Hello newsletter family!
I’m glad there’s only a few of us, 41 at last count, (and I think two of those are me) because it gives me a chance to talk-things-out before sending them out into the world at large. In this case, it’s a minor issue of $64,109.55.
Before we get into that, a quick recap into how I ended up here.
Back in 1994, I was doing an Arts Degree at university; during this time, the whole World Wide Web thing started kicking, and by the end of the course, I had two choices.
One: Carry on in the arts, or…
Two: Accept the big bags of cash being offered to anyone who understood even the slighted thing about building websites.
“Big bags of cash” is, of course, relative, and in this instance, relative to being a student. As much as I loved all the art I did, which heavily involved computers, I must confess, dear reader, that I took the internet money and ran.
We could, if I was feeling indulgent, view that whole section of my career as a hero’s journey, getting lost down the path of digital, only to find my way back to what I loved most, doing art.
The culmination of that journey was getting my art studio two years ago and selling art six months after that.
The second “hero’s journey” everyone has been able to follow along via the profit/loss monthly posts. We are tracking how I’ve slowly managed to make small monthly profits allowing me to gradually pay off the starting equipment and R&D debt of just over £2.5k.
Last month, to many comments and congratulations, I posted that I’d finally made an actual real overall profit of £1.37.
Which honestly felt fantastic.
After all that time working in the internet/digital space to come back around to pen and ink and paper, making a handful of sales each month, packing them up and taking them to the post office. After eighteen months, that £1.37 felt hard-won.
On the 7th of this month (April 2021) at 6 pm, I sold 255 pieces of digital art in two hours and two minutes, for a total of $64,109.55
Which is, you know, good, but also makes for a really shitty hero’s journey.