Print-on-Demand is a Disease

Originally published at Sharonda.net on October 5th, 2017.
Added to SMWoodfin.WordPress.com on October 31st, 2017.

I wish I were kidding.

I love drawing, and I love it when the things that I draw print well, but it’s hard to just do the print or the poster, and not start resizing images and creating transparencies so that you can put the simple frelling1 thing that you drew on all the other products that whichever print-on-demand company offers.

And then you move on to the next company….

I hate it.

I hate the way that it cheapens what I’m doing.

I hate the inauthenticity.

And I hate that I feel compelled to keep at it.

Three days ago, I was really freaking happy over a print of a mandala I’d drawn in SketchBook. I was happy repurposing some old designs to make a few stickers on Society 6.

(Of course that’s a referral link! How could it not be???)

Today, I am just so damned done that I can’t stand it any more. I’ve spent every wife-free hour doing nothing but print-on-command prepping and posting since the 28th of September.

This afternoon, I took Nena for a walk, and I realized just how much doing POD work, for me, feels like unhealthy behavior.

So, I’m going to back off for a bit, resist the urge to keep putting products up, as well as the one to start taking products down, and maybe spend some time doing other–productive, yet healthy–things.

I realize this post holds no value for most potential readers. But if there are any other POD people out there who can–or absolutely can’t–relate to what I’m saying, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.


1. Can your translator microbes handle that one?