.
how can i join this site? this would be a dream come true! a blog about purely anime and manga! I WANT TO HAVE A BLOG ACCOUNT HERE!!! THANKS!!!
Umm, I would like to have a blog here.
Even if you don’t ask, you’ll see that I’m all over Suzumiya Haruhi (among all other anime that I’ve watched)
I hope you will consider my request. ^^
I just want to talk about my experiences with anime (and a bit of anime~like online game).
XD Oops, didn’t read the one on the comment section.
Well, I guess I’ll just E-mail you~^^
I just sent an email… I removed the blogstuff and nospam part from the email address. I hope i did it right because i really wanna blog about [as] anime.
it will be nice if allow ads.
some of us make a life of blogging
I would also like to have a blog here. I already sent you an e-mail a few months ago. Anyways, I think I’ll use Filipino as it’s language.
Hi I would like to have a blog here! I already trie to send an e-mail severall times but hotmail can’t deliver it. Is there any other way to do it?
Hi I would like to express my desire to want to have my blog I wrote an email but I had no answer?
Hi I would also like to have a blog here but there was some failure when I sent it. Is something wrong?