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Reflections on 2008…

September 08

In the better-late-than-never department, it’s time for me to reflect on what 2008 was like, in an effort to assess what I was able to accomplish (and what I have yet to) in an effort to push further ahead in 2009.

So, without further ado:

1) In late December 2007, I had made the decision to switch from a single panel format to a multi-panel format. Initially, it was intimidating. Gradually, though, I gained some footing with the new format (and actually prefer it!). All that and being a new parent, to boot!

2) After a raft of problems with my host, Lunarpages (which I don’t feel like linking), I made the switch to a new server, and - concurrently, brought the pcweenies.com domain out of its 4 year “retirement”. I’m very happy with the uptime of my new host, Rampage Network.

3) This year I had the pleasure to virtually meet several cartoonists of like mind. My biggest goal for 2008 was to network among the cartoonist community, and make some friends. I feel like I’ve finally found that with fine folks like Mark Rudolph, Jerzy Drozd, Javier Hernandez, and many others.

4) 2008 was the year I figured out Twitter. Twitter has helped me forge new friendships and networking contacts. It’s been invaluable. (follow me on Twitter: kms007)

5) 2008 was the year that PCW made it to the front page of Digg.com. I learned a lot of valuable lessons from that experience. Namely, the importance of using Wordpress-SuperCache and not using Lunarpages.

6) 10 years of making a webcomic. I learned a lot of lessons along the way and I’m really proud of myself for sticking with it, through thick and then.

On the “things I have yet to do” area:

1) I still want to make a PC Weenies book. Finding time for it has been ridiculously difficult. Which leads me to…

2) I need to make a buffer of strips. Working week to week on strips is fun, but is undeniably grueling.

3) Spread the word. One of my mantras in 2009 is to spend more time marketing the strip. Word-of-mouth has been good, but I see a lot of room for growth this year. Perhaps some marketing campaigns will help?

4) Take more time off. It’s nice to be busy, but I could use a break every now and then. Aarti and I are planning a vacation this year (leaving the baby with my parents), so this goal has a strong likliehood of happening.

-Krishna