Log

Opplopolis Ep. 8

September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

Finally starting to get a little weird.

There's not much else to say, this update, only that work is continuing on bringing this website into the teens (or tweens, I guess.)

One thing on which we could use your input: when we do get all set up, Opplopolis will be navigated one page at a time, rather than two at a time as we have it now.  I was thinking that rather than release two pages on Mondays and Fridays, I could post one page on Monday through Thursday.  Alec's concern was that, as many of you have feeds, this might seem a little spammy, and that I should release four pages once a week.  To me, that seems counter intuitive, as some new readers might end up only reading the first or last page in an update.  Alternatively, I could post pages Monday - Thursday and only update the Log when there's something to announce rather than for every page.

So, what do you think?  Would you be annoyed by constant updates?  Would you rather I just shut up and draw?  Leave a comment with your thoughts.

Kit Roebuck

12 Comments

  1. Hey kit, I'm an RSS reader and for me having them in pairs is about right; one page at a time is just too little at once to really follow the conversations etc. for me. So for me 2 pages twice a week is most comfortable.

    Keep up the good work, I've been following this RSS feed since about 2006 so it feels like my opinion might be worth sharing for once!

    Chris

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

  2. One per day definitely isn't too spammy - that's how often Bad Machinery, for example, updates, and I look forward to each page.

    I'm with Chris on breaking the updates up where the dialogue/plot/action breaks up. Two pages per update seems to have been working well for that so far.

    Sean

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

  3. As an RSS user, I'm not concerned about missing an update. (I don't understand how people can follow comics without RSS -- do they just sit there hitting reload every day?) Flow-wise, I agree that two pages per update works nicely.

    Tim McCormack

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

  4. On the topic of today's comic: She's worried about brand dilution, but has a bunch of uncoordinated "selves" running around acting autonomously?

    Tim McCormack

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

  5. For the particular kind of writing that I'm seeing in Opplopolis, I think big-chunk-less-often works better than small-chunk-more-often. I'd be fine with four pages once a week.

    Avram Grumer

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

  6. I'm an RSS reader as well and am fine with either 2 pages per update or 1 per. I mean, I don't think 1 page updates are spammy at all as it's the overwhelming norm. I would suggest updating the log as that's where I'm getting the RSS updates from. Is there some other feed that does the individual pages themselves? In that case, you could have the page-by-page feed, and update the log when you saw fit (ends of sections, etc).

    Brian

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

  7. RSS feeds are made to be spammed, so don't feel bad about posting stuff frequently. I have some feeds that have one new item per month and others up to 25 a day! So no worries from me!

    George Nakos

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

  8. So, no discernible consensus. Great.

    Tim, I wrote out a proof of how a certain type of celebrity could strengthen rather than weaken their own brand with multiple copies of themselves, but I navigated away from the form (looking up formicidae on wikipedia) and lost it. I'll just say this in regards to the apparent contradiction: She is large. She contains multitudes.

    Seriously, I may edit that line. I'm kind of treating this as a serialized first draft of a graphic novel.

    Then I looked at Avram's journal and saw that Dave Sim was quitting comics. Like busted, sell the house, wash-out quitting. Now, don't get me wrong, no love for Dave Sim, but this is pretty discouraging for somebody who is trying to start a new comic, online or not. I just hope what I'm trying to do has a little more widespread appeal than glamourpuss.

    What am I saying? glamourpuss was madness.

    Kit Roebuck

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

  9. I use RSS for all of my web comics, and for most of them I don't go to check them unless an update has been posted via the feed. I am not bothered at all by a daily update. Just stay away from 10-12 a day and you'll see me here to check it regularly.

    Patrick

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

  10. I can't read these. Can you post them so the text is bigger? So the whole thing is bigger?

    BIGGER.

    al

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

  11. I've been liking the frequency so far. I lean towards larger chunks. However I will continue reading regardless.

    I will say it might be easier for you to have a separate feed for the comic. That way you can update the blog when you have some commentary or housekeeping like this, and otherwise the comics speak for themselves. People could also possibly choose if they'd like a weekly or daily update.

    Turgid Bolk

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm

  12. Regarding the four-pages-once-a-week option, you might want to check out Warren Ellis' FreakAngels (http://www.freakangels.com), which used six-pages-a-week, and see if you think that worked. And you might want to read his opinion:

    http://www.freakangels.com/?p=54&page=3

    You could also probably find relevant discussions in their old forums if you're willing to search.

    YMBM

    September 7, 2012 12:00 pm