Since taking over Random Curiosity, various generous individuals have e-mailed me asking if they could show some financial support for the site. While I had thanked them for their kind gesture at the time, I was intent on keeping the blog self-sustainable as a fan site, regardless of how much my double-edged personal standards made it feel like a second job. What’s more, it just wasn’t in my “style” to accept donations even in light of some trying times when I was forced to change web hosting earlier this month. However, I admit the thought of just dropping all the extra work that goes into maintaining the site and looking forward to days of an abundance of free-time did cross my mind at one point. I found myself working tirelessly for four days straight exploring options and configuring software to get things back up, and ran into one problem after another both in setting up the new server and in real life, and seriously started questioning why I’m working as hard as I am — almost always at the expense of sleep.
It was then that I was reminded of the faithful and supportive readership that has developed over the site’s nearly six year existence, of which I had the privilege of being a part of almost half of. In addition to your supportive comments, the e-mails I’ve received expressing appreciation on taking up the reins of the site and even concern for my personal health goes a long way in those sleepless nights, and were something I felt I had to live up to both for those kindhearted souls and my expectations of myself. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I’m more of a workaholic than I’d care to admit, but I’ve also discovered that I’m someone who absolutely thrives on just words of gratitude, so there’s no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be putting so much time and effort into the site had if it didn’t have the supportive readership that it does. For that, I’d like to express my own thanks in return. I know it sounds rather cliché, but Random Curiosity really wouldn’t be what it is today without the readers coming back regularly on a daily basis to read my thoughts and those of other writers on the latest and greatest anime. One side definitely drives the other, and from my personal perspective it would be all of you.
That said, please note this is not some sort of “donation drive” campaign to raise financial support for the site. I have every intent of fulfilling the expectations people have in this site and the ones I have in myself, even if it means devoting a hundred hours or so to put together the most comprehensive season preview that I’m capable of every three months. The server costs have gone up dramatically since switching over to a dedicated box and I’ve since learned that the bandwidth cap is likely insufficient for our readers’ needs, but I plan to make that workable in a sensible manner given the budget that I have. As such, my decision to actually start accepting donations is mainly for the aforementioned generous individuals who wanted to show their support in a way that made the most sense for them. Like Azusa above, I’m still a bit apprehensive about the idea, since I didn’t want the site to be known as a donation supported one; however, the days of being hosted on AnimeBlogger and having expenses covered by their donation drives are over, and I’d be lying if I said the money wouldn’t help towards keeping the site running (motivational-wise too).
Be that as it may, please PLEASE do not feel obligated to contribute towards the site even if you’ve been a long-time reader since its inception. I will make do one way or another, and the ultimate motivation will always be your continued support from just visiting the site, hearing me out on what I have to say about anime, and providing feedback if you like what you see. This is just more of a formality thing, as I didn’t want to alienate readers by having a Donations page show up on the site all of a sudden. There just happens to be various generous souls out there who may or may not be in a much better financial position than myself, and it didn’t really make any sense for me to refuse their sign of appreciation anymore. Regardless of how you want to show your support, it will always be greatly appreciated in more ways than words can express. Once again, thank you.