Are you brave enough?
Update 8/26/15: Applications are 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.
It’s that time again. Have you ever wanted to write for Random Curiosity? If so, this is your chance. We’re looking for one more blogger to add to our staff. Just one this time—and yes, I know we said that last time, and ended up picking two anyway, but we mean it this time! *shakes fist*
By the way, this doesn’t mean that anybody is leaving, or that RandomC is dying (you don’t know how much hearing that every season annoys me. Though I’m sure some of you will say it anyway, just to cheese me off. Bakas). We’ve just decided to recruit more regularly, so we don’t have to scramble every time somebody has to leave. Now, onto the deal.
The new writer will be expected to cover one or two shows for their first season (to avoid overwhelm), ramping up two or three 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. 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 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.
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 working 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 applying. 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 background. They’ll believe that you can take something seriously and still have fun with it, because make no mistake, writing for RandomC is basically a part-time job (though it’s still fun). They will always act professionally, do their part with a minimum of fuss, respond to emails 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. (edit: We’re having some email troubles. If your email doesn’t go through, send your application to stilts(at)randomc(dot)net, divine(at)randomc(dot)net, and cherrie(at)randomc(dot)net. Thank you.) 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 a 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 emailed us before asking about a writing position, please email us again with a new application and sample post, so we know you’re still interested. That includes anyone who applied last time.
Please submit your application and sample post as soon as possible. And I mean ASAP! We will be closing applications once we feel we’ve gotten way too many of ’em. I’d rather give you a set deadline, but last time we got approximately 15,532 applications, and nobody here has the time to deal with that again. So I suggest you hustle. I wouldn’t imagine we’ll close them before two or three days have passed, but … well, I would hurry up if I were you.
We’ll edit this post when applications are closed.
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. 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 of you join the team.
Bonus: Stilts’ Advice
For anyone applying, I’m going to give you all a little bit of advice. Last time, we got a ton of applications, and nearly all of them started 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.
I understand if your anime-watching story isn’t very interesting. I started exactly the same way. (DBZ and Evangelion, for the record.) Bear one thing in mind: If you don’t have anything particularly interesting to say, keep it short. This is true for blogging as well. If you started watching anime the same way we all did, mention it quickly, and then tell us about something that will interest us, and make us want to work with you. 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 want feedback on your application, include a request in your application. (Address it to me, please—only I’m offering this, not the others who will be reading your applications.) Last time 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. Good luck!