Monday, June 19, 2006

Scheduling Change

This is not a When I Woke Up episode. Instead, this is an announcement.

I'm moving When I Woke Up back to a weekly publishing schedule. I realize that this may disappoint some people, but I think it's the right thing to do to ensure the health and viability of both the strip and its author. See, here's the thing: When I started WIWU, I promised myself that I wouldn't let it become a source of undue stress. And, well, over the past couple of months the strip has been building up to becoming exactly that. To the point that I haven't been able to produce any content for about four weeks now. Fortunately, I have ample material already written and waiting to be posted. However, at two episodes a week, the rate at which that buffer is being depleted makes me uncomfortable. Hence the stress.

Dropping to one episode a week will have two effects. First, it will make my buffer material last a whole lot longer and give me some breathing space to allow the writer's block to dissipate. Second, it will cut the rate at which I must create material to keep up with publication in half. That's a big deal. That reduction in pressure will reduce my stress level tremendously, and I believe it will help with the writer's block, too.

The twice-a-week schedule worked for a few months, and for a while I was happy with the pace and confident in my ability to sustain it. It was cool. But it didn't last, and that's cool too. I think publishing once a week will prove far more sustainable over the long haul. And I do indeed plan for there to be a long haul. I love writing WIWU and I look forward to providing entertainment to both of my readers for the foreseeable future.

Man, I can't believe I used the lame-ass "both my readers" joke. Oh well. Onward and forward. The next WIWU episode will be published on Thursday. The one after that will be published on the following Thursday, and so on.

In other news, WIWU is officially half a year old. Woot! Thanks for reading.

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