A quick glance at my “GIFs” page will tell you that I’ve been making GIFs for a while. Some of them have even become quite popular:

But now I am looking to take my GIF game to a whole new level! Because of the aggressive censorship of liberals–particularly liberal veterans–on Twitter, I have set up shop on TikTok. I couldn’t be more happy about that choice, either! Yes, I still have my 2.5k follower audience on Twitter, and I still post there. Although, most of what I post now comes from TikTok.

In less than two months on that service, my audience has grown to over 6k and shows now signs of stopping:

As you can see, not only are there more real people (you know they’re real because most of them post their own content, regularly), but the engagement is much higher as well. Just look at the likes, comments, follows, and shares that I’ve had since I went to bed last night!

TikTok is definitely where it’s at! Come join me!

Imagine my delight when I discovered that GIPHY Artists and Brands channels are eligible for sticker distribution on TikTok!!! I am currently hard at work on several new stickers, which are basically just GIFs with a transparent background field. Stay tuned as I will be sharing them here in batches as I complete them!!! In the meantime, use that link above this paragraph to join me on TikTok!

“Stand by to stand by.” –Mad Squid

Steady As She Goes!

The last four years have been a whirlwind of epic proportions. It might be more accurate to call the whole thing a whirl-hurricane. (Feel free to use that term, just send me some bitcoin every time you do. 😉 I was sent home from my job–the first one earning above the poverty line since leaving the Navy in 2003 and coming home to Colorado–and ultimately fired, on Trump’s Inauguration Day in 2017.

This was by no means my first clue as to how terrible the Trump years were going to be. I do have a (pre-law) degree in Political Science, and my years serving as an intelligence analyst for the US Navy imparted me with a strong interest in geo-political matters. I had already been following Trump’s ascendency within the GOP with a sense of distraught fear. Being fired on the day that he seized power was merely the final nail in the coffin.

I don’t have to remind anyone of what has happened since then. The truths of the Trump failure(s) will scar this nation for years to come. With that said, the Trump era is coming to a close, and with it comes the death of this never-ending chaos. A Sailor knows that any port will do in a storm, but that peace won’t be upon thee until the storm has passed.

Today, the skies are clearing. I can see rays of sunlight bursting through from between the rapidly parting clouds above. An array of hope washes over my world like an expanding rainbow, come to cleanse me like the Democrats did to the GOP last week.

With the return of stability comes the return of past responsibilities. There are bills to pay, new projects to start, and old projects to complete. I had been working on a documentary about the disappearance of my grandfather, a WWII veteran, in the mid 1980s. My commercial drone pilot license (Part 107) has lapsed, and requires renewal.

There is much to do, and four fewer years to do it in now. But here we are. And onward we sail!

“Stand by to stand by!” –Mad Squid