Our niche feminist website made history last weekend. We raised $20,000 in just 39 hours for pretty unexciting infrastructure reasons, without even a sneak peek of our perks, at the most expensive time of year - in our first ever crowdfunding campaign. AniFem’s first ever campaign. Not mine. … [Read more...] about [Editorial] How Anime Feminist raised $20k in 39 hours – and how you could do the same
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Over one intense weekend, we met our $19,900 crowdfunding goal just 38 hrs after launching the campaign. We met our first stretch goal just two hours later. … [Read more...] about [Editorial] We did it! On crowdfunding success and stretch goals
The countdown is over - our crowdfunding campaign just went live on Indiegogo! You can finally read our campaign, see our list of perks, watch our video, and contribute at https://www.animefeminist.com/crowdfunding/ … [Read more...] about [Editorial] Crowdfunding campaign live update post
Numbers, in business terms, are all about storytelling. “We made $800 by our third month on Patreon” isn’t as meaningful or powerful as “By our third month, we could afford to pay contributing writers $50 per feature for two features a week.” I’ve written three posts setting the scene. Now, it’s finally time to give you hard numbers, and walk you through the story they’ll … [Read more...] about [Editorial] How much money are we aiming to crowdfund?
I’ve talked about why we’re crowdfunding and what will happen if we don’t reach our goal. Now it’s time to get into some detail: who will your money actually go to? And how will we make sure we pay them properly? … [Read more...] about [Editorial] Who will get the money we crowdfund?
On 1st December, we’ll be asking for a large amount of money through our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. “Five-figure sum” large. Given our following, and our track record in raising funds and support, this is actually an achievable amount. This campaign is a risk, but one that should pay off. If it doesn’t though, there will be some fallout for AniFem - not all of … [Read more...] about [Editorial] What happens if we don’t meet our crowdfunding goal?
AniFem CEO Amelia here, with an exciting announcement... … [Read more...] about [Editorial] The future of Anime Feminist
On Saturday, I wrote a post to raise funds for Anime Feminist. In summary: to cover spring premiere reviews, we needed $880. For premiere reviews to be sustainable, we needed our Patreon to reach $1675 and stay above that point from now on. We knew our community would step up... but response to this post has blown us away. … [Read more...] about [Update] Funding for premiere reviews
I'll cut to the chase: in just one week, we're facing up to $880 worth of premiere reviews with only $500 in the bank. We need your help, or we’re going to have to reconsider whether we even do premiere reviews in the future. In this post, I'll give you details on what we need money for, what we currently spend it on, and what we will spend it on once we're no longer … [Read more...] about [Editorial] The future of Anime Feminist starts this week… with $880
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. 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. … [Read more...] about [Yearbook] Six eps a-watching…
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. In May, we put out five features, including the post I personally have probably linked to the most this year. … [Read more...] about [Yearbook] Five bold things~
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. Another season, another round of premiere reviews—and this time I accepted help. After falling four days behind. … [Read more...] about [Yearbook] Four days behind…
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. In March 2017 we covered moe, fanservice, and magical girls—and survived. … [Read more...] about [Yearbook] Three hot takes…
Continuing our 2017 yearbook. … [Read more...] about [Yearbook] Two podcasts…
Part of our 2017 yearbook. 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 … [Read more...] about [Yearbook] And a Nazi in a pear tree…
This week Anime Expo, the biggest anime convention in the English speaking world, put a call out for volunteer interpreters. Anime Expo is far from a new event, and had over 100,000 attendees last year. How did they fail to account for the cost of professional interpreters when budgeting? If they can’t afford to pay interpreters, what hope do any of the smaller cons … [Read more...] about [Editorial] The Big Problem Behind Unpaid Interpreters: Why anime fans should value their skills
The second part of our Q&A responding to questions from our Twitter followers! (You can find the first part here.) This time the questions are all about anime. Listen to us talk about our favourites, disappointments and guilty pleasures from the Fall 2016, Winter and Spring 2017 seasons and beyond. … [Read more...] about [Podcast] Chatty AF 9: Team Q&A part 2
It took seven months, but we've made it to over $900 in Patreon funding! This secures us weekly podcasts, paying our editor at a rate of $15 an hour. Thank you to every one of our patrons for making this possible! We hope you will subscribe to Chatty AF on iTunes and Stitcher and enjoy the results of your contribution. … [Read more...] about [Podcast] Chatty AF 6: Team Q&A part 1
12 Days of Anime is a great example of a project where you can learn more from failure than success. Specifically, I learned that when the team isn't in a position to help I can probably accomplish about a quarter of what I need to. Also, there are many situations where optimism is appropriate, but time management limitations don't fall under that. These are good lessons to … [Read more...] about [Update] Reflections on 12 days
Anime Feminist is two months old today! This month we have exceeded $750 in Patreon pledges, committed to pay all our writers from January 1st, set up a new contributor process to make submissions easier and run more smoothly and launched our first collaboration. … [Read more...] about [Update] Two months of AniFem