Prepare yourselves for change.
I’ve decided that 2016 (and the months leading into it) will be a year of change and transition for me in regards to Bardsworth. November will mark the ten year anniversary of the comic, and after some introspection and reevaluation of how I’ve been doing things, I realized that I need to step down off of my pedestal of stubborn. Not an easy task for me.
What brought this on? In short, I was rejected from a webcomic collective that I had applied to. It stung a lot worse than I thought it would, but it made me realize that if I’ve been at this game for ten years and can’t get a place in an established group of other webcomics – not to mention the stagnation of donations, Patreon pledges, merchandise sales, and reader numbers I’ve been faced with – I’ve probably been doing something, or a lot of somethings, very wrong. It was a kick in the pants that I needed.
So I swallowed my pride and signed up for a trial membership to Webcomics.com. I’ve been combing through many of the articles and forum posts and making notes. And I’ve realized that my “I wanna do it my way” attitude has been making me blind to the shifts in the industry, as well as to the help that has been available all along.
Anyway, I wanted to warn you all that things will be shaking up around here. The comic will still be updating, perhaps even more frequently (hopefully, although I’ve said that many times in the past), but I will be taking more and more steps to maximize the potential that my comic should have reached long ago.
I’D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. If you have any feedback on things that you’d like to see changed (or not changed), please drop me a line via email or one of the many social networks that I’m on (or right here in the comments section of this blog post). Thanks!