Our annual creators survey wrapped up last with ending with the gala announcement of the Comics Industry People of the Year. This year I threw in an added question on the survey about The Beat itself. I had no idea what the results would be:
This is a little surprising in that “news” is sort of what makes the clicks fly, unless by “essays” you mean “internet-breaking controversies about industry dumpster fires.”
I won’t bore you by rehashing my previous Howard Beale rants about making money making writing on the internet, but having traffic is important, so going all essays and criticism isn’t quite feasible at this time. Also, to be honest, I like the news. I have a short attention span and living in the now is more my speed.
However, I think what the industry was saying here is they want more quality writing ABOUT comics, not rehashed PR, FOC interviews and fact-muddying clickbait – things which The Beat can potentially provide if we work very very hard.
All that said, the internet is becoming a more and more challenging landscape.
As we start this new
dumpster fire year, I thought I’d throw the question out to The Beat’s loyal readers.
As always feel free to sounds off in the comments, but please don’t be abusive or crappy.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.