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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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:iconkaimimi:
Kaimimi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this journal ^^
It´s very interesting :3
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HimitsuUK Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015   Photographer
Very interesting. it certainly is a numbers game.
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CelesteEvermoon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  New member  Digital Artist
I'm bookmarking this so I can go back and read it. As I've said on your more recent journal, I feel like I'm in the same spot. You know that people have a beginning, and they somehow reach this magical amount of followers, but how did they get there? I've learned the same thing myself, that activity = followers. Though, for everyone who believes in substantial, uplifting followers, it means a lot of hard work early on. I'm glad that you've learned how to make social networks function for you. Perhaps, over time, I can learn what works for me as well.
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creepypastadrawer23 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is a great Journal 
Very inspiring!
<3
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RebeccaAlexa Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015   Digital Artist
I was very interested inr eading this considering I juust passed the 500 watcher mark and am still driving to get more watchers. I feel my art is good enough, but not noticed overly yet. Thank you for sharing your story. I think I have to be more socially active on the site. Congratz on your success.
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TormentedAngel8 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I normally don't read/avoid long posts like these because I'm too lazy. But yours are always worth the read! ^^
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rodneyavo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Photographer
You, my friend, are an inspiration. Just when I was about to give up on DeviantArt
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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Pizaru-Chu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
It's really funny, that I might be about to start my own journey that would be really similar to this
stuffs only just starting to get rolling, but if i keep up a good pace I think i can make it work

for better or worse, haha

This journal is a definite inspiration though! Thank you for writing it..!
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Neon-Frost Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very wonderful article! I am about to reach 500 watchers...this is so inspirational for me
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guhruuu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
good article
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NightWind87 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Damai~ 
I know right now you are busy and on hiatus, but I hope you'll be able to read this sometime.

I am also in marketing class and now in another one. Actually, this current one I'm sort of regretting. A lot of what you say is true and since reading your journals, i wonder what it means to network and how hard it may have or has been. Reading this cleared my mind and the stark reality ahead of me.
Thank you for sticking around and being you as you have been. Also, continue writing the journals that you have so far. I hope when you do come back from a well deserve rest, we get to see more of you, your thoughts, and your art. In short, thank you very much. Thank you.
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Drakedragon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure how I missed this journal before, but as with many of the ones you've written, I enjoyed reading it.
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TeruAoi Featured By Owner Edited Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist
I found you today only because I am sick. I could almost say I am happy for being sickWink/Razz  You have truly inspired me not only as an artist, but as a personClap Keep up your good work and I would love reading more and see more of your art. Thank you for your hard work:D (Big Grin) 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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serel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A very interesting read about a topic that probably comes to mind to every deviant who stays longer than a few weeks. Thanks for sharing.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YW :)
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the10s Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Well that was just great. This is probably my favourite journal I've read from you so far (I'm binge reading them right now haha). It was so informative as well as inspiring. I totally felt reality slapping me across the face with the facts you pointed out.

If I were ever to become a relatively popular artist one day I could look back at reading this. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and inspiring everyone! ^__^
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just wanted to point out how much marketing plays a role in everything.
In sense of pure art, you do a much better job that I do. At least when it comes to things like color and composition. But the truth is; that's only part of the story once we enter the social sphere ^^
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ColorGush Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I wish I had 500 watchers! Never mind 20,000 lol. But seriously, English isn't even your first language, yet you write better than half of the English-speaking people on the internet lol. I don't normally have the attention-span to read long things, but this definitely kept me interested, as well as a lot of your other journals. I hope to one day at least reach 500 watchers. I've never gotten more than 100 favs on anything before, that includes every account I've ever had (well, besides Instagram, but that's followers. Even with around 500 followers there, I get like 30 favs on average on my pics. Max was 80.) Everyday, I fav, comment, give llamas, upload often, and all this stuff, and I don't think my artwork is stickman quality, yet I rarely ever get watchers. It really does put a damper on your mood when you upload something you're proud of and very little people take the time to appreciate it.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have to know that it takes a lot of interaction to get it started in the first place. I've had days in which I send as much as 400 messages to people (both new messages, forum messages and replies combined that is -- but still a lot). You can imagine with that amount of messages, people eventually do reply. Long story short; it takes effort. A lot of it :)
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ColorGush Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I do put a lot of effort into my interactions, that I set aside hours just to give back to people on dA lol. But yeah, you're right. Even with the interactions I do make, there is always someone out there doing more than me. So I should step up my game!

However, what bothers me is that I can search people's pages and whatnot and see that someone has been here for only a month or two and have very few deviations of 'not that spectacular' quality, yet still manage to have 500 watchers... Do you have any theories on this? Because that always baffles me. How do they do it? I even look to see if maybe they make a lot of comments, or fav a lot of works, or even give llamas and contribute to hundreds of groups to see if maybe that's the reason, but some of them simply put up a picture and do nothing more, and they get so many watchers instantly. I can understand that happening for those with top-notch art, but even those without manage such numbers. I'd just like to know how they do it.

Thanks for replying, by the way. :)
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have any examples of that?
Because I can't list you any example of non spectacular art that didn't have a good reason to become popular? Either because it's well aimed at a target group, already had a fanbase at another side, had a great concept, or the person just had something that made him/her popular (inspirational or positive people often do well in general). There are various reasons why people become popular. If you really want to know all about them, I'd advice you to look into marketing a bit more and do your research. Much of it can be explained by existing marketing principles. 
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ColorGush Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I can't list anyone specific off the top of my head, it's just been something I've took notice to. Of course, I'm sure they have their reasons. I've seen someone with 12 deviations in 3 months of being a deviant, who already has 600 watchers. They've made around 15 comments, and barely any favs. I was just curious as to how they maintained that in so little time and effort, though, as I said, I'm sure they have their reasons. Anyway, I was just curious of your input on that situation. Thank you.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, they might've already had a great fanbase on tumblr or another side.
Or just have their work featured on a big site like reddit or 9gag.
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ColorGush Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hm, that is possible. Very true.. I appreciate your input.
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KidaAisaka Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
" i mostly behaved like a silent lurker around pages" thats me right know.. Heh :3
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was me for 4 years or so XD
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KidaAisaka Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha
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Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist
I've only 193 watchers, most of them inactive. I don't watch many, either, it's all I can manage.  I don't know how you manage with your thousands!

However, I get a lot of comments (not just 'cool' or 'nice'), thanks to thumbshare and years of giving feedback, on people's favorites, group deviations, in thumbshare (only if I like the deviations or the person has asked for a crit), and those I'm watching (particularly the not so popular ones). I noticed when I go on a spree (such as on Getwatchers, which hasn't helped me much), I get little or nothing in return, so without whoring myself out on thumbshare, I'd be in a black hole.  

I, too, do my own characters, only it's not manga. 

I'm on the forums everyday, but many of the topics are infantile, so that's sporadic. Have submitted and still submit to groups, and get featured but I'm lucky to get one fave.

I don't do anime, role play, cosplay, or gaming, which seems to be the hobby of many on here. Those things bore the hell outta me. At devart meetings, there are plenty of lovely people, but I have made no friends...one, because most are too young, and two, there's nothing in common whatsoever, so no go there. Fortunately, making friends on here is not my aim, that would instead be icing on the cake.

llamas have made a difference? I don't get those. I used to give 'em since people wanted them, but gave up. What's the point? :confused:

More people online is nighttime where I live, so that's out.

I think what has helped you is that you do anime style characters, and do them well, so if people click on your icon because of a comment, your comment is justified because your art is good. That, and your awesome journals.

That said, I'm happy where I am in the most part, since I get decent feedback, which is the most important thing. Just not happy where I am art-wise, since I seem to have reached my limit. 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't say it's just the icon, though.
I've had days in which I submitted over 400 comments. With that amount, it's nearly impossible to NOT get any feedback. Just saying...
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me-ah-ri Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Thank you so much for posting this. I think it's really motivational for those who have the same dilemma as you once did. It was really inspiring for me to see this journal post, and I respect you for all of your hard work and dedication. :)
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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TravisWeymers Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, thank you. Just thank you. <3
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Orenji--kun Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, thats amazing!
you got 200 watchers in 2 weeks!!
how much were you commenting?

it seems like it was project emion that launched you into popularity
i was actually thinking of starting my own project but reaing ths makes me want to start straight away!
ive kinda tried to get popular by drawing fanart myself
i don't mind fanart, but its those that can create original content that re truly skilled
so i'm hoping to draw original content soon

also, where dd you learn about social media science?
i would like to have a look into it myself
recently i've been trying to upload my works at about 8 pm us time, but im not sure if its made a difference
also, if you can, i would like to see your first 'popular' upload

it very inspirational and shows people that anyone can become popular on DA
since you wrote this jornal, youve almost doubled your watchcount!

i know you probably have a very full message box
but i hope you notice this comment :)
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how much were you commenting?
I've had days in which I placed over 400 comments. So; a lot. It varied per day, though.

also, where dd you learn about social media science?
Google :D

also, if you can, i would like to see your first 'popular' upload
I don't think there's such a thing. Popularity expands gradually. You don't become popular overnight. It just gradually becomes more and more.

since you wrote this jornal, youve almost doubled your watchcount!
Yep. And it's only been 8 months :la:
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Orenji--kun Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for replying
(wow, 400 comments!)

i will try harder!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I get 500+ messages a day sometimes... so I have a lot to reply to as well :D
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Orenji--kun Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, its the other way round now :D
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sort of ^^
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vaneko13 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
; - ; that journal
that journal was beautiful. i've never before read such a moving journal. *wipes tears*

i must respect you, having not changed your opinions even when wanting more popularity. altho, i think that 500 watchers is still a lot ^^;

Even if i'm not a watcher when i write this comment, you can count on me leaving your page as one.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know... many people tend to think people change over the cause of having many views or likes.
Some people in fact do. But many do. It's the surrounding people and their assumptions and expectations that change. Not so much the people themselves :)
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vaneko13 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
oh! thank you for enlightening me. i can see that's very true.
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seashore-aurora Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Sorry! I mean I wrote on this post on 5 July, I wrote it on this wall, down below under the name Seashore Aurora! Sorry to confuse you!!!!! I love other art work too but i am nearly always ignored when I say genuine comments.It's their choice not too, though. I am not a troll and am friendly! It would be nice for some to say thank you, when praising their art. It's polite! However some don't seem  interested! At least some are nice and I enjoy nattering about their art!!!!!! I also have a naughty drawing of Joe/Jason from Gatchaman on my wall!!! I hope nudity isn't going to upset you!!!!! The other two are commissions froma lovely artist called George Erkstine! By the way your art is nice by the way, I do look!!!! Cheers!!!!! Sorry for rambling!!!!!!!!
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seashore-aurora Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Hello DamaiMikaz, I wrote the article down below, but you never replied I hope it did not offend! Did you read it? I guess it's down to luck to get that many watchers! (and talent!) I will probrably never get many! In fact I have none!!! Probrably not good enough!!!! You decide!!!!! Your work deserves it though, to have all these watchers!!!! Cheers!!!!! !
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not exactly sure what you mean by 'wrote the article down below'.
If you send me a link, it probably got lost in my inbox somehow :(

As for the watchers. 
It's true that it somehow does depend on art. But it doesn't all depend on art.
I'm not by far the greatest artist on DeviantArt. Go inside the 'art' folder in my favorite and you'll find at least 20 that have better art, but not half the amount of watchers. I just did a great job at socializing. And that's what I wanted people to realize. Socializing is incredibly important!
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Bubachan333 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Artist
wow... your curiosity brought you to an incredible success!

talking about me, this site helped me a lot from an artistic point of view(tutorial, observing art, critics etc..) , but it totally declined my selfesteeme..
i see a bunch of kawaii bad drawn works that receive a quantity of favs i guess i ll never receive and this is mostly due to the fact that in this site the popularity is totally more important that the quality of art ..
yesterday i was observing some awesome drawings by a (i guess so ) professionist and some of them had even less than 20 favs..i was schocked !

moreover this journal made me really curious about one thing.. there was something in particular from all the things you did that helped you the most to reach your achievement? there was or it s just a series of actions? 
do you think that draw only OC damaged you to get popularity .. or at the end it helped you somehow? 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's been a while since I wrote this journal. I'm already over 35k now, and I've learned a lot more.
I think there isn't such a thing as a particular action that I did to receive all that attention. I just replied a lot to people. A whole damn lot. I've had days in which I send like 500 messages in total -- just to imply how much. With that amount of messages, it's likely you get response. Regardless of content.

About the OC only thing... I can only speculate about that, since I never bothered doing fanart.
I guess it works 2 ways. In one was it's a disadvantage because it's harder to get out there with characters that nobody knows. I don't build on existing fanbase, or whatsoever. On the other hand; it did kind of became my signature style... which is good :)
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Bubachan333 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Artist
well.. thank you so much for your reply!! ^7^
i have to compliment with you , because you haven t been   influenced  by the dA world and you continued to draw only what you liked 
there s only one thing i didn t understand ... for "reply" you mean reply to the comments you receive for your devianation/journals or comment other s artwork? 
thank you again ! it s incredible how you reply to every comment with such attention : ) 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know... I used DA's counter for comments to track that. I think it counts everything together. Like comments to people, to journals, and replies to everything :)
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