This is funny. For as long as I’ve been doing this now—meaning a couple of months, in which time I could write, on average, one to four novels—I’ve actually just finished the first full calendar month of strips. There are a couple of blacked out dates in September, from before I even registered the domain, making October the first month to have nothing missing.
Not yet, of course, from your end; while I’m writing this, the last four days of the month are still unclickable. But their strips are all lurking in the backend, waiting to be released every twenty-four hours. So that’s kinda something to behold. Maybe.
Meanwhile, October ends on Sunday. Which to my thinking is the beginning of next week. But, discounting the weekends, next week sorta starts on November the First. And I haven’t done anything for that yet. I could, but I’m kinda pondering whether to pull another themeweek sorta thing. The last time I did that, I kinda regretted it. But what do I know: you guys seemed to like it well enough.
Probably, I won’t end up doing it. Yet. Because, what I’m thinking toward would be something of an annual event, like SharkWeek or something; and, next year, November the First is a Tuesday, rendering the whole idea broken. So, if the idea’s to do something annually in the First Full Week of Variabruary, then there’s no rush to start it up this time in November; in fact, it might be more logical to pull it in the First Full Week of January. It’s something to think about.
In other news….
So, I’ve been playing with advertising a bit. Funny. I’ve been, like, professionally webmastering for what’s about to be fourteen years; this is the first time I’ve come close to paying to advertise a site. For most people, it’s just a given: start up a website; pay people to link back to it. I got this far without that. In fact, technically, I haven’t spent any money yet, since I’m just folding profits from adverts showing up on this site back into the system to advertise this site elsewhere—it’s all roughly zerosum, since I’m still getting a bit more per day from this site than I’m sending off to other sites to advertise it.
Anyway. What I’m noticing in the backend, even granting that, like, Every Click Counts, is that about eighty percent of incoming traffic is still coming from facebook.com, where I’m not actually paying them to advertise it. And, even if I were, I could force a limit of one cent per click; as it is, I’m averaging three cents per click. Which isn’t terrible; it’s just not all that necessary.
In theory, if I put a lot of money—conceivably hundreds per day—into advertising on seriously popular sites, I could get the Cost per Click back down to a penny or less. But I’m still a bit weirded by the idea of spending actual money to advertise a website. I guess my thinking is that, if there’s a point to this at all, people’ll bookmark the site and return every day or two, and probably tell other people to come in and do the same thing. Meaning in effect that, if you have to advertise something, it’s because no one cares enough to show up otherwise.
I know it’s not actually that simple. It just seems like it should be.
So. Given all that, I’m thinking that I might stop trying to advertise the site—at least for a while—and see where it can coast with incoming links from facebook.com and people generally telling each other to go look at something here. If nothing else, that’ll prove that advertising the site is actually a good idea.
Mostly off that topic: the everpresent Favourites Tab thing is still a problem. I actually wasn’t expecting this. Based on facebook.com, people will thump Like on every damned thing they see. Based on general feedback from people who actually like this webcomic, those aren’t the sort of moron who thumps Like ever, for any reason, including the one where it’s true. Which tells me three things:
- This webcomic, largely as designed, appeals almost exclusively to smart people who don’t tell everyone everything they like
- It’s not smart people calling in by the millions to vote on dancing chimps during American Idol.
- I need a better businessmodel.
So I’m really kinda wondering what to do about the Favourites Tab. Leave it there in the hopes that, eventually, it serves its intended purpose; repurpose it into something else logically called Favourites; delete it and maybe bring it back in years to come. I dunno.
I guess it doesn’t have to be today. Meaning that, for the moment, I can just leave it alone and keep waiting to see what happens.
Okay; so, that’s kinda that. For now. I guess I’ll go work up a few more randomish strips to get us into November. Bookmark the site and stop back to see those as they happen….