Anything But Social

I had some time to think about my site for the first time in a long time. I’ve been on auto-pilot for many years. Sure, I’ve tried my hand at growing audiences and all that, but I’ve turned a corner. I’ve taken a stand. And I want to tell you about it. Bear in mind: these are only my observations, based on some very narrow data points that probably don’t amount to anything.

But I’m going to say it anyway.

Every social media “guru” (I hate that term, btw) talks about engagement, SEO and metrics and traffic growth and all that. There seem to be a set of “rules” on how to “win” in terms of blogging and making content.

I’m here to say that I hate all of that.

I find most of it annoying and insipid and a distraction from what matters. I’ve decided to burn the whole thing to the ground.

I’ll keep it simple. There are content makers and there are content consumers. In this day and age, we all do a little bit of both. And we all want something. What is that “something”? Is it likes? Is it hearts? Is it viral? For many people, it is. For me, it’s not. Let me explain.

What I Want:

  • to write and draw comics
  • to write articles on my areas of interest, namely: tech and art

What I Think You Want:

  • funny tech comics and articles
  • a clean, fast, and pleasant browsing experience
  • a break from the usual ad-infested, link bait sites

So to give you more of what you want, I have made some small (but noteworthy) changes:

  1. I junked most of my WordPress plugins.
  2. I killed all social sharing plugins from my website.

Like many of you, I am burnt out on social media gurus and likes and sharing and viral. All of that is garbage in my opinion. While I used to put stock into those things for many years, I’m at a point where it’s not for me. It’s too much work. And more importantly, I don’t care about any of it anymore. It’s nonsense. This site simply does not generate the revenue or traffic that makes it self-sustainable. (That’s the harsh, bitter truth and I’m okay with that.)

I believe that if content is good, people will find a way to share it. My promise is to deliver comics each and every week and write articles that tickle my interests in tech and art. I have always hated intrusive ads on other websites, so I am not about to do subject anyone to that over here. I want to be an enjoyable, funny, and fast loading website for all. In the next few months, I plan to make more cosmetic changes and upgrades to streamline the experience even more. Every change will be made to make it easier and faster to get to the stuff I make. Period.

In terms of support, it’s not needed. I’ve been doing the comic thing for nearly 20 years, and I will continue to do it for as long as it interests me, because I want to. But, if you feel so inclined and want to reciprocate, you have some options.

  1. Patreon: for as little as $1/month you can support my cartooning and illustration efforts. I’ll give you a sneak peek at comics I’m writing as well as offer you high resolution images for the illustrations I make.
  2. Threadless: I make shirt designs and if you feel so inclined, you can buy one.
  3. Merchandise: Stickers and books.

It feels so good to get this off my chest.


These beautiful and intelligent people wrote

  • Justin Connolly
    May 9, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    An incredibly focused and sane decision. Social is too fragmented, too busy, too distracted.

    • Krishna
      May 9, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks, Justin. A focus on the basics (making good content) and ignoring social media is something I’ll never regret.

  • Scott P.
    May 10, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Good for you for making a stand and doing what is right for you, Aarti, and Sonia! Obsessing over likes, hearts, traffic, etc. has to be a pain in the rear. As a visitor to your (and any other site) I don’t want the social share buttons for the data collection they all do. I use browser plug-in to block those from even loading. Great for you for take this stand.

    • Krishna
      May 10, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks, Scott. I’ve noticed that the site runs much faster without all the extra social elements. Hopefully that will encourage readers to spend more time on the site.