Continuing our 2017 yearbook.
This was the season that finally broke me – and made AniFem stronger.
I had moved jobs since the spring season, into a full career change with a long commute. Around the same time I was also reassessing my views on wanting children, which I knew was likely to lead to the end of my engagement, plus dealing with an unwanted and unaffordable house move after less than a year in my home. I find it hard to keep on top of a regular workload at the best of times, and this was not the best of times.
Instead, Vrai, Dee and Caitlin stepped up. We had already divided the season’s premiere reviews between us, but the moment I started to crumble they reallocated my reviews amongst themselves, reassured me they had everything under control and gave me the freedom to step back entirely. And that was probably the last time I’ll write premiere reviews for AniFem.
When people praise AniFem and I say “Full credit to the team” – I mean it. As must be clear by this stage of the yearbook, this whole project would have crashed and burned and faded to obscurity many times over had they not been around to keep it going.
On top of all these reviews, we had a particularly intersectional month of features from a diverse range of contributors. On top of that, we had a full bank of Talk and Links posts. We finished up the Shirobako watchalong and moved on to Berserk with the excellent Kara Dennison, whom I had barely spoken to before inviting her to watch nudity, gore and bad CG with me and Peter for a month. (We’ve since met twice, in two countries!)
This is also the month I declared that I would begin paying editors at $15 an hour, effective immediately. I hadn’t yet figured out how to afford that, and still haven’t – at the time of writing, we’re still $100 away from the amount of patronage we need to be able to cover everyone’s pay. However, we still have a little buffer from the months I worked for free, and I’m experimenting with different ways to increase our funding (hit the PayPal button below to be part of our first experiment!).
The team had been editing for so long for free, and I was picking up on some fatigue I didn’t want to turn into resentment – or, worst case scenario, resignation from the team. Better, I thought, to commit to the payment and to figure out the details later. I don’t regret it, and continue to be grateful to my hardworking, committed team for their efforts. $15 an hour isn’t a lot, and I can’t wait to be able to pay them even more.
In retrospect, July is the month Anime Feminist finally turned into the site I had in mind back in January. Not quite there, but after seven months of “When we’ve got our foundations in order, then I’ll be able to promote us properly” this was a huge step. A committed team was in place. Our processes worked. Our output was consistent and high quality. Everyone was being paid. Our foundation was finally solid.
Full credit to the team.
And it happened just in time for all of us to meet in person the following month, when I travelled to the USA for three weeks of anime conventions in the longest working holiday of my life.
Read the rest of our 2017 Yearbook
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