I started Second Lunch at the very beginning of 2012 because I wanted to make some noise on the internetz and I realized that drawing and writing things would be way more fun than applying to grad schools.
But by the end of February, my pageviews were clearly displaying a downward trend, even though I had significantly increased the hours I was putting into creating content. I was kind of kicking myself, because I had made the decision to purchase a domain (along with a premium theme) and to blog for an entire year, regardless of what my readership or pageview count looked like. And even though all signs indicated that Second Lunch would be another failed attempt at trying to build something, I took a moment and thought to myself, Tim, this really is the BEST hobby, you don’t even need pants for it AND you can drink at the same time, so keep going. And so I activated tunnel vision mode and went on making content…
Yesterday, Second Lunch eclipsed 100,000 pageviews and will somehow end the year by having successfully tricked the Freshly Pressed editors on 3 separate occasions. It’s something I can’t fully wrap my head around–partially due to my heads inability to literally wrap around things–but I am fully capable of seeing just how much the WordPress community has helped me in achieving those milestones. It would be a mistake to rest on those personal achievements and attempt to recreate this past years success by playing it safe and rehashing the same things over and over. I need to be challenging myself to get better at this whole blogging thing.
So let’s look ahead.
How I hope 2013 will play out:
-More illustrated personal stories
-A 9% increase in fart jokes (Gotta get that younger demographic)
-Experimenting, by incorporating my style into different mediums <– What I’m most excited about.
-Finding a way to be more insightful and helpful to bloggers (especially new ones) without turning into a blog about blogging.
-Moar Shorts and other one-off comics
-Less blog updates counting as my weekly posts (…hopefully)
-Doing more collaborations / other work away from my own blog:
- If you have an idea for something, please email the living daylights out of me > RIGHT HERE! This little illustration contest I did with another favorite blogger all started from a simple email exchange.
-Being a better blogger:
- It takes me a long time to search the internet for all of these illustrations and then steal them for my blog. But I’m getting much better at stealing, so I’d like to get a lot better at spending time on some non-content stuff, like networking and communicating with you guys. And I’d really like to get better at doing all of that through Twitter, Facebook, or you own blogs.
But in all honesty, I have no idea where Second Lunch goes. For the foreseeable future, I will keep making things, regardless of whether Second Lunch has another 1,000 pageviews or 100,000 in it. Because the only thing I ever wanted out of this blog was the satisfaction of making things people enjoyed and could connect with, even if just for a few minutes. I got all of that and so much more.
Thank you for finding me,
Okay, enough about me. What are you serving up in 2013? TELL ME.