“Because You Have To Have Goals!”

Just as a refresher, I began this as just a project to explore and better understand what I believe, and I think that will always be happening. It’s just how my brain works! But now there is a growing desire to be more concentrated and refined in what I share here, particularly for a wider global readership.

So some things may have to change, and other things may have to go! But I think this is good advice to anyone who is using WordPress. Know your goals and what you do well. Stay with those. Remember that you can’t be all things to all people.

A great deal of thought and editing went into these three goals. (I sort of wish I had done this at the very beginning!) Each one is paired with a particular graphic strip that best represents that goal even though these goals can apply to others that have been created.

You may notice that the examples are all of the “serious” kind even though the tag line is “Comic Strips (some funny, some serious).” That’s another area where some tightening up is needed because I don’t think the goals are quite as clear as what they could be on the “some funny” side. Also, I think I need to trust the graphics more to carry the message and rely less on the accompanying words. After all, this is called Nickel Boy GRAPHICS!

Goal 1: Present the Gospel in a way that is visually connected with our times.

Obvious Example: “Whatever The Gospel Is…”

Not So Obvious Example: “Laser Eyes Jesus” and “The Lloyd Servant Show”

Goal 2: Help to heal wounds even though we didn’t cause them.

Obvious Example “Voices From The Last Pew”

Not So Obvious Examples: “Flamethrower Mommy and Ghost Dad”

Goal 3: Share God’s transforming love in Christ Jesus.

Obvious Example: “The Gifts Of God”

Not So Obvious Example: Hmm…Can’t really say that “Laura’s Essential Life Lists” is doing this, at least not as well as it could. More thought needed here!

(It’s possible that the dinosaur on the sofa was a misstep in the plot. Actually Laura’s comic strip was never intended to have a plot, but transformation and plot go together!)

18 thoughts on ““Because You Have To Have Goals!”

    1. It would be hard to imagine this site without Laser Eyes Jesus! Laura may need a little reworking, but I’m okay with that. The biggest thing that I’ve gotten from this planning time has probably been realizing that I need goals and I need to narrow my focus to what I am able to do so that I can do it well. (Honestly, I was sorta feeling “iffy” about Laura, but I know how you’ve always been pulling for Team Laura!)

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      1. Well, ultimately, it’s your site, and you’re going to do whatever you feel lead to do. If you’re not sure how you feel about Laura, you could always wrap up her series. If you want to bring Laura back in the future, that’s an option, too. But I definitely know what you mean about narrowing your focus, been there done that

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  1. I’m another one on Team Laura! Laser Eyes Jesus brought me to your work, and I enjoy all of the series, but Laura’s the character I find most relatable (I know…), and I like the way her story is developing, even if that wasn’t your initial intention.

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate that! There are some sites here that I read and I’m amazed at how much study and biblical scholarship goes into each post, but really, we each have to do what we are called to do. (I’m too often quick to think, “Oh, wow, that’s great! I think I’ll give that a try!” and then I just lose focus…)

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    1. Thanks, Martha. Honestly, after the reduction in workforce, my search for a new career has not gone particularly well. At times I think it has to do with my age and just being a few years from retirement. But it is what it is and God is who He is!

      To answer your question, the new goals for my graphic work have helped me to focus more on where I want this part of my life to go. It would be nice to find that the graphic work could become a source of income through Patron, much like a full time job, particularly due to the time involved, however that may not happen. These may remain separate areas rather than overlapping areas.

      What I’m finding is an increased readership coming from people who don’t produce Christ-centered content or who aren’t normally drawn (no pun intended!) to Christ-centered content. So my audience is becoming broader with people who at least seeking, however they are not the group that would be supporting through Patreon, etc.

      At least the new goals seem to help make Jesus more visible to people who might not be open to a more traditional type of message. It’s sort of like something said in this past Sunday’s worship service, “The world understands that Christianity is something completely different from what Jesus wanted it to be.” I guess that may be what attracts some people to my graphics…they are completely different from what you’d expect.

      Anyway, thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and thanks for your thoughtful question!

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