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... in just one year.

It was a cold day in February. I can still remember that day.
It wasn't that busy at my job. Just another day of mostly waiting for feedback. So I took the liberty to surf around the internet for a bit. Like every day before, I checked DeviantArt. I had posted some art some while ago. I submitted it to some groups, but didn't quite get the response that I hoped for. Let alone; the feedback. It's hard to get feedback on your art. Nowadays most people just fave and run, or tell you that your work is awesome (which is sweet, of course) without any further explanation. Most of the art forums that I used to reside on, where either dead, or I'd outgrown the user-base so much that I was at the point that there weren't any more talented users that could give me feedback anymore. If I had to wrap it up in just one word: Frustrating. That's what is was.

Of course I had my idols on DeviantArt. Famous people like yuumei en sakimichan whose watchers hit those astronomical 5 numbers and never seemed short of feedback. But also smaller people like Ysa, neonoi, SeraphVenaticus (formerly SeraphLimonade), K-Koji, Suzanne-Helmigh, AishaxNekox (who later left the site), TotenVeloren (who also left), Flayu, CharlotteChambers or sionra (If some of you read this by any chance, because you're notified. Thanks a lot for the inspiration). People that probably had never seen me, or heard of me, because I mostly behaved as a silent lurker around their pages. I sometimes did reply to them. But as, over time, I never got a reply back, it just felt pointless commenting on their stuff. I couldn't say anything other than all those other people already said. And they must've heard they were amazing for over a million times already. 

Yeah, I knew some of those 'famous' artist. One them being a girl that was on the same forum as me. Her drawings didn't look that much better than mine, yet she was insanely popular on the internet. When I asked her about the secret how she did it, she told me there was no such thing as a secret. She had been on DeviantArt for years, spend a lot of time in the chatboxes, and therefore gained a lot of friends. That her art was pretty decent did help her, yet it wasn't the reason why she accumulated so many followers. At that time, I didn't spend too much time thinking about it. I just accepted the fact that my art probably sucked and I needed to get better, and I went along with my practice. I sought some groups that were aimed to giving feedback to (beginning) artists, so I could at least get some feedback on how to improve, and just went on.

The turning point was that February day. I had just accumulated my 500th watcher. As a matter of fact; the counter hit 501 when I logged off that day. When I looked at the counter the next day, it fell back to 499. 
Looking back now, the whole thing seems like a non-issue. I mean; there were people dying from hunger all over the world, the economy collapsed and left many people jobless, and I was worrying about a stupid counter. But back then, 1 watcher was one person less that could give me feedback. And I did already get so little feedback. Regardless all the effort I took in improving art, people chose to unwatch me. They weren't probably interested in my art anymore. And that was what bothered me. 

Up until then, I never thought about what would make those so-called idols so popular. I always assumed that it was their art. They were good with art, I wasn't. That was why they were popular, and I wasn't. But when I became a bit better in art myself, and took a closer look, I would learn that after a certain amount, the number of watchers had little to do with the quality of their art. Of course, there was a certain quality standard that had to be met in order to be popular. A simple stick-man wouldn't just cut it. But the quality standard wasn't that damn high. You didn't need to be the next Da Vinci in order to get noticed. Not at all.
The next few things that came to mind were either luck or fanart. But my background in marketing learned that there was no such thing as sheer luck. From a marketing standpoint even fanart was just a well aimed product at a target group that was obviously represented on DeviantArt. And all that thinking brought me back to a social media workshop I had attended for my job a few months before that. A workshop in which the teachers explicitly told there was no such thing as good product or a bad product to market. But that marketing was all about targeting the right group of people and reminding them that you were there, a lot. A whole damn lot. Social media experts said that, in order to be active on a site like Facebook, you had to post at least twice a week, to remind your followers you were there. Yeah, I can hear you thinking... that's a whole damn lot.

From that point on, I decided that it would be fun to start some kind of social media experiment. I'm curious by nature. I've always been so. And I had indeed been feeling a bit bored lately.

The medium of my choice was DeviantArt. A site that I was already pretty familiar around, but was yet known little about by social media experts. The reason for that? Probably because DeviantArt has a very specific target group and therefore isn't that interesting to many big company's. Nevertheless, it was interesting to me. I was an artist. 
The "product" was simple. It was something I had already been working on for years; my art. And more specifically, the art that revolved my project; Emion. Sure, I could've changed the subject. I could've made a lot of fanart in order to get a bigger target group (Regardless of what people say; DeviantArt is still aimed towards fanart -- all research shows that). But I wanted to stay true to myself. I never really enjoyed making fanart myself, so why would I do that now? I'd like to stay true to myself.

So I started following the "guidelines" as they were described by many social media experts all over the internet. Posting often -- not as often as 2 times a week, though. I didn't have the time, nor the inspiration, to produce 2 artworks a week while keeping quality consistent. I replied to people on forums, actively. Started posting at the right times, on which many people were online. I gave out llama's to many people. I wrote critiques and elaborate comments on artworks. I tried getting my works up and featured in journals and groups. I actively thanked every single new watcher. And gradually, I came to know many more people.

Half February, I reached 700 watchers. In just 2 weeks I had accumulated 200 more followers. More than I'd got in a year, before the whole marketing experiment. I was quite satisfied. But as curious as I was, I wanted to keep this up and see how far it would get me. Regardless of the results, something like that would be a great learning experience. And it honestly was.

Although I wasn't entirely unfamiliar with the concept of marketing already, I could not have foreseen the madness that this one-man-show brought me. 
And with madness I mean; madness. Literally. 
I learned soon enough that when you draw a lot of attention to yourself, you have to phrase your words carefully. And that not everybody can appreciate the slightly provoking way of debate that's so normal here in the Netherlands. I learned about the journal portal in a painful way. I learned about journals going viral, about 10.000 people reading such a thing in less than 24 hours, and about the buzz it brings to the community. About articles that even spread to other social media, like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. But I also learned those things are a great tool for uniting the community, for spreading love, starting discussions about important subjects, and giving unknown artists a chance to get their art out there. A chance they wouldn't have had otherwise. A chance that I would've loved to had when I was still struggling with getting feedback.

I learned that popularity isn't all fun, even though many people tell you you're awesome. That's it's hard expressing your opinion without getting massive hate. And that you shouldn't bother about every single person hating you, because the more people will know you, the more will hate you -- and some of those people will hate you for the stupidest reasons. I learned to stand up for myself and my opinion, even though my thoughts might be controversial. I learned how to have reasonable discussions in English, even though it's not my first language. But the most important thing that I learned is that those words... my very thoughts, that are so simple for me to write down, have the power to inspire many people out there.

In some way, I learned to see the other side. I can seriously imagine famous people going insane. Because the idea that you're in a glass cage and everybody is watching every step you do, is indeed quite suffocating. I'm only known for my art on the internet by a few people. I haven't got crowds of fans waiting for me everywhere I go. In real life I'm only a fairly known webdeveloper. And even I have experienced that suffocating feeling. I've gained a great deal of respect for famous people here, on DeviantArt, that are able to handle it, and are able to make their career out of it. Because I can honestly say that I wouldn't be able to do it. I don't have the same strength. 
I can see the other side now, of those people not answering their messages. When I'm away for the weekend, I have about 2000 new messages pending. I now have automatic systems running that make a selection in the messages that I need to answer, to be able to handle the inbox flooding (Yeah... I should've hired someone. But I'm broke XD). And even then I sometimes completely forget some messages (I'm sorry T__T). From experience I can tell that, when you hit the 1000+ watchers, you won't be able to recognize them anymore. I often see icons popping up in my inbox from people that say they know me, but I have no idea who they were. Not because I don't care, but because I simply cannot remember all those faces. Imagine yourself. Can you remember 20.000 people by name? Hell... I work at a company with only 90 people and even there I don't know all people by name. So for the people that wonder "That popular artist hates me, because he does not reply to my message". He probably doesn't hate you. He either doesn't know you, or simply lacks time to respond to every individual message. It's sad, but it's something that comes naturally.

What is kinda disturbing on DeviantArt, is that the number of watchers does somehow determine the amount of respect you get on this website. I can still remember being my messages either being ignored or being seen as rather unimportant. While lately, what I say seem to make so much more of an impact than it did before. I've gotten into contact with popular artists, people working for Wacom, programmers that work for DeviantArt and senior members, who surprisingly take my input seriously. People that I would never have been able to reach before. Which is... pretty much insane, if you ask me. It's not like I've become an entirely different person over the last few months. I've just gotten a bit older (and wiser, hopefully).

It's been a year since then. 

And over time, I've surpassed many of the old idols I had. It's not that I look down on them now. It's more that I came to an understanding. That being well known isn't always that fun as it seems from the outside, and that they probably had their reasons for not answering my messages. I'm nowadays getting the same "you are so awesome"-messages as I used to send to those idols, back in the days. If I have to believe those messages, then for some people I might've become the same kind of idol as those people were to me. Yet I've never been feeling more small and humble than now, because I realize the impact of the position that I'm in. And it's scaring me, sometimes.

The moral of this story?
Honestly, I don't know. I started writing this article to tell people about my experience and to thank them for sticking around with me. But it might be hopeful to many of you to know that there's no such thing as supernatural luck required to get out there. What you see here, is pure. It's a one-man-show. It's me, writing to you. I didn't spend tons of money on advertising. I didn't hire expensive marketeers to work for me and promote my project. Heck... I don't even have money for that! All the knowledge I used, whether it's about art, social media, marketing or writing software... I got it from articles on the internet. For free. 
I was never promoted by DeviantArt's staff. I'm probably one of the few reasonably known DeviantArt members out there that was never rewarded a Daily Deviation, and was not even once mentioned at their Facebook page. And concluding from the unwillingness to solve my recent login issues, even after reporting many times, I can only say that they either dislike my approach or are completely apathetic to it. I am, to some account, just like many of you. A curious artist that wants to present her ideas to the world. I'm not rich, I wasn't born with any spectacular talent, and most of my knowledge comes from the internet. With enough patience and persistence, any of you would be able to do the exact same.

What I do want to say to you is; Thank you.
Thank you for sticking around for so long. For your kind words, your support, and replies. Even though I can't respond to every one of them, I certainly read them all. And even though you may think otherwise, I always enjoy reactions on my artworks, even though you might feel you have nothing new to say. Thank you for your continuous support on the Emion project, and for the feedback on the storylines and characters. Although this whole activity-thing was just started as a simple experiment to see if more interaction really helps on social media, I honestly enjoyed the experience, and I hope you'll stick around for much longer.



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LadyAlexiaLastHope Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Thank you. This is very helpful.
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chubby-manatee Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't express how thankful I am that you wrote this. You gave an insightful, well-worded, true account of your journey and the dA community that I will bookmark and keep in mind. But most importantly, you gave me hope. I relate with your frustration, with your desire to improve and get your art seen.
And reading this 2 years from when you posted it, I couldn't be more proud of you for earning the Deviousness Award. You worked your butt off for it and I can't think of anyone else who deserves it more. :D
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InkyShade Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seems like an interesting experiment you did there.
I myself really dislike doing fanart as well so I can understand you there, haha.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... the thing is... I like a well done fanart as much as I like a well done original artwork. But personally I don't have any show or series that I have special feelings for ^^
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InkyShade Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like well done fanart too but seeing a only fanart in someone's gallery who'd have a sweet style can be somewhat boring. I myself have only a few for which I'd be ready to do fanart. Mostly shows/games who have a great art style :nod:
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PolymerWantACracker Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So llamas actually help? I never even think of giving them to people. Also, how would you suggest getting active in chat rooms, independent of the forums? I'm not even sure where I'd start. :P

Great advice btw!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep. Llama's work.
As for chatrooms... they might not be as effective, but it does help to make longer lasting (good) friends. Certainly worth a shot :)
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lashialee Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
omg i went through a similar experiment.. and I used to be one of those kids who complained about not getting watchers and depending on pure luck all the time.. But I didn't realize until last year that it takes WORK. Nobody is gonna come to my page and click it out of nowhere. like, Seriously?
This journal was a good read. You couldn't have said it any better. :)
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Little-Yuri-kun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I don't know why... I'm struggling to get known myself and I am feeling so hard right now. 

This was really cool to read. Thank you for this.
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WilhelmTheloniousF Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In less than two years you went from "unknown" to recipient of the deviousness award, damn !
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Apparently I did something right XD
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Allen-Parhelion Featured By Owner Edited Dec 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks, you gave me the motivation i needed, today (and probably the whole week) i had been feeling bad because the same reason as you some time ago, even if i'm working so much in getting better in my art people just seems to ignore me or wouldn't comment at all... but with people who made some rudes traditional fanarts without proportions o cleaness they still get more comments and likes about how their work is nice and stuff...

But now you made me realize about this "marketing problem".... i'm not very social and of course i'm not sure if this is also the source of my problem too.... but i still want to make more friends and people who notice that im here and comment to help me growing up as an artist, i'm pround of my abilities and want to learn more and more... sorry if i sound arrogant i'm not trying to, i was just depressed about the fact that maybe i'm not a likeable person even when i tried to be nice with people.

So i don't know if you will have the time to read this but anyway i just wanted to thank you for sharing your experiences as an artist and for the motivation you gave me ^^ now i will try to be more in the social media and make me notice, even if not everything is fun at all i'll have to work on it if i want to make a living as an artist.
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Neelai Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very interesting read. Thank you for posting this.
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Bored-Chick Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helps me alot, thanks! :)
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stelledivetro Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
"and some of those people will hate you for the stupidest reasons"
Yeah... feeling kind of discouraged because of this right now. We can also say very, very petty reasons.
It's so difficult not being misunderstood on the internet because people can't see your facial expressions,but just emoticons. And they really don't get to know you in person.
And sometimes you just have unpopular opinions... I have tons of unpopular opinions apparently=___=
I wasn't used to all this. It's the first time I use the internet in an "active" way. Never being interested in social networks.
It's a strange new world for me.
Sorry about this rant. I think I just needed to talk about this kind of stuff and you seem very knowledgeable(;
Thank you very much for this inspiring article!:) (Smile) 
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CelestiaDragonKnight Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this article was really inspiring!
Thank you for this, it actually motived me when I needed it the most.
I've been here for five years or so now, but I've never really made an effort to get my art out there, nor did I bother with the numbers of watchers (I have 50 something). I think now I'll go and comment more on artwork I favourite. Might work! I already give llamas, so that's checked!
Again, thank you for the inspiration! :D
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck! :)
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CelestiaDragonKnight Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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UncleEbolaBear Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
I did it differently. I basically say "if you watch me I'll stop harassing your family" :P


I FINALLY got the garage and I am doing really good with recovery from surgery. So in the next two weeks I should have my room free of boxes and stuff. I'll have my art table at last.

I think I'll do your thing and post 2 pieces a week and weave a web with Tumblr.

I'm already a comment whore so that's covered.

I'm going to be more modest than you and I'm only aiming for 42 million watchers in a year.:bucktooth:
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
42 million would mean you'd have to move on to another community than DA.
DA only has 36 million members in total :lol:
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UncleEbolaBear Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
I will bring new people to DA just to follow me:eager:
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm following you already :ohnoes:
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UncleEbolaBear Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
But like 12 million more, like the entire population of your country is my goal.
Everyone in Holland/Netherlands (I was taught Holland) and Belgium will be a watcher when I am done, even the babies!

International relations are about to take a nose dive:P
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn. That's some serious business :ohnoes:
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UncleEbolaBear Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
I think I can get followers by offering free pancakes, do people eat pancakes in your country?
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12LUNA12 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... This was seriously eye-opening. Here I am beating myself up for beating myself up about something like my number of watchers. As shocking as it is... I think I'm gonna take the slow road to popularity, enjoying the green grass on either side of the fence. If you would ever take the time to check out my art though, that'd be phenomenal. Though from what I just read, I doubt you have the time lol.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think your art is bad, though your gallery could use somewhat more consistency :)
Just focus on the type of art that you want to get known for, and leave the rest and the unfinished sketches for either another account or your scraps.
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12LUNA12 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for checking out my gallery. I was thinking the same thing about consistency. I'm starting to focus more on paintings. Thanks for the advice.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem and good luck :)
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RobotCatArt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the great read.

I love that you talk about the drawbacks of having so many watchers, and the responsibility it comes with.   The other guides I've read rarely touch upon these aspects.    

I've been trying to apply some of the tips I've picked up from research and it's already a lot of time sunk into giving llamas, replying to watches so I can't even imagine how overwhelmed you must feel when you look at your notifications. 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For me the hardest part was accepting you can't answer all messages you get, because there's only 24 hours a day.
I used to answer nearly every message I got, but I simply can't nowadays if I still want to have time for other things ^^
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RobotCatArt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You still squeezed this one in!  Thanks!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey... I do whatever I can :D
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Pii-star Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
Wow, this was an interesting read.
It indeed inspiring to hear how you did it and used the skills/knowledge that you have to achieve your goals.
Cool that you started this as an experiment and because you were curious. 

Anyway, I've gained new energy/motivation to get my art out there as well. 
Thanks for sharing! 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh.
I guess that's just the way I am. Always curious and always learning new stuff ^^
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Pii-star Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
Nice, sounds like good traits to have. Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. But tiring too :D

(But then again; sleep is for the weak :dummy:)
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Pii-star Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
Hahaha, I can relate to that yes XD
Especially when I feel inspired/motivated to do/look up up stuff
but it's the middle of the night and I should actually sleep but can't because all kinds of thoughts are rushing through my head 
@>@ I have that a lot lately and try to make good use of the energy.
But the result is that I'm horrible in the morning (afternoon, depending on how late I made it) xD 
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TrappedGirl Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
I remember reading in one of your journals that you took a lot of marketing courses online at one point. Were they all free? How did you choose them?

Once, I wanted to try one of the courses online that I thought would teach basic things like interacting with other users like you did but it started talking about making a website and paying for a domain which didn't seem relevant to me. Or necessary. 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't take any actual online courses. I took a few courses in (internet) marketing irl, which were paid for by the company I worked for at the time. I also keep very up to date with internet marketing trends and read blogs and articles about the subject (though most of them are focused on the local market, since I mostly work on there). But most experience came from working in the field anyway. It's mostly trial and error. You won't always be right, but over time you'll certainly get more feeling for it. 
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DarkeVitrum Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for this entry, I'm a new to this site and really, to art itself and trying to figure all of this stuff out on the fly. #_# It is definitely overwhelming to say the least.
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PaintYourSoul-D Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015   General Artist
I am new in Deviant Art but this is one of the most interesting and insightful articles I've ever read!
Thank you for sharing this with us ^_^
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Asssitant-Scientist Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
Thanks for always being real with us. :) I myself have not experienced the glass cage, but I do think that it's really scary and I am starting to wonder how people deal with it. As always, your journals make me feel better. :hug:
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NhorrSpantheck Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Een mooi artikel.. ;)
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Nebelzen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015   Digital Artist
Just created a new account to make a more consistent gallery to try to appeal more. 1 year and no watchers. Every art made without recognition made me work harder on the next. There must be a time when its gonna be awesome enough so I get at least 1 watcher
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XLEHX Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Hmm, what an interesting take on the situation. I mean, most people would kill to have those many watchers, and seeing from what the comments in your journal hold, that's probably right on the money.

Still, it seems to have some dire consequences, of being that well known from what you have had to deal with during the entire process of your experiment. I mean, yeah, there's definitely benefits from being well rounded with people that never noticed you before, though I guess that begs the question if it's worth it.

Being a deviant for many years here, the first three years of it was judging myself and my art, and probably how I will never get better. The fourth year was the depression era, where I pretty much gave up on most of my motivation, and I instead focused on other aspects of my art rather than bringing myself down every day about it. Now, for the past two years, it's nothing but splendid time making art for myself, and that's it. The few followers I have are nice, but I'm not so hung about the numbers anymore (I personally think that a lot of other people shouldn't be concerned about it either). I don't think I would handle so much activity and feedback, and being aggravated on not being able to get back to every voice that wishes to say hi or judge or compliment my work.

So, I suppose I worked myself up for six years to finally understand that I should make art for myself, rather than to do it for publicity. I'm not saying it's not a bad thing either, because you have touched a lot of people with your works and words of wisdom, and have become an inspiration to others...which I understand is also something terrible. You can influence a lot of people, and it might be beyond stressful to feel like you have to behave a certain way to gain acceptance from your audience, or have to live up to certain expectations.

Either way, your journal was very informative, and gives insight to something most of us don't understand or can't imagine on our own. I'm fortunate to have come across this, so thank you for taking the time to write it up if you happen to come across this comment.

Who knows, I might be curious to test out this method myself, and see what could've happened all those years ago.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful.
I made this journal for the exact reasons you listed here. To make people see things from another perspective :)
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XLEHX Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah of course!
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M0N0CHR0ME-RAINB0W Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow I love reading thoughtful journals like that :)
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javicandraw Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is great! I've been trying to get noticed on deviantart but I realized that giving your best and trying to make good art just doesn't cut it!  you have to spend a lot of time here talking to everyone. Sometimes it gets hard! Sometimes I feel I have nothing to say! Is that weird? Anyway, I may start going more to the forums and see what happens!! Thanks for the advice and sharing your experience.
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