Yes its the first day of a new year (well if you follow the Gregorian Calender anyway). 2013 was a bit of a downer for Drawingsilence.com.
I won’t bore you with the reasons for it nor will this post the tired Cliché of the artist giving excuses for not posting.
So instead I’ll be posting some statistics for the year.
67 Comics Posts down 31 from last year
6 Blog posts down 20 from last year
Top 5 referring sites:
Thank you very much Hickvillecomics and Diepopular for sending traffic my way.
My most viewed posts where all of celebrities, so I won’t be linking to any of them.
First post of the year will be this Friday, January 3rd. I’m intending to make 2014 a better year for Drawingsilence than the last one.
here is to the future.
(Something that might not exist)
Yes that’s right you read the title correct; I’ve updated the page dedictated to the Unknown Unknown series, which can be viewed here if you’re keen.
I read this really interesting article today: Disable internet tracking, make websites load faster and increase your privacy with these free plugins. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in your privacy on the internet. So I installed two of the recommended programmes on Chrome; Disconnect and DoNotTrackMe. What did I discover? My website Drawingsilence.com is a vector for trackers.
Here in lies the problem:
If you want to share content from places like Youtube or Tumblr with people coming to your website.
If you want to track visits to your site.
If you want people to share your content easily via Sharethis, Facebook or other third party providers.
Then you are enabling trackers to access and collect information about people visiting your site.
Because of this I have decided to remove the Sharethis plugin and access to Drawingsilence.com Facebook page on my site. As yet I haven’t decided whether to remove the Google Analytics code. It stinks.
Words to live by on the internet:
Is it free? Its not, it costs you your personal information.
I don’t know…
I have been looking at my website statistics today. 2013 has been a poor year for my site,views have been steadily shrinking over the past seven months.
Its a bit stink but it has been largely my fault. My comics posting has been pretty erratic this year and I have stopped posting blog posts of things the internet likes (women) which draw people to the site. Even though I suspect most who stop by the particular post don’t bother to explore the rest of the site.
For example the top all time posts are; in order:
There will be something this Friday! Promise!
Blame it on rich people…? Well in reality you probably should. They’ve rigged the system for their own benefit.
There you have it: They bought off the gatekeepers, got inside, and gamed the system. And when the fix was in, they let loose the animal spirits, turning our economy into a feast for predators. And they won – as the rich and powerful got richer and more powerful – they not only bought the government, they “saddled Americans with greater debt, tore new holes in the safety net, and imposed broad financial risks on workers, investors, and taxpayers.” Until – write Hacker and Pierson – “The United States is looking more and more like the capitalist oligarchies of Brazil, Mexico, and Russia where most of the wealth is concentrated at the top while the bottom grows larger and larger with everyone in between just barely getting by.”
Jim Hightower has said it well: Today’s proponents of corporate plutocracy “have simply elevated money itself above votes, establishing cold, hard cash as the real coin of political power.”
Couldn’t embed the video but it is worth watching. Found here.
I was going to link to a video ‘debunking’ the Ed Asner one but its largely bullshit. Google it if you like.
Sorry everyone for the patchy updates last month. Real life getting in they way. There will be a comic tomorrow I promise. I want to get back on schedule posting more comics and blog posts – even making new comics!
Its Christmas today if you are feeling all happy, excited and cheerful. How about a nice depressing documentary about sad lonely weirdos making Black Metal?
It acknowledges there is blackness in the human condition. Its not angry at those emotions just sad. Sad.
These thoughts make me feel a little less guilty for the morbid curiosity which I think propelled me to watch this film and research a bit more into it after seeing it.
If you need more; this tumblr post is par for the course. Again content my offend.
I note that many of the articles have a contact if you need help. If you can; talk to someone. Otherwise:
In New Zealand, call Lifeline on 0800 543 354
U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255
Of Hollywood from long ago and far away.
Facebook is kind of bugging me at the moment. See this:
Spring of 2012 was when bloggers, non-profits, indie bands, George Takei, community theaters, photographers, caterers, artists, mega-churches, high schools, tee-shirt vendors, campus coffee shops, art galleries, museums, charities, food trucks, and a near infinite variety of organizations; individuals from all walks of life; and businesses, both large and small, began to detect—for it was almost imperceptible at first—that the volume was getting turned down on their Facebook reach. Each post was now being seen only by a fraction of their total “fans” who would previously have seen them.
But it wasn’t just the so-called “fan pages,” individual Facebook users were also starting to notice that they weren’t seeing much in their newsfeeds anymore from the various entities they “liked”—or even updates from their closest friends and family members. Something was amiss, but unless you had a larger “data set” to look at—or a formerly thriving online business that was now getting creamed—it probably wasn’t something that you noticed or paid that much attention to.
Quote from this article. Now my page on FB has less than 50 likes so it kind of pisses me off; so i’m getting even less reach than i would be. I’ was going to use Google Analytics statistics to see how many people came to my site from FB; however it only seems to show total traffic and doesn’t allow a finer search. That is annoying. So I don’t know how useful my FB page has been.
I will say one thing about FB: it doesn’t feel like I’m talking to a wall (the invisible internet) like it does on my main site sometimes. And it is easier to post cool stuff I find on the web.
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Italian comics festival Treviso celebrated New Zealand comics this year. So a few NZ creators tripped of to Treviso Italy to be part of it. for photos and more of the festival check out From Earth’s End’s latest post
I’ve had trouble these past couple of weeks working on the current Fire and Ice. I’m trying to combine the read and blue in an effective narrative. There are little bits of goodness in the comics but over all they’re just not working. They’re just not very good overall. Its been a bit frustrating, its silly but I feel like I’m wasting paper. Anyway I’ll keep persevering.
For the slaves and the free…
from this site.
I love this site, its inspiring; its angry.
Sometimes you’re allowed to be angry. You have to be.
More New Wave; More 80s music; I haven’t heard in ages!
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Worth a read. Don’t agree with all of it though. I always thought that Bane was just exploiting the people for his own ends and didn’t believe in anything he said to the people of Gotham when he took over. He is just a cynical politician exploiting people. However I find this idea really interesting:
“Guevara here is paraphrasing Christ’s declarations on the unity of love and the sword – in both cases, the underlying paradox is that what makes love angelic, what elevates it over mere sentimentality, is its cruelty, its link with violence. And it is this link that places love beyond the natural limitations of man and thus transforms it into an unconditional drive.”