State of the Blog: More to Come

So, 2022 has proven itself to be….a year, hasn’t it?

Yeah, this has been a wild one. 2022 has been a year of tumult, both professionally and personally, for the both of us as well as the world in general.

Don’t get me started on what’s happening over at Netflix and Warner Bros. Discovery.

All of this assorted…stuff…is why it’s been kind of dry over here these past several months.

But now we’re back!

Those of you who have stuck with us this whole time (and thank you for doing that, BTW) have noticed a slight uptick in the output here. Progress is kind of slow right now, but things are gradually starting to pick up here. Jason and I are getting back on track and the creative itch has returned, waiting to be scratched. I think we’re ready to FINALLY take this blog to the next level.

(Note how I didn’t refer to it as Twinsanity 2.0, because it’s not Twinsanity 2.0; it’s not Twinsanity anything. We changed the site’s name to Twin Images earlier this year; I’ve already elaborated on why in an earlier post, just refer to that.)

Now, as to what to expect here going forward.

“This is going to be a long read, so you might want to get some snacks.”

First and foremost, I feel like we’ve done all we can with the free version of WordPress.

I think it’s time for an upgrade.

In the upcoming months, we’re going to be upgrading to a paid site. More bells and whistles, more options, and as a paid blog we can monetize this bad boy.

“Cha-ching, baby!”

The reason for this is not just naked greed (though naked greed is part of it); you see, our long-term goal is to one day be able to do what we do here: cartoons, comedy, art and making people laugh, as a full-time occupation; ads can help us accomplish this goal, but we first have to attract more viewers to the blog. I’m also considering starting a Patreon or Ko-Fi account for Twin Images (there’s also another platform called Comradery that I’ve heard things about; we’re currently weighing our options). Artists gotta eat too, especially if we’re going to be paying for a bigger and better site/show.

-Yes, I said ‘show’. Despite the way it may look, we’re STILL planning to start making videos. (We’ll continue to blog in the meantime, though, at least until we get the hang of video production, then that’ll take precedent.) We were just shopping for equipment as recently as yesterday. WordPress has plenty of video-friendly themes and templates; just yet another incentive to upgrade.

We probably won’t upgrade the site until early next year, likely around January or early February, though. It just so happens that it’s now October, and the tail end of the year is a notoriously bad time to try and create content; you have Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November and Christmas in December. (Also if you count it, New Year’s Eve/Day in late December/early January.) You have to deal with holiday preparations, shopping, family get-togethers, etc. and all the crapola that comes with all that, which leaves very little time to try and create. If you want to do any serious creative work, you’re basically out of luck until January, and since the whole point is to increase production so we’ll increase traffic, we’ll likely hold off on the upgrade until early 2023; we’re not going to pay an annual fee while we’re not producing a lot of work, and we’re sure not going to expect you good folks to donate to us for nothing.

Also, expect the style and nature of the posts we make to change slightly. Regular visitors to the site may have already noticed a slight difference in the types of posts that have been appearing here lately. We’ve decided not to adhere so rigorously to the recurring segments here. (This is why I removed the tab listing the recurring segments; that and it was just out-of-date now.) I/we used to try to make all or most of the posts adhere to one of the regular segments that we set up, but that’s just the thing: WE set them up; they’re not etched in stone so everything we do doesn’t have to fit into a specific box. At a certain point this year, I decided:

I’m just going to post what I want to post.

From now on it doesn’t matter if something fits into one of the recurring segment categories or not, whether it’s long or short, simple or detailed; if it’s funny or interesting and it came from one of our brains, then we’re going to post it. Period. We need to be flexible and just have fun with this stuff. It can’t ever stop being fun; it if starts to feel like a job or a chore, then it’s time to hang it up.

(The recurring segments won’t be going away, however; we’ll still be doing That’s Warner Brothers!, Brain Candy, The Couch, Retroville, What the Funny, Pop Dream, et al, it’s just that going forward everything we post doesn’t have to fall into one of those categories. We’re trying to give ourselves more creative freedom here.)

-As a consequence to this New Style, you’ll probably be seeing less of us on Tumblr going forward. We won’t be leaving Tumblr; it’s a great community and there’s some cool people and stuff on there, but neither of us have been posting a ton of original work on there this year. Initially we created the Tumblr account to a) attract more eyeballs to our main site on WordPress (feel free to do start following us here if you’re not already doing that, BTW) and b) post short, quick micro-blog posts and simple jokey-jokes that we didn’t think were ‘big’ or ‘significant’ enough to post here on the main site. However, as previously stated, nowadays we’ve greatly loosened that self-imposed rule and have been starting to put all of our musings and ramblings, big or small, on this site, to the point where sometimes I would copy the same posts on both sites. With this being planned to become the main hub for our content, we just don’t need to post on Tumblr as much anymore (lately I’ve mostly just been lurking and re-blogging stuff on Tumblr). There are no plans to shut down our Tumblr page just yet, but from here on out we’ll mainly be posting content here and on YouTube.

As for what type of content you can expect, no major changes. We’ll still be covering our favorite topics:

Our favorite Golden Age cartoon icons…
Our favorite current cartoon shows, characters and channels…
The glory days of Saturday Morning…
Video game stuff…
Weird, funny, memorable and obscure products, stores, ad campaigns and mascots…
Kooky, fun locations and tourist-y spots…
And whatever else we feel like.
Also expect to see more of us just being funny, wacky, crazy and creative in general.

Speaking of which, we still would like to one day start posting original art and cartoons online. (I made a couple of early attempts, and they were just that, but the dream is still alive and I’m learning.) If that venture takes off, we’ll likely create a second blog for our cartoons. (I may put them behind some kind of paywall too, we’ll see.)

So once again, big, BIG thanks to all of you who have stayed with us. It means a lot. Please stick around to see what’s coming up next from us here; we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store. And as always…

Just a Quick Heads-Up Regarding Our Address

Hey, folks.

As those of you who visit us regularly know, we’ve recently changed this site’s name to Twin Images, and subsequently we’ve changed our URL from twinsanity.co to twinimages.blog. As of right now, clicking on the former will redirect you to the latter.

This brings us to what I’m about to type now: today we’ve opted not to renew the domain twinsanity.co, as we don’t need to be paying for 2 domains, especially since 1 of them belongs to an earlier moniker that we’ve stopped using a while ago.. As such, the URL twinsanity.co will expire on June 23, 2022. After that, you won’t be able to use that address to get to this site anymore; you’ll only be able to use twinimages.blog.

So from here on out, start using twinimages.blog as our only WordPress URL. twinsanity.co will only be active for another month; after June 23, you won’t be able to reach this site by typing the old domain anymore. Our Tumblr page is still twin-images.tumblr.com. That hasn’t changed.

P.S.: I know we’ve been on hiatus for quite a while now, bear with us. There’s just a lot going with us in real life right now, among those things are us preparing for the upcoming format change. Rebranding, switching mediums and upgrading is a lot of work! We are working on new stuff for this site, and it will be worth the wait. We promise.

Look At This Thing That I Drawed!

Hey, folks!

This is our first attempt at uploading original art to our blog (so please be gentle, it’s our fist time.) It’s the logo for a kayfabe cable/satellite channel that Jason and I dreamt up called XD! (which stands for X-Treme Digital, by no coincidence it’s also a keyboard representation of a face laughing), which targets a dual audience: kids and teens during the day and adults at night, with a more or less shared theme of cartoons and comedy. Specifically, XD! runs live-action and animated kids’ shows during the day and at night it switches to an adult comedy format, showing classic and contemporary comedy programs along with adult animation.

This is an experiment; we’ve been wanting to post cartoons online for some time now, and it looks like we can begin doing that. Awesome sauce!

It Has Begun!

For those who follow us (or wish to follow us) on Tumblr: you may have noticed that if you click on the Twinsanitycomedy URL, it takes you to nowhere. That’s because we’ve officially entered the first stage of our big rebrand, specifically to our site/brand/channel’s new name, which will be Twin Images. As such, the name of our Tumblr blog has changed; you can now find us at twin-images.tumblr.com. (Don’t forget the dash; I thought it looked weird as one word.) In time, this site’s name will be changed as well (UPDATE: as of this writing, we’ve just purchased the domain name twinimages.blog for the WordPress site); we changed it at Tumblr first because a) we’re a little more active on Tumblr right now and b) the site upgrade is going to require more work, as we’re planning to put different types of content on here, so the format on our WordPress site will definitely be changing more than just the name. The future blog posts (what few there are) will be more reminiscent of the micro-blog posts we do on Tumblr; the ‘big’ entries (your That’s Warner Bros., Retroville, The Couch et al) will take the form of videos or vlogs. When the new name is implemented here, for the first year you’ll be able to click on the current URL and it will redirect you to the new one; after that initial year, the old URL will expire and the new one will become the only URL.

When this site’s name changes to Twin Images, we won’t be going back to change the previous mentions of the old Twinsanity name in the previous blog posts, since as previously stated, we’ll be making different types of content here, so the Twinsanity blog posts belong to an earlier tradition. All of the Twinsanity blog posts will be archived so you can still visit them even after the format changes.

I’ll keep this post pinned for a while just in case anybody who follows us on Tumblr or wants to visit our Tumblr page might be confused (I thought that maybe I should’ve waited until the weekend was over to make the change, but here we are; we can’t put toothpaste back in the tube). Again, on Tumblr we are now located at twin-images.tumblr.com (don’t forget the dash). Here on WordPress you will be redirected to twinimages.blog (no dash).

The New Year Name Game

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Hope you’ve all had a good holiday and we wish you all a happy and prosperous new year. We couldn’t wait to kick the tail end of 2021 to the curb and start anew. That said, on to the meat of this post:

No, we’re not ready to fully resume production just yet; we’re still recovering from the holidays and we both are taking a bit of a mental health break, but new stuff is on the way, expect to see new posts and things to start cropping up within the upcoming months.

Jason covered some of this already, but just to keep you folks updated on what’s to come here, some of the site’s recurring segments have either been retired, retooled or renamed slightly. Some examples:

The segment formerly known as TV Special Showdown will now be known as TV Special Tonight!. Jason felt that the previous name sounded too confrontational and no longer fit the format as the segment has over time stopped taking the stance of “We’re gonna tear this crappy TV special a new one!” and has gravitated more towards “Hey, check out this kooky TV special we remember; let’s have fun joking about its’ absurdities!”. (Fun fact: the new name was partially inspired by the song “TV Party Tonight” by Black Flag.)

I’ve recently put the Retro Bin segment on ice, while its’ flip side segment, the Cartoon Couch, will continue under the new moniker The Couch.

“Wow. You must’ve been up all night thinkin’ of that name, huh?”

It’ll be basically be the same segment as before, just with a new name and without its’ negative counterpart. Now you may be asking:

“If the segment is basically the same as before, why not just keep calling it The Cartoon Couch?”

Good question. It’s because I originally created The Cartoon Couch to be the opposite of The Retro Bin (both are lookbacks at animated shows from the past, but while The Retro Bin took a very snarky, critical approach to the shows, the shows spotlighted on The Cartoon Couch we had a particular fondness for, or at least felt that they had potential or were deserving of more praise than they received; as we continued to work on both segments, we found ourselves enjoying doing the positive ones more and we’ve grown really tired of the ‘Angry Review” format), and even though we’re basically retiring The Retro Bin, the 2 segments are inexorably tied to one another — like opposite sides of the same coin –and it just wouldn’t feel right keeping one title without the other.

It would be like having Quisp without Quake; you don’t do that.

So if The Cartoon Couch is going to exist on its’ own from now on, it needs to establish its’ own identity, hence the name change.

The segments known as Ad Nausea and Toon Adjacent will hereinafter be absorbed and combined into a single segment known as Retroville.

Welcome to your memories!

Retroville will take fun deep dives into all kinds of retro kitsch: defunct retailers, restaurants, ad campaigns, product mascots, toys, theme park attractions, you name it. We’ve been looking forward to doing this one for a while; I can’t wait to start busting out with Retroville segments. We’re pop-culture sponges who watched a ton of TV, so this should be fun.

The above were all more or less covered by Jason previously; the following is something we’ve been kicking back and forth for a little while, and I didn’t want to reveal this unless it looked like it could actually happen, and since it might, here it is:

We might, repeat, MIGHT, be parting ways with the name Twinsanity.

At least we won’t have to juggle a plethora of alternate choices; if we do change this site’s name, it will be to one of two alternates: Twin Images or The Razzle Dazzle Show.

The former is the name we’ve been calling our comedy ‘troupe’ for years now; we actually saw the name on a record album (remember those?) that we saw one day years ago at W. Bell & Co. (remember that?). The latter is a homage to the Saturday Morning show starring the comedy/musical group the Hudson Brothers, which ran from September 7, 1974 to August 30, 1975.

For no particular reason, here’s the intro (for those who aren’t ancient enough to have seen it):

So yeah, you can probably see what attracted us to that name. It seems to combine fun, flash and pure corn, just like our site.

No need to freak out; if, and again that’s IF, we do decide to change the site’s name, you won’t have to memorize a new URL…at least not right away. Thankfully, WordPress give users the option to either replace the URL entirely or it can redirect viewers to the new one directly from the previous one. If we decide to go with a new name, we’ll enact the latter option and then when everyone’s used to and has had time to store the new URL, we’ll switch it to the new one, and of course if the name of the WordPress site changes, our companion Tumblr page will also take on the new name. Unified branding and all that.

We’re literally going back and forth on this, so we’ll put the question out to you guys. (I’d do it as a poll, but if there’s a way to polls on here, I don’t know what it is.) Would you guys be cool with a name change, or would you rather we stick to Twinsanity? Let us know in the comments (and I shouldn’t have to tell you that spam, hate, insulting or trollish comments will not be tolerated or posted).

Well, that’s all for now. More updates as they happen. Thanks for sticking with us through this strange, strange trip, we look forward to posting here more regularly soon, we’re still planning that big leap to video production, so we’ll keep you informed on that as things go along, again Happy New Year, here’s hoping 2022 is a good one, and keep on boogeying down.