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 You'll have watchers like this too, and if you don't now, you will! And they're the ones that really matter