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Journal Entry: Fri Sep 16, 2011, 12:03 AM

Warning.....wall of text ahead... :iconimdeadplz:

Its something I find rather interesting and I know there are a lot of varying opinions on the subject. My thoughts on this where inspired by a recent poll and at the risk of people telling me once again that I am boasting or obsessed with views *eye roll* I will tell you my take on the whole thing.

DA is a diverse place where artists can come and share their creations but in the community there seems to  be the misconception that talent/skill = popularity and if you're not the best then you don't deserve the exposure. Praise is given to those who make original work and those who do fanart are considered taking the cheap road to fame. But why is fanart more popular? simply because its more widely known and easier to relate to. Its that simple. If you see a fanart of your favourite character you are more likely to be interested opposed to someone's original character. When you draw a fanart you are drawing on the pre existing fandom that goes with it. This is also true for the oh-so-annoying motivational posters and screenshots too :bored: Building your own fan base for original works and characters is often much trickier but not impossible and in some ways more rewarding when you've built it up from scratch.

Another point is the content of the work and how it is perceived by the viewer. This applies to fanart and original art. You can have all the talent under the sun but if your art is boring people are not going to be interested. The reverse is also true, you may not be terribly technically skilled but if you can evoke an emotion in the viewer (e.g humour/fear/happiness etc) then they are more likely to take a personal interest in it and share it with others.

And now from my own personal perspective... not to proud to admit...but when I first joined I was obsessed with views >.>  I drew fanarts from anime's I though were popular and spammed the forums with 'if you watch me I will watch you' crap... but now I would have to say DA popularity isn't something that interests me terribly. It has its upsides like getting good feedback and getting to meet some nice people, but then there is the constant trolling, spamming, art theft, impersonation etc... I only noticed an increase in people looking at my art after I stopped worrying so much and just decided to make art that I enjoyed. I decided to have fun drawing different situations and exploring the the characters quirks and personalities, I love drawing art from new mangas/animes/movies and I love it when others enjoy it too. I love hearing peoples thoughts and peoples suggestions. I turned away from my frustration and focused on enjoying my own art and maybe that's what people noticed?

The reason I wrote this is because a lot of people I have talked to sounded discouraged and I just want you to know that from personal experience? Stop worrying so much and just have fun :'D

TL;DR Its about having fun! *and don't take DA so seriously >.>*

If this topic interests you or you have any thoughts I would be happy to hear them?

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DeviantRoberto Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I think about this more than I should actually. You know what I do? I look at other people's work and base my work around that style they have, which is why I watch people; for ex. I'd like to do a mix of comic/manga style so I look at a lot of stuff.
99rupees Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're exactly right. i used to be so obsessed with gaining DA popularity...but it was short lived. i don't have tons of watchers or views, but i love every single one of them dearly<3

a balance of fanart drawn out of love for a character or series, and the free expression of original pieces...whatever makes the artist happy. c:
WinglessHinata Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with a lot you have to say. I do see a lot of haters and trolls on DA, going off about a person's artwork. Art is a way to express emotion and passion through anything. Hating on art is like hating the person who made it. I used to be tortured (not kidding) back in elementary school because I only drew anime girls, not guys or people of my own race (I'm black if you're wondering). Now that I'm in high school, I've gotten a chance to express my love for art without any trolls coming around. Seeing this shit happen on DA was a little shocking. I mean, really. You're criticizing professionals and truly gifted people for drawing a finger wrong or not drawing a scar on right. It's really not neccesary and it hurts the artists feelings alot. :C

Also, your art is amazing and I'm always a fan of it! Continue the awesome work, dude! Or dudette if you're a girl C:
neon-chimera Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
O: FINALLY someone addresses this topic!!
:P i have a friend who made an account on dA quite a while ago, but refuses to put up any of her work simply because she thinks its bad compared to other people on here, and because she has no watchers.... @_@ well....firstly, you'd need to post SOMETHING to get watchers...and secondly, I totally agree with the fact that dA is a community to share your art with others. It doesn't matter how good or bad you are; what matters is that you try your best. The best thing about dA is that people can give you feedback on your work, because what i hate most is people who only ever compliment me and can never tell me what needs to be improved. :') I'm really happy you posted this journal up. I'm gonna show my friend later. :D

SquirrelGirl15 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You said it :highfive:
GZLsarah Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
I agree! And your Death Note fanart is awesome!
fangshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
The fan art I draw are from unpopular series, so I already know I will not get popular drawing what I draw, but I'm happy, so whatevs, DA lol.
thebagelfiend Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
i used to... sort of obsess over it too, on my old account. and i used to get really down about the fact that i didn't have many watchers (i thought 65 wasn't anything!!) and it was sort of... annoying.
it's interesting just drawing for fun and seeing what i can get out of my true friends who i actually know, and seeing if i can get some other people to like it along the way :D
Frazzled-Niya Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
interesting journal Moni!

I've never been terribly interesting in popularity full stop, never in school and never on here. Not saying though that I don't appreciate the views that I do get.

One thing that does annoy the crap out of me though is the people who upload wallpapers of celebs or "renders" as they call them and they get uber watches and favs when artists such as ourselves struggle...or even struggle to get good crits.
Dark-Momento-Mori Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's so true. But there are ways to use it to you advantage. The fan art brings people to a page and some stick around for the OCs. At least I'm happy to say that a few of my fan comic readers have started reading and faveing my original comic. If they like my writing they'll look at other thing I write. That being said, it is very true that my original comic has way under half the readers of my fan comic.
CowsWithGuns101 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
I think pretty much everyone is obsessed with views their first few months on this site. And I've got a question, on those motivational posters, do you not like them because you think it's like stealing artwork or do you not like them because they aren't really "art" I'm not trying to start a war or anything. I'm just curious on what you think. :iconharharplz:
Eva02Asuka Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Interesting... I don't really want to be popular here.
-All I want is to hear read as much different opinions as possible about my art. -Of course I want to have positive feedback, but over the years here on dA I learned that I don't really want to hear about the technique details. I want to know what they think about - if my work touch they in any way... -That's why I wasn't happy about comments like "Looks great" and so on (not just because it wasn't good at all).
Constructive criticism is sure a fine thing. But for me it's difficult to learn drawing techniques by reading about. I, personally, have to see it.
So... I don't need much people who like my art as long as they are honest and tell me what the really dis-/like.

Of course I had many fanarts in my gallery. Not to become famous here on dA, but to learn. It helped me to learn about the basics of anatomy.

And yeah... I watch often pictures of fanart. But for me it isn't just interesting to see that they like the same series as me, but also to see their original art -> their own ideas.

(A bit incoherent. I hope it is understandable what i think about.)
capnkupo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
TL;DR Thank you for your perspective. It's help me expand my own. ^_^

[Hadou:#???? - Wall of Text]

Gosh I like hearing your thoughts on this and any of the people who have made it to the top who have posted in response. You have a different perspective of this situation because you are there. The rest of us are scattered somewhere along side this mountain, all with a different vantage points of this dA experience. You are experiencing it differently.

Yes, I used to be obsessed with views, and worrying about it was a problem too. Doing work more to please them, rather then oneself. And the pageviews, omg. Checking constantly. It's like you get into a mental routine, another bad habit that grows and grows until you make yourself crazy. And it was frustrating because I do like to do OC work, got my own Universe going. I wanted to develop that and I swear I could hear the crickets chirp lol. Then I post more fanart and it goes wild. The drastic difference really made me wonder...... and hurt too.

But I figured hey if you do a really good job on an OC people would appreciate it! Which is not so, and fits in to what you wrote here....which I think has finally sunk in to my mind. skill=/=views popularity fame. It's all about relation.

I don't know how I rate as an artist, but it smarts when I go full out hard on a painting and it gets outdone by some scribbly crap. lol Since that failed I've had to reevaluate things.

When it comes to the view thing, in the end I think it's about striking the right balance. Sure we should not be concerned and obsessed with being popular and gaining boatload of views, but we should be grateful for them when they come and get at least enough to make continuous improvements to our work. Just grateful overall.

In the end I'm coming around to how you've summed this up. Doing it for yourself, your enjoyment and letting go of the guilt or obsession. You love what you do, and that love resonates with others. Desperation repels people. We always here that the harder you squeeze the more it falls between your fingers. People are trying to hard, taking it too serious. Yes!

I felt bad for doing fanart, I felt bad doing OC's. That's a place I think many artists are in. It's a bad place. dA is no fun, and it should be.

Now I just want to go with the flow and see how it goes. Which I've been doing. If it's liked great, if not great. Hahaha.

Thank you Moni. I feel like getting that out has helped me some.

:heart: :tea:

Oh and the journal skin doesn't bother me. Perhaps we live on high contrast or something lol
boboborocks Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Agreed. Probably because more of your personality is there when you enjoy what you're doing and that's why there's a better response from the community :nod:
DeathNoteValentine Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where's the like button when you need it?
Hidany-Wolven39 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I draw tyon for you:heart:
deadblackkat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i still draw what i want and post it, even if i think it's crappy. i don't care for 'views' or 'friends' as they are just measures of making this seem like facebook or something, which i tend to stay away from.
this is an art and literature website... if you like something, watch for more. if you know them, watch. who cares about pageviews and such?
bubblymaika Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed! I'm on here for my friends and the lulz *bricked*
WSLaFleur Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
sadness-of-sorrow Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I used to draw alot of fanart simply becaus fanart was what made me happy to draw at the time. If one would look at my gallery, I moves alot of my old stuff to scraps becaus I did not see the point of keeping them in plain sight, but I could not delete them becaus they show what I had to endure to become the artist I am today. I stoped submitting art for about a year if one would take the time to look at al the submission dates because I was scared people would want to even look at anytnig I drew. ( I beleive this date to be between 2007 and 2008, because there is a dire lack of art posted between that time....2007-2008 was also the years I was banned of drawing at school as well, so I was kinda depressed durring that year <<)

In the later part of 2008, I beleive is the time I ventured into the Fan-character domaine. I find it funny how that the fancharacters I did back then, eventualy became my true Oc's. Akatsuki ( now known as Akatske) was origianly created as a Legend of zelda fan character. Rae( now Raemonde...but his nickname is still Rae <<) was also created for this fan-story, but he was made about the shortly before time I severed all links ( lol) my story had to zelda in order to make it a full fledged original tale...

ERSE is what became of this fan-story... but it is moving Very slow because of all the work that is still necesairy to be doen before I can actualy start to show the world what it is...

I don't care about pageviews, I don't care if people like my art at all. I still draw fanart from time to time, but many times its for gifts for real people ( like the captain harlock fanart..those are for my grand-ma XD ) or for the love for a series ( like that wip Dark Mousy.... I got to finish that someday...) or even fanart of a mmo video series one of my friends created. ( he has given me the task of drawing all the character D: )

It seams that many peple are not interested in origianal characters simply because they have no knowledge of who this character is... as such, I think this is why many chose to stay with drawing solely fanart. More people know the characters despicted in fanart, so more people tend to want to look for them. I know for sure no one looks up my original art...since most of the comments or favs are from watchers or the "newest deviations" section of the front page...

Sorry for the long comment D: I think I got carried away D:
Akeudi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I understand and completely agree ^^
I had an old deviantart account, and I did the exact same things -.-
I thought I was awesome, even though I was terrible
then, I created this account and decided to not care!
then I made my first friends, and realized my art used to completely suck, but I got better after I got happier :)
and now that I don't care anymore about being super awesome and popular, I'm more popular xD
now, my prime objective in lif is to be happy :D
Peach-Momoko Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can understand why some people find it a little annoying at how they can spend hours on a beautiful picture just to receive 50 and under faves. But, faves don't mean a lot, it's just lack of exposure. and I think building a fan base here is important for growth, but not necessarily essential. A lot of the people I watch always make the front page with each deviation, and which is where I found most of them. But I also find a lot of "hidden talent" just browsing, and it doesn't necessarily make them any better, it's just that they had the fortune of being noticed.
Personally, i'm not bothered about being popular here, just as long as I improve while i'm here :)
NyammiToast Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Popularity on dA is overrated.
TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why do you think I'm studying composition as well as technique? I plan out my serious drawings/paintings. I'm not saying I've learned it all, but I hope that people wouldn't say my work is boring to look at. I just do what I like...and that 'sometimes' includes the odd fan sketches.
Ori-J Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I understand what you're saying. I went thru this faze (and on down days, I'm still not sure I'm thru it lol) with a firned who's been on dA for much longer than me and has more pageviews. We both agree that I am the better artist, but I let her pageviews totally ruin my time on dA at that moment. I'm getting my own recognition now. It's simply that it takes time to be known on dA. The more art you have which varies more, the more people will be likely to check you out, so the more art, the more people. That's what takes so long to sink in, I think.
slithas Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I understand you compleatly. What fan-art work I've done has gotten more views than any other original piece I've made.

I haven't put artwork up in a while now, because I've lost the drive to do so, I get literally no views on my artwork let alone any comments, so I don't see much point in sticking them up there if no one is going to look at my stuff. Of course, I know this is self-destructive, and I will get around to posting more of my art up, but I'd just like to get someone to comment on my work once in a while so I know what is good and bad and stuff, then I'd be happy, and probably be drawing more again.

Ahh well...
Hirui Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I think you've covered everything ^_^ Just enjoy what you do and ignore the people who dont like what you do. ^_^
sweetassassin13 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love what i do and i enjoy what i do :) Wouldnt get downhearted by others, and wouldnt give up art no matter what! Im also a fan artist, from Maldives.. and us fan artists are not very much appreciated here, yes, there's the issue of it not being 'original'. Well, for me it doesnt matter what others say i love what i do and i do it because I love it :) I totally agree with you :) You have to enjoy what you do and have fun :)
Nightmare-Guide Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pretty happy at where I'm at. ^^ i draw fanart because i love it. not because i want more views. it's nice to see views, but I'm taking a step forward making my own characters at :iconthefiveofus:. I've made my own characters, it's just that I'm so busy that i haven't been able to post anything on it. :c I'm a fan artist, but now it's time to reach my dream of becoming a mangakka. I believe I'm ready! :D
ChimeraDitto Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I :heart: this journal and how right you ALWAYS are about whatever you write :B
Chibi-Narusegawa Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I TOTALLY agree with what you're saying here. The only reason I really like comments sometimes is so I can push myself harder to improve my work but popularity is absolutely pointless LOL If that's a person's primary goal... they're not going to move very far... haha :heart:

Lame trolls are lame btw, keep up the awesome work! You know I'm loving it! :D
Whozawhatcha Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That's really interesting.
Me, I'm not that popular, I'm watched by what? A dozen people maybe. :D But the whole reason I'm kinda actually GLAD that I don't have a bazillion watchers is because those I watch and the poeple that watch me are my friends. Honestly, I'm more excited about reading people's comments and commenting and talking with the people on DA and then I get excited about the art ^^; Lol.
I just write what I like and if people like it too, then good for them! I'm glad I could oblige them. Pageviews and viewers and favs? Eh, not that interested. (and yes, don't shoot me, I do fanfictions because I relate to them ^^; :) )
I'm here for my friends mostly. I have several extremely close friends here that I'm not afriad to share with :)
JDWasabi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Two sides to every coin!
NinjaFoxsBuddy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I like views and love feedback but I'm not going to beg/barter for them :shrug: I get what I get and that's good enough for me
teliiii Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa thanks for pointing that out, it bothers me when people leave dA because they are unpopular.
Doodl3zfreaky Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconmiguelplz: lol I decided to wash my hands of the drama things and enjoy my stay on DA.

I figured worrying about people judgment on the internet is kinda useless. o___O We can chose to ignore it if it doesn't help us in anyway.
Reaper145 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art's about having fun but also... Well, I'm not gonna lie. Popularity's extremely important to me. I wanna be an artist and people have to know who I am for me to get exposure and actually make a career out of it. It's as simple as that. So I do take dA quite seriously. And MOST people claim they don't care at ALL about popularity, but I don't think that's true either. Come on, anyone has a sudden huge increase in watchers, they'll be happy. Anyone has a drastic decrease/everyone unwatches them, they'll be sad/curious. I know it definitely matters to me.
ThayoPi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
I've been on deviantART for three years and the whole popularity stuff has done nothing but introduce trouble.

Does anybody remember the whole "Fair Exposure" from 2008? Where they displayed random deviations that were the top 100 of the day? This was to expose the lesser popular deviations as an attempt to show more variety. The general response (from popular artists) was "hey this isn't fair my work deserves more pageviews".
mmc-art Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
thanks for writing this, recently I've been feeling down because i see all those popular DA people and how their art is just that much better and it made me feel like giving up. but now i get what you mean and understand to just enjoy it it and someday the love might come :)
UltimateSketchQueen Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XtheXKXX Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I agree. Draw what you love and don't are what people think of it is my motto. I never really cared about being popular. There was a short time a year or so ago I realized it was stupid and childish. I have some months where I am popular and some where I am ignored and some months were I am trolled. It is deppressing for oringinal artwork that you have worked on it for days and it goes by unoticed. And for ive minute fanart to be your most But if you truly love art and love your own art why care what the number of view,favorites and comments?
I think that if you are not having fun then no matter how popular you are it will mean nothing for your own happiness.
XtheXKXX Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh no sorry about all my typos..I know my grammer is bad but I will atempt to fix it now.^^'
I agree. Draw what you love and don't are what people think of it is my motto. I never really cared about being popular. There was a short time a year or so ago I realized it was stupid and childish. I have some months where I am popular and some where I am ignored and some months were I am trolled. It is deppressing for oringinal artwork that you have worked on it for days and it goes by unoticed. And for five minute fanart to be your most piece of work. But if you truly love art and love your own art why care what the number of view,favorites and comments?
I think that if you are not having fun then no matter how popular you are it will mean nothing for your own happiness. Moni your truly a inspiration.
DarkMuse112 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
I didn't join DeviantArt because I wanted people to look at my artwork. I joined DeviantArt because I have so much artwork that I wanted a place to put it all. So it's not like I care if people look at it, which is always nice, but I care that it's all in one place online if I ever want to show anyone :D
Kind of like how my family is always asking about my artwork :3
I guess kind of like an informal portfolio too.
17005SKAILA Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student General Artist
i agree but the thing with me is that i don't really care about how many views i get, but i DO care about how much ADVICE and criticism i get because without it, how am i and people like me ever going to improve?

yea, we learn from experience but sometimes we need a little more of a push, HOWEVER most of the time that doesn't happen when it comes to people that aren't as involved with the online community like these other artists or people who are just too shy to showing their art to others
RurinnFane Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If dA had a "like" button, I'd totally like this journal entry of yours ;w;

I agree with this! :3 Nobody really cares about my art because I only draw my OCs; I kind of... suck with fanart. It's because people don't understand my OCs the way I do, but I'm still going to stick with them (they're good to use for practice!). Maybe after I improve a bit I'll do a little fanart. I really don't care if people don't know who I am or if they think I hung the moon :T As long as I can continue to draw what I like and not draw ONLY what the majority of other people like, I'm perfectly fine.
kawaiipanda-aru Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You inspire me greatly (*o*)
Phaiyle Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
I think that deviant art grew around fanart, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but in many art communities it's not something that is going to get you a second look. Especially if you want to be an artist professionally. Even aspiring comic (weather it be manga or "western" comic) artists are looked down upon in art communities. da is not a community you want to throw down on your application to an art school. Seriously. No one outside of da gives a rats ass about da. And that is something far to many deviants can't get their heads around.

I think one of the major issues here on da is that often times popularity takes the place of skill. Deviant art has become more about who is popular than about who has skill. And unfortunately if you don't draw something everyone knows, not many people are going to look at your works. If you don't draw fanart, you need to be comfortable with the fact that unless you are really talented, have great networking skills, or take up fanart, you're not going to be very popular. I watch people for their art, regardless of weather or not it's fanart. I honestly don't like fanart all that much. BUT I enjoy people STYLES so I will continue watching them. (Unless they sellout LOLERSAUCE point and case following)

However, If a person forsakes their originality (EX: I watched someone who was doing this amazing comic, and this person started drawing a lot of fan art, only updating their comic every blue moon, (now the timeline of this is much longer than it sounds but the effect was just the same) then they stopped drawing their characters and just did fanart. Maybe updating their comic if the mood hit them. Then they discontinued their comic, even though people had prepaid for it (seriously, yo. D<) Then, they got all hot and bothered when people would ask about their comic.) I feel that that is.... terrible. And it's just sad that someone would discard their originality and creative talents like the person I watched did. Because that's what I feel their doing. I feel that it's less creative to draw what someone has already designed. Like... designing a building shaped like the empire state building. Sure, you love it, but you didn't really design it, and you didn't really put your soul into creating it. You just designed it in tribute to the empire state building... Yes you built it, yes you slaved over it, yes it's amazing... but it's not yours... not really. No one will ever be known as an amazing "fan artist". Just like no designer will ever be known for making a knock off Vira Wang wedding dress. You can paint da Vinci all you want, but you, sir or ma'am, are no da vinci. Stephenie Meyer is no Anne Rice. (lol) Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but no one remembers them, no one thinks twice about the flatterer. It's the hard cold truth.

Idk. That's just my p.o.v. >.> As harsh as it may seem. I know that the original discussion was more about popularity than fanart, but considering I feel that a lot of why people are popular ON da is fanart, it kind of applies... >.> not really. But. Yeah.
baberscamille Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student General Artist
my problem is i'm an awkwardly considerate and worried person XD
that sounds good , and in a way it is..
while i really crave being able to share my work with more people (and am proud to have worked up a little over thirty watchers by now) i also cringe away from doing ANY form of self- advertisement, because it feels like cheating..
seriously. if you look through my gallery, you'll find barely any fan art you recognize. i have a few naruto things, and they are mainly requests... i draw lots of obscure fandoms, partially because i love obscure things and partially because i'm scared(?) of being known not for my level of practice and skill/ personality, but rather the fact that i draw lots of yaoi or FMA or something...

idk... i feel like i want to EARN any recognition , and yet i'm still worried when i dont have more people, well, care about my arttttt
ffffffffffffff i think over things too much XD
Asagi-K-Kurosaki Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Writer
I've never cared about pageveiws because I find them inaccurate, you yourself have to go to your own page to edit and set up certain things so I never trust it further than I can throw it, however, up until around a year ago, I was VERY concerned about faves and comments, I thought that favirotes represented how many people ACTUALLY read my writing, recently however, I've had people tell me they've been following me for a long time but only JUST got a DA for whatever reason, or in some cases still don't have one or don't use their DA, I found alot of lurkers :lmao: I used to be so upset when something I worked really hard on only got a few favirotes or comments, I remember I did a series of oneshots somewhere around two years ago and would obsess daily over why they didn't seem popular, lately I've looked at my stats and noticed quite an increase in the last year or so, because I've improved in my art, and ironically stats don't mean anything to me anymore, I go %100 on feedback now, on comments and notes and people making requests, when I first started I always asked people to give me requests because that way I could see who really wanted to read my writing, and I'd be so upset when I only got one or two, ofcourse I recently, in the last six months or so, have stopped taking requests for the most part and now only do it for dear freinds or when I REALLY like the idea, because I got quickly tired of writing things I didn't care for, and ironically NOW people ask me for requests :lmao: So in other words, you're exactly right, when you stop waiting for things to happen or expecting them to, that's when they do, I've wanted to work with a few certain artists for years now and only when I STOPPED looking for outlets did the artists come to ME for collaborations, probbably the least popular thing on DA is litterature because it takes more time to look at than visual art, and I must say that for my feild, I have a shockingly high amount of followers, but the number doesn't matter, what I REALLY love is that I have a fairly large group of followers who are very ACTIVE and give me LOTS of feedback :heart:
mulcahy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a great attitude, Moni! I agree...:D
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