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A Major Breakthrough!!! =D

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 15, 2013, 9:59 AM
Here I was expecting this weekend's journal to be me complaining about how school was taking up a lot of my time and that I wouldn't be able to post as often. Well, I had a major surprise yesterday!

Remember months ago when I said I couldn't get an advertiser for my website? Well yesterday I was finally approved, but I have more reasons than that to be so ecstatic right now. I was expecting the advertisements to generate a few dollars a day for just some addition income, but it turns out that the ads are generating a lot more than I expected. When I say a lot, I mean TEN TIMES what I expected!!!!!!

It's only been about 24 hours, so it's still a little early to estimate just how much this could total in the long run. However, according to the numbers I've been crunching over and over, not only does this new source of income blow out any I've been making so far from commissions or YouTube, but IT COULD NOW BE POSSIBLE TO THIS FULL TIME!!!!

I'm going to give the site a little bit more time to see how things continue to develop, but right now I am giving serious consideration to telling my family about all this and dropping out of my useless college.

So what does this mean for all of you if this works out? I would be able to spend so much more time animating and expanding the website. Animations would be posted so much more frequently than they are now! I've also gotten to work on updates to the site I promised months ago. I've made some progress, but expect much more in the coming weeks. I will try to make user accounts, comments, and forums as soon as I can learn how to program them. I plan on making SapphireFoxx.com much more than a place for TG animations, and expand it to become a haven for the TG community.

In short, thank you everyone so much for your support! Here's to hoping for a dream come true!!


-SapphireFoxx

  • Mood: Astonished
  • Watching: Breaking Bad
  • Playing: Minecraft
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:iconmelheflin:
MelHeflin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
great news!
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Pineapples231 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
It's not that I don't like your works, but shouldn't you still at least get a day or part-time job? Because honestly most sites on the internet get less traffic after about 5-10 years from when they were popular, it's always good t have a back-up plan.
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
We'll see if there is a drop off at some point, but the numbers should hold steady as long as I keep pumping out content and there is a loyal fan base that wants to see it.
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Pineapples231 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Just saying always good to have a backup plan in case the ad provider stops hosting ads or shuts down or something.
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chaos-07 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Is it ok if i ask how it works ?
I mean do they have to click on the ads or just having the add on there generate in come. ?

I have adds on my youtube but from my understanding that have to click on the add forme to get anything.
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
It's against the Terms of Service for me to discuss things like that. I'm sorry.
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MinaMonet Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome news!
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riderofthenight Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Nice work, may be tempted to commission you.

Also, I can get the "You don't need them" animation to play on your website. Do you know what is wrong?
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JohnDylena Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Writer
congrats man! love the animations and look forward more!  Keep up the good work.
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Thefurer Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Well, the next chapter in the TG community has begun.... between you and the tgartist coming back/working more, there will be many more animations that many will be looking forward too.
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
It was nice how she had some good news at the same time. Hopefully things start to get better for her soon.

And yes, I hope to start frequently post animations once I can get all of this straightened out with my family.
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Zondadrifter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Stay in school man. It would be a shame for all that studying to go in vain. You have your whole life ahead of you to make animations. Push through college. I know it's difficult but you won't regret it afterwards.
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I can always keep my existing credits and go back to school if things don't work out on my site. I don't have the time to do both anymore and this website now very viable to life off of and has even more potential. Giving up on the site now would kill it along with any potential it has.
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HeroSpirit Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Good for you Sapphire ^^ I'm glad you finally managed to come to a sort of consensus with your financials. I certainly hope you continue to do this on a full-time basis. If you do decide to, I might actually think about buying a commission myself ;)
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WillowD Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
This is awesome news SapphireFoxx. Your animations are awesome and I'd like to see more of them. I added you to my YouTube groups right off, because I like your work.

I especially like how you've grown as an artist. Your visuals were spectacular from the start. Now your plots are getting much better too. I especially like the cliff hangers you have in Stealing From Sis. That's the series that keeps me coming back to see if anything new has come out. For the longest time I wondered if Sis had deliberately put the fox in her closet as a trap. It never occurred to me that she would get zapped by the fox too. What an awesome plot twist. And adding sound makes your videos so much more enjoyable to watch.

I would so love to see you adding sound dialogue and possibly music to all of your animations. And think about putting more cliffhangers into your series episodes. That will get more people coming back regularly to see if something new has been released.

You're an awesome artist, SF. Thank you for sharing your stuff.
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
A lot of people had assumed that about the Fox from the start, so it was nice to something unexpected. I have an even bigger plot twist in the next chapter though ;) No spoilers for now.

Now that I have advertisers sponsoring the website, I'll likely be moving away from commissions and more toward stories of my own design. I enjoy the multiple part series more than one-shots, so I plan on making more like Stealing From Sis. I probably won't start anything new until SFS is finished though.

As for music and sound, I'll think about it.

Oh, and thank you very much. =D
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Kaligor Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Mom, Dad. Im making porn on the internet for money, So i dont need this college education.


I say go for it. Nothing is better than doing what you love, And hey making money at the same time.
It just sucks that you have to tell your parent such an akward thing. Best of luck to you.
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
.... Well when you put it like that...
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schnarre Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
...Good luck to you! I really hope this works out well for you in the long run, & keep up the good work! :)
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MrNobody111111234 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
I'd call to atleast finishing your current studies, a diploma is never lost. As for telling your surroundings, your call. After college you're free to do whatever you want, maybe even a little part-time programming class or art design to make your animations even better!
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Muffins-McGee Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Woohoo! This is cause for celebration! I will bring the pizza and party favors.
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Sweet! Make it meat lovers :p
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InsaneandSexy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As long as I don't have to pay...
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
I don't plan on it, in fact ads make it possible to make more things for free.
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InsaneandSexy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gooooooood.
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Stuff-to-think-about Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Playing minecraft?! I LOVE MINECRAFT XD
Congrats!
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danqtheman Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
See all good things come to people who wait, but my piece of advise is to stay in collage but change your career plan to something similar to digital design so you know all the tricks to this line of work.
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Airanuva Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congrats, I'm glad this is appearing to work out for you. ^^

As a side note, I suggest looking into a 401K, or other retirement plan; if you do choose to go full time with this, you're gonna need a way to survive when you can no longer do it in your old age. The sooner you start saving for it, the better. :)
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Thank you very much.

I've been looking into that because I've always been focused on savings. Once I can get over my current financial woes, I'll probably start one up.
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Airanuva Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Good to hear! If the site really does become a hub for TGists the advertising revenue might be enough to last you anyway, but I am glad you are looking ahead. ^^
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mobeus5018 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Trust me, I am at a college that i think is nigh retarded, but even then, I dont ever see dropping out a good plan.  All the money and time invested would then be lost for nothing in return.  Slog through it, and take the best of both worlds.
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I don't think it's possible to do both. School would eat up too much of my time for me to make enough content on here. I'll have to wait and see how viable this could be compared to a 'real' job that could be possible in three years.
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mobeus5018 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I def understand.  I had a buddy drop out of comp programing because he got a job with the local EMT dispatch.  But it still is awful looking at how much spent vs what your getting out of it.
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spawnfan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Could not be happier for you :) Way to go.
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I'm very thankful Spawnfan because you were my original inspiration for starting TG artwork in the first place. =D
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VeryGoodKarma Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I am so happy to hear that you're having some financial success with your art! I'd advise you to be super cautious in how you proceed, and don't burn any bridges, but it sounds like very good news!
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VeryGoodKarma Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Is it possible to merely reduce your class load to give yourself more time to work on the site, while still keep your options open? Sometimes a lighter class load is all it takes to take the pressure off your schedule. Consider going to the minimum required to maintain whatever student status you currently have. Sometimes you can be a "full-time student" with as little as two classes a week.

Be very careful about telling your family. I think it would help a lot to demonstrate your ability to support yourself over time with this before telling them, rather than just saying "Hey, I had a few days of good hits on my advertisers so now I'm dropping out of school!" See if you can actually put some money aside from this first. Don't assume ad traffic will scale linearly as you add more content- sometimes it plateaus. Regular small updates attract more visitors than infrequent big ones, and right now you're updating sporadically, no matter how great your animations are. Try and work multiple sources of income so that you don't have all your eggs in one basket if something goes wrong with one advertiser. For example, if you do a game, you could unlock additional content for donators- then you could have the advertiser traffic from all visitors, plus additional money from donating visitors, while still having creative control over your work.
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I know exactly how many classes I need to be considered a full time student and keep my existing financial aid. If I dropped even one class I would become a part time student. Plus there is one required course I need to pass that I am really struggling with so far.

As for telling my family (if I do), I'll keep the conversation focused on the money aspect rather than the TG. This website revenue is new, but there is an impressive amount of money that I've saved up from commissions and YouTube that my parents have no idea about.

You are right about keeping up the frequency of posts because after I had a drop off in activity, my YouTube income plateaued then really dropped off for a few months. I don't want that to happen to the site, so I'll be focusing on keep content coming out reguarlary rather than once or twice a month.

And lastly about the game, I'll be looking in to the feasibility of that soon.
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VeryGoodKarma Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Have you considered making some kind of animated interactive webcomic? If many of the scenes were depicted with still or nearly-still frames, you could potentially update more often, move through exposition and plot faster, and focus your animation on the transformations and other action scenes instead of people standing around while dialog happens. I don't know how much of your process gets spent on building sets and maquettes versus writing the dialog and doing the motion tweens, but it seems like you get relatively little mileage out of each set and model before moving on to the next animation. I feel like you'd do a lot better at updating regularly with a smaller total number of stories being told and a greater proportion of them being long-running series like Stealing From Sis. What's the breakdown of how you spend your time with your current process? Is something in particular bogging you down?
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
That is a good idea, but I think I would probably orient it more as a visual novel rather than a comic. That would make a long story much more feasible, and I think people would keep coming back to see how a long series develops. Two important time savers would be not having to draw entirely new characters with each animation, and a visual novel would save me most of the trouble of animating movement (I would still animate transformations of course). If I made an interactive visual novel series, I might be able to get a new part out as quickly as once a week.
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Well, when I said once a week, I meant that if I started doing this full time. Even still, I'd probably also have time to do animations in junction with it.
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Captainelciesmith Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Do not drop out of college - if it is anything that you are good at and enjoy.  No school is ever really wasted and can be used as Plan B.
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VeryGoodKarma Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Well, depends on how much it's costing, who it's costing, and what the prospects for the degree look like. Student loan payments can cripple you financially for decades. So can not having marketable skills. Ending up with both at the same time virtually guarantees years of misery.
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Captainelciesmith Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very true words.  I still find it hard to believe that there are schools that take your money knowing that job prospects are slim when you are done.  People have to be detectives just to determine what they will actually get out of school.  It is something that has to weigh into the decision.  Most people have done their research prior to registration, but more are fooled by vague claims (by the school) that make empty promises.  I just do not like the idea of throwing away an education for something as fickle as the internet.  I have a friend that put it much better:  Find something that you love to do and are good at; then find a way to make money at it.  Accomplish this, and you will never feel like you are working.
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DoctorAtom85 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Sounds awesome :D
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mrfatblue Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Yeah, seems really good! It will probably last for some time, but no body can tell the future (apart from the kids in bioshock infinite) Also, Nuuu dropping out of collage.
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Bowser165 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Thats good, but don't drop out of college.
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Saklad Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Don't drop out of college.
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Kiroku09 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congatulations, i'm glad for you! It shows just how good at this you are.
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Opai-Exedra Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I'm really wishing I had your technical skills for my Mythose project about now. But mostly I'm happy that one of my favorite TGers may soon be able to make a living making the short films that I watch more regularly than most TV shows, let me know if you ever want to collaborate :thumbsup::icongrin--plz:
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