I recently passed a milestone that I am quite proud of, but as always, I was reticent to actually acknowledge it on my site… I am afraid of seeming cocky, boastful, pretentious, etc etc.
But, I passed the 100,000 follower threshold the other week, and I am very happy about it!
When I started this site 2+ years ago, 10k followers seemed impossible. I remember texting my sister about each new follower or new ‘like’ (for about 6 months, I had less than 30 followers). If I ever DREAMED of having 100k followers, I would have assumed I was FAMOUS!
Of course, as we all know, I am not anywhere close to famous, and as I personally know, I am still extremely broke and unsuccessful in ways that (financially) matter. Despite the growth of my site and my work, I’m still not where I want to be. Working on books, keeping up content for the site, making rent, it’s all pretty damn tough to be honest (not to sound whiny of course).
Still, I feel extremely lucky that I’ve been received so well by everyone here (2+ years, over 100k followers, and I’ve still only gotten 1 hate mail), and that I’ve grown so quickly and “easily”. I am a firm believer of doing the work you think is good and not what you think other’s want to see, and if you believe in it then the RIGHT people will find it and enjoy it as well.
I owe a lot to the staff of Tumblr, and everyone who has glanced or even stolen my illustrations and gifs, as it has all contributed to putting me on a career path I never thought I could embark upon.
Longtime readers will remember how I used to draw…! It was awful! Only now am I becoming acceptable, and in the near future there will be books and other projects… all directly caused by the success of my site here.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, to everyone, and I really do love you all!
If everyone wants to get together and all send me 1 measly dollar each, I will accept it. HELL, GIMME 12 CENTS EACH. I live cheap! :’-o
New drawings and gifs coming shortly…! :-)
David Michael Chandler