This grew out of a discussion I had, about last week’s page. Mostly, it’s just me being silly.
I hate to do this, I really do, but this week’s page will be up sometime this evening. (Eastern Time)
I’m really sorry about this. I’m just not going to be able to finish it until then, and I don’t have enough to post a work in progress version.
Alright. The first of the side comics, The Grey Project, has started. I’ll probably upload the second page before the week is up. I kind of want to get further into the second chapter of Quantum Rip, before I start the second the side comic. Plus, much of that story is centered around a space ship whose design continues to elude me.
The old comic is being moved to its own sub-site, and will disappear from the archives, here.
You might have noticed that the tip jar is back. I copied the code from the old page, so I hope it still works. I can’t create a new donate button, because PayPal is saying I have to be a non-profit. I know a lot of comics out there are ignoring that. But, I really don’t need to add any more potential sources of grief in my life. Which, leads me into what this post is about.
I CAN NO LONGER DO
THIS COMIC AS A HOBBY!
I have to find ways to monetize this page. I’m not expecting to make a living wage on it, but I have to be able to get something out of it. If I can’t, the comic will die. I might not even be able to keep the site online. The pittance I’m getting from the advertising barely manages to pay for three or four months hosting, per year. This is not because of the ad system I’m using. It’s because the page simply doesn’t demand that much in ad prices. Clearly, I need to step up my game. The chapter two prologue begins this week. I have plans for at least one side comic, hopefully two. One of those will be an alternate universe(s) setting. The other will be whatever I feel like making a comic of. That means no more comic on the main page. I’ll try to make sure that there’s something fun to look at, on this page. But it probably won’t be a comic. I’m actually not sure how ComicPress handles multiple comic sites. I just know it won’t let me keep one comic on the front page. It does mean that I’ll finally be able to shunt the old comic to its own archive, separate from the current comic. Wanting to have the current comic on the front page is why I haven’t split those up, yet.
I’m working on getting all the old desktop images up for sale. I don’t know how well the default PayPal store set up handles digital content delivery. Hopefully, I won’t have to e-mail the wallpapers to people. I don’t know about you, but I hate waiting for digital purchases. I’m completely out of my depth, but I have to figure it out, if the comic is to live.
I’ve never really known how to promote the site, which is part of why after 14+ years I still struggle to get more than low double-digit page views, most days. This is something else, I need to figure out.
There’s a lot of recent real world stress that has led to all of this. Right now, I’m hoping it doesn’t all end with me in a padded room.
I’m still in the process of getting the new page finalized. Currently dealing with a problem of the import function corrupting images, slowing down getting all the comics brought into the new system. I’m manually copying the files into their destination folder after importing, but the thumbnails will have to be rebuilt.
It’s going to cause some of the archive functions to be broken, for a while.
All comics have been imported, and all thumbnails have been updated. If something’s broken, let me know here, or in the forum.