A quick update! Thanks to my lovely ko-fi contributors, my original goal was met, so I’ve gone ahead and updated my page to reflect the new goal. At this time there are still about 2 weeks left for my “donate to my kofi and get a drawing” offer, so anybody itching to get $3 worth of drawing out of me should head there now and see about chipping in for the current goal!
Well!! I did TRY to do Inktober this year, and I may pick back up again, but I severely lost interest after 6 days of mostly-faithfully following the prompts. Maybe next year I’ll have more free time and less general exhaustion, eh?
At any rate, here are the six that got done- theoretically, there could be more later? And of course, I have to make an update later containing all of the Ko-Fi rewards sketches I have done thus far!
Ugh! Alright, here for another update on this venture.
So 2 months ago, almost exactly, I decided to go for something that might help me get healthier as well as help me earn money, and after some debate on what would work the best I went with Sweatcoin.
There are… a number of issues with attempting to use this as a platform to earn money. The first and biggest issue is that there is simply no actual way to translate earnings into cash- theoretically, if you walk the maximum amount of steps every day for 18 months, you should be able to turn the accumulated coins in for 1000$ in Paypal Cash, which is a good chunk of money but not really very time-effective for an 18 month period. Being able to earn faster depends on 1. having a large number of friends willing to sign up and use the app so you can receive bonuses, 2. being willing to use some amount of your earnings per month to “upgrade” your account so you can earn more than the maximum number of coins per day, and 3. being physically able to walk 10000 steps or more per day.
I think on my best day I got up to 8000 steps at a theme park, but it has trouble/often can’t count steps that happen inside buildings, and any amount of physical disability (asthma, mobility/joint issues, etc) limits your ability to use this app productively. There’s also another significant drawback- it takes up a HUGE amount of space on my (admittedly, several years old) phone, and eats up data and battery life like candy.
Ultimately, I think- if you already walk a couple miles a day outside with your newer phone on data, then this app may be beneficial to you in the very long run. But as far as alternative fundraising for creative professionals goes, this is essentially just a very depressing stepcounter that means you can’t also play Pokemon Go.
I’m probably going to uninstall it when I have a minute.
Not a huge update! Mostly that after a couple weeks of total inactivity I decided to try to play Lucktastic one more time, because I was super close to getting enough points for a $15 Restaurants.com gift card. And I got the points, I clicked redeem- it asked me to log in again because apparently I had to log back in to prove I was a registered user… so, yeah, I deleted it.
Actually, because my friend is going to Las Vegas, NV for Electric Daisy Carnival (?) this week, and promised me to bring back ANY SOUVENIR I WANT if I prove that I downloaded Tinder and spoke to at least five different people, I used the newly freed-up space to download Tinder. Apparently it saved all my settings from that time two years ago when I reconnected with someone I dated in high school and was too awkward to tell him that I couldn’t meet him because I was in recovery for major surgery so my solution was to delete the app. So all my photos are 2+ years out of date!
It’s not gonna be enjoyable lmao but I’m gonna GET that cool Las Vegas keychain and postcard that I want assuming she doesn’t forget, which is forgivable as I expect her to be. . . . . busy.
KO Trivia is still my favorite right now. I’m still learning how to maximize my trivia knowledge but 2-5 dollars a week isn’t a terrible reward for doing something I’d want to do anyway.
Ah well! Here’s hoping May contains a few good surprises for me!
I have decided, after some debate, to go ahead and temporarily re-open my Redbubble account- this, you’ll notice, has some different artworks on it, and I may decide at a future date to close it back down, but for now I’m hoping to use it to gauge interest in creating prints and printed works in the future.
I have also updated my About Me page to include links to my Patreon and my Redbubble accounts! Please let me know what you think!
Total Trivia is not really working out as anything other than a warmup for closely related (owned by the same company if I am reading this correctly) KO Trivia, which is an elimination-style trivia tournament app that mostly uses the same questions and answers as Total Trivia. I’ve been mildly successful- I’ve won small amounts of money, maybe 5-6 dollars total when it’s all added up over the past two weeks- and it’s something I see myself continuing to utilize. Still not a perfect fundraiser, but it seems like if you’re 100% lucky with the answers you could theoretically win something like 26 dollars a day not counting prizes that are smaller than a dollar or ‘intangible’ like extra lives. In April they had regular larger tournaments, which might not be available during May because I haven’t noticed any, but you could win the larger tournaments for 100$ a day, 1000$ a week, or 10000$ per month. If that’s a regular feature, that’d be pretty great. Also, you watch an advertisement to gain access to the trivia tournament, so literally all play is free, and you can watch an ad for a second life- meaning you’d only need to use any of your stored lives if it’s something you really want a third life for.
I’d recommend it to anybody who wants to make a little chunk of money on lunch breaks or after work, since even if you lose, you’re building the skills for earning more lives for the stockpile later.
Other tidbits: opened up a Fiverr account, not feelin’ extraordinarily hopeful since the rates I charge on it are the same as the rates I charged for Everybody Loves Chlamydia, but we’ll see. I’m thinking of opening up an Etsy store but my crafting attempts keep getting thwarted- I’m looking at specifically painting/decoupaging little wooden boxes for this, maybe some other types of things. Again, we’ll see!
Well, I don’t know. My initial hope that Lucktastic would become some kind of small-scale income generator- and then later resignation that it would turn into a moderately steady source of entertainment- has finally crumbled into the dust of boredom. It’s become something of a thankless chore. I’m probably going to hold on to the app until the 8th, because I’m curious to find out how the sweepstakes contest system works, but I’m done trying to make an effort to play it every day.
As far as Total Trivia goes, I tentatively think it’s a good time as long as you don’t actually have to do anything for 20 minutes in a row to try to get up to 6000 points on a single item so you can gain IQ points. Trying to answer questions once or twice more than fifteen minutes apart and you’ll probably not get those coveted IQ points which lead to trophies that have increasing benefits. I think I’ve come across a way to make it work, though, so, we’ll see.
And today is a new app day! I’ve downloaded Panel App and I’m not entirely sure if it’s going to be for me, but I thought I’d try anyway. I thought at first it was some kind of survey response app, but it seems to also collect location data, maybe other kinds of phone data? This one… you… should probably not download without more research. Luckily for you, I’m doing this research myself, and by research I mean……… taking a chance that it’s not some terrible datamining your-personal-NSA-agent-getting-to-know-you-better scheme. I’m sure it’ll be fine, though!