Your Feedback Please

Today is the last day of 2007. New Year’s is always an occasion for looking back to reflect and then looking forward to the coming year. So I thought this would be a good time for me to pause and evaluate my blog.

I saw a big jump in readership this year, and it’s been a fun challenge for me to keep the blog interesting enough for readers to keep coming back. I’ve tried to focus mostly on topics related to illustration, cartooning, and freelancing, but my goal of posting something new every weekday has forced me to zig and zag a bit as I try to figure out what works and what doesn’t. I’ve posted a mixture of personal sketches, freelance work, tips on the freelancing biz, reviews of products and books, interesting links, an occasional mindless distraction, and a few opinions and thoughts totally unrelated to art. This year I also took a character design class from Stephen Silver at Schoolism.com, and I received a lot of positive feedback from posting my assignments. I also gave the blog a new look, added a Tip Jar, and created a Recommended Resources page that links to Amazon.com.

I want to make the blog even better for 2008, so I’m asking you my readers to give me your thoughts. What have you especially liked? Did anything bug you, or worse, bore you? Is there anything you really liked and would like to see more of? I’m not fishing for compliments–I figure this must be a pretty decent blog, otherwise you wouldn’t keep coming back–but I am genuinely interested in getting some overall feedback, suggestions, and constructive criticism on how I can make it even better.

So please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Every comment will get read, and I won’t delete anything unless it is obviously a “spam” comment. Feel free to post anonymously if you’d like. (Hint: For those of you who read but never comment, this would be a perfect opportunity to stick your toe in the water.)

A very happy new year to one and all!

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9 thoughts on “Your Feedback Please

  1. Long time lurker, occasional poster here 🙂 – I really enjoy everything about your blog – no complaints whatsoever. Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading your articles on my RSS newsreader in 2008!

  2. Hey Cedric, I’m one of those daily readers that hasn’t commented yet. I really enjoy the blog as-is. The way you jump around to different topics is just fine. If I don’t like something — and I rarely don’t — then I move on knowing that you’ll have something different the next day or so. No big deal.

    As an amateur cartoonist, I really appreciate the behind the scenes stuff: the preparation, the references, what you used, how long it took you, etc. I get intimidated when I see a finished piece by a pro and think that they just whipped it out in 15 minutes off the top of their head. These peeks into the whole process on your blog give me a much better perspective and understanding of cartooning.

    I also value the way you reference new stuff from others’ websites.Your blog is truly a resource for me. Thanks so much and here’s looking forward to a great 2008!

  3. Keep “zig zagging” it keeps your blog fresh and interesting. On numerous occasions I’ve found some very useful resources (often unrelated). I also like that you blog 5 days a week… It makes it difficult for me to lose interest as is easy to do with sporadic blog posts.
    Keep doing your thing.

  4. I look forward to your blog –I especially like seeing your character designs, and your help in learning to draw and analyze drawings. Thanks for doing this. Can’t think of anything I’d change. Judy

  5. I’m a new comer here, having found you through Tom Richmond’s blog.

    I sound like a broken record, but I have to agree with the above consensus that your variety is appealing and I read all of your posts, although the ones I especially enjoy are the “nuts and bolts” posts of how you work (i.e. the 3-2-1 Pengiuns posts), or how the industry works (i.e. your latest on Curious George)

  6. Hi Cedric, I (recently) follow your blog and like it very much. I´m not an illustrator, but your approach makes me feel more envolved with the area. I am not looking for basic tutorials, its much more interesting to follow your posts and “fish” the issues concerning the techniques and the professional atmosphere. That´s what i admire most: the professional “look” of your posts.
    Good luck 2008!

  7. I lurk, too and gotta tell yah that I recently purged dozens of illustration blogs from my feedreader but kept yours. Namely b/c of the great posts, pics and insight. Keep up the great work.

  8. Hello Cedric,

    I too found your blog through Tom Richmond’s blog and have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my daily visits to your site. I have enjoyed it all, but really liked the character design class notes. I also appreciate seeing the processes you go through to come up with the final products. Thanks for all the time, effort and info required to maintain a site like you do! I don’t think I would change a thing about it if I could.

  9. Hey Cedric,

    I visited your site for the first time today – linked through from the drawingboard.org where i was looking up references to schoolism. I’ve just enrolled in silver’s course and I love the articles u wrote during your term.

    Anyway have bookmarked ur blog and shd be a regular.

    -jeff.

    ps. we have the same wordpress theme… how strange

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