Well hello my friends and welcome to Oddbutnice.CA
Over the past year I have neglected the blog due to a myriad of reasons – but after encouragement from loved ones and fans of the blog, I am back and ready to make it last! I’m also making some changes that you may be curious about. So I’ve done a sort of Q & A to answer your questions.
Q: Why is your website oddbutnice.ca now? Wasn’t it .com before?
A: One day back in 2012 I went to renew my website’s forwarding address (oddbutnice.com) a few days after it expired, not even thinking that someone would snatch it up. But some business did. They specialize in buying expired domain names and then trying to sell them back to individuals who previously owned them at an inflated price. This made me really sad and jaded about doing anything online so I stopped. It also made me mad because I had built up a small but dedicated following of viewers and I felt like I let them down, allowing the website address to lapse.
Also, I’m Canadian. GO CANADA!
Q: What made you decide to come back?
A: Truthfully, I didn’t think anyone looked at my website aside from a few old university friends and my husband. My husband was continually on me going, “Oh, that would make a funny blog entry!” until for his birthday this year, I made a comic for him. Then I remembered how much I loved it. Then I went into my stats for the year and saw that for the past year people have STILL been coming to my page to view it and enjoying it and commenting and laughing and I decided that I wanted to continue. I still love making those pickle shaped people!
Q: How do you intend to make revenue off this blog? Advertising?
A: Unfortunately, I am nowhere near popular enough to have advertisers care about my blog enough to try and cash in on it. Since I host this website on wordpress I am at their mercy in terms of that. Otherwise, the only way I can make money off of oddbutnice.ca is
2.) People decide they want to buy my creepy dolls/magnets/etc here at OAKI DOKES.
I tried selling t-shirts for Odd but Nice but a.) they were SO expensive and time consuming to make and b.) Only a few friends bought them! (Thank you to those people!)
Q: Why is the layout different?
A: This will continue to change from time to time – I want to make a website that is clean, fun to read and above all not crowded. My old layout while organized had a crowded, unruly feeling. Plus, a new start, a new layout!
Q: How often will you be updating the blog?
A: I am hoping to have new Blog updates 1x a week! I will strive to have these done on a Wednesday evening, but due to the nature of creativity, these parameters may change slightly.
Q: Is your contact information still the same?
A: It is! email@example.com. I LOVE getting e-mail. I’ve gotten messages from fans around the world and check it every day.
Q: This entry was nice, but I wanted there to be a comic.
A: Ask and you shall receive.
So, as many of you know, I enjoy all things creative. And for the last few years of my life I have done everything from painting to sewing etc. Due to being miserable, I hadn’t really been pursuing my creative side as much. A few months ago however, I saw a very cool drawing and decided I wanted to get back into the swing of things. I went out to buy nice art pens and came back, hunkered down and got to work.
Except I think in between buying stuff and coming home I sort of forgot that I’m not really good at drawing things. My proportions and etc always come out cartoon-y when I want them to come out realistic. I think I haven’t found my style yet. But that didn’t stop me. I was insistent on the fact that I would be awesome. So I drew LATE into the night.
By the time I went to bed, I was very pleased with the stuff I’d done, crowing over Facebook about my pieces etc. Except, when I woke up the next morning, it all kind of went sideways and looked like this:
So after I cried a little over the fact that I was no Caravaggio, I went looking in my art closet for something fun to do. I pulled out my polymer clay and just sat it there, looking at it angrily because I was not hit with inspiration.
So then I did what most artists do when they’re telling you to get back into the swing of things. I just started playing with it, not hoping for an end result. Just getting my feet wet again. And then all of a sudden it was back to me. I was working late into the night like a mad woman, screaming at whoever dared to interrupt my process. Which considering I live with a man and a cat, the man got the brunt of my frustration.
The worst part was, I think I thought I was really going to contribute to the family which is why I was so serious about them. I was picturing all the cash that would surely come flowing in when these creepy beauties hit the market. I would beam at them beatifically as their creepy faces stared back at me.
I would stay up all night thinking of how to make them even more realistic, even more exemplary.
The long and the short of it; I was obsessed.
Unfortunately, the world was not and is not ready for my…erm, unique view of the world. More specifically dolls. So after setting up my etsy page and posting my creations, I waited for the cash to come ROLLING IN.
Yes. Its true. My Mom made an etsy account JUST so she could be my one and only follower. Its kind of adorable. But its also kind of sad. Until finally I realized that maybe, just maybe my dolls were not for everyone and that Francis Underwood’s saga of corruption is much more compelling.
And so ended my saga of doll making for the general public. They are still up on my etsy page waiting for someone to love them. Truth be told I kind of love making them so I’m never going to stop. They are going to find me sitting in my retirement home, creepy homemade dolls kept in a separate room because there’s so many of them, creaking back and forth in a rocking chair talking to a camera that isn’t even there.
In case you’re wondering: