In case you don't read descriptions, I've mentioned that I won't exactly be positing anything for awhile, if at all.
TLDR: Keep posting art on DA for your own passion, not to win popularity on internetz. Make good comments. Thanks for any an all comments and favorites, even if I don't individually say so.
DA has changed considerably in 10 years. When I first came onto this website with my dinky highschool drawings, I remember seeing only 2-4 Daily Deviations. I also remember looking at the front page and being fascinated with the art that was posted. Is it the biased of a childhood that made these look so nice? It's a possibility. I remember seeing oil paintings, poems galore, plenty of traditional media, awesome landscape photos and pictures of people from all ages.
Whatever the case, front page is now.... less than respectable for an -art- website. DA is slowly turning into a image dump, similiar to tumblr imgur, and reddit. Similiar. Every day I can bet that someone's pet is up there, sitting along side My little Pony, a naked chick or two, pokemon, anime and a vague quote on life lessons. There are also at least 10 DD's now, and half of them are.. okay? Cool they picked out some less than noticed people still(that's what I liked in part), but more are getting 2-3 DD's in the same gallery, repeats, or less than inspiring products of art showing up there. It is just me but I expect DD's to bring out those underground talents that could use some spotlight. Not people who have 10k page views in a month (or day for some people) because they knew how to draw Twilight on a cake..
Suppose that sounds like jealously, but I'm NOT into popularity. I'm more concerned that this website use to be for art showcasing. I was tempted for awhile to draw a single picture that hosted all of the above, just to see how many people jump on it. Could you just imagine a nake chick whispering into a little pony's ear "Life sucks", with pikachu on her back, two kittens in her lap, and miniature food earrings, all in an anime style? I'm sure the sarcasm would fly over people's heads...
So ... All I ask is that keep looking at good stuff and promote it if you can. All that internet fad stuff will come and go, you can find it in a dozen places. Make Deviantart DEVIANT.
While I may not draw so much, if at all anymore, I'll do it for myself. To let that little bit of my heart express itself, may even be shared on this website. I don't do it to see how many people I can get to look at it. I feel rewarded when I see comments pop up (It feels like I get 1 comment for every 50 or so favorites?) and while some have been short and sweet, they still mean something if it took that person the 1 minute of effort to post it.
btw. I hate that fearow picture I drew. I thought it looked 'alright' at the time, mostly for color and not detail. But I guess a lot of people like it. It's so... WONKY, the darn bird has no neck and it's feet are like two whales attached to a pigeon. I can't decided if I want to put effort into redoing it for a pokemon picture, or just delete it so I stop getting +favs on it. NEH.
TLDR: Keep posting art on DA for your own passion, not to win popularity on internetz. Thanks for any an all comments and favorites, even if I don't individually say so.
For future reference: If you do comment (not just on my stuff, any piece of art or forum or whatnot!!!), make a comment that is unique to the picture, make it special. "That's a cute cat" can be pasted on a MILLION photos. Say something more intriguing like "I love how the light makes those green eyes come out, it makes it look like the cat's soul is filled with magic." Stay positive.
THAT IS ALL MY TEN SLUGS FOR FINGERS HAVE TO SAY. Over and out. Love you guyz.