A few brief updates [mid-April 2021]

  1. Panoramic Worlds has been fast-tracked but despite a lot of work is not yet released. I’d expect it to be available by the end of April 2021 though. See: PanoramicWorlds.com
  2. A massive and sustained ad campaign is moving forward. It includes a few relatively niche banner-ad networks, mainly an additional $40+ ad spend on Comic Ad Network over the next 60 days, which seems to be a natural successor to the defunct “Project Wonderful” in that I’m optimizing my ad spend well enough to get targeted clicks to Etsy, Itch.IO, etc, for about 20-25% the cost that would be involved in a typical FB/Twitter/Google ad campaign of similar effectiveness. I won’t be at all surprised if there are well over a thousand real people who show up to my online venues and sites in that timeframe. This is combined with online forum activity [signature banners and links] and YouTube and social media group comments. Such activity is proving very effective at finding interested [relevant] people who actually want the types of items I have to sell.
  3. I’ve been posting more items on Etsy and that’s going to expand further over the second half of April. For example, these artworks that have begun gaining a bit of attention:
A floral artwork priced at under $10. 12″ by 16″, original and handmade.

Paris street scene, $15 on Etsy. 18″ by 24″ original acrylic, on stretched canvas.

Finally, let’s note that I’ve done a ton of mTurk work over the course of this year so far. As in, $4-5 per hour worked, and a total amount of over $130 so far in 2021.

This -among other improvements – has helped stabilize things and I’m optimistic that there won’t be any further future issues with domains going down, or Etsy shop closures, due to lag in paying related bills.

Watch for some cool things to happen over the rest of 2021!

Not all bad news – good news, bad news post!

Bad news: As stated in the previous post, the transcription work I have been depending on to pay the bulk of my bills, is going to dry up soon.

Good news: It’s still mostly around for the moment, and isn’t gone quite yet.

Bad news: The eBay shop is still losing money each week.

Good news: I made 8 sales there in the past 60 days, and that will hopefully push my ratings to 200+, perhaps leading to higher bidding totals and items breaking even or even being frequently profitable?

Bad news: I thought that’d happen at 100 positive ratings, or 150, so how will 200 be any different?

Good news: It’s different because the frequency of bids on my auctions IS increasing over time, and because traffic on my websites is climbing too.

Bad news: The large wave of bids is concurrent with a hurricane [Harvey] that will likely dump near 20 inches of rain on Houston, flooding everything and stalling all outbound mail.

Good news: I already notified customers that there may be unavoidable delays related to this, and they’ve so far all been okay with that.

Bad news: Two items will sell later this week, and those customers may be confused and frustrated if power goes out here and no communication is possible.  They’ll be wondering ‘What is going on with this Matthew Lyles Hornbostel? Why is he not responding to my questions?’

Good news: Power is not that likely to go out, and I am in a great position to grab a bit of epic hurricane footage that could perhaps be used in my upcoming short art video ‘Storm 2’.

Bad news: This also delays recording of ‘The Annoying Magician!’ and some fragments of ‘Tinyville 2’ until a month from now.

Good news: Plenty of work to do before then anyway.  I am posting the articles section pages a bit at a time on TriumphantArtists.com, plus am closer than ever to to launching a first batch of [fully legal and self-created] content on HornbostelVideos.com, plus the comic ‘Another Road Taken’ and some game/interactive media material is on the way too.  Watch for the Spiral Skies update – showing some more of the small Unity 5.6.3 engine based adventure/puzzle game – to appear before long on SpiralSkiesGame.com, plus some largely empty fan art pages fixed and filled with content, and some even bigger updates regarding the church virtual tour program, as well as a little top-down racing game I’ve been debugging.

In case you are curious here’s a teaser for the historical preservation effort related to the Church of the Redeemer Episcopal in Houston, Texas – the entire building, which is largely demolished now, is being actively reassembled in a virtual realtime 3D form thanks to some $360+ in donations for that purpose from various church members, covering the entire cost of the project.  Too bad the crowdfunding process that worked here, failed on the far more imaginative project ‘Miniature Multiverse’ years ago – but whatever.

Parish Hall of Church of the Redeemer, recreated in 3D
Parish Hall of Church of the Redeemer, recreated in 3D