EDITOR'S NOTE — We've been blogging here at Ani-Gamers for about seven years (11 depending on how you're counting), but we often don't get a chance to talk about the meta — how we got started, what motivates us, etc. Thus we were ecstatic to hear that Lauren Orsini selected us as interview subjects for her new ebook about anime blogging! More importantly, though, the book features 11 more interviews with other great bloggers, including our friends Al and Kate from Reverse Thieves and Chris from The Fandom Post. Lauren's got a little message about the book below.
Evan and Ink’s blog, Ani-Gamers, is the only one on the list that also tackles video games. However, the opportunities they’ve made for themselves as a direct result of the blog are probably more familiar to anime fans. Evan works as a front-end developer at anime streaming site Crunchyroll, and both Ink and Evan write professionally for Otaku USA Magazine.
Even though these opportunities have made them considerably busier, both still contribute to their nearly eleven-year-old blog. While their contributor community has grown and grown, you can still regularly read Ink’s humorous enthusiasm and Evan’s conversational criticism.
I interviewed both bloggers at once when our time zones auspiciously aligned — Evan took the call between panels at Genericon, and Ink from his home state of New Jersey.
In Build Your Anime Blog: How to Get Started, Stand Out, and Make Money Writing About What You Love, my interview with Evan and Ink is one of twelve interviews with successful anime bloggers about launching a blog, keeping it up, and everything in between. It’s a book designed to give you both the tools and motivation to start an anime blog of your own.
Build Your Anime Blog is available in the Kindle store today for $5.99. That doesn’t mean you need a Kindle to read it, just the Kindle app for your tablet or phone. If you like Ani-Gamers and you’re wondering how it — and a dozen other anime blogs — run day to day, this is your opportunity for a look behind the curtain.