I was doing some math in my head the other day and was thinking to myself “y’know, based on your scheduled comic posts, sometime in the beginning of September you’ll have been doing this for an entire year.” That was going to be pretty amazing, I thought, so when today rolled around I decided to go back and check to see if I could do a date perfect match and create this post in the near future. Well it turns out my first comic post was back in early August.
Missed that window!
It’s probably for the best I did because, as you may have noticed my on-time posting of comics has been severely lagging these past few weeks. In terms of excuses, they’re pretty easy to come up with. It’s been one personal delay after another… Family visiting; house problems; time crunches; writers block; photographic backlog tacking; and on and on and on. But I’ve also been thinking a lot and I think it can sort of come down to one thing ultimately:
A desire for a slower pace. Over the past year, up until now, I’ve posted 79 comics which is around 1 of every 5 days and, I gotta be honest, it’s a hard pace to maintain. Even with my very simple comic structure and even with my story more-or-less already written for me, finding the time to sit down plan, produce and post the comic once every five days is extremely exhausting. After all, this is a side project I have to fit into my working and family life both of which drain enough hours on their own. Throw this into the mix and some weeks it can really feel like I have no downtime which can be mentally draining.
Whine, whine, whine, I know. So what does my personal exhaustion mean for this comic? Is it done? Will it fall into the dustbin of the internet to languish for 10(00) years until WordPress is bought out and wiped of all data? Of course not!
I do intend to continue the comic going forward but I also intend to go on a hiatus of about a month. That’s right, I’m taking an official unpaid vacation from my unpaid comic! So mark off your calendars as October 2 will be the day I intend to come back. I’ll be using this time off to more or less recharge my batteries (i.e. goof off), get some comics scripted and created so I have a bit of a buffer meaning, when the unexpected delays do happen, I don’t find myself staying up until Midnight the day of creating a new comic for all to enjoy… at least not immediately.
The other rather monumental change is I will be reducing my post schedule to once a week. This first year has been rewarding to see my webcomic come to life but, as alluded to above, it’s not a pace I can maintain. 1 comic every 7 days may not seem like a lot but, when your in my situation, it is more then enough. If circumstances in the future change maybe I can revisit my posting frequency but for now anyway I don’t see it as option.
With all that out of the way, I guess we’ll all see just how well I do on this plan of mine. In the meantime, thank you for your patience, and I’ll see you soon!