I keep forgetting that I need to point out the Patreon & Subscribestar links sometimes, so people think about them. Since on site ads don’t pay the bills anymore I really need to make a point of it. I was talking with a friend about what it was like ten years ago, when you could make actual money from on site ads. I’m not one to sneer at small change. That’s why I’ve kept the ads on the site in spit of them not being very profitable. Small amounts ad up. That’s also why I set the patreon at a dollar. I don’t want to wall off any extra content with an insurmountable cost. The reality, however, is I need to make money just like everyone else, in spite of whatever socialist leanings I seem to have when it comes to monetization of my work. You can actually pledge any amount you like, & many do, but I want people to be able to enjoy things. I’m terrible at capitalism for someone who supposedly is one. In any case I’ve reminded those of you who wander down here to see what I’m doing outside of the comic. The one who are maybe a little more invested in me & my work & therefore more likely to succumb to my pitch.
For some reason talking about monetizing the site always gets me thinking about what things were like when I started. It’s hard to believe how much monetizing a comic has changed in such a relatively short time. Comic conventions were the be all end all for years. I never went to one. The cost versus reward never seemed to work out when I did the math. Maybe I was wrong but it still doesn’t seem very worthwhile. Of course covid put a stop to them anyway, so maybe never banking on them saved me grief in the long run.
It’s kind of funny because Youtube actually has done a lot of the same things over time. Conventions, figurines, merch, subscription services. They seem to have landed on subscriptions & limited release merch right now. Quantities of scale never worked out for me where merch was concerned. Although maybe I should give it another look. I actually don’t know what other comic artists are doing anymore since I have virtually no contact with any of them. Maybe there are new schemes I’m missing out on. XD
It’s good to keep an eye on that sort of thing but I tend not to be proactive when it comes to this area. If it’s working as it is I’m fine not chasing new things. That’s probably unwise. Anyway, give supporting my work some thought if you’re in a position tom & feel like I’m doing enough for you to make it worthwhile. I would appreciate it.