So yeah…it’s been a while.
Today marks the 4th Anniversary of the Speech Bubble. Celebrating 4 Years should be a joyous occasion but as anyone that will be reading this can attest, there hasn’t been a single post here over the last year. The truth is, I haven’t had any time and I’m sorry for that.
Upon uploading my 3rd Year post last October, it was my intention to shut the entire blog down, to never return. It was with a heavy heart that I made this decision but I had to be honest with myself that in order to keep up the quality I would need to find an alternative that would never materialize. It was with that decision that I ended the Speech Bubble and ended my presence on Twitter as well. But then…something happened.
Going back to my first post ever, way back when, I unabashedly proclaimed that I was a DC fan first and foremost. I love the characters, both the heroes and the villains, but the New 52, while producing some gems, largely eradicated or erased a lot of what I loved. Then came Rebirth. It not only rejuvenated the entire line but brought back some characters that I loved which had been exiled (Wally West I’m looking at you) while also making almost all their titles priced at $2.99. It was a risk but it has paid off for them as DC has beaten Marvel the last two months not only in terms of units shipped but retail dollars earned. What was so impressive was that they produced less titles then Marvel at a cheaper cost. More importantly, the comics were actually good!
So, this got me thinking. If DC could undergo a rebirth, why not the Speech Bubble? I thought to myself, could I possibly do it? Did I have the time? Then I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t should I do it but that I have to do it. I thought back to why I started blogging in the first place: to reduce my stress and to share my ideas with other like-minded individuals. At the back of my mind though, I still thought of my online comic store. How could I service it alongside posting here? The answer came in the form of an idea I posted here just before I quit: I would start a blog on my online store while also posting certain features exclusively here. The benefits to the site would be apparent: posting original content would help drive viewers there which would lead to a higher placement on Google searches. It was win-win! I could return to blogging while also helping my store.
So really what I’m saying is: I’M BACK! It may be in a new form, but like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Speech Bubble has not only been reborn but something new will rise up alongside it. The plan is to do the less complex features on my website’s blog (since their blog sucks in terms of options) and the more complex ones here alongside more personal postings. Now, this isn’t a return to the old days where it was “something new ever single day” but I hope to have at least one to two new postings per week. It will definitely be a learning process and please forgive me for being a bit rusty. Any time I post on my online store’s blog, I will also share it here but I would really appreciate everyone visiting the original posting on the store site as well. I will have a comment section there so we can still discuss things as well.
If this works out and it benefits the site, great. If not, I least I can say I gave it my best shot. Where we go from here is anyone’s guess but I thank everyone who decides to follow me here and on the (name to be determined) new blog. New features will be created and classic features will be resurrected. Here’s to the future and hopefully many more years to come!