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If you’re worried about the Wordpress news, read this first

If you’re worried about the Wordpress news, read this first published on 9 Comments on If you’re worried about the Wordpress news, read this first

Regrettably, the CEOs and the AI bros are At It Again.

And since a lot of webcomic folks use the Wordpress software, we’re starting to get bad rumors and misinformation batted around in the community. So I wanted to put together an overview. With some general info that works for everyone running a Wordpress site, and some specific details that are relevant to comic creators.

(This is part of the “how do I webcomic?” series, with useful information on all kinds of comicking-related topics.)

Starting at the top, to make this as comprehensive as possible! If you’re following this mess already, feel free to skip any sections you already know.

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Automating social-media preview images for your webcomic

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A tip I wrote up for a recent @WebcomicTalk discussion on Mastodon, figured I’d share it here.

(This is part of the “how do I webcomic?” series, with useful information on all kinds of comicking-related topics.)

If you share links to your comic updates on most social media, they should automatically pull an image to go with the link. Maybe it’s the full comic page! Maybe it’s your website header image. Maybe it’s broken and nothing happens at all.

I use the Open Graph and Twitter Card Tags plugin to make sure that, not only do mine work, they look nice.

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NSFW Sketchbook: Azure embrace

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Special thanks to the supporters of Leif & Thorn Volume 6

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After spending what feels like years in a “work in progress” time loop, the ebook of Volume 6: Forget Me Not has broken through to the day where it gets released!

Which means it’s time to thank all the supporters. We moved to a new platform for this campaign, experimented with a bunch of new things — and smashed our funding goal anyway, because of all these lovely readers who were willing to come along and take the plunge:

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Become Meguca

Alienea
Meredith
Clara D
Jonnie Irvine

Edge of Tomorrow

Andrew Webster
Fir J.A. McGrevy-Gilmore
Mom and Dad Ptah
Lex Chimervera
BashMeNot
Albert Cua
KendallPB
Mikko Rasa
Naomi Butcher
yamiangie
Eva S.
Triss

Groundhog Day

Beth Culp
paralianBlue
Sydney Savoy
Eric T. Sorlien
Kai
Xanthipe
Liz the Lucky
Hela
VICTORIA CONNER
Tim Sauke
Simone Pietro Spinozzi
Sid D.
Jamie
Cathy Green
Sailor-Cresselia
Lori Forrester
Jacob Magnusson
Izzy “Strontium“ Hall
Meghan McCusker
Knut Åge Hofseth
Kristina P
Kaldra
Nikki W.
Kailynn Ayers
Katherine R
John H. Bookwalter Jr.
Steph
Dinglehopper
Ada Kerman
Thyme
Lenora Rose
Piquk
mara

Deja Vu

Sue
Lielac
Zaza D
Robin Hill
ThoBu
Joce K.
Jay Lofstead
Joann K
Jens Bejer Pedersen
Susan Wilson
Sas
Craig Hackl
QuailFence
Matthias

I had a bot write me a Year In Review post. Let’s see how it did

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As we send off 2023, I thought it might be a good time for one of my periodic “are the chatbots good enough to take all our writing jobs?” check-ins.

The prompt was “Write a “year in review” post about Erin Ptah’s accomplishments in 2023.”

In theory, a piece of software could scan the web, identify my online presence by username + how my accounts link to each other, analyze the content based on timestamps, and come up with an accurate summary of 2023 accomplishments. Entries on the list might include “published over 300 strips of her original comic” (findable by scanning leifandthorn.com), “wrote over 270,000 words of fiction” (findable on AO3), “posted over 150 new art pieces” (DeviantArt), “raised the funds to print a new book” (BackerKit), and “successfully forced her cat to endure a vet visit” (Dreamwidth).

Everything between the pairs of separator lines was written by the bot. Let’s see how it did!

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Off-Shoots Sketchbook: Hot chocolate

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