So the massive crunchtime has passed, but I’m not entirely out of the water yet. As it is Cult of Bob or any of my comic endeavors have never made any serious money.
For now I need to focus on creating a stable financial situation for myself. And constantly having to update comics is a serious drain.
What I’m saying is, don’t count on any regular Cult of Bob comic updates. There might be the occasional joke I’ll write given topical subjects that really deserve the scrutiny of the Cultists or the Lab Rats, but beyond that I’m focusing all my time on creating a stable income through my freelance work as a developer.
The social media feeds will remain intact for all the usual updates regarding twitter and tumblr. There’s also my personal twitter and tumblr feeds where I’ll post stuff like drawings and curated content of interest. The facebook page will similarly feature curated content that is of interest and drawings.
As is the case with webdevelopment this is a week of crunchtime as I finish up a project. So no comics this week.
Last week was a bit of a mess in terms of work and planning. And I tend to create these comics on a per week basis with currently no buffer.
I also don’t like rushing out a bunch of comic just for the sake of having comics out, I’d rather take some extra time to make them better.
This trend will no doubt continue for the forseeable future in terms of some weeks not having comics. Once work stabilizes I should be able to start getting more consistent.
Given that the comic is now on a slightly more random updating schedule where I aim for once a week. It’s understandable that knowing ‘when’ there will be a comic can be tricky to keep track of. But never fear for there is social media where you can keep track of the updates as well.
New comics are automatically published when there’s an update. Also if you like a comic don’t forget to share. I may do this as a hobby, but I do aim to entertain a lot of people.
So my good friend Jules Faulkner is cancelling her Patreon as her book deal wasn’t going through and she needs to focus on other things.
This got me thinking as well. Besides my shoulder giving me problems (nothing permanent just a temporary nuisance), I haven’t exactly posted a lot on the patreon campaign, or in general done a lot of work on growing my audience.
Now this is mostly my responsibility but it’s also a matter of priorities. The comics aren’t making me money, which is fine, but the patreon gives me the idea that it should. Meanwhile I’m getting a lot of freelance work in the webdevelopment world which is keeping things afloat.
Given that I’m hardly giving my patrons anything extra, I want to sort remove the pressure for myself off of comics. Basically if it’s not making any money then I can sort of mess around with different things and experiment. Rather than feel forced into things.
I realize this is a very artsy way to go about it, but I really don’t care. Even disregarding that, I need to work on an audience before I hold out my hand asking for a tip. Even if Patreon is slightly different than just donations.
So the patreon account is going to close down. But I will still continue to make comics (as soon as my shoulder allows it). Just at a different pace.