From the Author: Website ChangesPosted: Sunday, May 30, 2010 If you're a regular around here, you've doubtless noticed that the website looks different. Along with what I think are some cosmetic improvements, I've made another big change: The advertisements are gone.
Why? Well, let me start by saying that I think Westward is an odd sort of project. There are a million webcomics out there. A fraction of them, like Westward, employ a daily newspaper strip style; a fraction of those actually updates daily. Among that tiny fraction, the vast majority are "gag-a-day" comedy strips; very few are serial dramas. Add to that Westward's rather unorthodox mixture of genres (Retro Sci-fi Adventure Character Drama) and you're left with something that just doesn't fit well into normal webcomics advertising venues.
To put it another way, I'm convinced that there is a readership base for Westward (I'm not the type to make art for art's sake), however, those readers are likely not to be people who frequently read other webcomics. And so far, this has meant that the ads appearing on this site have been largely irrelevant to Westward readers, and therefore a waste of space.
So have I given up on the idea that Westward can have a commercial side? Far from it! I'm deeply passionate about Westward; I'm committed to it and would dearly love to spend more time on it than I currently do. The only way to make that possible is to eventually generate revenue.
How can you help? I'm so glad you asked! What Westward needs most of all is readers. Another change I've made to the site is that it's now easier than ever to share Westward using popular social networking sites. Above every strip, you'll now see Twitter and Facebook logos; click on a logo, and you can post a descriptive link to your status update in a matter of seconds. It's easy for you, and incalculably valuable for this project. After all, if you enjoy Westward, chances are you have friends who would enjoy it also!
Thanks for joining me on this journey. There's a whole lot more to come! -e