Monday, August 24, 2009
Technology Makes Me a Tired Goddess!
There is SO much technology to keep up with, it's mind blowing, really! The comic-related industry is just nuts I tell you. Let's be honest here, we are all geeks that love the ol' 22 page floppy and it shows! There are comic book related blogs, such as this one, comic book related websites, news sites, gossip sites, and more! Comic book creators, fans, and companies Tweeting away like there is no tomorrow, Facebook, MySpace and more! All of it can be VERY overwhelming, and some days, like today, just thinking about the sheer volume of comic book related technology out there makes me a very tired girl. I want to do what Sups is doing in the above picture, just lay down and stare off into space. ( BTW, if you haven't seen the documentary entitled "Confessions of a Super Hero", that's where that picture is from, go rent it NOW. Great, great doc about the guys and girls that dress as Super Heroes in front of Ming's Chinese Theatre. )
Sometimes I wonder, is ALL of this necessary? I mean really? Yes, I realize that I too am just as bad, participating in all of the aforementioned comic book related technology possibilities, but I do that more because it's expected rather than really wanting to do it. Maybe that makes me a bad person, or a stupid person to admit it in public, but there you go. I think most of this technology has it's uses, really, but my god, to keep up with it all is a full time job! Between this blog, my own personal email, the store's email, my Facebook page, the store's Facebook page, Moonstone's Facebook page, my MySpace, the store's MySpace, Moonstone's MySpace, my Twitter, and now the store's Twitter: it's a little nutty! I'm not complaining, just pointing out the craziness of it all! Let's break it down, as far as comic-related stuff goes, this is what is out there, do we need all of it?
1) comic book related websites: comic book companies, comic creators, comic fans, comic stores, comic news, comic book gossip, and more! Yep, these are all pretty much standard these days. Everyone in business needs to have a half way decent functioning website.
2)comic book related blogs: every comic news site has a blog devoted to news, many comic creators, many comic book shops, many comic book companies, and comic book industry folks have blogs (such as this one). Are they needed? Again, it does appear that they have their uses. For example, I am able to discuss different comic book related topics, which is nice for folks that may not be able to make it into the shop on a regular basis or don't live anywhere near our shops but want to know what's going on etc. So, damn it, it looks like these are a necessary evil too!
3) comic book related Facebook pages: people SO love the Facebook trend, so I guess that is here for the moment and isn't going anywhere! Does it serve a purpose? Yes, get a message out quick to many folks that are interested in what you have to say.
4) comic book related MySpace pages: I'm afraid MySpace is just about dead. I'm toying with the idea of dumping my personal MySpace page anyway. The shop's MySpace and Moonstone's MySpace still seem to have some activity and I post on both of those pretty regularly (with Jerkules' help for the shop's MySpace page).
5) comic book related Twitter accounts: I just started twittering for myself personally, and it's interesting, but I'm not sure how long I will keep up with, because frankly my life is just not that compelling, lol. Additionally I just starting doing the whole Twitter thing for the shop and I think this can prove to be a VERY useful tool, but time will tell how that goes down.
http://twitter.com/Amazing_Fantasy The whole twitter thing does seem to be a bit repetitive, serving the same function as Facebook, but maybe I'm wrong...
6) email accounts: yes obviously all of us need these, we couldn't live without them! But my goodness, multiple email accounts make for much to juggle, lol! But such is the price of doing business!
Is there a lesson to be learned in all of this? Yes, I need some of that handy dandy software that links all of my stuff together to make it easier to post and the same with all my store related technology based programs!
What do you guys think? Do you like ALL of the options out there for you to keep up with your favorite comic book companies, fans, creators, store owners, characters and more? What is your favorite source for comic book intel? Facebook? Websites? Blogs? Tweets? I'm curious what everyone thinks!