Please say you'll at least post the previous pages on your Tumblr? (Or even its own Tumblr.)
Many artists just dual-post new pages of their comics on their blogs or Tumblr or DA, AND on its own site. (But even running things through Tumblr solely is pretty common these days.)
Nevermind when or if you plan to get back to doing new pages, it's fine to go off and do your life at your own pace.
But we'd like to re-read the past stories because they are important to us.
If you're thinking big thoughts about how you should better advertise it, right now the best thing you could do is just put them back online
- doesn't matter where. People who liked the story will keep re-reading it, recommend it, refer to parts of it as examples in comments, and so on, without needing any work from you.
(some personal comments below)
"Things will be lost to time, dreams forgotten, data lost, things change..."
Not if you have a proper back-up.
That's like, the first rule of the internet - websites are temporary so you should back up EVERYTHING. I do actually have quite a few CoR pages saved.
But that's quite a sad fate, for stuff only to exist on old perverts' forgotten external drive, tucked between 500 gigs of porn and emails from their ex or their first job. You can't just host something that is not your own work either. The one who has to make the call is you!"All we have are our memories, and sometimes, isn’t that enough?"
Iiii find that sentiment a bit too quixotic. Nevermind that I have an awful memory in the first place - anything that happened more than year ago starts to escape me pretty soon. But also yes, there are piles of great authors and works that get forgotten, this is something that happens to 99% of stuff immediately and another 0.99% after a decade, and the world is poorer for it. The ones keeping them alive are those adventurous souls who blog about them and take the time to rediscover and rescue some of them. (As a regular person wouldn't have the time to shovel through decades of cultural garbage for a few gems.) Many works just get unlucky and are never preserved, even though they were extremely high quality! Many authors, actors, artists etc. have works we only know from records because history didn't remember to preserve them when it was still possible. And this isn't something you should approach with fatalism as the natural way of things, because they literally get ERASED this way. Any long term impact they could have had is lost, gone. Even their old readers soon forget them - the mind can only care for so long.
CoR may not be the most important record in the world, but it is still something needed and unique.
Maybe you hate your work. -I- hate my work. We're all insecure about our own stuff.
I too take a grim satisfaction in ritually destroying my old stuff sometimes.
But the lesson here is, it is not for us to decide those things. Stuff that seems normal and everyday for us because it comes from our own mind may be of extremely high value to someone else.
I don't think the world has enough positive and inspirational stuff going on right now. There are plenty of works that teach us to be cynical. That it is fashionable to just accept the impossibility of fixing relationships or reach ideals. I think if you've got any little thing that can give people hope and restore their faith in their ideals, well, it's kind of a duty to use it. It may count for more than you expect.