Before creating and going live with this site, I had a simple "Coming Soon - E-mail me when this site is ready" form on www.worldofanime.com where people could submit their e-mail address to be notified when there was finally a site here. Without any promotion, I had over 500 e-mails submitted over the course of about 2 years. When I finally had built and launched the first version of the site, I sent out a welcome e-mail to those people. I recently found a copy of this e-mail, and I thought it would be fun to share it here.
This is my original welcome e-mail to the people who had asked to be notified. It was sent on December 5th, 2009.
Subject: Announcing World of Anime!
Hello! First of all, let me assure you up front that this e-mail is not spam.
You are receiving this e-mail because some time in the past 2 years you entered your e-mail address on www.worldofanime.com to be notified when the site is ready.
Well, I am very happy to announce that after some marathon coding sessions this past week, I have finally launched World of Anime, a social networking site specifically for anime fans.
This is a big project I have been working on for a very long time. The site is completely custom built and programmed by me. I will be adding many new features to the site in the future, so I hope you will take this opportunity to join today and check it out.
Keep in mind that while I have done extensive testing during development, since it is a custom built site and is brand new, you may occasionally find some bugs along the way. If you happen to find something broken, or you have an idea for something I should add to the site, please don't hesitate to let me know either by e-mailing me or using the Contact Form on the site.
Also, since the site is brand new, this is your chance to join early and get the username you want before its gone!
Thank you for listening, and I hope you will enjoy World of Anime!