This Saturday, May 8th, will be our first anniversary here at www.canadiananimationresources.ca. Before that, we were a hacked-together bunch of blog pages for about a year, and even before that, a simple Facebook Group. The site has come a long way and it’s become something of a full-time job. We’ve added new regular contributors (Rob Anderson and Mark Cappello), will soon be announcing two more, actually broke a story (CORE closure), and, on a good news day, we’ve hit as many as 5500 readers. This is obviously more than a hobby for me, and I hope to keep on doing it for a long time to come. My plan is to keep the services here free to all. I’ve had a lot of folks tell me I should be charging for job posts, and maybe even make it a members-only site, with modestly-priced memberships. None of that sits right with me. For this to work, it has to remain accessible to all members of our community.
But here’s the rub. I can’t continue to provide this service, let alone expand it, without support. And so, using the crowd-funding site, IndieGoGo, I’m launching the first ever Canadian Animation Resources Funding Drive. I’ve set the bar high, forty thousand dollars, but if you do the math, that amounts to a part-time income for one year(after IndieGoGo takes its cut). Not only will I be able to continue to share this resource, but I’ll be able to follow through on some big and small plans for the site, including focusing more on longer-form posts, finally updating the blogroll, and launching a standalone broadcast portal for Canadian Animation.
Here it is then, the big push. All supporters will get their names and link up on a supporter’s list. You’ll also get your name on a ballot to win our Canadian Animation Prize Pack (details on that will follow). Anything above 100 dollars will get you some ad space. I’m going to see what else I can do to sweeten the thank you pot as we go along as well.
So if you’ve ever posted a job here (or found one), if you’re one of those daily readers, or want to get your logo up there next to Pixar; if you value this service and want to see more, it’s time to hit that link at the right and get this funding drive rolling.
Thanks everybody, for a great year and, hopefully, for many, many more.