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Dead DevArt? Wut?

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.

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InToTheSKY5 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
whats a stamp?
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There's a bunch on my front page
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Ellofayne Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, totally agree with you! I don't really see why anyone puts ANYTHING in storage. I mean... if it's on deviantart, it IS in storage.... in case your computer crashes or something! Why take it away from other people to see? I have a lot of favorites too, and I HATE it when they get put into storage.

I have noticed, though, some of the professional artists I'm watching are no longer active. They haven't been on in a couple of years. Their personal websites are updated, which makes sense, that they could just be too busy for DA or grew out of it. I hope I never do, I love putting my things up. Half the reason I try so hard is because I know other people will be looking at it! And I'm not ready for the masses of DA to move onto a different site, I'm not good enough yet! I want to become as famous as you, turtle!!
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SasheraDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
it used to be that I had issues with the 1 or 2 stamps in my gallery getting all the attention, and i think they still get a lot of views and favourites even now, But I wouldn't go putting them into storage...
Right now its more irritating that i post a few my little pony pics and people comment and fave them like there the best thing in the world, whereas a piece I spend a good decent few hours / days gets next to no attention at all...

But your right, its like anything else, you only get out what you put in, and right now I don't put too much work into my page. I spend more time on my games than I do on my art right now, so the few favourites and comments I do get a fair enough :)
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KiwiPikachu Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Argh I understand you completely it's so annoying you have absolute no idea on how many times I'm read a negative comment on fan-art It's just I mean come on guys this is an ART SITE and it's FULL to the bream with younger people and so of coarse theirs going to lots of fan-art for things! And I agree with the stamp things it's so annoying when they complain about that but then again a lot of people seem to complain about nothing when it comes to this site I mean they complain about page-views PAGE-VIEWS they complain about nonexistent numbers I mean wow.
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well yeah and I do fanart because I actually enjoy it. But I do original work to, you know? I've always tried to make my gallery kind of half and half.
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KiwiPikachu Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yeah i understand I do that to but lately it's been more of a fan-art thing for me.

(Do you call it fan-art even though it's characters you made up for the fandom? Arghhh brain fart.
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Eeeehhhh, I'm not sure what you'd call characters you design for a fandom. :shrug: Because they're only partially original, you know?
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KiwiPikachu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah true.
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S-Vortex Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Artist
No way is it a dead site! It's a community :D, It's not going to fall out very fast.
Lots of less than stellar artists for sure, but that's where the best begin. It's good that people are trying, and as long as they're not whining about how they don't get views, watches, and commissions, I love supporting them :D.
And yup, things that everyone wants are the things that get the views, and that's not a bad thing.
Well written journal
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