If you’ve been reading GoGoMachRocketSheep for a while, you’ll know that I occasionally go through a bit of a ‘comic existential crisis.’ The last few weeks have been pushing through some of that. The cycle usually goes something like this:
1) I stop making comics for a bit because I don’t see the point
2) I start making comics again once I realize I enjoy making them
Social media plays a big part of why I get frustrated with making comics. Back in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s, algorithms weren’t as tuned as they are now. If you clicked “follow” or “join page” or whatever, you actually had that content shown to you. But it doesn’t really work that way anymore. It can feel VERY futile when I’m making comics for people to see, but maybe only one or two a month actually make it on to their feed because I don’t want to pay to show it to them.
Some people are really good entrepreneurs with all the social media stuff, but I just don’t have the headspace for it. I’ve already taken most social media off of my phone, all that remains is twitter (and that is largely because hardly anybody I know uses twitter aside from comics folks).
All this creative existential crisis stuff leads to a point where I make some changes in my life. Sometimes that means killing something off or starting something new. I’m not sure what it’ll mean this time.
It’s funny though- even on a week where I’m not really making comics, I somehow managed to make 5 comic strips. It’s a sickness I tell you, A SICKNESS!