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February 21, 2013

What's up with the JoT?


You may have noticed that The Joy of Tech comic is on a new page. That's because it's now being hosted by Tapastic. Nitrozac and I have a chance to make some very much needed compensation for our work, if we can get enough eyeballs over there. For although we get over a million page views a month at our normal site, it gets harder and harder to survive on the diminishing trickle that advertising brings in. Our traffic grows, but so do adblockers and workarounds, or people posting up our comic to image sites. It's great to be popular, but without monitization, the bills (and us) don't get paid. We've refused pop-ups and other awful ad formats for over 13 years now, hoping we could make it up with other ads, sponsorships, SuperFans, donations, and sales. Unfortunately that has not been the case.

So we're trying out a place that will pay us for our work. We are aiming for 250,000 views on Tap by the end of February, which will make a huge difference for us. So please, check us out on Tap!

Tapastic is a young site, and obviously needs tweaking, but they are open to suggestions and act fast on them. Please let them know what bugs you and send them your suggestions.

Thanks again for sticking with us and we really appreciate your understanding as to why we have to make some changes, try out some new things, and take some risks, in order to keep the comic, and its artists, kicking.

Posted by Snaggy at February 21, 2013 09:50 AM