I introduced you to TrainerKelly’s Network quite a bit last week, but I don’t know about you, but I love diving a lot deeper. And that’s exactly what we are doing here.
ALL the FACTS
Fact 1: My Company & Reading Platform
TrainerKelly’s Network is my company. The simplest explanation is to just call it a publishing company, since I am actually publishing my works here.
I think a better way to describe it though is that it’s a reading platform where you can read my stories – mostly fictional, although I’d count my rambles as stories as well.
Fact 2: Blog Posts = Rambles
Yep, my blog posts are called rambles! I don’t really remember why I even called it rambles at this point. I think I was just poking fun of myself for writing walls of text. I don’t necessarily think I ramble a lot in my text posts, but I do write a heck of a lot…hence ramble.
I did consider just calling it my “blog”, but after a poll on Instagram, most people voted for me to keep it as “rambles”! So I am.
In a way, I like calling them rambles – it’s like how I call you a trainee. It’s kind of an insider thing. Once you call my blog posts rambles, you’re a trainee, even just by association.
So, if you’re calling it a ramble, welcome trainee!
Fact 3: Named After YouTube Channel
So, straight up – my original YouTube channel got banned in the early days of YouTube because I used to post AMVs I created. I think nowadays I could probably get away with them (maybe), but definitely not back then. I didn’t make another account until a couple of years later, during the early 2010s, when it was popular to add things like “TV” at the end of your username.
I didn’t want “TV” though at the end of my YouTube channel. Nor did I want “channel” either.
I ended up setting on “Network” – it looks good, sounds good, and I felt it described my intention of a variety channel (it was briefly going to be a book review channel though).
When coming up with my business, I just went with my YouTube channel name of “TrainerKelly’s Network” – it combined my usual username (TrainerKelly) with the word of “network”.
As I’ve developed TrainerKelly’s Network over the years, I realize that it really, truly is a Network. I don’t think I could have come up with a better name for it.
Fact 4: Logo Colors = My Favorite
My favorite colors are green, pink, and purple, especially the potentially obnoxious highlighter greens, hot pinks, and hot purples. Give me my vibrant neon colors!
Fact 5: Logo Colors = Myself & Kelly the Dreamer
The logo colors aren’t just my favorite colors – they represent two aspects of myself and my character, Kelly the Dreamer!
Pink = Me the Queen
The pink represents my Queen side. I used to call her my “girl” side, but I’m too fluid to gender myself like that. Instead, she’s just “Queen”. Her signature color is the super bold hot pink. (You can learn more about her, and me in general, in my Introduction post, plus 14 facts!)
Purple = Kelly the Dreamer
The purple represents Kelly the Dreamer, my longest, active original character. Well, technically this incarnation is only several years old, but Kelly is old in general (you’ll learn more about her in the future). This particular incarnation of Kelly has a purple color scheme, hence the representation in the logo.
Green = Me the Creator
The green represents my Creator side, who I used to call my “guy” side. I usually just refer to him as “Creator”. His signature color is neon green. (You can learn more about him, and me in general, in my Introduction post, plus 14 facts!)
Fact 6: Logo = Many Things
I toyed around with a few different logos, but inspiration eventually struck for the chained square logo. For me, it engulfed many things that TrainerKelly’s Network represents to me:
- Stairs going up;
- Linking between different aspects of myself and how they work together;
- Synergy between myself and my characters;
Bonus Fact: TrainerKelly’s Network had 2 previous logos
Yep, I had two other logos I created: an edgy green star and one of stars layered on top of each other in green, pink, and purple.
The first one was created towards the start of my channel. I was still heavily struggling with gender dysphoria (I’m genderfluid/genderqueer) and in an attempt to make myself appear more masculine, I created a fairly masculine, edgy star logo.
The second one was just stars overlayed on each other with green, pink, and purple.
Neither one of these logos really settled with me right. As much as stars are my favorite shape, I couldn’t really feel these logos. My current logo was a sudden inspiration and I fell completely in love with it, despite the lack of stars.
Fact 7: Mascot Piece was Drawn in 2013
You know that green/purple/pink “mascot” you literally see like…everywhere? Well, that’s me, in my fusion form. The piece was drawn back in 2013 for a subsite that was focused on my creative works…so basically, what almost the entire TrainerKelly’s Network platform actually is.
In the original piece, I was actually frowning! It was to create a serious look, to better encapsulate the seriousness of what I am doing and the depth I feel for it.
A few years later, I went back into the file and modified it so I was smiling a bit, since I felt that it better suited how I was feeling about TrainerKelly’s Network. While the colored version of it still exist, I decided that on my graphics to change it to green/purple/pink to match my logo.
How did I get it to be those colors and with ease?
I played around with the layers and levels in Photoshop (what I was using at the time) to get a visually interesting rendition of the artwork.
It’s pretty much one of the few older pieces – and the oldest piece – that I actively use. If it keeps serving me, why change it before I want to?
Fact 8: Conceptualized in High School
While the name wasn’t decided on until the early 2010s thanks to my YouTube channel, the idea for a publishing company surfaced in high school!
It never really occurred to me to go a traditional publishing route – it was only after people suggested it to me that I put it through my internal check-in system and found that it just made me crinkle my nose. I really do not want to go a traditional publishing route – totally cool to distribute, but actually handle most of the process???
Naaaaaaah. I needed more control.
I understand that all the people involved in the writing process can genuinely help make stories better, but I have such a specific mission/aim that I can’t verbalize, I must be cautious with input – I would not have that type of control through traditional means.
Hence why the idea of the publishing company came around.
I even had my teachers write college recommendations for me mentioning that desire (although I ultimately did not go to college).
I did push back against the idea of TrainerKelly’s Network a publishing company, but that’s what it is in the most general sense. It publishes what I create.
A publishing company was the concept that really fit what I wanted to do, which was publish my stories myself, under a unified label.
Fact 9: Most Pages Coded by Me
Most of the pages you view on TrainerKelly’s Network have layouts that are coded by me! Yes, I know how to make websites. You can learn more about that in the 14 facts about me.
Fact 10: Graphics & Styling by Me
Graphics and the styling are also done by me – I do that too! You can learn more about how I got started in the 14 facts about me.
Fact 11: TrainerKelly’s Network was going to start with Art Commissions
When I was first getting started with TrainerKelly’s Network, when my business finally had a name, I already knew I wanted to release my stories through it. However, I knew that was going to take a while, so I decided to focus on something I knew would bring me money quickly:
It didn’t take too long though before I realized how much I hated selling my art skills and how off it was from my actual goals.
The most horrifying bit was when someone from high school was congratulating me on successfully doing what “I wanted to do” for a career.
SERIOUSLY, THE HORROR.
What a reality check!
I eventually stripped away the art commissions from TrainerKelly’s Network and refocused on my stories, although even that took me some time to finally understand my thing is primarily short stories. Not comics. Not novels. (Although both of those are a piece of it.) It’s short stories.
(I do have art commissions open as a side hustle that is not a part of TrainerKelly’s Network. You can learn more about it over on my commissions page.)
Fact 12: TrainerKelly.net –> TrainerKellysNetwork.com
I recently updated the URL from TrainerKelly.net to TrainerKellysNetwork.com. TrainerKelly.net still works, but it’s now a redirect. You read more about the actual update in the ramble about it.
My mom had asked me if I had just gotten the URL for TrainerKellysNetwork.com, like as if it wasn’t available or something. But nope! I’ve had this entire time! It’s just that it was originally a part of my mother’s hosting and I had to transfer it over to mine, which I did a long time ago. I already had trainerkelly.net set up as my main hosting and didn’t realize that I could just switch the URL until recently.
I did have to update a few things on my website though when I changed the URL, so I had to be cautious.
It’s all good now though – so bookmark trainerkellysnetwork.com and come back to see what else I have to say!
Fact 13: Before TrainerKelly’s Network, there was JP Fan Kelly
Before I had TrainerKelly’s Network website, I had another website: JP Fan Kelly.
My mother had a website that is no longer available. During that time, my younger sister and I both wanted our own websites too with our own URLs. My mother and I ultimately settled down on JP Fan Kelly – JP standing for “Japan”. It was a reference to my love for a lot of things in Japanese pop culture, especially anime and manga.
To be honest, looking back, I think that name is weird and problematic (glorifying/fetishizing a country on top of being fairly clueless about it), but I also think it has a nice rhythm to it, similar to TrainerKelly’s Network. My mom always felt a bit weird saying it because the “JP” reminded her of someone…I think on American Idol?
The website itself was just a collection of things I loved and information about them. It was very incomplete. It was organized to an extent, but it wasn’t super focused since it was a general catch-all.
The layout was usually made with tables.
Fact 14: And Before JP Fan Kelly, there was Cookie Kelly
I don’t believe Cookie Kelly ever actually had a website, at least while we owned the domain name. If I recall correctly, this was pre-anime/manga for me. I wanted a website URL (again, my mother had a website at that time). I think my mom came up with the name of “Cookie Kelly” since it was cute.
She eventually sold it (I think???) to someone. By that point, I already deep into anime and manga. The name didn’t really make too much sense in the first place with me, but I was even further away from it after I fell in love with anime and manga. I needed something more “me”…hence why I ended up with JP Fan Kelly, then eventually TrainerKelly’s Network.
And that’s it!
14 mind-blowing (okay, maybe not) facts about my company.
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