Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts

Last updated on April 2nd, 2021 at 12:53 am

“I’m not even trying to win—I just want to get by without struggling too much.”

— VV

As the great Marie Kondo put it, if something doesn’t bring you joy, then you shouldn’t keep it in your life… and I think that’s how I’m finally feeling about blogging.

The Life and Times of Casey Palmer—The State of the #BloggerLife, August 2019—Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts—Casey's Done Blogging

Now. I’m not quitting. I’m not announcing the death of the blog for the millionth time. But what I know is that I’m ready for something else, because Dad blogging just isn’t cutting it for me anymore.

Casey Palmer, Canadian Dadfluencer 2.0

If you told me about the wild roller coaster ride ahead back when I was tweeting about my lunch in ’08. There’s no way I ever could’ve seen it. The blog’s given me so much—it’s let me travel across the continent. Play with all sorts of toys. I’ve made countless friendships and opened my eyes to a bigger world than I’d ever imagined… but it’s time I start striving for whatever comes next.

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The writing’s been on the wall since forever as the opportunities dried up and the world’s attention moved elsewhere.

It means that the average blogger can’t make money from their work as quickly as they did before. The world continually asks more from the content it consumes, and despite tens of thousands of years of history, the written word can’t keep up anymore.

But for me, that’s okay. I mean… I never really meant to become a blogger anyway.

Why Me Blog?

Back in the day, all I ever wanted to do was draw.

As a kid, I’d read Nintendo Power and sketch out the levels for video game sequels I dreamt up in my head. Year by year, I kept drawing up ideas, so much so that I believed it’s what I’d do for the rest of my life.

However, life had some very different ideas in store. Business school. Finding a career. A post about sandwiches that established me as a writer for several years to come.

But I never intended for writing to be the only thing.

Long Live the Hustle

Last updated on May 18th, 2021 at 12:32 pm

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the work that we never actually hustle to reach the goals that we set out in the first place.

What’s Your Dream?

It all starts with a dream. A notion. An idea.

quick-doomz-sketch

After work, I caught a quick bite to eat with Sean Ward, an old buddy of mine, and he told me the big secret to getting where you want to be in life. To paraphrase:

Keep throwing things out there into the world, and eventually one will stick.

When he’s working on his projects, he’ll share shots and videos of the works in progress so people can get a good idea of what he’s been up to and where he’s going next. It’s not so much a humblebrag or anything of that nature, but rather it gives him the fuel he needs to keep producing and moving forward.

Inspiration, Ahoy!

Last updated on February 21st, 2021 at 11:47 pm

Sometimes you need to travel a long ways to find the inspiration you need to continue on—sometimes you’ll find it as close as your own backyard.

When travelling through some of Italy’s countryside, I paid close attention to my surroundings. Partially for pickpockets, making sure I wouldn’t have to slug anyone with a strong right. But mostly because it was a source of inspiration for me to take another look at some of the designs I’ve made.

For instance, looking at the structures put together to harvest lemons in Sorrento gave me the gusto I needed to design “Tree Town” for my comic.

A sketch of a tree town I was thinking up for Fish & Chimps
Fig 184-1: Sketch of Tree Town

On the train from Sorrento back to Naples,  I noticed a kid who dressed almost exactly like my Ruddiger character and decided to observe his style and mannerisms to flesh him out a little more.

A sketch of my character Ruddiger Jones from Fish & Chimps.
Fig 184-2: Ruddiger

Inspiration is everywhere. Every time I return to Toronto after some time away, I see things a little differently. Things affect me in different ways, inspiring me in ways that may not have previously occurred to me.

Keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you, for inspiration is everywhere!

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