After over three years of funding UTW essentially out of our own pockets, I’ve made the difficult decision of opening monthly donations.
Those of you who’ve hung around here for a while will probably remember this call for help over a year ago. Since then, I’ve focused on cutting costs (the generosity of the distro team in particular for providing their services without asking for a cent in return has allowed me to make some very substantial cuts), and I’ve been paying roughly $100 USD a month since last year.
The various DDL services we experimented with since early 2012 only made us a few dollars a month, and I never did manage to find another effective way of raising money, so I was forced to cover the costs of running UTW out of my own pocket. This was perfectly fine and well until I resigned from my job in July last year to attend medical school. Since then, I’ve been paying the $100 a month from my own savings despite having zero income. Though this was clearly unsustainable, I persevered for almost a year, as I strongly felt (and still do feel) that our subbing operations ought to be motivated by our love of anime and the desire to produce the best work that we possibly could.
Of course, there’s no keeping up with such expenses when no money is coming in, and I realized that I had to somehow monetize our operations if everything was going to keep running like it always had. You may have noticed the ads that I was experimenting with these past few days, but not only did they prove to be an absolute nuisance to you all, the revenue they generated was negligible compared to the trouble they caused. As such, I have removed them all and made the difficult decision of turning to you, our dear supporters, for help.
Please do consider donating to us if you’ve ever felt appreciative of our work and wish to directly help us out. I’m hoping to raise $100 USD a month, just enough to cover our costs, but any extra money we receive will be set aside for the following month or be used to buy the various services, equipment and goods that we need in order to keep churning out our releases. Thank you very, very much for contributing!