I've been making Plexit for almost 3 years now and we're about half way through volume 2, partly because I had to spend more than a year building renderable 3D models so that volume 2 didn't have to be made in someone else's "all-content-produced-is-copyrighted" vector graphics app. Because I can't draw pretty things, as evidenced by the little extra I posted on the 1st of April. That didn't even involve an attempt at space battles, which would hugely suck if I drew them LOL
But for all we're at episode 14 of volume 2, I've never really found a way to get it seen by people, a way to find those 1000 key fans the business videos on YouTube talk about.
I have 4 people who think it's good enough to pay for and about as many again who are on the edge of their seat for each new episode. That's great, it's a start, I'm massively grateful to those people. But people rarely share their niche fandoms, they rarely tell friends "you should read this thing that 67 people have heard of." Even when they do, most people won't follow through. This means the comic has a growth rate of about 1 person per month. That has remained flat since the initial surge of people who Liked the Facebook page when I created it and invited them. Those 8 key fans, there were 7 a month ago. There were 7 for months before that. I fear it will be 8 for months to come; all the while, the story so far extends, making it more daunting to new people, less accessible to them.
I'm not really looking for anything here, I just feel the need to express my worry that in another 3 years, I'll be closer to 40 than to 35, putting in 12 hours a week for 60 dollars a month and 16 key fans. That people will look at me as a failure pursuing something that will never work. That I'll never be able to afford to just go "frell it, I'm going to spend the weekend in Wiltshire with my girlfriend," or even "frell it, I'm going to town for a beer tonight," unless I somehow suddenly, miraculously, succeed at applying for jobs and resume selling my life to capitalism one hour at a time, even as capitalism eats itself to death and takes us with it.
I worry about a lot more than that, but that's my primary selfish worry.