First off, I want to say thank you, to everyone who has supported our shows. Whether it was by sharing our shows with your friends, meeting our hosts at your local convention, or just tuning in every week, it has been very much appreciated. The OtakuLife Network (OLN) has been going strong for almost 2 years now, with our weekly shows, AniBreak and From My Mother’s Basement, breaking 70+ episodes each, as well as packing convention panel rooms with our Ultimate Geek Showdown. I have no plans on stopping anytime soon, and I hope you’ll keep joining me and the rest of the OLN crew for your weekly news/rants on everything otaku.
To be honest, my employment search over the past 18 months has been far from fruitful, but I have continually found a way to keep our websites up and running, until now. Unfortunately, I have exhausted my funds, and can no longer afford the hosting costs. Which is why I’m turning to you, the fans, for help.
I want to be transparent on our costs. I currently host all of the OLN websites on Dreamhost. The hosting plan is relatively inexpensive, at $10.95/mo, but the annual domain renewals are due within a week ($11.95/yr x 6 domains = $71.70). These domains not only host our live streaming pages (complete with live chat), but also all past unedited episodes. The total the OLN needs at this moment is $82.65, which will renew all domains for a year and keep our hosting up for another month (hopefully I can find some work in that time-frame).
Now, I am not asking for a handout here. I want to know what items that you, our fans, would like in exchange for your financial support. (T-shirts, stickers, props from the set, etc…) If there is enough interest in a certain item, I’ll set up a fundraiser page asap.