This blog has been more or less dormant for almost two years, and sporadically updated for some time before that. I’ve decided to start giving it a little more love. Given that the date today is December 7, the Tumblrpocalypse has happened, Livejournal is a Russian site that is covered under Russian censorship laws and basically every other platform that exists is at best untrustworthy, it is time for me to Take Back Control so that every word of my writing that I don’t want to disappear exists in a space that I own.
Of course, this control is to some extent illusory. When I post stuff here, I’m still dependent on a complex piece of software whose inner workings I don’t really know or understand (less so now that I’ve updated it to a new major version of that software that works very differently to what I am used to. Did comments get turned back on? Does scheduling still work and if so, how?); I am dependent on a web host that may at some point decide, arbitrarily, that my blog is too mouthy, too sexy or a liability for other reasons; I am dependent on a system of laws and social norms that may suddenly change so that my words become Undesirable entirely. And, because it’s December 7, 2018, I am dependent on platforms anyway because without them, no one is going to know that I’m saying anything at all.
But you can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. I have a lot more control over what I post here than over what goes on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, anywhere. Even if the worst happens, I can grab my database and move it somewhere else where my words will be preserved.
Over the next few weeks, I will make an active effort towards preserving my words by copying over long-form posts and image collections from my presence on other platforms to here.
I have also decided that I can probably shift some of the power of those platforms back to myself by simply playing them against each other. For that purpose, below is a list of (almost) all the places you can find me at. If I disappear from one, look me up on another.
Other social media
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Reinder (currently infrequently updated but new SFW content goes up as free updates. NSFW content is patrons-only)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoguesClwydRhan (Inactive but being worked on)
https://www.facebook.com/RoguesofClwydRhan/ (webcomic page)
https://www.facebook.com/Chroniclesofthewitchqueen/ (webcomic page)
On all of these, including the federated ones that I trust more than the corporate ones, users are at the whim of admin who may or may not be honest and competent, and of policies that may change with no notice. So everybody, self-host if you can, as much as possible. I have the following websites:
Main webcomic site (Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan): http://rocr.net/” – this site has also been inactive for a while but is now being worked on again.
Comicfury alias for Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan: http://rocr.thecomicseries.com
Spun Off: http://spunoff.thecomicseries.com
Abúi’s Travels: http://abuistravels.thecomicseries.com
Chronicles of the Witch Queen: http://cotwq.thecomicseries.com
The Lives of X!Gloop: http://xgloop.thecomicseries.com
I will update and repost this list occasionally; a master list lives in the public section of my dropbox.