This began as a request from my sister for a drawing of an apple. I probably spent a lot more time into rendering this than she actually needed, but I couldn’t help myself. I got really into seeing what I could do with some different glare and shading techniques, and I think it turned out pretty well.
Eagle-eyed followers of my ‘Sects comic strip will know that I already used this in the comic strip a couple of times this past week. It’s just a really nice apple that has almost unlimited uses, so expect it to pop up more in the future too. I have to add, I already shared this on Facebook and it quickly became one of the most popular things I’ve ever shared. It’s funny sometimes what catches people’s attention.
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I did some math earlier in the week and realized that my 800th post was going to happen over the weekend. I had some choice as to what to actually post as number 800, but decided to go ahead and let the 800th post be about various milestones happening this month. Tomorrow (July 25th) is also the two year anniversary of starting this blog. If you’re at all curious, go take a look at the very first post (appropriately an early comic strip) I made on the blog way back on July 25th, 2014.
A milestone that occurred earlier this week… ‘Sects had its 500th episode! I also realized counting the ‘Sects milestones are tricky. I have skipped some days here and there, and that’s easy enough to keep track of… but there was also one day last year when I actually posted two episodes in the same day! So… the 500th new episode was posted on Wednesday this past week… but the 500th day of unique episodes actually happened on Thursday.
An honorary mention is the hit counter… I’m just under 24,500 hits on the blog in two years. It has been a slow uphill climb, gaining followers and regular visits over the years. I’ve definitely got a strong loyal following now, but I’m always hoping to expand… hence why I gave up the ghost and joined Facebook last year to provide additional promotion for my work.
Thank you to everyone who has been here for the long haul… thank you also to all the newly following! I hope I continue to create things that engage you in some manner, whether it be in quality of the art or the silliness of the idea. Please, if you really enjoy any of the things I do here, tell your friends and let’s see how much we can blow this thing up for year three!
I wasn’t really paying attention, or I’d have mentioned at least one of these things sooner. Because of skipping a few days here and there, it so happens that I posted my 400th episode of ‘Sects this week, on Monday. I wasn’t even aware of it when it happened. I did the math and figured it out yesterday!
Meanwhile, I completely blew by my 600th blog post quite a while back to virtually no fanfare… and only because I noticed the other thing this week did I realize I’m getting close to my 700th blog post. That’s a lot of blogging in under two years!
Meanwhile, I’m coming close to 20,000 hits on the blog… it should happen this month. I’m thinking about updating my 10,000 hit animated gif to mark this occasion. Al of these things having happened in just about 20 months of existence for the blog.
I’m having fun, even when I get behind sometimes… and there’s still lots of things I want to blog about… draw… and who knows what else in the coming months. If you like anything I’ve been doing here at the blog, please tell two friends (and have them tell two friends, and so on…) and don’t forget to find me on Facebook as well.
Thanks, as always, to everyone new and old who keeps giving me reason to keep the weirdness here going!
Some belated announcements, because that’s how I roll! 🙂
A few weeks ago I passed the 500th blog post milestone. Lots of different things covered in all those posts, with only a couple of them being posts about how many blog posts had been made at previous milestones!
Of more significance to me, however, was what happened yesterday…
Tuesday’s episode of the ‘Sects comic strip was the 300th episode counting all the dailies and Sunday editions. Sometimes it seems like just yesterday that I began this adventure with my insect characters. Other times it seems like it has been nearly a year, which is appropriate, because I launched ‘Sects in 2014 during the week of Thanksgiving… so we are very nearly at the one year anniversary of the strip as well!
For any milestones I have achieved, I want to thank all the people who have followed my blog from the beginning… new fans who have found me as I plugged along over the last year or so… and those of you who have also been checking me out on Facebook or Deviantart or anywhere else I might be lurking.
Thanks everyone! I hope to continue creating silliness for another year, and perhaps have some new or semi-new things to announce along the way as well. Stay tuned…