Hello! It's been a while since my last check-in regarding the stats of Otome Jikan. The site has been growing steadily since we first launched in January. Right now, the site gets about 3,000 visits a day and if you all remember, I've had to upgrade OJ to premium hosting in order to keep up with all the traffic, too.
Today, the site costs $100 a month for hosting plus the $10 annual fee for keeping the domain name. (so that's $1210 a year) I've been paying for that out of pocket since the site started, but I think now is a good time to finally start accepting donations to help keep the site up. Everyone's had a chance by now to see what kind of website this is, so you know exactly what you're paying to support.
To that end, we are starting our first donation drive for Otome Jikan! All money received will go towards hosting costs and possible future upgrades for the site, which we'll need if viewership keeps going up.
If you'd like to donate (any amount) to OJ, please go here. This is the most efficient way for us to have donations since Gumroad takes a much lower cut of the money and is more user-friendly. However, if you have trouble using Gumroad, we're willing to accomodate you via Amazon Payments or PayPal if you email us at email@example.com. This goes for both donations and raffle ticket purchases. Speaking of raffle tickets...
This month, we're also holding a donations raffle! For $5 USD, you will get a raffle ticket and be entered into a drawing for one of our fabulous prizes. The more tickets you buy, the higher your chances of winning. Note: if you would like to be entered in the drawings for multiple prizes, you will need multiple tickets. This prevents people from winning a prize that they don't actually want and keeps things fair.
The prizes for this time's raffle are:
- a copy of Desert Kingdom Portable Limited Edition. The postcards and LE tokuten CD are still intact; the game and the tokutens have not been removed from their plastic wrap (7,140 yen value)
- a copy of SEVENTH HEAVEN vol.1 Akira; CV: Nojima Kenji (2,100 yen value) Note: we have two of these in the raffle, so two winners will receive this item
- a pre-order for this SKiT Dolce set of Dot Kareshi volume I including all extras (4,000 yen value) Note: this will be shipped to you after the product has been released and shipped to the middleperson, so please keep in mind that delay
So this raffle will have four winners. The more raffle tickets you buy, the more you're supporting OJ and the higher the chances are that you'll win something. My thanks to Mitsu for helping me with 3/4 of the prizes this month! To buy a raffle ticket, please go here. The last day to buy raffle tickets will be July 5th, 2013.
Also! We are offering one discounted $3 USD ticket per person if you share this raffle with others via a blog post, Tumblr post, tweet, etc. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link or screenshot clearly showing where you shared it and we will promptly send you the discount.
Thanks for supporting and believing in Otome Jikan! Please let us know if you have any questions about the donations or raffle.