Skeptical Valentino

Around this time of the year I get reminded of how my doodle journey started.
4 years ago I had to a attended a team building and as always, they force you to come out of your shell and suddenly become creative.
We were tasked to make a drawing of our most prominent characteristics.

I had a long, hard think about this.
I grew up in a family with utopians, idealists, populists and communists.
The more they tried to convince me of their opinions, the more suspicious I would become.
Their world sounded great, but so very unrealistic to me.
I must have been a skeptic at heart.

So that’s what I drew!

While the skepticism wasn’t really appreciated, my drawing was.
Since we were approaching Valentine’s Day, my colleagues said this could be a good cartoon for those who think that V-day is a bunch of bull crap.

And that’s what I did.
I developed the character a bit and named him Skeptical Valentino.
From there on I started doodling more of these type of figures with each their own emotion.
And so, the Emotion Doodles were born ๐Ÿ˜€

Sometimes I get asked about the origins of my doodles and this is the story I would tell them.
It’s unfortunate that then people do focus more on the term “skeptical” rather than the drawing.
It simply means that I am more of a realist, not easily convinced by populists and I want to see things for myself.
And that does not mean that I am some sort of conspiracy theorist!
Because, guess what?? I am skeptical towards them too ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am also a skeptic in the blogging world.
Having a constant of many likes and followers does not simply mean that you are better than a blogger who is struggling with their first 100 followers.
It does simply mean that you know the trick of gaining followers quickly.
It might not be most sincere way, but chances are that you’ll be taken more seriously as a “bigger” blogger.
Most people would call this “engaging”.

A skeptic like me?
I’d say try hitting like on every post you come across for a month and see how that will influence your numbers ๐Ÿ˜‰

22 replies to “Skeptical Valentino

  1. Hehe, you have won a fridge ๐Ÿ˜„
    But if you like everything on popular hashtags and keep blogging regularly, I guarantee at least 250 followers in one month ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You are always welcome here! I try to post as many doodles as possible ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Thanks for sharing the doodles history. I follow you because you’ve got a great blog. You share your authenticity with every post. Happy Valentine’s / Anniversary of Doodles Day!

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  3. Hmm… liking everything I read… It might improve my numbers… but would that increase my spam, too? “Hey, I followed you. Follow me” type of thing…

    Did you get Jasper a lemon for V-day?

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  4. I love the Skeptical Valentino, kinda feel that’s my goto expression for everything recently๐Ÿ˜‚. Nice to meet a fellow skeptic, glad I found your blog.

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  5. This is such a great story. You know the moment things changed.. That’s so rare. Thank you for sharing! โ˜บ

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