Lots to talk about today!
In less than 24 hours, we’ve managed to raise nearly $900 for Shelter Box USA and Doctors Without Borders! I’m hoping to hit $1000 before the 24 hours is up (at midnight tonight.) If that happens, it’s likely that I’ll extend the fundraising goal to $4000.
Next up, Michael Huang, the senior editor of Anime Diet, has generously donated time (and money) to creating an official site for Anime and Manga Bloggers For Japan! The two of us will be running the site and essentially moving all updates and operations there. Right now it’s mostly content from my original Anime and Manga Bloggers For Japan post plus a few additional words & fancy doodads like the banner above if you’d like to use them in your posts or donate the ad space on your blog to link to our fundraiser.
Which brings me to the next order of business: I need to work! Script edit hell and copy-edit hell have finally descended upon me and I am already dead tired from promoting this fundraiser. If I don’t work, I can’t make money to donate. Michael is traveling for a few more days (he was at SXSW Interactive when he extended the offer to create a separate site for this fundraiser.)
We need a volunteer to help us with this fundraiser. Volunteers have been found, thank you!
Basically, anyone with experience blogging and tweeting, as well as experience with WordPress is welcome. Michael and I would like to run a small news blog on the Anime & Manga Bloggers For Japan website to update people on what’s happening in Japan, what’s happening with the charities we’re supporting and drumming up support for this fundraiser. Other than that, we’re pretty much just Twittering up a storm & adding new people to our blog roll. Obviously, Michael & I will be helping out whomever is kind enough to volunteer as much as we can, but we can’t keep doing everything ourselves. This fundraiser has just gotten too big with all of your support!
One more time, I’d like to thank you all for your generous support. This has been a truly amazing experience for me and, of course, it feels great to give back to Japan!