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I'd imagine a majority of people on this site, myself certainly and unashamedly included, are looking for a higher watcher count. 

We can't blame ourselves for this, especially if we don't really get a lot of attention in real life. I mean, who doesn't want a little acknowledgement, right? And a high watcher count feels good. It's amazing to see the count going up and thinking, dang, all these people who like my art! 
But I've come to learn that a big watcher count isn't everything, and more importantly, a small watcher count doesn't mean you have terrible art. 
I'm going to use myself as an example, because I'd rather not slander other artists with these stats, though I know for a fact that it happens to most of us XD I have approximately 3.5k watchers. That's a heck of a lot. And don't get me wrong, I appreciate every one of you guys, that's not what this journal is about - I'm just trying to make a point about something called 'dead watchers' , because I often see people upset about it and thinking it's something they're doing wrong.

I promise you, it's not your fault!

As I say, I have a lot of watchers. But each of my art pieces gets a lot fewer views than I have watchers. That means there are a lot of people not seeing my art. These people are commonly known as dead watchers, or empty watches, or something along these lines, and EVERYONE has them. And the more watchers you have, the more dead watchers you have XD
I'm NOT having a go at these watchers, not at all - I'm most certainly a dead watcher to a few of the people I watch, so I totally understand. But I do see a lot of people, usually with smaller watch counts, thinking they've done something wrong because most of their watchers are ignoring them. PLEASE believe me when I say, it's not your fault! It's nothing you're doing wrong! Your art doesn't suck, your skill hasn't gotten worse, it's not how active or inactive you might be, and your statuses and journals aren't annoying. It's just a reality of dA that people don't have the time or wherewithal to get to everyone they watch. Some of them might not even be active on their accounts anymore, which of course is nothing you can blame yourself for! And who knows - these watchers might not be inactive after all, just watching you from a distance! You never know ;)
I know it can be kind of upsetting, but it just helps highlight the active watchers you do have, and teaches you to run your account for yourself rather than for anyone else. There are dozens of names that I see constantly popping up in my notifications for faving or commenting, and trust me I do notice, and it does give me the warm fuzzies :D You'll have watchers like this too, and if you don't now, you will! And they're the ones that really matter :) 

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Omni-Anomaly's avatar
Omni-Anomaly|Hobbyist General Artist
I had like 6000 watchers on my old deactivated account. Cant imagine how many are dead accounts there are if I were to not deactivate :XD:
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Arasteia's avatar
Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha yeah I can relate XD I have even more dead watchers now than I did when I wrote this :'D But that's just the way it goes I suppose! 
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Omni-Anomaly's avatar
Omni-Anomaly|Hobbyist General Artist
you lose some, you earn some, I guess :)
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Arasteia's avatar
Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very true! :D
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J4B's avatar
J4B|Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you lined up 3.5k people, that would be a decent crowd.
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Arasteia's avatar
Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
It sure would be! 
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SpectorRose's avatar
SpectorRose|Student Digital Artist
This was great. Thank you :)
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Arasteia's avatar
Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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WordWrite67's avatar
WordWrite67|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! Thanks, Arasteia!

I have had similar feelings about faves!

Measuring the quality of your art by the number of faves or watchers you get is a trap, but it is one that is easy to fall into, especially in western cultures, where we are taught in school and at home that our value and our worth can be measured by the number of friends we have, or the size of our paycheck. 

I wrote about my experiences with this on DA, and you might be interested in my journal entry:

wordwrite67.deviantart.com/jou…

Thanks, Arasteia!
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Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you liked it ^^
And yes exactly, that's so true, it's really heavily ingrained and hard to get out of. 
Your journal is interesting! I definitely think art is a competitive sport, at least on sites like deviantART - though it really shouldn't be. 
You're most welcome! 
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WordWrite67|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Of course, all the art sites I am on conspire to make you take competitive part by instantly giving you your faves and views and followers for each drawing! When you are like me and even treat yoga as a competitive sport, well..... 😀

But I love thinking that millions of people from around the world are seeing my drawings and that some of them like what they see enough to click on the “fave” button! And some even like it enough to want to know when I post something new!

Addictive Fuzzies, indeed! 😀
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Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! And yeah haha I think I am very similar, waaaay too competitive at just about everything :'D
But yeah that's a great way to look at it :D
Indeed!
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I also had that problem and it almost drove me off this site for good, I'm cool with things now though, and a low stuck view for a piece you think was good does hurt. Anyways read this article and it helped a little.
standingoutonline.com/social-m…
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Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you're feeling happier about things now :) And you're right, it hurts, but it's not a true measure of skill :) And that's a really great article, thank you for sharing!
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tenjinshogakko|Hobbyist Digital Artist
this made me feel a bit more hopeful :') to be honest, being praised and knowing that people feel that im doing well is a really big drive for me and its really easy for me to get discouraged when not many people see my work
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Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really glad it helped! ^^ I took a look at your gallery and I'd suggest adding your work to groups! That way you'll have more exposure and more people will see your art! To join groups, just search up key words here groups.deviantart.com/ and click the Join Our Group up the top, or Contribute Art if there is one (if there's not, there will be after you join!)
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tenjinshogakko|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!! ive never stepped foot on dA until recently so i still have a lot to learn about the mechanics of this site
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Arasteia's avatar
Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome! ^^ It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask me! :)
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NyanHuman|Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thanks
this really helps since only 3/15 of my watchers do anything
and they comment on almost everything I post
so tysm for this!!!
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Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad it helped ^^ 
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AsMyWorldDivides's avatar
ily and this is so helpful! And you are one of the awesome people who pop up a lot and I definitely get warm fuzzies, too! ^w^ 
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Arasteia's avatar
Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaa thank you! <333 You are too! ^^
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KH-Clark-Designs|Hobbyist General Artist
You make some really good points! This is a great journal!
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Arasteia's avatar
Arasteia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you think so ^^
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