Blocks and Hiatus

Hey, everyone! It's been a while since I've done a proper status update.

A few weeks ago y'all remember the issue with people being spammy about typo corrections and whatnot on PRS page uploads. I know I was overreacting some but I don't regret that. For the most part I think the message has gotten across clearly but I'll probably still be posting the rules with each page now. The majority of people were overwhelmingly supportive of me and the comic during that mess.

There were some people whoever that I decided to block for being spammy, rude, etc. And I'd like to talk about that for a minute.

I don't block often. I really don't. I hate doing so and maybe that's why things wore me down as much as they did. It was always a last resort option for me in the past. A few months back I blocked someone who was a fairly toxic presence to me on discord and you know what? I realized that it's okay to block for your own mental health and sanity. Before I had always tried to just... work around it somehow? I don't know. It helped.

So when the spammy comments started becoming too frequent on DA/CF/etc. I decided that it'd be easier to just block the worst of the spammy commenters. Not all of them- just those who crossed the line a little further than most. One person in particular apparently did not take that well. They apparently got... obsessive after the block. I'm not sure that's the best word to describe it but anyway... they had someone ask me about their block, uploaded a screenshot of my response, decided to block evade with a new account (which I also blocked), and then started posting "F--- Petuniabubbles" type stuff. It was unpleasant. Now every account that watches me on Deviantart that is less than a week or two old has me anxious that it's this person trying to block evade again and I hate that. I don't like suspecting those who probably just want to see whatever I upload here.

Which I guess brings me to the point: No one should have to be afraid of backlash over blocking people. People should be able to block whoever they want for whatever reason they want. If someone starts acting in a way similar to my recent experience then all they have done is prove they deserved to be blocked. For those who know someone blocked by an artist: Please don't play messenger for them. Don't ask to give them second chances, don't ask why they were blocked. By doing so you may be encouraging creepy or abusive people to continue acting the way they were. If it weren't for everything that happened post-block I might have unblocked this particular person after another week or two (I tend to unblock the more spammy people after a few weeks in hopes that they get the message not to do so again).

I'm mostly just getting this off my chest cause I feel like venting. I'm fine and this isn't a situation where I feel like I'm being actively stalked or whatever. The worst that has come out of this is I'm now suspicious of new accounts watching me which I kind of hate.

Also apparently people think I'm a guy? I'm so confused over that but okay?!

Anyway- thanks for putting up with my quick ramble. Now for the part of the post y'all actually care about: After next week's PRS update there will be a brief hiatus. This is entirely unrelated to the above and more just something that was bound to happen anyway. The second half of Chapter 12 is a lot heavier on the art side and due to anxiety/depression swings I've run out of buffer. So I'd like to put a pause on updates until I can at least get 2-3 more pages done for buffer. Page 12-11 is done but it'll be posted after the break since I'd rather break at the end of one scene instead of at the start of another! I'll keep y'all updated on ETA for return.

Just to reiterate: There WILL be an update NEXT week. Just not for maybe 2-4 weeks after. In the meantime Nightfall info dumps will continue (as I've a buffer of those to last a few months) so if you want to check out my non-Pokemon comic (or rather, information as pages aren't in production yet), click the below link!

Thank you all for the amazing support and patience that you've so kindly shown in me. <3 I really appreciate it.

- Neko

posted by Nekomata @ 3/7/2021, 10:10 PM  -  10 Comments

User Comments:

PsychicNature, 3/7/2021, 10:34 PM     Reply | Edit | Delete
Hey, I completely understand! Take all the time you need!
Racingwolf, 3/8/2021, 1:10 AM     Reply | Edit | Delete
Oh wow...I've been dealing with an obsessive "you blocked me now I hate you" person and their spammy friends. I hate that this is common enough that you're experiencing that too. But seriously, screw those people, they more than deserved to be blocked with that sort of behavior.
comercole, 3/8/2021, 1:17 AM     Reply | Edit | Delete
no problema.
Nova Ozuka, 3/8/2021, 9:24 AM     Reply | Edit | Delete
Glad I haven't hit this problem yet. But yeah, makes sense. I'd probably be more than a little aggravated myself.

I admit though, when I saw the blog title I thought "Writer/art block? Inevitable for us comic writers and understandable." Would've been awkward if I said anything without bothering to read it.
TheStratovarian, 3/8/2021, 1:22 PM     Reply | Edit | Delete
Yiii, im very sorry you hit one of those people landmines. And I hope you can rest and recover well. Have a wonderful week or two!
ShadowFoxNixill, 3/8/2021, 7:04 PM     Reply | Edit | Delete
I had to deal with someone like that on stream once. They got blocked by one of my closest friends a LONG while before (on multiple accounts), but because Twitch doesn't prevent you from viewing the page of someone who's blocked you, they found my stream when he (my friend) hosted me.

I tolerated their presence for the duration of one stream (my friend wasn't present that day), though at one point I had to icily say that under no circumstances would I play messenger nor further entertain the topic over which they got blocked. The toleration ended slightly after the stream, when they joined my Discord (where my friend is a moderator) and started asking about that topic again and directly poking the friend. I gave them a ban from the Discord and my Twitch chat.

Over the next couple weeks, I saw them on various other streams after my own, or people I hosted, had ended. I had to explain what was going on to people that had literally no relation to my original friend or the topic at hand. The spammer was completely unfazed by my calling them out on their spamming, and it made me hesitant about hosting/raiding people after my streams ended.

I don't see them around any more, but that wasn't quite the end of it! I had to close my public invite link when the guy showed up in my discord again even when I wasn't streaming. (I've since reopened it, and no intrusion so far. Here's hoping I haven't just jinxed that.)
solaris127h, 3/8/2021, 9:05 PM     Reply | Edit | Delete
Just FYI, block/ban evading is often against sites terms of service and can often be escalated to a higher power (deviantArt will slam evaders, and Kyo probably would do something if you ask about it on the forums or DM him). I know that's probably a hard thing because it's way more significant than just blocking, but I read this like you have a genuine harasser, and you don't need to put up with that! I'm really glad to hear most of the community was supportive for your request though! Looking forward to what's next!
borzoiteeth, 3/9/2021, 4:14 PM     Reply | Edit | Delete
I'm sorry you managed to catch the attention of such people. Please take the time you need to get some peace.

I once blocked and then had their friends play secret messenger on me before. Those people were shocked discovering that having my feeling of safety violated made me not feel compliant to their pleads.
Brain-Storm.exe, 3/19/2021, 9:55 AM     Reply | Edit | Delete
Life is more important. I look forward to see more updates when you are able to. Take care of yourself!
Koren, 3/26/2021, 7:08 PM     Reply | Edit | Delete
The most surprising part about this rant to me is the fact that some people actually think that someone who is known as "Petunia Bubbles" is actually a guy.

For those few morons who are unaware, Petunia is a woman's name, not a man's.

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