Hey 3.5 readers.
If you’re a young creative person, you really have no idea how good you have it. I know, every generation tells the next generation that, but it’s true.
In the 1990s, I thought it might be possible to start your own website and share your writing online while bypassing the traditional gatekeepers. Some early pioneers with HTML coding skills were able to do just that but for the most part, it was too difficult for the average person.
Today, you have blog sites like WordPress where you type and WordPress codes. You have social media to share your posts with like minded folks via hashtags.
But what about artwork? Even as far back as the 1990s, the Internet was a very visual medium. No one wants to read a block of text without some breakup in the monotony.
People used to read physical newspapers and not every article had a photo. That’s because if you picked up a paper, you came to read. Meanwhile, on the Internet, you’re trying to get people’s attention. Flag them down as they pass by and for that you need artwork.
I was really surprised that an artist, based on my descriptions of two of this blog’s characters, Alien Jones and the Yeti, was able to produce this in a short time and frankly, at a reasonable price:
I normally use shutterstock for most of this blog’s characters, but I was wondering if a kickstarter wouldn’t be in order? By raising some funds, I could hire artists to draw Uncle Hardass, Vinny Baggadouchio, Professor Nannerpants, Dr. Hugo von Science, etc.
What say you, 3.5 readers? Generally, I don’t like Kickstarter. I feel it’s like virtual panhandling and it might be embarrassing to start it and get no support. However, I think some original artwork could help bring this blog to the next level.
I’ve done as much as I can on the cheap. The stats have increased every year. The traffic slowly but surely gets slightly better over time, but that’s comparable to like, wind bringing sand to a beach and every five years the beach gets a quarter of an inch thicker.
Tell me your thoughts, 3.5. If you’ve done a kickstarter, I’d like to hear your advice. Is this a viable endeavor?