Reflections

squirrel pond

This was the kind of post I envisioned doing for my 100th entry over here a couple weeks ago, but my amateur photo shoot with a squirrel on my birdbath proved to be a big hit for the milestone post, so no regrets there.  But I wanted to take some time to kinda talk to myself about how my presence on this blog has changed in the nine months now I’ve been contributing to it… and of course by now, I’m more than used to talking to myself here!

bang your head!

The internet was made for crazy people like me.

I started this blog on Christmas Eve last year with two basic intentions that were both essentially striving for the same goal.  First of all, I wanted to introduce this cast of wacky characters I’d created through several years of inspiration over on my longtime message board home to the public at large.  Not an easy task given the tons of backstory behind each one of them, and many of those old intro posts that litter the first couple months of my blog were somewhat awkward and probably confusing to those outside of my circle.  The reason for this was that I had just opened up my own shop on CafePress where I hoped there may be enough interest in poorly drawn, but cute animal characters that folks might be interested in paying outrageous prices to buy cool stuff with my designs.

The response was overwhelming!

While I have made about $150 thus far from this little venture, almost all of that came from people I already knew would be interested.  I’ve made two sales totaling a $1.51 profit to the world at large, and neither of those folks ever laid eyes on this blog.  Going solely on what my primary purpose for creating this blog was, it has been a massive failure and a complete waste of time.

squirrel corner

Go cry in the corner you big baby!

Ah, but as it turns out, I am having so much fun throwing out my warped artwork and even more warped views out here for the world to see that I rarely even think about what this blog’s primary mission was anymore.  More and more, my posts are just random events in my life, thoughts, squirrel pictures I take when I’m bored… kind of like what a normal blogger would post on their site.  I can share my demented take on life while at the same time share images from my vast archive of past digital crapola I’ve created over the last…. wow, almost 5 years now!

irish squirrel

Lucky you!

And of course, there is my comic series, now in its 22nd week!  I have notebooks and notebooks full of old, crappily drawn comics from when I was a kid, and I am really enjoying sharing my warped sense of humor with everyone else on the web, even if only a handful of people actually see it.  I’ve even picked up a few positive comments on my last few comics.  If I can make just one person laugh, it was worth the three to four hours it takes to create one of my strips…

You can bet we’ll be seeing more of these two!

And it’s no surprise to me that my main source of cheap laughs isn’t coming from the star of my series or his red and white co-stars…. but from this little guy:

possum

Possums are born comedians.

To think that Buster’s only been in my stable for a little over a year now, and he’s quickly taking Evil Squirrel’s place as merry mischief maker.  Having created many past series of characters in all those old comics I spoke about, I figured this would eventually happen, as the main attraction (ES) often eventually becomes the overseer and observer of the batshit insane cast of idiots that end up surrounding him.  Buster’s now the go-to guy possum when I need a rabble-rouser.

And a hit with the ladies, I might add…

And now, for the past three weeks or so, I have taken the additional step of trying to draw some traffic to my blog.  By taking advantage of WordPress’ “Like” feature and even throwing out a comment or two on other people’s blogs if I am so inclined, I have been paid back with an influx of visitors, a spike in hits, and have doubled my number of followers!  I’ve even followed a handful of blogs of those who have stuck with me in an attempt to forge a few friendships in the blogosphere.  Maybe I’ll find my way over here in this brave new world after all….

Come and play with us!

Ah, but even this isn’t coming as easy for me as it should.  You see, those lovers of Spongebob porn out there who constantly find their way to my blog only to be disappointed I have no nude photos of Sandy Cheeks have managed to screw me over in a way I never expected.  When I “Like” another blogger’s post, they get an email from WordPress inviting them to check out my blog, and then it provides links to my three most popular posts rather than just give a direct link to my homepage.

Wanna take a guess what my #1 most popular blog post is?

OH MY GOD!!!! I’m not clicking on THAT!!!

A few people who have dared to visit me anyway have even commented they were initially hesitant because they saw the title of that blog post and thought I was some porn spammer.  Perish the thought!  I certainly cuss, draw stuff that is sometimes a bit questionable, and have a taste for the freakier side of the art world… but I do try to run as clean a blog as possible, and it frustrates me that more often than not, a commentary on cartoon porn is the first thing people see when they visit my blog.  It’s a good piece if you know what I’m all about beforehand, but that’s like being introduced to Chuck Berry’s music by listening to “My Ding-a-Ling”

dick in a box

Now The Lonely Island is a different story….

Well, if you’ve made it this far, congratulations!  I can’t sell you four dollar Viagra or naked pictures of Princess Kate, but I do hope I can provide you with more entertainment, insight, and cheap laughs with the art and words that ooze out of my brain.  No purchase necessary, and this offer is valid in all 50 states and both hemispheres….

Even in Ithaca, NY….

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About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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10 Responses to Reflections

  1. normalfornorfolkblog says:

    Squirrels rock! (& Rick apparently, if I am to believe my autocorrect..) Anyway, I think the blog is great. Blogging is a fickle world, you can be racking up views like no tomorrow one moment and the next moment it seems as though you are the only person on wordpress. Some posts I have written and really loved have less views than something I chucked together in 5 minutes, so there is no logic to it what so ever! Commenting on other blogs is a great way to increase your traffic though & some of the big bloggers like The Bloggess actually encourage you to do it. Happy blogging & I look forward to more tales from the Evil Squirrels….have they ever thought about learning to ride unicorns??

    • Thanks for the insight!

      And yes, my squirrels do ride unicorns! I cracked up when I saw that on your blog because I do have a unicorn character! I think this one would be my best past example:

      • normalfornorfolkblog says:

        That is brilliant!! I love it!! I will add a link to your blog from mine on the sidebar, I know so many squirrel/unicorn mad people who would enjoy it. 🙂

      • Thank you! You’re the best!

        I may have to do a squirrel and unicorn post in the near future! I will be sure to give you a shoutout in it!

      • normalfornorfolkblog says:

        Yes, please do! I have added your blog to the side bar. Nah, I’m not the best, far from it! But I do like the way the blogging community (for the most part) stick together and am just repaying some of the good Karma I have recieved from others. Happy blogging. 🙂

  2. dogfordavid says:

    lol you have a good sense of humor. 🙂 that and the squirrel pictures are what keep me coming back. : )

    If it encourages you to know, I found your blog when you hit the like button on one of my posts and the first thing I saw when I came here was your post for your 100th entry : )

  3. gentlestitches says:

    I started blogging as a way of promoting my “Mending is better than ending classes” and as a way of giving back by promoting the 3Rs (repairing, reusing and recycling) In a nut shell I want to be on the side with a solution and help our beautiful planet. A world without laughter or cartoons would not be worth saving. I also love your sense of humour and art work. I was chuffed when our paths crossed after I posted about how to make a squirrel out of an old glove. As for being misunderstood , it happens unfortunately. Last week I attended a party with people I had never met and was introduced as someone “who likes klingon women” OMG! This is because I made a passing remark about going as one if I were invited to a Star Treck costume party. I believe the only way to survive this journey called life is to keep laughing and keep looking at cartoons. Do you like the art work and stories of Carl Barks?

    • I had heard that name before, but couldn’t place it, so I had to look him up. I don’t think I ever read a Donald Duck comic book, but I was a big fan of Duck Tales when I was a kid back in the 80’s! I envy anyone with the patience to do well in any art form, it’s a virtue I don’t possess which is why my work looks a bit rough and rushed, but I’ve learned how to do just well enough to tell my own unique stories with it! 🙂

      • gentlestitches says:

        Steven Spielberg and George Lucas acknowledge the influence of Barks in “rolling boulder booby trap” and space stories. You can see bits of Barks in the Lara Croft adventures. You never know where your creations will end up once you put them out there. It is kind of like they develop a life of their own. Comics have always made me feel better when I needed to. Your artwork lifts my spirits.

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