One thing that has stuck with me most from 24 Hour Comics Day is the reaction got from twitter while I was drawing. I was having to draw so fast that I knew I wasn’t drawing at my best, but every-time I’d share a new panel of the comic I’d get reactions like this:
Over the last few months I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about how people have been using the Internet to do horrible things to each-other. At times, threats, lies, and soul crushing hate seems to be coming from every direction online. It’s shocking how much damage someone can do to another person simply by typing into a computer.
The encouraging thing is, the reverse is also true.
Something as simple as a tweet, text, or blog comment can be so exciting! Every time I got a message encouraging me not to give up I was giddy! Damn right! I’m going to finish this damn thing!
What a way to use the Internet!
I use a service called Think Up which monitors my use of social networks to try and help me have a more rewarding experience online. One of my favorite stats that it surfaces shows me the number of times I thanked someone in a tweet recently.
Many of the internets problems are complex and extremely difficult to try and solve, but here's something easy and simple you can do:
Pick someone on the web who’s responsible for something you think is good and send them a message of thanks. In fact, it's a good thing to do right now.