This is a followup to my last post about AnimeBlogger.net needing some help financially. In the comments on that post, and also in a post on Hinano’s blog a few people have misinterpreted things. So please let me clarify this for record:
I hope that helps clear things up a bit. We appreciate everyone’s concern but we don’t want people worrying needlessly. If you have any questions about anything please don’t hesitate to E-mail me and ask. (Note: you will need to remove the obviously extra text from the address before you can send.)
Let me start off by saying that the site’s not going anywhere, I know that some people are going to (justifiably) worry when the read the rest of this. Some things will change, nothing really drastically, but the site is not going away. In the absolute worst case I’ll turn it over to someone else to maintain.
With that said, I’m writing this to let everyone know that on July 1st of this year, I lost my job. Technically my position was just eliminated and my contract not renewed, but the real reason was because of my health problems. Nothing can be done about this, I live in an “at will” employment state anyway and they made sure to do this in a way that they don’t look like they were discriminating against me because of my health.
When I first set up my blog my original intentions were to review older anime series. I quickly found out that I didn’t have 1. the time, and 2. the desire to do proper reviews and so my blog has been rather disused. In fact I think most of my traffic of late is from spambots trying to post comment spam. After thinking about this for a while I’ve decided on a new direction for the blog. Since AnimeBlogger.net has grown so much since I started it back in February 2005, I think it’s important for there to be a way for me to communicate with the anime/manga/gaming blogging community in an “official” capacity as the founder/owner of AnimeBlogger.net. While official announcements about the site will be made to the site announcements mailing list and the forums (and eventually to the main site), here I’ll be able to provide further insight into the reasoning behind them. This doesn’t mean I’ll completely stop reviews, there may be the occasional one that I do, especially if there are cases where I’m requested to review something. It just means that my main focus now is not on doing reviews but on communication. That and doing more regular posts (every 6 to 12 months isn’t working too well. )
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Just a heads up, I know the comment popup is behaving odd, mainly it wants to reload the main page after submitting. I’m working on it but it’ll be tommorrow before I can fix it. In the meantime, just close the window after your comment submits.