Journal Entry: Wed Jan 9, 2013, 6:57 PM
Okay, so I've been seeing a lot of people complain that deviantart is a dead site. But you know, I haven't noticed any drop in traffic for me? Actually, the longer I've been on, the heavier my traffic has gotten. Thanks to you guys, the response to my art and my commission income has continued to increase over time. Currently my traffic flow is pretty steady. Sure it dips and peaks from time to time depending on different factors, but I wouldn't ever call it "dead" even at the low times. And really, a picture gets a lot more traffic than what the comments show. I mean, for every 100 views a picture of mine gets, I get maybe 1 or 2 comments? Most people can't be bothered to sit and type up a comment. I myself rarely comment on other people's images, but that doesn't mean I don't look at them. I view and fave a ton of art, but I almost never leave a message.
If people are just referring to the site as being "dead" because there's so much fandom art and a lot of.. well, less than stellar artists, then I think that's silly of people to hate the site for that. It's anybody's right to post their drawings and projects on an internet art site, no matter what the subject matter and technical skill. You're going to run into that kind of work on any site, not just here.
I've noticed a lot of the people who have been complaining of this though are the people who never post any new work, or only post every other month or so. Which, if that's the case, then duh the site is going to seem dead to you. If you never post anything, then of course nobody's going to come look at your stuff, let alone post a lot of comments. You can't post one picture and then nothing for three months and then complain about how nobody ever comes and looks at your work. If you don't produce, you don't get the juice. Bunch of babies. -_-
Which, while we're on the topic of obnoxious things that people complain about on here, let me say this.
If you don't want people looking at stamps that you make, stop putting them up.
Seriously, I have seen so many people complaining how "Meeeeh, nobody ever looks at my gallery anymore! All they care about are my stamps! That makes me so mad! All you people are jerks so I'm putting all my stamps in storage so that people will look at my actual art again! Waaaah!!" It really irks me when I see that one of my stamps has been put in storage because the person who made it is mad because people aren't "giving their real art enough attention." People need to understand- if you make stamps, of course they're going to get more attention than a lot of your other work. It's like if you told somebody that you would give them a free candy bar, but first they had to read one of two things- a novel, or a brochure. Of course they're going to pick the brochure. It's easier and leads to a faster result. But there's a really simple solution-
If you want to make stamps, but you don't want it to affect the traffic in your normal gallery- make a separate account for your stamps. Problem solved.
Ugh, seriously. Sometimes I just don't get people.