I've been on this website for 8 years, and it has been a great 8 years. I've met a lot of great people, learned a ton, and had a great time here. I've been a regular member, a subscribed member, a volunteer, and now a senior member. But, with all of that said, I'm just not enjoying the site as much as I used to. I have been putting more and more effort in over time, but getting less and less in return. That's not an equation I'm particularly fond of. Honestly, I think most of the problem is how BIG this site has gotten. I can't think of another social media website I'm on that has so many features. There's so much going on at any given time that it can be difficult to keep up with everything and things can get missed which makes it very hard to build an audience, and that's what I want to do.
Lets say I submit a picture to deviantART and the same picture to tumblr at the same time with the same keywords (accounting for the lack of spaces on dA keywords). On deviantART, in the first week, I'm lucky to get maybe 50 views, four or five faves, and MAYBE one comment. That same picture on tumblr in that same one week timeframe will get 50+ reblogs, 50+ likes, 25+ comments in either reblogs or in the tags, and three or four new followers. To me that's so much better, because I want to build that audience. I want people to see and enjoy my work. I want people to look forward to seeing my stuff. I want people to enjoy what I do. Because if I have an audience there's a chance I might someday be able to make a living at this crazy thing called art.
There's a lot of things that I think could be done to bring this site back to its prime in my eyes, but that's just in my eyes. I fully acknowledge that this place as it is works great for a lot of people. I'm just not one of those people anymore. Perhaps in the future I can figure out a way to make this dA work for me as well as the dA of days past did, but for now I'm going to focus my effort elsewhere, places I know can work for me right now. I'll still be hanging around, but I won't be as active and I probably won't submit much if anything here anymore. With that said, here's where else you can find me:My personal tumblr where I post all of my art, writing, etc.My reblog-all-the-things tumblr.My twitter.