Comic Non-Sans: New Year’s Resolutions

So I put the challenge out to you kids last week to bring to the table — as readers, rather than creators — what you think webcomickers ought to bring to you.  And while I look over what I’ve heard and seen, now is likely as good a time as any to do what all good bloggers are doing and take a look ahead at what we’re totally gonna do in 2011, no honest, this year we’re actually gonna keep to our resolutions.

Looking back on all the things I’ve written since I started with the blog, specifically in this column, I realize I’m handing out a lot of suggestions and advice I likely don’t apply to myself.  And occasionally it becomes an exercise in expecting people to do as I say and not as I do.  But in this case, my first resolution is to look back at my own column and listen to myself.  Unfortunately, a lot of what I’m putting out there — for myself and for you kids — is easier said than done.

That said, for 2011, this webcomicker will:

1. Sell books. I would say sell more books, but there’s a difference here.  By sell books, I mean make an active push by way of activity rather than income: put yourself out there in the first place.  One can become complacent or distracted, especially if you’re working a full-time job and doing your comic and selling things at cons.  To that end:

2. Manage time better. When it comes to “time management” I think a lot of us find ourselves not thinking beyond the regular comic updates themselves.  But when you’re a week out from a convention and realize you’re halfway out of merchandise, priorities can get shifted.  For a non-career webcomicker, it’s important to divide up one’s time at least to some degree between the comic itself and not-so-peripheral peripherals — site maintenance, printing, stocking up on merchandise for cons, etc.

3. Communicate better. I’m one of those who tend to only get e-mails when someone wants to express dissatisfaction, but there are other forms of communication that need exploring.  Better rants, for instance.  Using Twitter for more than just mirroring updates.  Answering e-mails of whatever sort (and trying not to “have fun” with flames).  There are plenty of directions to say things in; it’s just a matter of finding them all.

4. Become more accessible. That sounds a bit like something a relationship counselor would tell you, come to think of it.  But I mean in the sense of easy-to-follow updates and ease of communication.  2011 might be the year to finally figure out the magical RSS feed.  Add to that the phobia of site outages, and that’s another accessibility issue that needs tackling.

5. Work ahead — and that means everyone. And this, unlike everything else I’ve saying, goes back to the core comic updates.  I work with multiple people, and 2011 might also be the year to finally try to convince collaborators that having about a week’s buffer benefits everyone.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

6. Don’t be such a pansy. One of the easiest things to do in this time of ten zillion webcomics is to look around and compare yourself to others who excel in the same area — be it re: art, writing, income, or popularity.  And any generator of creative content of any sort knows that you’re your own worst enemy.  Stepping away from measuring yourself against others means measuring yourself on your own, which can be even more daunting sometimes.

It seems to all be shaping up to pegging 2011 as the Year Of Getting My Webcomic Act Together.  There’s very little in here that’s got any sort of end point, like finishing a certain project or getting X amount of the site updated by such-and-such month.  But like any good set of resolutions, they’re meant to be improvements rather than goals.

Another goal, as convenient as it may sound to the end of this article, is to improve this column in the new year.  More looks into specific comics, more reader interaction (if you will humor me), more convention reviews and reports, and possibly enough experience learned from to bring good advice to the Geeking… readers.  Look forward to it.  Or dread it.  Whichever is more appropriate.

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 11:14 by Kara Dennison · Permalink
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  1. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2010-12-28 at 16:40
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    I eagerly look forward to what you have in store for us in the coming year!

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