If you have been a part of the online yaoi and boys love community for any amount of time, the name Aarinfantasy will have been noticed or mentioned. The Aarinfantasy forums are one of the biggest gathering places for yaoi fans on the net as well as one of the oldest yaoi communities around.
Earlier today on the sites official Facebook page a plea for help from it’s users went out to help save the site from closure. The following was posted.
It took me some time to write this as I want to do this properly but a sad situation is happening… so please hear me out.
The forum is in need of funds to keep it going, otherwise it will be facing closure.
Most of you may not know but the forum has always been funded mainly because of a single person from the forum (let’s call this person “KK”) on each month without fail for many years. KK has always wanted to share the forum joy with everyone through donating to keep it going but unfortunately KK has stopped donating 3 months ago and can no longer donate any more. I felt KK has done more than enough and I will always be eternally grateful to KK for all the contributions. It is unfair to mainly rely on KK to always fill in the gap, though the forum also has a few regular donors whom I am also grateful to as well. While I do make a small profit from my online BL shop, it is unable to cover the forum fund monthly. Previously, I mostly used these profits from my shop for sponsoring BL events and also giveaways/contest prizes… as a give back for yaoi fans.
Therefore, I am now making a donation drive called “Save AarinFantasy Forum” drive to help keep the forum going. You can donate any amount or as how you can.
All donations amount and donor’s initial details (only initials email will be shown to know that you’re the one who donated that amount) will be put out for transparency purposes at the forum here: https://aarinfantasy.com/…/t199045-save-aarinfantasy-forum.…
There are two options:
– SUBSCRIBE (monthly donation, $1, $3, $5,$10 or $20 option)
– KO-FI (single or monthly donation, in units of $2)
Donating via AarinSecret.com:
The SUBSCRIBE option is a monthly donation that will charge $1, $3, $5, $10 or $20 each month from the day you donated automatically. It is safer to say that SUBSCRIBE can allow me to plan ahead for anything involving the site and at least know what’s in for next month without having to worry if next month’s donation can be achieved. If there are decent amount of subscribers, I would like to setup special perks like extra forum points each month or forum cards making or any nice bonuses that I will think of, and I will be fair for that like for example $10 subscriber will receive more compared to $1 subscriber.
Steps to donate:
– Go to AarinSecret.com page and scroll down till you see the DONATE and SUBSCRIBE buttons.
– Choose either Donate (one time donation, any amount) or Subscribe (monthly donation, choose between $1, $3, $5, $10 or $20).
– At the donation page, please write your forum username on the message box. If you forgot, it’s fine, I will contact you through your email you used.
Donating via Ko-fi.com:
I setup a Ko-fi.com page for more ease of use and where I can show the donation goal easily.
The total donation you made at Ko-fi will be added up together with the other donation total towards the monthly goal.
You can donate one time or monthly at units of $2 which means you can donate $2, $4, $6 or any even numbers. You don’t need to sign up as a ko-fi member to donate for one-time donation but signing up is free.
Steps to donate:
– Go to www.ko-fi.com/aarinfantasy
– Choose the type and amount you want to donate
– Please write your forum username and any message at the text message box on the page, please set it to Private Message if you don’t want others to know your username.
– NOTE: “Buy a Yaoi for AarinFantasy” is just a cute way of Ko-fi saying Donate.
For now, I will be using my own money to fund the forum for the previous 3 months (Dec 2018 till Feb 2019) and this donation drive will start funding for March 2019 onwards. Sorry, I don’t think I can fund more than 3 months on my own.
The forum is on its 15th year now and I do hope the forum has a few more years to come (even if it’s a few short years), but at this point, the future of it is unknown. KK and I do hope that with some faith, this drive can pull through and get the site going. It has been a home for many people over the years though trends are moving on to social media and I do keep up at social media too, but it will always be nice to have the forum to be there.
For anyone that asks about how the fund goes, it goes to the website servers, download bandwidths charges, domains (AarinFantasy and AarinSecret), backup server, fansub team server, maintenance, certain fansub projects, and random projects or activities like the AarinSecret magazine which I may be bringing back due to overwhelming encouragement for a next one.
If you like my content and site, please consider supporting what I do. I hope to continue with the forum site and do more for everyone who enjoys yaoi and BL.
Thank you for all your support.
Please share this if you can to any yaoi or BL fans out there.
It can definitely make a difference if everyone can donate just a little bit.
I myself have already donated via their Ko-fi and am making this post to help with the drive for donations. Aarinfnantasy is a very important community for me and many other yaoi fans around the world, more so again in recent months due to all the crap that went down with Tumblr. If you can please donate and also share this post with any yaoi or boys love fans you know!