I’ve gotten a few complaints that I don’t make as much stuff as I used to. That my blog is too much reblogged material. This isn’t by choice. I haven’t gotten complacent or lazy. The truth is, I’m a lot sicker than I used to be. My various illnesses just seem to keep getting worse. I’m trying my best to adapt, but it has been hard to maintain the same quantity of new content as I put out in the past. To help with this I have hired a few people to help with day to day minutiae. There are a ton of tiny tasks that really add up and sap away precious energy. The plan is to have people take over those tasks so I can focus all my energy on the creative stuff.
Team Frogman is poised to take a big leap forward in the very near future. I have so many exciting things planned that I can’t wait to share with you guys. But it seems lately things are conspiring against me.
The publisher for our comics has decided they don’t have the resources to keep publishing them. I am working to find them a new home, but it could take some time. Add to that… Tumblr recently changed how blogs are viewed. Instead of routing readers to my page when they click on my URL from the dashboard, they are taken to a ‘sidebar’ view. My page has a few ads on it, and those have been a significant portion of my income. My page views have been cut by 2/3 since they rolled out that feature.
As you can imagine, this has really hurt my revenue. So cash flow is super tight at a time when I need funds to get some projects off the ground. Projects I know you are going to love. I am hoping to be able to bring you a lot more original content like I did in the ‘good ol’ days’, but these recent setbacks have put a kink in my plans.
I really hate even bringing this up, but until I figure out new ways to monetize, I could use some help. Think of this as ‘passing the hat’. Sometimes at the end of a free performance, an artist will pass the hat through the audience. Those who are so moved can put in a couple bucks. Like a tip. The audience received a nice performance, and they share their value for that performance, if they can. Many can’t. So they can just pass the hat on.
I am going to put out my hat. Please pass it along if you are moved to do so.
Things you can do.
If a bunch of folks sent in a few dollars each, I can make sure all my staff gets paid this month. They are amazing people and would probably work for free until we get things figured out, but I would really prefer not having to ask that of them.
Check out my comics.
This helps support both myself and Chris, who does the art. Just reading the comics is all you need to do. Read as many as you can before the end of the month.
Buy a tshirt!
You can help out and be stylish. Win/win.
Hire me for photographic tasks!
If you are a maker and sell items on Etsy or ebay, having professional photos of your products can make a huge difference in sales. You can send me the item, I’ll take high quality, color accurate photos and send the item back.
If you are in the St. Louis area, I can do studio portraits or even personal photography training.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Even if you can’t help, I just want to thank you all for your love and support through the years. You have kept me going through some hard times and I can’t express how much you mean to me.
Here’s a cute picture of puppy Otis as a ‘thanks for reading this far’. I love you all.