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Consider this as a follow up of my last journal about getting pageviews.

While the majority of the people reacted very positively towards the tips & tricks I shared, there were also some very hostile reactions that ideas like that would encourage you to be something you're not.
I'd like to elaborate on that.

First of all, these tips are basically science. 
I didn't just randomly think them up. Most of the points are things that have been proven through marketing- and usability research. This whole marketing thing, however, is a field many artists are for some reason unfamiliar with, so people don't take it into account when wondering why they don't get the exposure they think they deserve. They often undeserving think it's their art that sucks, and that's a shame.

The reason I post this stuff, is mainly because I want people to know.
What you do with it, is up to you own. Apply it as you like. Don't apply it if you don't like it. But even if you choose not to use it, you now know why things are as they are.
As you might've noticed by reading the journal, I don't strictly follow all the tips and tricks either. I don't do fanart. I don't do overly sexy characters either. Why? Because it simply doesn't make me happy to do so. I do like social interaction a lot, though, so that's the path I decided to take. 

In an ideal situation, an artist would use art as a form of self-expression and that would fulfill him throughout. The reality is often different because we're only human beings. We have needs, and deep down inside we all want to be liked.

Being an artist often comes down to balancing on a fine line between self-expression and getting appreciation from others. We want to express our-self to the fullest by making art that we love making, but at the same time we want other people to appreciate what we make as well. Taking away either one of them can be highly frustrating and result into an art block. Over the years I've seen many people getting artblocked over either the fact that they couldn't make what they liked anymore, or they didn't get any feedback at all and felt stuck in their process. Pageviews on itself might not be important in that matter, but feedback is, and those two often come hand in hand. If people don't see your art, they won't comment on it either. It's as simple as that.

I don't know where people got the idea that I encouraged them to be something they're not, because I didn't.
Art is the ultimate form of self-expression. It's something that's unique for you, because you're born the way you are. 

But being who you are, doesn't keep you from learning new things, and changing your approach accordingly. I'm sure you've learned how to become better over the last few years, in whatever type of art you're doing. But I guess it didn't make you an entirely different person. Changing your approach towards things doesn't mean you have to change everything. It means you can find the way that works for you
It means that you can try being a bit more social and interactive, when you hate getting no feedback at all. Because nobody ever got hurt by trying to be a bit more social. It means that you can make a bit more fanart, if you already liked doing it in the first place.
It doesn't mean that you need to change entirely and become someone you're not, because that's when you lose your passion -- and that could never be the intention.

I realize that not everybody wants a lot of pageviews or attention. 
I do however hear a lot of people complaining about the fact that they don't receive any feedback at all. Or that they simply feel under-appreciated because they don't receive the attention they think they should.

No matter if you want to become a public person or prefer working alone; do whatever makes you feel most comfortable.
Pretending will only get you so far.
Feeling comfortable in your own skin and being unafraid to express who you actually are, is what will bring you far beyond that point. It's what makes you able to unlock your real potential. The potential of you being the skilled artist that you are, because you're no longer hold back by fear. Or the potential to be a public person, as you feel comfortable enough to speak up and reach out to a public. 


As an artist, you were bestowed with the unique gift to express yourself. Use that gift.
Be yourself. Believe in yourself. Because you're awesome! 
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Adventurous-Dreamer Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Thank you for sharing your input. All of what you've said is the truth; one that artists of all kinds forget. Thank you for the reminder.
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Bluesoul1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what, I want pageviews not to be praised (I'm actually like One Piece's Chopper)I get ashamed and uncomfortable, but the reality is that I want feedback as you say and how would I get to be seen without pageviews? And I watch people back cause I see it as a way for establishing a 2 way communication with another fellow artist who happened to like my art.  For me its enough to consider him/her as a new friend if they like my art though I appreciate when people I watch, watches me back for the same reason. In this year I've been around here I have made some really good friends that way.  Thank you again.  (And changing some things over time is kind of like evolve. Evolving doesn't mean you are gonna stop being who you really are)
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shadowangel33 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Artist
:iconchibiprussiaplz::iconsaysplz:Be yourself. Believe in yourself. Because you're awesome! 
:iconshadowangel33::iconsaysplz:awwwww prussia,you are so sweet
:iconprussiaplz::iconsaysplz:BUT NOT AS AWESOME AS ME
:iconshadowangel33::iconsaysplz::iconmakachopplz:IDIOT!!!!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wut?
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shadowangel33 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Artist
because the character always say that he is awesome 
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bye23 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student
Thanks buddy
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Daija-C Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Mien got, what a day-booster! <3
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l3onnie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is the third journal I'm reading from you and I keep going. Thank you so much for writing these heart-lifting journals! They are really inspiring and motivational and get you to rethink about your artistic path. :heart: (And thank you for the llama -- I wouldn't find this treasure otherwise!)

"It doesn't mean that you need to change entirely and become someone you're not, because that's when you lose your passion -- and that could never be the intention." <-- This struck me particularly, because I have been trying to be someone else since I started art school -- and lost my passion. I'm still trying to pick up the pieces today. Thanks for reminding me to rethink what I really like. :)
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Light-Lein Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice journal! I really like the last sentences, very strong! Its like a speech! I thought you didn't tell people to be someone they're not, more usefull points you can use when you want more attention for your works. For me I really like to draw to express myself. Sometimes I am wondering about people selling adoptables and stuff but then I think about it and its not someting like me to do that.. so I never made any of those. Now I'm working on more realistic art and I really like it, hopefully others can see that as well :D.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your realism is really awesome anyway ^^
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Light-Lein Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :), oh I really need more time, have to finish more or less my thesis this week O.o
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LadyElasa Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good post. Thank for the encouragement. :)
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Wallflower-Kris Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Such wonderful and encouraging messages :) Thank you for such positive vibes and sharing your sweetness!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Wallflower-Kris Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student General Artist
:)
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Neko-Ryuu Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I believed in myself, and... as a result... well, it's apparent in my latest journal... :squee:
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MJDisneyGirl Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, those were such wise and encouraging words. :D For the longest time, I wanted to be a storyteller, an artist who both entertains and inspires. While I've been writing some stories but conceiving most in my head, 99% of them weren't original ideas. My point, they were all fanfictions. I'm currently roleplaying with a friend, centered on one of her OCs, and many times throughout I discovered that it's not that easy for me to evolve good stories or to write the right things to say for the characters. The same goes for creating visual art, me wanting to make pieces that reflect my emotions, the places I go, the people I meet, and all the bad stuff that goes on in the world, my artwork hopefully giving each of those causes all the awareness they deserve, helping bit by bit to making the world a better place. I would, however, consider myself to having exceptional skills in design (although not NEARLY as good as most other artists here on DA), like with how I draw people's faces:

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And also how I do random abstract stuff:

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And so I thought, 'How can I have a successful career that combines my design skills with visual art...scenic design!' I has been a dream of mine for quite a while to work in theater, and in scenic design, I'll be able to tell stories like I've been wanting, but in a different way. While the director focuses on the actors' performances and drama of the story, the scenic designer focuses on how the story should be told visually, on which backgrounds would best symbolize the story and the characters' struggles, accomplishments and development. That form of art, I think, would make me the happiest, how I could fully express my artistic passion for someone else's story, hoping to make a fair balance between me and the director, while at the same time interacting with others on the creative team of the play or musical, for I love social interactions as well. :) I haven't, however, had any real experience in theater, but I believe I can manage if I get the right training, have strong enough ambitions, and most importantly, to take baby steps throughout the process: first take college courses in visual art, then take university courses in scenic design (and maybe even internships with one or a few scenic designers), and then try my luck in getting into the business as a scenic designer. If I have a successful run of shows in that career, I might be able to self-promote as a scenographer, the person who not only designs the sets, but also the lighting, the costumes, the makeup, the overall look of the production. While most American theaters have a team of people who individually takes care of each aspect, a scenographer handles it all.

Sorry if I seemed pretentious in my long comment. Sweating a little... I just wanted to explain my plan on how to let go of my personal restraints and, like you said, be myself.
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broke-artist Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I am so reading this again when I have a bad day. Thanks for the words of encouragement! ^^
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blindedera Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I just love reading your journals :3 
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DemonDomination Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, that was very inspiring! :3
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WaffleSock50 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:D Awesome journal!
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jakerrundle Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love reading your journals, DamaiMikaz! 
Honestly, I can relate to many things in your journal post (including things like exposure - or lack thereof - and deciding where I fit and what I would like to be perceived as artistically etc. etc.) and truth be told: I'm *still* working it all out myself! 
I guess it just comes down to not giving up and trying your best - no matter what - really. 
Cheers and best wishes, 
:) 
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Felizias Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Had to be said. And this well is a great bonus. :heart:
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Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
You say: "Most of the points are things that have been proven through marketing".
I don't know to what extent the rules of marketing can be applied to the free and genuine artistic expression, or to the art in general.
We must also keep in mind that the primary goal of marketing is to give a personality to insignificant and anonymous objects. And in the mass market, you know, have a good brand is crucial; that the product is good, however, will have little influence.
We know very well how in the globalized world of today there are "great artists", which not even know the meaning of the word art, but they are very popular only because of the "rules" of marketing that supports them.

Be yourself, sure... but you could also be other? (Oh yes, if you are schizophrenic ;)).
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my opinion it's about finding balance between the two extremes.
Both art and marketing are 2 very different matters that don't even come close to each other. Art is about self expression and personality. Marketing is about basically selling anything. The ideal point would be somewhere in the middle of those two. That you still make what you love, but do get feedback from people that helps you to grow.

I realize very well that if I wanted to sell work on DA, I would have to do fanart. It sells better here. The point is.. I don't like making it... so I don't. I do engage into social interaction here... because I do like that. It's not like I lose 'personality' or even alter who I am because I talk to people. Yet it's helping me to stay connected :)
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Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Yes :thumbsup: me too I think that social interaction between artists is a good thing for art. :)
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Bleach-Ichigo15 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you couldn't have said that any better, absolutely amazing and true 
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Psykan Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
It's kind of funny...I have almost 18,000 pageviews, but I mainly come here to connect with people and make friends, not to submit art.  Since dA is an art community, it means I CAN connect with people like this despite the fact that I honestly can't get into art anymore (or at least, drawing).  Honestly, pageviews don't mean much at all to me.

I don't judge people at face-value - I judge people on an individual basis, and AFTER I've gotten to know them.  Something I like to keep in mind is that there is more to an artist than their art.  From what I've seen here on dA and elsewhere, people are captivated by "gorgeous artwork," but they forget or even disregard the fact that the artists who create that "gorgeous artwork" are still just as human as anyone else.  Yeah, I know dA is an online ART community, but I've come to feel that my "niche" here focuses on helping people here feel accepted, and that whether or not they're insanely distinguished artists, they can come to me if they need someone to talk to about personal matters that shouldn't be discussed in public.

That being said, I do use the dA note feature mainly for the purpose of reaching out to people and just being there for them as another human in the midst of all the people who come here for art's sake.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't see pageviews as 'just pageviews'. Pageviews are exposure, exposure is feedback. And feedback can be very important to developing artists (like me. I think it helps me a lot).

 don't judge people at face-value - I judge people on an individual basis, and AFTER I've gotten to know them.
I understand your way of thinking. But the truth is that you can't get in contact with all the artists that you admire. There are a lot of people that I admire on DA for their art, and what I see from their personality through the small pieces of text they write. I realize that I don't fully know these guys... but I know all to well that I probably never will.


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Psykan Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I guess you didn't see the note I sent you. In it, I hyperlinked you to my latest journal entry, and reading it might have given you a better understanding as to why for me pageviews ARE "just pageviews" and nothing more. My reason for being here on dA would be considered by many to be quite "unusual," and after reading your journals regarding your experiences with people here on dA (at the least), it wouldn't surprise me if you felt my reason was "unusual," as well.

The only thing is, despite my "unusual" reason, I actually KNOW what I'm doing here, and also HOW to go about doing it in my own natural way...and there are a good number of people here who can vouch for the validity of my reason from their own experiences.

I don't HAVE to take the same perspective about pageviews as most people here, mainly because the reason I'm here ISN'T "art-related." It's also because I understand that no matter what anyone says or thinks, NOBODY is *required* to visit my page - they found their own reasons to do so.

In a sense, that proves rpoint
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Psykan Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Excuse that last comment - typing long comments on my phone isn't easy, haha. That last sentence was supposed to say this:

"In a sense, this proves your point about feedback from pageviews."
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SpinkellaSapphire Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
See, this is why people flock to your page, Damai-san. You give some pretty awesome advice for everyone and you say it out loud, too! :D 
What an awesome example of public relations~
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Sleepingbear74 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student General Artist
You said it!

I am going back to school to be an illustrator. I say "going to be" because I am. I always look for constructive feedback from family, friends, students, and instructors. One thing I find is that they are all honest with me. I also know that not everyone will like my work and that is a given. One has to be able to know when to "let the wind blow through you" so to speak, and yes I am part Native American. For example, My father likes my animal drawings and Indian pieces but he did not like the Memento Mori I did for class and he told me so. I was a little hurt but he also doesn't know much about that style of art and has no desire to because he doesn't like it. He was honest with me though but I "let the wind blow through me" because the style was right on for the assignment and I got a 100% on it and instructor loved it. I did a piece for an Illustrated short story for school and it was a Zombie piece. I hated it and it took me a while to complete because, it was not ME. I created a second piece in two days and it was much more ME and everyone who saw both piece liked the second better. Why? Because I put more of myself in the second piece. I am 39 and have no time for waiting to figure out who I am or what I am doing. I know who I am and what I'm doing and I am good with that. Art is a gift and what we choose to do with it is ultimately up to the person with the gift. SO, Be yourself and embrace it and your style, after all, It's you! 

By the way, I have entered my "Witch of November" piece in ArtPrize this year. It's held in Grand Rapids Michigan. Do I expect to win? No but I will have my name out there and will get exposure, good and bad. But I am good with that!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear you're doing so well :)
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WoodmanDWN16 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
((couldn't agree more. Making your profile and style being appealing without loosing neither your self-esteem nor your humility.
Unfortuately, many deviants prefer focusing on the attention... and forget the reason why they enjoyed drawing/writing/taking photos/etc. ... >> ))
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They will find out soon enough :)
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WoodmanDWN16 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
((Lets hope so...))
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IceLaws Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHAT U SAID :iconlaughsplz:
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Sophie-Capri Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Writer
Great post. :)
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faramahesa Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to believe but sometime I don't really know how to deal with request that need to do, sometime lose confidence to draw.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why take requests anyway?
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faramahesa Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
um, maybe the whole reason is I want to be better at drawing.

you know, it's really different when you draw for someone. its like when you need to open "locked door", you need to get the key to open it. I want to learn how to get "the key"
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VinceAndrews Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Yeah your last post was basically about marketing, which a lot of artists can't really grasp. I myself suck at it, it feels like time wasted when I could be working. But if you don't want to do it getting pissed off because you don't do it doesn't help. The thing is, art is ego. Creation is the purest form of self perpetuation. If you post about how to gain recognition, there will always be blowback. People want to be loved for who they are without trying, we want our genius to be recognized from afar, and have to beat off the adoring masses with a stick. If you're insecure and someone shows you what you're doing wrong, you will take it as there is something wrong with YOU. This is a great post, but I don't think you should have had to make it. You're apologizing when you should stand by your guns. You said "If acceptance is important, here's A, B, and C, take it and use it" The only thing you needed to add after that is "you're welcome" If you DID A, B, and C, that would be a different story, but you are an artist. You do what makes you happy, and you make great art, you have a following despite the fact that you only do A=get your stuff out there, and don't do B & C=sex & my little pony/fan art. You don't have to make everyone happy, tell it like it is and stand by it. Don't apologize when you get a crappy comment, you're INFORMING PEOPLE about some really basic stuff, it's important, it's necessary. You did good, be proud of yourself. :)
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Progtology Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
*Be yourself. Believe in yourself. Because you're awesome! *
Heart 
No more to say...
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Ensaru64 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have a problem with the journal, it's well written. I just have a pet peeve when it comes to the phrase "be yourself", because it's a completely ironic and redundant statement. You can only be yourself, after all, and often-times the phrase just doesn't do justice to what the user is trying to say.

Anyways, I was expecting to roll my eyes at the journal, because of the title, but you explained yourself well. Then again, I don't know why I doubted you to put a lot of thought into your writing.
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Enemom Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I needed this. 
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ClumsySketch Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Very inspirational.
Especially to an amateur artist, haha.

I sometimes feel anxiety and regret from continuing to do what I love, since I'm not very good at it.
But I suppose there will be brighter days ahead if I keep at it.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol. I'm an amateur artists too :)
Don't let your professional status determine your confidence! You're worth so much more than your job.
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TinaCaper Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice
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