A year without missing!
Today's post is page 200.
It is also page #104 with the new art team.
That's significant, because it means we've gone 52 weeks since relaunch, without missing a single on-time update!
I want to congratulate Xin and Lauri and the whole team for making this happen. It has not been easy. Everybody had a major life event in that span. I moved. Lauri got married. Xin moved and got married. Everybody made significant sacrifices to keep the story going, and to keep our promises to Erfworld's army of supporters. This creative team truly works as a team, and I couldn't be prouder of everyone for supporting each other and covering for one another, and doing whatever it took to keep on schedule.
That said, we need to make one big adjustment. Starting next week, Erfworld's update schedule will be Tuesdays and Fridays. Backer stories, when they resume, will happen on Sundays.
Literally everybody on Team Erfworld needs this change, especially Lauri and Xin who both need to transition to working on weekdays only. Frequently, an update requires big changes on or near the day it goes up. Moving from Mondays to Tuesdays will let us deal with the revisions, adjustments, and the blow-this-away-because-everything-changed moments.
Also, the web team can only do our weekly Skype meeting on Monday evenings. And whenever Linda and I are at a con, we always end up barreling home to get the update dealt with. It's not fun. This will help a lot with that.
We're also going to need to occasionally schedule some time off. Our plans and budget count on putting up 100 updates in a year, not 104. For the sake of sanity and a balanced life, I think we'll want to give everyone some time for family around the holidays, and we'll definitely need a break when we go to Finland next year. (More to come about that.)
I really hoped we'd get to this point. But given all the difficulties we've experienced in our schedule in the past, I honestly did not know if it was possible. So as we get closer to the 10-year anniversary of Erfworld, I want to thank Xin and Lauri, and Red, John, Brendan, Steve, Josh, and Linda too, for making this year the best one of the ten by far.
I hope everyone is having fun.
I became a Tool because after contacting the Erf team about problematic ads, (constantly redirecting me to the android app store when I viewed the site on mobile) they actually permanently addressed the issue. This was quite a long time ago, and they have been consistently improving the website experience ever since.
Thanks for creating such a great reading experience for us, Erf team and Erf family :)
Congratulations! The change in schedule makes sense (and gives us something to read on a Tuesday when all the Monday/Wednesday/Friday comics are off, just like Darths and Droids has always done with Tue/Thur updates). This has been the most consistent stretch of Erfworld maybe ever, and the story is going from strength to strength, whatever it takes to keep this team together on Erfworld, do it!
Cool, that means we get another update today, right?
Good job on sticking to the schedule for an entire year! Erfworld is still my No. 1 favorite comic, because it's the only one that has the best of both the comic and the novel worlds. Novels are generally deeper than comics, but sometimes a pic says more than 1000 words.
I am happy to see that things are going so well, Rob.
I started following this story since the first few pages on giantitp (still recall obsessively checking to see what's the gambit with the dragon pincer), but often during the years I feared that this would go the way of a very good, but unfinished work.
It's a great feeling to know that you have achieved stability (hopefully forever :D)
Absolutely no problem with the move to Tuesdays, and more so regarding vacations - there has to be a work-life balance, and as it changes adjustments need to be made. More changes will come in the future (kids have a huge impact for example), so future adjustments are inevitable, and there's no need to apologize about them.
This year had a great arc going, and the consistent arrival of new material was great.
Thanks for a great year!
And since now is a new Hebrew year, I'll take the opportunity to wish you all a happy new year! :-)
Congratulations! You've done an AMAZING job, both in accountability and in actual schedule success. It's been extremely wonderful.
If I may make a suggestion about how to apply the work-life balance plan without losing revenue? Now that you have a track record of success and have gained the trust of the community, perhaps switch to a set monthly toolbox fee rather than a per-update fee. For example, at Stabber level, $4.50 per month would guarantee 8 updates a month. That formula - a flat charge of what would have been 9 updates per month for a guarantee of 8 - would be more than acceptable to everyone, I'd think, because frankly you all deserve a raise. And it would help people like me, who to date have not become tool supporters because the variation of the exact amount charged per month has been a bit scary (what if I budget $4 and there's an extra Friday in the month and it bounces? Yeah, sadly my finances are /that/ tight right now.)
You could still tie the amount to the performance, a statement like "for every update less than 8 in a month, the charge will decrease by 12%". I think that does make the lynch mobs comfortable. ;) But you'd only have an obligation for 96 pages yearly with the revenue matching 108 at the current rate. That would hopefully give you enough breathing room to take the occasional vacation or add a backer story without breaking you or forcing you to, as of this writing, give up $1702 to take an unpaid 3 day vacation. That would be a pretty crappy deal.