Patreon – Last Chance To Sign Up For A Dedication in the New Ebook

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This one is a really quick update on Patreon. As you may have seen on Twitter, during December I am running a ‘special offer’ for new patrons who sign up to the $2 a month or higher for December and keep the subscription until at least the first of January or for ongoing patrons who are already paying $2 a month or higher (or choose to upgrade for December and January).

It’s not huge, but pretty much anyone who signs on during the offer will get a shout out in the dedication of my ebook ‘Thoughts on Anime 2018’ which will be released January 20, they’ll also get their name and link added in the thank-you on the bookshop page on 100 Word Anime.

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Of course, they also get access to the episode reviews that have been written exclusive for patrons this year. So Darling in the Franxx episode reviews as well as my first attempt at a video review for the whole season, Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi episode reviews and second (fairly dodgy) attempt at a video review, and the current episode reviews for Bloom Into You. You’ll also get a copy of the ebook once it is out as a thank-you for being a patron (and all patrons are offered a copy of the 2017 ebook on sign up, even at the $1 a month level – all existing patrons prior to December will be offered the 2018 ebook).

Next year I am going to continue to try to build content for patrons, though it is a tricky balance because I do want the majority of my content to remain freely available to my readers. I really appreciate everyone who follows my blog and engages with my posts.

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For those who would like to support the blog next year but aren’t really wanting to sign on to patreon, you have two others options. You can buy me a coffee or use Paypal donate for a one time payment rather than an ongoing one. I can’t actually run an official special offer on either of those, but if you do use either of these options in December and spend at least $4, I will include you in the book dedication and once the book is available I will offer you a copy via email as a thank-you (which means you will need to leave the means for me to contact you).

As I said, I know it isn’t much, but I am hoping to continue to grow next year. I’ll hopefully be running the blog’s first real competition with actual prizes next year for the anniversary in May (continuing to work on building up some items to use for that – and saving money for postage because I’d like to make sure all of my readers can participate). I am also hoping to continue to try out audio and video posts periodically and let my patrons tell me what I need to work on. While these are definitely side projects at the moment and fairly sporadic given my ongoing work schedule, the dream is to make the blog a full time project and I’m continuing to work toward that.

Please consider becoming a patron, even if only for a short period as it really does help make the blog more viable.

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This week Bloom Into You delivered the sports carnival that the student council had been preparing for. As you would expect with any school based anime, the student council ran around before hand checking lists, gathering supplies and generally looking officious and busy. You would almost be forgiven for thinking you were watching any of a dozen other anime. Except, that Bloom Into You manages to make even the most common of events uncommonly interesting to watch…

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Friday’s Feature: A Blog Update for 2018

Well, 2017 has been a great year for the blog and I’ve continued to meet many wonderful people in the ani-blogging community. I’d like to throw a huge thank-you to everyone who continues to support my blog and for everyone who I’ve had the chance to meet through the blog.

This really is just a short update post about a few thing coming and changing for 2018. Patrons, if you want all the details you can read them here (hopefully the link works otherwise the post is just on my patreon page for patrons to read).

First up, we have the count down that will continue until the end of January. Again, patrons who want to know what is happening at the end of the count down, you can read it on patreon, for everyone else you are just going to have to wait until the end of January.

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Secondly, about Patreon. My stated goal on the patreon website is $500 a month at which stage I am committing to video blogging because I will be able to reduce work hours to actually accommodate it. That remains the long term goal, however I am aware I need to be doing more for those who take steps to support me as I try to grow the blog into something more than just an obsessive hobby.

On that note, there are two things I am committing to in 2018 regardless of how many or how few patrons I have.

The first is that patrons will have the right to choose one show each anime season that will be reviewed exclusively for patrons (the posts after episode 3 will be password protected) and that includes the final series review after the show is done. I’ve been hesitant to lock content behind passwords because the point of my blog is to talk about anime with people but I’ve decided this is something I need to do to give patrons a thank-you for their extra show of support. As I review at least 12 shows each season (this last season I was reviewing 15 shows) even with this, followers will still have a good range of content freely available on the blog.

The second is that while video blogging is a little beyond my time management at the moment as it requires a skill set I am still learning and I just don’t have the time to consistently work on it, I am committing to an audio blog post once a month again for patron access only. Patrons will also get a vote on what topic the post will focus on. This will start from February with the first vote open to patrons in the last week of January.

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What does this mean?

For most followers, it means very little. The rest of the content will remain as it always was and I will continue to enjoy seeing your comments and discussing anime with you. However, it does also give patrons a bit more for their patronage and as time goes on I am hoping to continue to increase what I can offer to patrons (though suggestions about what patrons want are always appreciated). A full review of the rewards offered (which at the moment aren’t much) will take place over the coming months and hopefully the revised reward tiers will be unveiled for the blog’s second anniversary in May.

I know the patron fee structure change rubbed a lot of people the wrong way (and then the reversal of that decision just seemed like it added to confusion), and I appreciate the patrons who have stuck with me over the year as January marks 12 months on patreon for me. I also know a lot of people would like to support the blog but have their own financial situations to consider.

So once again, I say thank-you to everyone. Thank-you for making me feel welcome in the community when I first started blogging. Thank-you for following me this far. Thank-you for all your comments over the last year and a bit.

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And here’s the final point. The second anniversary for the 1st of May. For my first blog anniversary I celebrated over a week and I see no reason to change that in 2018. I also asked for volunteers to participate in my anniversary and I will be doing that again (though slightly differently) in 2018. Basically, watch this space and if you want to get involved, be sure to contact me once I put out more details. Realistically I’ll probably start recruiting people at the end of February. If you are a newer follower and missed my first anniversary, all the anniversary posts can be found here.

Hoping everyone has a great new year’s and a very productive 2018.


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