One of the things that is hard for me is the promotion. Sure, I can add design my own fonts, search for good ones that are OK for commercial use online, create more refined documentation for each new distribution archive, and add them to Font-Journal, but if I don't tell anyone, no one is going to check them out.
This blog is only one means of promoting good freeware and free commercial fonts, and last year I spent more time trying to recover data from hard drivers than I did working. So, I haven't been around much, but I have been adding fonts and sharing the leads I get on good free commercial fonts in my Facebook group, "Digital Fonts", and on Google+ communities, "Fonts".
Remember also, that I'm a poor (fat, old) artist wanna-be that makes a meager living off the internet trying to sell fresh logo/graphic/website designs and branding packages, domain registration and hosting services, encrypted servers, webmaster tools, custom built PCs, upgraded Macs, tech support, video production services, T-shirts, and also offer a smattering of really well researched affiliate links.
But the point is that I haven't actually been making a real living here, which is why I haven't had a capable design & video production laptop computer for the past 2 months. But now that my PC issues have been addressed, I really need to ramp up the promotions, because I need to find a way to make a living on the internet. No one wants to hire an old, fat, crippled designer that is just one class short of his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, who holds onto illusions of grandeur by harboring dreams of becoming a famous artist one day.
But here is where it hurts, although I have always been an ad man, enjoyed marketing, personas and studied brands in great detail, I still harbor great dread of becoming a worthless scumbag spammer, even if by accident. And if you don't know what you are doing, that is the easy road to take, a mistake that may never be rectified.
While I do know what I am doing, I haven't ever made the effort I should because I hate spam, and I am working in the online medium where quite frankly, spam dominates the world by using tricks, deception, propaganda and curates messages of hopelessness.
But whether or not I like it, I have to do more promotion. Still, people could make my job easier by joining one of the two groups I have setup on Google+ or Facebook.
Originally, both groups were called "Fonts" but I changed the one at Facebook to "Digital Fonts" in order to secure a custom URL I seem to have forgotten. But I use the short links from my W3N.US site to get to each easily:
Google+ community: "Fonts" uses the short link: https://w3n.us/f0nts
Facebook group, "Digital Fonts" uses the short link: https://w3n.us/fonts
Thanks for helping me out by joining one of the two groups above... sometimes just getting the works out there doesn't allow for the time required to promote and market it as well as I would like. Plus: clientele. deadlines. technology. You know the game, it's life.