So I started a new contest over at my site, www.gregcomic.com, today (the obligatory shameless pimping of it). I’ll be giving away three autographed limited edition prints to readers who email me their names to email@example.com.
I guess contests are multifaceted. I read on some web article that it’s a good way to attract more readers. I guess that’s one of the major reasons why I held the first one. Not sure if its entirely accurate in my case. I think I got around forty entries the first time. So, any hype generated was probably the bare minimal. But what I found was that it gave me a chance to interact with readers that normally don’t speak up. And to be honest, I got an ego boost off some of their emails. Usually if they are willing to enter, chances are they like the comic, and they’ll include a compliment in the email. So it was a nice experience.
This is pure speculation on my part, but I’m guessing a contest shows how much enthusiasm readers have for the comic and how willing they are to support it. I mean, if they don’t even want a chance at free stuff, what are the chances they’ll pay for merchandise. Of course there will be those that just don’t like to enter contests or feel like they’re a waste of time. But, eh, I’ll see how much of a correlation contest entry and merchandizing has when I set up shop or a kick starter for my book. But if my hypothesis holds true, then I guess dark times loom ahead for the comic.
Yea pessimistic thoughts, but I guess I’m more of a pessimist than I first thought. I don’t know, I’ll see how it goes. More on my growing frustrations later I guess.