My fellow anime fans, good evening.
Tonight, I come to you not as an editor or as a creator. I’m just here as, well, myself, without the whole “president” bit. I’d like to take a moment to discuss Anime Herald, as an organization.
Earlier this year, we celebrated our tenth anniversary. It’s a milestone I can still scarcely believe. A hundred twenty months. 3,650 days. 87,600 hours. Thousands of articles, and even more memories than can ever be counted.
But, after ten years, we need to take a short break.
What This Means
Anime Herald will be going through a two-month pause, beginning on December 24. During our sabbatical, no new articles will be published to Anime Herald. However, our social media channels will remain active, as Hera will still be fielding content there.
Article submissions will reopen on January 1, 2021, and we will begin vetting them via our editorial committee starting February 8. We should be reaching out to applicants by February 16.
Anime Herald will officially reopen for business on March 1, 2021.
Why Are We Doing this?
I’ve come to the realization that we’re unable to really continue in our current direction in a way that’s sustainable, let alone scalable.
In our current process, I serve as the sole editor of our content; all of our processes rely on my continued operation, and interruptions on my part – be it due to illness or some other event – inevitably lead to substantial delays.
As your editor, and as the head of operations, I know that you deserve better. I’ll be taking this time to evaluate our content processes and find ways to remove the “single point of failure” that exists now, to become something more robust and, more important, safer for the longer-term.
I should note that any and all changes to our processes will be clearly communicated to all of you. Our patrons will receive word in a clearly noted transparency report, which will detail exactly what is happening, and where the funds they’ve entrusted us will be used. We will release a more general roadmap to our general readers on March 1, to coincide with our relaunch.
I want to thank each and every one of you who supported us over the past decade. Whether you’re a patron, a contributor, a reader, or you someone who talks with us on Twitter, it’s your encouragement and faith that’s kept us running for as long as we have. I mean it when I say that we wouldn’t be here without you.
editor-in-chief, Anime Herald