There is nothing wrong with googling yourself every so often. Seeing where either you or your project is mentioned online can be a rush when its outside the confines of your own site. There can also be pleasant surprises.
ComixTribe.com is a creator’s resource. My partner Tyler and I have put in a lot of hard work and effort, literally taking years to build it into what it is. Because of the work I’ve done there (enough to fill a few volumes of books), I’m able to get editing work on a freelance basis, and that editing work then becomes my resume for others looking to hire me. So I sometimes do a search on myself in order to see where I am, outside of the usual places. (And since I share a name with some other guy named Steve Forbes that publishes some sort of small money magazine that I’ve never heard of, finding myself can sometimes be a challenge.)
Today I was looking at The Beat, and saw that the work that was put into the site has at least been recognized enough to be mentioned as an online resource for creators. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you’ll see we’re listed there several times.)
It’s nice to know that the work you’ve put in has been recognized by a place of some prominence on the web. It’s a reinforcement of the feeling that what’s been done is of worth to someone, which is why it was created in the first place. There are a lot of places on the web that will teach you how to create comics. A lot of them didn’t make the cut, so I’m quite pleased that we did.
It was a pleasant surprise.
If you’re a creator and you’ve got some projects out there, google yourself. See how far your legend has spread. You may be in for a pleasant surprise or two.