Calling All Prospective Bloggers! (2017)
Protect all the anime-chans, and give them good memories.
Edit: Applications will close on Sunday, March 5th at midnight PST. (That’s American west coast time.) If you want to apply, get your application in by then. We may allow a small grace period, but I wouldn’t risk it if I were you.
Edit p2: I sent an email to everyone who’s applied and whose application I have. If you didn’t get an email from me, get a hold of me however you can—stilts(at)randomc(dot)net, stiltsoutloud(at)gmail(dot)com, @stiltsoutloud, carrier pigeon, smoke signal, sending spell—before the deadline. Thank you.
Edit p3: Applications are now CLOSED. Thank you to all who applied. We’ll contact the lucky new
minion(s) writer(s) within the next week or so.
Edit p4: Our new writers have been chosen. If you applied and requested feedback from me, check your email—you should have it now. If not, email me again and I’ll get back to you. Thanks for your time!
It’s been a while since we did one of these, hasn’t it? Well, it’s time for another go. In this the year 2017, the year of the apocalypse (probably), what could be more fun than spending your time prattling on about anime? If that doesn’t seem crazy to you, then you’re my kind of broken, and this may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
We’re looking for one or two more bloggers to add to our staff. Does this mean that a current writer is leaving? Maybe, maybe not, but either way our current stable of writers is getting long in the tooth, and I like an occasional shot of fresh blood to energize the staff. Also, to feed off of, because we’re all zampires. Mmm, fresh blood.
The new writer(s) will be expected to cover two shows for their first season (to avoid overwhelm), ramping up to whatever they think they can handle 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. We want to keep that legacy going strong.
- Consistency. We need to be able to trust that you’ll get your posts out on time each and every week, and that they’ll be of consistent quality. 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.
- Personality. No one likes reading posts by boring automatons. Knowing how to inject personality into your writing will not only make your writing better, it will help you distinguish yourself from the other applicants.
Those are the biggest requirements. Pay special attention to timeliness and consistency—life happens, and (nearly) every writer has had to miss a post or two, but those times should be rare exceptions, 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 in a season or two. 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 plowing ahead until you break.
If I were to describe the person we’re looking for, he or she will have firm control over their personal schedule. Students are fine, but if you’re going to go AWOL every semester during exam time, you might want to reconsider. They will have an insightful and objective outlook on anime, while still having a clear, unique voice. They’ll have diverse tastes and a solid anime background, though we do occasionlly recruit a genre specialist. They’ll believe that you can take something seriously and still have fun with it, because make no mistake, writing for RandomC is basically an unpaid part-time job (though it’s still fun). They will always act professionally, do their part with a minimum of fuss, respond to vital team communication within 24 hours, and 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 requirement.
If you’re interested, send an email to application(at)randomc(dot)net with the title RandomC Application. If you’re worried that it won’t go through, feel free to cc stilts(at)randomc(dot)net, divine(at)randomc(dot)net, and cherrie(at)randomc(dot)net. Include the following:
- Your anime background/history (e.g. how you got into it, what some of your favorite series are, favorite genres, etc). Please be brief, and include your MyAnimeList or Anime-Planet profile.
- Why you want to blog for this site.
- Anything you think that will make us interested or excited about working with you.
- A sample post on the most recent episode of any currently airing anime.
- A batch of 36 screen captures (zipped) from the same episode your sample post is on.
If you’ve applied before, please email us again with a new application and sample post, so we know you’re still interested. And I encourage you to do so! We have writers on staff right now who had to apply multiple times to get in, because even smart, clever, handsome people like yours truly (also, humble) don’t always recognize a good thing the first time around.
Please submit your application and sample post as soon as possible. We will close applications once we feel we’ve gotten too many. I’d guess we’ll hold them open for at least a week, to give time for a new episode of every show to air, but after that, who knows. And yes, I know that not having a concrete deadline is annoying, but we’ve gotten swamped with applications before, and none of us have time to deal with that. In recognition of that, we’ll be allowing a 1-2 day grace period once we signal that applications are closing, so if you’re planning to apply, keep checking this post for updates. We’ll edit the top of the post with the final deadline when we know it.
If you’re interested in writing for Random Curiosity, I encourage you to apply, even if you’re not 100% the ideal person I described above. 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. Good luck, and I look forward to having one or more of you join the team.
Bonus: Stilts’ Advice
For anyone applying, here’s a little advice. Every time, we get a ton of applications, and nearly all of them start the same way: “I wasn’t into anime, then I saw [insert anime here] (usually DBZ, Naruto, or Bleach), and now I watch a ton!” And let me tell you, after reading the same damn thing over and over again, it all blurs together.
As Stephen King once said, “The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.” If your anime origin story isn’t all that interesting (mine isn’t either), keep it short, and then tell us something about yourself that is interesting. Less is more, and big empty paragraphs will bore us to sleep. I don’t mind telling you that I made the same mistake when I pitched to Div, but I wasn’t competing against anyone. You are.
Do the same thing with your blog post as well. Remember, you’re selling yourself to us. Don’t be boring. Also, if you would like feedback on your application, include a request in your application. (Address it to me, please—only I’m offering this.) The first time we did this I gave feedback to everyone who applied, but I don’t have that kind of time anymore. I’ll try to get back to anyone who asks, though. Thank you, and good luck!