First off, we'd like to announce that we've implemented Skimlinks on the site with the help of Suri, one of the staffers. What this does is monetize the links already used throughout our site. For example, if we link to Sweet Fuse for sale on Amazon or the upcoming Hakuouki game for 3DS up for pre-order at GameStop, then because Amazon and GameStop are Skimlinks merchant sites, those links will automatically be monetized by Skimlinks. If you click on those links and end up buying something from that merchant, then Otome Jikan gets a little bit of money for it. This is, we think, much less intrusive than advertising and gives us a bit of money back just by you all buying something you probably would have bought anyway.
The second part of this announcement is the reveal of a new monthly editorial theme! We've been pretty bad about keeping up new themes, but we'll do a better job of that from now on. Note: You can still submit regular, non-themed editorials if you want (or even post using an old theme as inspiration), but if you're stumped for ideas, now there's a monthly theme that you can try your hand at.
If you have any ideas for potential themes, head on over to the forums and leave your suggestions! We may also turn this into a contest during certain months, but we'll need to discuss that further first.
For this month, the theme is simply Sweet Fuse! It's been about a week since the game was released in English, so hopefully a lot of you have gotten a chance to purchase it already or had it pre-ordered. (if not, there's that handy dandy link up there!) Since localized otome releases are so rare, we'd like to show some solidarity to Aksys by opening up the floor for discussion and essays about the game itself, the characters/story, the localization, or anything else related to Sweet Fuse.
As long as it's relevant to the topic of Sweet Fuse, or the more tangential subtopic of otome game localization, and is 500 words or more, you're good to go! You may submit multiple posts under this theme, but please try to space them out so we're not flooded with posts. Just above the "Publish" button on the post screen, there's a line that says "Publish immediately" with an Edit link next to it. Using that function, you can specify when your post will be published.
The official theme deadline is September 30, but as usual these monthly themes are more of an informal suggestion so of course you can still write up editorials about Sweet Fuse once the month is over. If you need posting access, just ping a staffer. Happy writing!
Edit: The Skimlinks for some reason count as ads and will be blocked by an ad blocker, so if you have an ad blocker plug-in for your browser, please consider adding Otome Jikan to the exclude list; thank you! ;-;