Happy New Year to all my readers! Have you made any New Year's resolutions? These guys have:
2014 was an amazing year for Good Tickle Brain. I started the year with just a couple hundred followers on Facebook and Twitter and absolutely no plans to for this website to be anything but a display case for the rather obscure jokes running through my mind. However, thanks in part to websites like i09 and Buzzfeed sharing my stuff, I now have well over a thousand followers on each site, plus more on Tumblr and Instagram. The "Shakespeare fan with strange sense of humor" demographic is, happily, much stronger than I had anticipated, and I have really enjoyed meeting and interacting with like-minded Shakespeare geeks.
2014 was also a year for projects. I started the Weekly Tickle Brain e-mail newsletter, as part of my ongoing plan to take over the world with stick figure comics. I signed up for more social networking services than I had previously known existed. I also did some work for the excellent Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which actually managed to cover my annual website hosting costs. So, if you appreciate being able to read Good Tickle Brain without any annoying ads popping up at you, thank the Birthplace Trust.
I consider "breaking even" to be a fairly substantial achievement in the field of esoteric niche-market webcomics, but some of you out there have been kind enough to indicate that you would like to give me more money in exchange for material goods such as t-shirts, books, mugs, and posters. In 2015 I hope to make Good Tickle Brain merchandise available! If there is any product in particular that you would like to see, please do get in touch.
Unfortunately, working on these sorts of projects does take up a lot of time. In order to allow me to work on expanding Good Tickle Brain, I will be moving to a twice-a-week posting schedule, with new comics on the site every Tuesday and Thursday. The Weekly Tickle Brain newsletter will continue to go out on Mondays, and I will also be posting random stuff during the week on my various social media accounts, as usual.
Too long, didn't read? Let me sum up:
- Thanks for supporting Good Tickle Brain in 2014!
- You're all awesome.
- New comics will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
- Shakespeare is awesome.
- Happy New Year!