Continuing our 2017 yearbook. In November 2017, AniFem was working better than ever – and our income plummeted, throwing us into crisis conversations behind the scenes.
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. In October 2017, AniFem turned one year old! And I celebrated by… spending 10 days raising money.
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. September 2017 was the first month AniFem worked properly: a full house of features, discussion posts, link round-ups and our most varied month of podcasts to date – including the podcast I’m proudest of so far.
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. August 2017 is when I finally met all eight members of Team AniFem, plus some of our writers, patrons and industry supporters for the first time.
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. This was the season that finally broke me – and made AniFem stronger.
June 2017 was a quieter month as I struggled once again to keep on top of everything I’d committed to. I made one good decision though: starting the watchalong podcasts with SHIROBAKO and special guest Miles.
In May, we put out five features, including the post I personally have probably linked to the most this year.
Another season, another round of premiere reviews—and this time I accepted help. After falling four days behind.
In March 2017 we covered moe, fanservice, and magical girls—and survived.
In February, I realised for the first time how important LGBTQ+ women are to Anime Feminist. Anything we put out relating to Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid got a huge, enthusiastic and nuanced response from a range of queer women and femmes.
It’s hard to remember now, but at that time I was still in the mindset of defusing potential tension with would-be critics. The team had consistently reminded me that we should be focusing our efforts on the people we wanted to be in our community, not those we didn’t want anywhere near it. This was my first time really getting a taste of how rewarding that could be.
Over the past 12 months, Anime Feminist has achieved a lot. 292 posts, a regular podcast, a patron-exclusive discussion forum, our first convention panel and party—and, of course, following through on our wish to pay every writer, editor and administrator who contributes to the success of the site.
To all our patrons: thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You make it possible for us to not just do our work, but to do it both ethically and to a high standard. (Over the next 12 days, I’ll be giving some insider information so you can see just how true that is.)