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nikki ♫ ([personal profile] fascinates) wrote in [community profile] ofurotaimu2014-08-17 11:08 pm
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[MOD] Closing.

[community profile] ofurotaimu
(2009 - 2014)

Hello. It's been a while since I posted an update in this community, and I feel bad that it is going to be a sad one.

Since its opening in 2009, [community profile] ofurotaimu has gained a lot of readers and followers, which in turn helped us meet a lot of people with the same interests in Vocaloid, utattemita, odottemita, and the general Nico Nico Douga community. We've witnessed a lot of firsts in the NND community (the first virtual concert, the first daikaigi, the first nnd movie, etc.) and even though there were only a few people updating this community, we're glad to have been part of the fandom.

However, as much as we'd like to continue with our usual posts and updates, the moderators of this community have grown busy--both in real life and in other fandoms--and thus find it difficult to find ample time to update. I personally had a lot of hiatuses these past couple of years due to work and other factors, and Stephie will be pursuing her own career soon. With a lot of things to take into consideration, we decided that we will close [community profile] ofurotaimu. The comm will not be deleted, so everyone can still browse previous posts, but it will not be updated anymore.

Even though the dreamwidth community is closed, the ofurotaimu twitter and tumblr accounts will remain open. [personal profile] stephieku will continue posting updates, schedules, and information in the ofuro twitter while [personal profile] seraphictune will continue updating the utattemita tumblr. Both accounts are easier to manage, although the updates won't be as frequent as before, too. We hope you would continue following us in the said accounts even though this community is closed.

That said, thank you so much for following this community until now. I'd also like to thank the comm's moderators--Stephie, Len, and Tune. I feel bad that it has come to this point. But even though [community profile] ofurotaimu closes, we will all remain connected with our love for Vocaloid and utattemita. This is not the end, right :).

Thank you,

ofurotaimu @ twitter
ofurotaimu @ tumblr
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[personal profile] stephieku 2014-08-17 04:29 pm (UTC)(link)
It's been a great 5 years.

When I first got into Utattemita, ofurotaimu was one of my main sources for information. The fandom was still rough around the edges and Nico Nico Douga wasn't very foreigner friendly. Because of that, the community felt very close knit and I made many friends. Group Skype chats that went on for months and endless Twitter flailings. Watching daikaigis together, making cracky haiku, all with people from all around the world who love the same thing.

I was surprised when Nikki asked me to help mod the community. I felt like a newbie and had little confidence I could do well, but I don't regret taking up the responsibility because it's been a blast. This my first time being heavily invested/involved in a site and it was lots of fun discussing with Nikki and the other mods on what to do next. It became more of a site over a community, but I was so proud of being part of it.

We had many dreams and ideas for ofurotaimu, but unfortunately real life gets in the way and the fandom has moved on to different directions. I have regrets that I couldn't do more, but it has been a struggle to update these past year or so. While I will still update the ofurotaimu Twitter with news and namahousou announcements, it's still a sad goodbye. I hope I can still keep in touch with everyone I've met directly or indirectly through this community.