Calling All Prospective Bloggers!
We need one more to complete the set
Update 7/4:The application phase is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. We will announce our decisions in a few days, once we’ve have had a chance to go through all of the applications.
Have you ever wanted to write for Random Curiosity? We’re looking for ONE more blogger to add to our staff. Just one this time – as much fun as it was to bring in seven all at once, we want to take our time and make sure our new writer gets properly vetted, trained, and
abused prepared for life as an anime blogger. It’s a hard life, but somebody has to do it. Or will, at any rate.
The new writer will be expected to cover one show for their first season (to avoid overwhelming them), with that ramping up to 2-3 shows once they’re in the swing of things. They will also be expected to contribute to important posts such as the season previews. We will train you in all the ins and outs, so if you’ve never used WordPress or Photoshop, don’t worry. Here are the most important attributes we’ll be looking for in a new writer:
- Timeliness. RandomC made its name blogging shows as soon as they’re released, often before English subs even came out (this was in the age before simulcasts). We want to keep that legacy going.
- Consistency. We need to be able to trust that you’ll consistently get your posts out on time. That means you need to be prepared to write on days you may not feel like it.
- Writing skill. You need to have good written English skills, preferably college/university level.
Those are the biggest requirements. Pay special attention to timeliness and consistency – life happens, and (nearly) every writer has had to miss a post on occasion, but those times should be the rare, once-in-a-blue-moon exception, not the rule. Blogging for Random Curiosity is a big commitment, and likely bigger than you expect, so if whoever we recruit ends up not working out, we may decide to part ways. Likewise, if blogging here ends up being more than you can handle, you can opt to bow out at the end of any season with no ill-will. We’ll understand, and a classy exit is always better than going until you break.
If I were to describe the person we’re looking for, I would say that he or she will be slightly older, and probably not a student so they won’t get bogged down by homework or projects. (Students are fine, but having firm control over your schedule is imperative.) They will have an insightful and objective outlook on anime, while still being able to inject personality into their posts. They’ll have diverse tastes and a solid anime watching background. They’ll believe that you can take something seriously and still have fun, because make no mistake, writing for RandomC is basically a part-time job, though it is a fun one. They will always act professionally, do their part with a minimum of fuss, respond to emails within 24 hours, and generally be a team player who is a pleasure to work with.
Understanding Japanese enough to watch anime raw is a bonus. Prior experience writing publicly, using WordPress, or taking screen captures in Photoshop is a bonus. Being a cool person we want to work with is a super big bonus.
If you’re interested, send an email to divine(at)randomc(dot)net and stilts(at)randomc(dot)net (both please – being able to follow simple instructions is important as well) with the title RandomC Application. Include the following:
- What your anime background/history is (e.g. how you got into it, what some of your favorite series are, etc). Please include your MyAnimeList or Anime-Planet profile.
- Why you want to blog for this site.
- A sample post on a recent episode of any currently airing anime.
- A batch of 36 screen captures (zipped) from the same episode your sample post is on.
Note: If you’ve emailed us before asking about a writing position, please email us again with a new application + sample post so we know you’re still interested.
Please submit your application and sample post by Thursday, July 3rd at 11:59PM PDT. If I were you I would submit it as quickly as possible though, so we have time to properly consider your application before the summer season starts.
If you’re truly interested in writing for Random Curiosity, I encourage you to apply, even if you’re not 100% the ideal person I described. Passion counts for a lot, and in the end our decision will come down to both who we think will do a good job and who we want to work with. (Basically, it’s like Space Bros all over again.) Good luck, and I look forward to having one of you join the team.