And some other blogging rambling.
Basically said, I don’t want to become the Gawker of Tohaa news.
I had an oddly sick feeling stomach after I posted the Human Sphere spoiler superpost. While I don’t think it was “unethical” to share the information, and certainly Corvus Belli gave the thumbs up to Adepticon people to share the information; the post did feel a little off. Remembering this little comment from Bostria’s Adepticon Seminar reminded me why it felt off.
As a content creator, it’s a bit of a dick move. If I’m still blogging like a madman during Acheron Falls (or whatever their next book is called), I may not make such an exhaustive post. Or at least, not so immediately after the information leaks. Content creators love surprising people, and I don’t want to pillage Corvus Belli’s surprises in a quest for web traffic.
Which leads me to the titular point:
I do appreciate that people like me enough to want to share Tohaa leaks with me. This stuff is awesome and hard not to share: Someone tipped me off about the phero-hacking like 3 months before the Kaeltars were released. Someone else tipped me off that Corvus Belli was redoing the Igao to make the fans happy. Someone else tipped me off about Pheromonic ammunition and how it works on our Symbiobugs as far back as December of last year.
Awesome. But understand the situation that stuff puts me in. What am I supposed to do with that information? Or to not do? Why do I have to even think about it now?
It’s tempting. Secret stuff makes for zinger news. This is the Lonely Artichoke’s total views by month. The Human Sphere Superpost was posted in April:
Wow. But I don’t collect revenue from this blog, so there’s really no point for me to tincup for views. The ads you see (if you see any) is just WordPress (the company) collecting ad revenue to pay themselves for my “free” blog here.
Some more perspective: My webomic product reviews get about 4 times the traffic as the webcomics themselves. That bums me out. Product reviews are fun, but it’s the entertainment I was more interested in making. When you run a platform and get crap traffic on something you put work into making, it sucks. Cool secret gossip becomes quite tempting to share.
So, please do not share secrets with me that you’re not allowed to share. Again, thanks for trusting me with the leak! But no thanks. I don’t want to have the temptation.
Broader related unrelated perspective: I’m looking at an email in my inbox about doing a paid product review. And I’m also looking at the fact that I have become friends with a terrain builder, a fact I wanted to be quick to be frank about, so it never becomes a problem. I am no journalist, but I want to run this blog ethically. I want to be a boy scout about this stuff. If I ever won an internet jackpot of attention, I don’t want to have to unlearn a bad habit when it gets really tempting to write gossip.
So, this awkwardly leads to a couple of “announcements”. One―if it isn’t already clear―I am severely dialing back the standalone Tohaa webcomics. They just don’t seem to be interesting people, and they’re time-consuming to make, blah blah, #yolo.
Two, after I post the New Players section, I will close the devlog section, since those really didn’t have my intended effect of disciplining myself to make more comics. If you like to read them―well, you’re one of like five people. Yay you!
Third, I will be publishing a real webcomic later this year. Real, as in with a real story, and from my own head, not tied to some other company’s IP. I’ll still maintain the Lonely Artichoke, but this new webcomic will publish on a different platform. So, look forward to that. Or don’t. Be a dick.
Oh and fourth, yes, I will be resuming the Tohaa language now that the Human Sphere fluff book is out, so if you’re as neckbeardy as I―though I have only a verdi beard―you can look forward to that awesome Klingon-level nerd abyss.
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