I have been writing for GoCollect for a few months. I write about different topics to keep things interesting. Now I want to do something completely different. I want to know about you, the GoCollect Readers. This information is an important factor in determining what we will produce for you to read.
Hot Key Comics That May Never Interest the Reader
The hardest part of my job is to determine the subject matter of the articles. I want to know more about what category of books interests the readers. Many articles on GoCollect focus on more modern books because readers seem to respond to the posts. Do readers want us to write about how to use the GoCollect data to determine trends in Golden Age books that might not be apparent to the common eye? How many readers want an article on horror comics that are hot on the market but receive very little attention in the Top 100 hot book category?
Why Is This Important?
I want you, the reader, to put in the comment section what type of books interest you as a hobbyist. I have read so many articles on comic book websites that focus on either what the author is interested in or re-doing articles on hot books that were reported by other websites. GoCollect blogs are not about what the authors want to write about, but rather what you want to read. Tell me what you collect or invest in so I can write about your interests.
Be Ye a Collector, Investor, or Speculator
Authors write articles directed to the readers. Comic book hobbyists have many similarities, but they also have just as many differences. An article that may be geared to one reader with a great book may not be a good recommendation for another. As an author, I need to know the target audience of GoCollect. I believe that there are three basic categories of hobbyists. I would appreciate the readers telling me what category you would mainly attach yourself. There may be some crossover, but if you had to pick one how would you describe yourself?
- Collector: A person who collects comics for the joy of the hobby. Books are not purchased for resale. The focus of the collection can vary from reader to reader but the main focus can be characters, artists, titles, first appearances, signature books, or whatever. It is the acquisition of books that is your main focus.
- Investor: A person who purchases books with the intent to sell the books for profit. The only reason a book is purchased is because of the intent to buy low and sell high. You want a diversified assortment of books to minimize risk and you plan to maintain this investment for the long term.
- Speculator. A person who purchases books to make a profit. This person differs from an investor in that they want to buy really low on risky books and make a very large profit. Time is of the essence. You want to hear rumors and news as soon as possible so you can get in on the ground floor before others have a chance to get your targets.
Why Is This Important?
Knowing why you are reading these articles will let me tailor them for your needs. Why write about variant comics to add to your speculation selections if many of our readers are investors and not interested in “day trading” speculation?
GoCollect Tips and Other Secrets
“I do not use GoCollect price guide because I do not collect slabbed comics.” “Golden Age comic books are unique, so the data from GoCollect would not help me.” “I did not know that book was the first appearance of the character.” These are all comments I have received from readers. My response to each one was insight in the comment sections or by private message on what they were missing.
GoCollect is a tool. I can use a hammer to drive in a nail or to crack open my nuts. Different authors have different ways they use the data to gain an advantage. For example, the way I use the GoCollect data for Bronze Age Books is vastly different than the way I use it for Golden Age books. This may differ from other authors. An article like this would be ill-suited for readers if there are no Golden Age hobbyists who want to read a Comics 101-type of article. Do readers want more “how-to” or insight articles?
Readers are Important
This site is your site. The readers come to this site to receive useful information on the comic book marketplace. If you went to a restaurant you would tell the waiter what you want and the food would be prepared to your liking. This is now your chance to tell not only me but the other authors what you want to read. I want to know about you so I can be a better writer. As I have stated in past articles, someone shared insights with me and I want to do the same with you. To help me write articles you want to read I need to know:
- What category of books interests the readers?
- Do you want to know hot books that may be of interest?
- Are you an investor, speculator, or collector?
- Do you want more articles on how to better use GoCollect or insight into my recommendations?
The more I know about you, the better I can provide you with insight to try to give you an advantage in navigating the comic book marketplace. Now is your chance. Take the time to fill out the requested information in the comment section so I can better target articles for you. Help us so we can help you. Thanks, GoCollect Readers!
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