The Future of IDKon September 15, 2011 at 10:48 am
This past week I spent a lot of time writing notes and blogs about how I was going to stop doing IDK Comics on December 1st, 2011–our second anniversary. Obviously I didn’t post any of them because I felt like the “reasons” were whiney excuses. Finding reliable and decent people to work with is much harder than it should ever be. Readership is dropping, there are little-to-no comments/likes/tweets, and for the first time ever the number of Facebook fans has actually decreased. Aren’t those how you measure success—by the feedback?
If you measure happiness/success by something quantifiable, you will never have enough. I used to be ecstatic to have 100 readers and now that I have 1000 readers I’m dissatisfied and shutting down? Fuck that.
You know what? I’ve never been good at taking a hint and I’m even worse at quitting things. I can not please the faceless, voiceless masses so why concern myself with the impossible? I started doing this as an outlet for myself and over the year I somehow lost that. Somewhere along the line my hobby became a business and my fun became work. I don’t need another job; I just want to play.
“Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.”
“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.”